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The #CVSEffect in Action: Wagon Train Edition — IKEA, GM, Mars Stand Up for Climate Policy
The #CVSEffect in Action: Wagon Train Edition — IKEA, GM, Mars Stand Up for Climate Policy

9 years ago - Previous articles in this series talked about leading businesses taking bold steps on their own for the common good — because it's the right thing to do — even if it costs the company financially in the short term.This time I want to point to the latest wave of businesses working collaboratively on the urgent, common ground issues of renewable energy and climate policy. In America's history of westward expansion and exploration, pioneer families came together in wagon trains for mutual support. In the same way, the examples below show that businesses are taking action, together, to ensure a more certain future that's good for all of us and for business.

Ford Steals Top Spot from Toyota in Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands Report
Ford Steals Top Spot from Toyota in Interbrand's 2014 Best Global Green Brands Report

9 years ago - Ford tops Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Green Brands report list – knocking reigning champ Toyota, which held the top spot since the report was launched in 2011, down to #2. Fellow automakers Honda and Nissan claim the #3 and #4 spots, respectively, with Panasonic in fifth place — same as last year.

Clean Energy Saving US Companies More Than $1 Billion Annually
Clean Energy Saving US Companies More Than $1 Billion Annually

9 years ago - The nation’s largest companies are rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report from Calvert Investments, Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).The analysis, released Thursday, reveals that these efforts are the new “business as usual” among many of the country’s largest companies, with 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies having set targets in at least one of three categories: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving energy efficiency, and procuring more renewable energy.

Energetic Talk of Partnerships, Continued Momentum of Movement-Building on Final Day of #SB14sd
Energetic Talk of Partnerships, Continued Momentum of Movement-Building on Final Day of #SB14sd

9 years ago - The energy that carried us through an action-packed week at SB ’14 showed no signs of waning as we headed into the final afternoon of breakout sessions.

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Cisco, Kansas City Launch Plan to Enhance Connectivity and Innovation
Cisco, Kansas City Launch Plan to Enhance Connectivity and Innovation

9 years ago - Cisco and officials in Kansas City have signed a joint letter of intent (LOI) to engage in a program to create a “living lab” for entrepreneurial development, establish smart street lighting and video surveillance, provide digital interactive kiosks and mobile apps to boost citizens’ engagement.The LOI also enables access for Kansas City to the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities™ (S+CC) reference architectures and provides a framework for defining and evaluating various related initiatives. Cisco also will assist Kansas City in developing a digital agenda. The project will complement a wider effort to build out a two-mile KC Downtown Streetcar path.

14 Hot 'Couples' in Sustainability to Watch this Year
14 Hot 'Couples' in Sustainability to Watch this Year

9 years ago - It’s become nearly impossible to keep up with the multitude of promising partnerships being launched daily around sustainability — and that is great news, of course. This list presents an overview of 14 hot relationships that we believe represent crucial developments in this space. As we continue to watch them, along with many other movers and shakers, here is to the power of multiplying one another’s efforts in our shared pursuit of a sustainable economy.Without further ado, here is the list, in no particular order:

Cisco Taps ‘Internet of Things’ to Make Hamburg a Smart City
Cisco Taps ‘Internet of Things’ to Make Hamburg a Smart City

9 years ago - Cisco and the City of Hamburg have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that foresees the creation of pilot projects around smart traffic, smart street lighting, infrastructure sensing and remote citizen services.The MoU enables access for Hamburg to the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities™ (S+CC) reference architectures and provides a framework for defining and evaluating various related initiatives. Cisco also will help the City of Hamburg to develop a digital agenda.

Sustainia Seeking 100 Game-Changing Solutions & Technologies for Third Annual Sustainia100
Sustainia Seeking 100 Game-Changing Solutions & Technologies for Third Annual Sustainia100

10 years ago - What are the 100 solutions that can bring about a sustainable society? Scandinavian think tank Sustainia has launched its third annual global campaign to find the answers. With a worldwide alliance of companies and organizations, the goal is to identify the world’s 100 leading sustainability projects and technologies across sectors such as food, fashion, energy, smart homes etc. Collectively, the solutions will form the 2014 Sustainia100, a comprehensive guide to state-of-the-art sustainability practices in various industries and regions.

With New Worker-Engagement Technologies, 18 Million Is Just the Beginning
With New Worker-Engagement Technologies, 18 Million Is Just the Beginning

10 years ago - It has the potential to benefit 173 million workers in global supply chains and provide livelihood benefits or savings of US $30 billion annually, according to Vodafone and Accenture.What is the ‘it’? It’s a series of six disruptive opportunities for mobile to enhance the lives of workers in global supply chains. Details are laid out in their report, Connected Worker: How mobile technology can improve working life in emerging economies, with corresponding reach, benefits and business case for each of the six:

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BMW, HP, BT Top Inaugural CDP Index of Companies Demanding Top Climate Performance from Suppliers
BMW, HP, BT Top Inaugural CDP Index of Companies Demanding Top Climate Performance from Suppliers

10 years ago - CDP, with the help of FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), a pioneer in environmental and sustainability business solutions, has announced the debut publication of the Supplier Climate Performance Leadership Index (SCPLI), a new evaluation and benchmarking tool for CDP supply chain members and suppliers.

Sustainia Selects Groundbreaking Water Grid Solution as Best Innovation of 2013
Sustainia Selects Groundbreaking Water Grid Solution as Best Innovation of 2013

10 years ago - Sustainability think tank Sustainia today presented TaKaDu, an Israeli company that produces technology that reduces water distribution losses, with an award honoring the world’s best sustainability innovation.In front of an audience of over 1,000 guests gathered in Copenhagen, TaKaDu was announced winner of the Sustainia Award 2013. TaKaDu was first chosen as the best solution for IT when Sustainia announced its top 10 innovations, out of more than 500 projects and technologies from 79 countries, in September.