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The Soulfull Project Targets Food Insecurity with 1M Serving Donation Goal
The Soulfull Project Targets Food Insecurity with 1M Serving Donation Goal

3 years ago - Just one year after its launch, The Soulfull Project — a mission-driven startup dedicated to making high-quality, nutritious food more accessible to those in need — has pledged to donate one million servings of its signature, nutrient-dense hot cereal to food banks across the country over the next two years.

Starbucks’ ‘Upstanders’ Returns to Share Stories of Real People Effecting Extraordinary Change
Starbucks’ ‘Upstanders’ Returns to Share Stories of Real People Effecting Extraordinary Change

3 years ago - Starbucks is harnessing the power of new media to highlight the efforts being made by real people across the United States to effect positive changes in their communities. The coffee giant has brought back its Upstanders original series for a second season, which features stories of ordinary people showing extraordinary courage.

Businesses Band Together to Provide Relief to Communities Hit Hardest by Harvey
Businesses Band Together to Provide Relief to Communities Hit Hardest by Harvey

4 years ago - Hurricane Harvey, the strongest storm to hit Texas and Louisiana in decades, has left a wake of destruction in its path. More than 30,000 people have been driven into shelters and the storm’s aftermath has left behind some estimated tens of billions of dollars in damage. Though the storm has now been downgraded to tropical storm status, the danger is far from over if forecasts predicting the storm to move towards the Gulf of Mexico, where it will pick up strength before moving back over Texas, prove to be true.

SAP Ariba Takes Aim at Forced Labor with Supplier Risk Management Tool
SAP Ariba Takes Aim at Forced Labor with Supplier Risk Management Tool

4 years ago - Despite the attention the issue has received in the past decade, child labor and modern slavery are still prevalent across the world and in many corporate supply chains.

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4 Ways Your Brand Can Deliver ‘The Good Life’ to Consumers in 2017
4 Ways Your Brand Can Deliver ‘The Good Life’ to Consumers in 2017

4 years ago - Every business leader wants consumers to think of their company as an essential ingredient in building a better life, yet the very definition of what constitutes the ‘Good Life’ changes over time.

Re-Teck Harnesses C2C Business Model to Revolutionize Tech, Slash E-Waste
Re-Teck Harnesses C2C Business Model to Revolutionize Tech, Slash E-Waste

4 years ago - As circular business models begin to gain steam, a new strategic service is helping companies in the technology, electronics and telecom sectors uncover new ways to reuse, remanufacture and recover technological devices, while simultaneously turning costs into profits.

Harris Poll: Consumers Split on Companies' Social Responsibility Motivations
Harris Poll: Consumers Split on Companies' Social Responsibility Motivations

4 years ago - Long gone are the days when acting in a socially responsible manner was optional. Consumers now demand it and expectations are shifting to include how companies can create social value for stakeholders across the value chain. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, which quantifies reputation ratings for the 100 most visible companies in the U.S., as perceived by the general public, provides a glimpse at how companies are stacking up in the changing corporate reputation landscape. In its latest study, U.S.

As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%
As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%

4 years ago - Circular initiatives may be on the rise, but an impending commodity crisis for cobalt indicates that we still haven’t learned our lesson as far as resource depletion is concerned. The ferromagnetic metal is primarily used in the preparation of magnetic, wear-resistant and high-performance alloys and is a critical component of batteries designed for electric vehicles, laptops, smartphones and a host of other electronics. And we’re running out.

Sustainable Brands Hosts Influential Brand Leaders at SB’17 Detroit
Sustainable Brands Hosts Influential Brand Leaders at SB’17 Detroit

4 years ago - SAN FRANCISO, May 22, 2017 – Sustainable Brands® kicks off its largest community gathering today with Sustainable Brands’17 Detroit at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Over 2,000 business executives along with their teams from 35+ countries across the globe are attending the conference and Activation Hub. In addition, there is anticipated record breaking livestream viewership in collaboration with Detroit Public Television (DPTV).

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Target Agrees to Engage Corporate Peers on Phase out of Polystyrene Foam Packaging in E-Commerce
Target Agrees to Engage Corporate Peers on Phase out of Polystyrene Foam Packaging in E-Commerce

4 years ago - As You Sow has withdrawn a shareholder proposal with Target Corp. that asks the company to phase out use of polystyrene foam packaging in its e-commerce operations, as a result of the company’s willingness to work with its value chain and industry peers to discuss replacing foam with less harmful alternatives.

Report Explores Myriad Circular Economy Benefits for Built Environment
Report Explores Myriad Circular Economy Benefits for Built Environment

4 years ago - Discussion surrounding circular business models (CBMs) is often focused on manufacturing, packaging and consumer goods, where significant change is already underway, yet closed-loop systems have the potential revolutionize the built environment.

As You Sow Urges Global Brands to Nix Polystyrene Foam Packaging
As You Sow Urges Global Brands to Nix Polystyrene Foam Packaging

4 years ago - Environmental and corporate social responsibility non-profit As You Sow has called upon four major US companies — Amazon, McDonald’s, Target and Walmart — to ditch polystyrene foam packaging from their operations. And they’re not the only ones: A new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, endorsed by leaders of 15 global brands, has also called for globally replacing polystyrene.

Groundbreaking AI Tech Could Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults
Groundbreaking AI Tech Could Improve Quality of Life for Older Adults

4 years ago - This week, tech startup Intuition Robotics unveiled an artificial intelligence-based robot companion designed to improve the quality of life of the elderly populations. Until now, most AI companions, such as those created by Google and Amazon, have largely been focused on providing assistance. ElliQ, on the other hand, aims to enrich the lives of its users, keeping them active and engaged, thereby reducing loneliness.

In the Race to Build a Renewably Powered Internet, Amazon, Netflix Lag Behind
In the Race to Build a Renewably Powered Internet, Amazon, Netflix Lag Behind

4 years ago - It takes a tremendous amount of energy to manufacture and power our devices, data centers and infrastructural needs. And with an energy footprint accounting for approximately 7 percent of global electricity, the IT industry has an important role to play in the transition towards clean energy.

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Creating the Workplace of the Future Through Biophilic Design
Creating the Workplace of the Future Through Biophilic Design

4 years ago - The health and wellbeing of a company’s workforce is integral to building a sustainable brand and retaining top talent. Because of this, the millennial workforce has pushed companies to alter office spaces to better fit their needs. One-third of office workers said the design of an office would affect their decision to work for a company; given this, brands are choosing to renovate or move to new spaces in an effort to improve the way their employees work and attract new talent.

Experts Gather to Discuss Financial Benefits of Sustainability at New Metrics ‘16
Experts Gather to Discuss Financial Benefits of Sustainability at New Metrics ‘16

4 years ago - SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2016 – Members of the Sustainable Brands® community gather in Boston, MA to kick off the 6th annual New Metrics conference. Nearly 300 global senior executives across diverse sectors are convening today through Nov 16th to unveil cutting-edge corporate practices that measure and quantify environmental and social impacts and tie them to financial and business value. Conversations are focusing on Corporate Strategy & Operations, Customer Insights & Engagement, Investor Trends & Relations, as well as Supply Chain Impact & Management.

#BusinessCase: Transition to Low-Carbon Economy Can Bring Big Returns, But Many Still Lag
#BusinessCase: Transition to Low-Carbon Economy Can Bring Big Returns, But Many Still Lag

4 years ago - According to new analysis by CDP, while global corporations have begun the transition to a low-carbon economy and some are already capitalizing on the opportunities this affords, a large number still risk being left behind through lack of long-term planning and inertia.

White House, Google, Amazon Launch Big Data Tool to Help with Climate Resilience Planning
White House, Google, Amazon Launch Big Data Tool to Help with Climate Resilience Planning

4 years ago - Despite international efforts to curb climate change, communities and companies alike need to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. With this in mind, The White House has launched a new public-private collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data and information for climate resilience. Companies including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Microsoft and IBM’s The Weather Company are working alongside NGOs and four U.S. Federal agencies to execute the project.

Changing the Culture of Excess [Packaging]
Changing the Culture of Excess [Packaging]

5 years ago - Some time ago I was on a business trip, and an acquaintance presented me with a box of cookies as a welcome gift. It was beautifully presented, featuring a large and beautifully intricate bow. I thanked my companion and expressed that I would open it later. Later in my hotel room and hungry for a snack, I pulled at the bow to unravel a layer of ornamental wrapping swaddling a basket. The basket was cradling a box enveloped in paper, the box containing decorative packing confetti, which nested exactly three (3!) individually wrapped cookies encased in colored cellophane. The cookies were each a very small fraction of the overall size of the package — a handful of food product enveloped by layers upon layers of packaging with different material components.

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The Bar for Corporate Leadership on Climate Has Been Raised
The Bar for Corporate Leadership on Climate Has Been Raised

5 years ago - As the legal briefings pile up over the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), I’m inspired by the growing number of companies and business organizations standing up for the most significant step in U.S. history toward reducing climate pollution. The bar continues to rise for companies that want to lead on sustainability, and it’s great to see companies aligning their corporate sustainability strategy and policy advocacy. Today’s corporate-led amicus briefs in support of the Clean Power Plan and smart climate policy are the latest example.

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