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Brand Innovation
by Maxine Perella, October 30, 2014
The Bigger Picture is Sky’s approach to building not only a more responsible business for the long term, but contributing to a more sustainable society through inspiring action on the ground.The far-...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Andy Last, October 30, 2014
Generation Z — children and young adults born since 1995 — is just beginning to produce today’s voters, shoppers, workers and parents. What are the chances that this generation, which has grown up...
Chemistry and Materials
by Mike Hower, October 30, 2014
AkzoNobel has launched an additive for road salt to help protect against frost damage and improve driving safety.Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice forming...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, October 30, 2014
UCLA has announced the creation of a $15 million self-replenishing fund to support campus sustainability projects — the largest fund of its kind in the United States.The university says creating the...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, October 30, 2014
Wecyclers, an initiative that enables low-income communities in Nigeria to make money from waste piling up in their streets, wins the 2014 Sustainia Award, chaired by Arnold Schwarzenegger. By...
Supply Chain
by Dale Buss, October 29, 2014
Call it the veal-calf concern of this decade: The down in many winter coats and other apparel is obtained through oppressive animal-welfare practices, and Patagonia has taken the lead in trying to...
Collaboration
by Sustainable Brands, October 29, 2014
Fashion Loved by Forest, the campaign spearheaded by Canadian forest conservation nonprofit Canopy that is rallying the fashion industry to commit to deforestation-free materials, continues to gain...
Marketing and Comms
by Mike Hower, October 29, 2014
The North Face President Todd Spaletto and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell have announced a partnership to protect, preserve and celebrate public lands in support of the 21st...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, October 29, 2014
Today, activists from SumOfUs.org, joined by concerned citizens in cities around the country are rallying outside Lowe’s Stores in an effort to build awareness of the company’s lack of action to...
Packaging
by Sustainable Brands, October 29, 2014
Isn’t it great when a simpler solution makes the most sense? This week, Marks and Spencer (M&S) rolled out a much less aggravating alternative to the dreaded plastic and metal ties traditionally...
Cleantech
by Sustainable Brands, October 29, 2014
A team consisting of engineers, architects, urban planners, economists and plant scientists at MIT has set out to shift traditional farming from the distributed, water- and energy-intense practices...
Business Models
by Maria Giovanna ..., October 29, 2014
With global fiber consumption expected to reach 96.4 million tons by 2020, it has become apparent that a linear economy where we produce, consume and dispose of products after a one-time use is not...
Marketing and Comms
by Sheila Shayon, October 28, 2014
Since launching in 2013, Sustain Condoms, the first Fair Trade-certified brand of condoms, has been cheekily encouraging its target market — women ages 25-35 — to “Do what’s natural.”Now, the company...
Cleantech
by Mike Hower, October 28, 2014
Skyonic Corporation has opened the world’s first commercial-scale carbon capture and utilization facility in San Antonio, TX.Located at Capitol Aggregates, an existing cement plant, the $125 million...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, October 28, 2014
Portland State University will sell Chevrolet carbon credits for two-and-a-half years' worth of energy-efficiency projects totaling 1,500 tons of avoided carbon emissions, as part of a move to raise...
New Metrics
by Renée Morin, October 28, 2014
In part one of this two-part series, I wrote about the complexity of sustainability data and the challenges associated with organizing, analyzing and integrating it into our day-to-day business...
Cleantech
by Leon Kaye, October 27, 2014
With its ongoing water struggles, the vast amounts of energy and resources going toward recreating cities such as Paris and Venice, and its bawdy reputation as a party town, sustainability is the...
ICT and Big Data
by Sustainable Brands, October 27, 2014
On Thursday, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced the launch of a new technology infrastructure region in Frankfurt — the 11th such region globally for AWS and the second region in the EU (the...
Leadership
by Mike Hower, October 27, 2014
Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) have expanded their responsibilities from internal program managers to strategic lynchpins who guide corporate strategy, identify product innovation opportunities...
Collaboration
by Mike Hower, October 27, 2014
CVS Health and Direct Relief have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities lacking health insurance.Nearly 100 participating...
Organizational Change
by Ben Pawsey, October 27, 2014
UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company, boasts some of the highest sustainability scores, credentials and rankings brands can earn, including reducing its total GHG emissions while...
New Metrics
by Mark McElroy, October 27, 2014
By now, most readers of these pages will have noticed the emergence of social and environmental monetization schemes intended to quantify in financial terms the otherwise non-financial impacts of...
Leadership
by Simon Robinson, October 24, 2014
I do not know who the artist is who drew this cartoon (above), so I cannot acknowledge them, but it seems to be quite famous and has been doing the rounds for some time now. I added the ego – eco...
Startups
by Sustainable Brands, October 24, 2014
The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced that a comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been selected as the winner of the...
Behavior Change
by Mike Hower, October 24, 2014
The United States has the worst work-life balance of the 23 developed nations recently ranked by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index.The OECD judged...
Stakeholder Trends and Insights
by Dave Knight, October 23, 2014
First, let’s clarify what assurance is.In this context, assurance is a third-party review of the reliability of a sustainability or corporate responsibility report. It often includes the checking of...
Waste Not
by Mike Hower, October 24, 2014
The Basel Action Network (BAN) has announced they are bringing to market an online trading platform that will allow businesses to easily recycle used electronics with some of the world's most...
Products and Design
by Michael Kobori, October 23, 2014
Doing the right thing is rarely easy. It means asking tough questions, taking bold risks and making important changes. And since our company began 161 years ago, we’ve been committed to doing exactly...
Organizational Change
by Sustainable Brands, October 24, 2014
The Carbon Trust and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) today announced that they will be working together to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore to...
Chemistry and Materials
by Sustainable Brands, October 23, 2014
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company — the Ohio-based parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car and light truck tires...

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