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365 Companies, Investors Send Letters Announcing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan
365 Companies, Investors Send Letters Announcing Support for EPA's Clean Power Plan

8 years ago - In an unprecedented show of business support for tackling climate change, 365 companies and investor groups sent letters today to more than two dozen governors across the United States voicing their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the state’s “timely finalization” of state implementation plans to meet the new standards.The letter, organized by sustainability advocacy group Ceres, comes just days before the expected finalization of the rule aimed at reducing U.S. power plant carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.

How to Influence National Public Policy: Updates and Lessons from Proactive Brands
How to Influence National Public Policy: Updates and Lessons from Proactive Brands

8 years ago - Tuesday afternoon’s session led by Anne Kelly, Senior Director of Policy at Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), shed light on how corporations influence public policy and government regulation in support of a sustainable economy.

Levi Strauss, Gap, Autodesk Join 24 Companies Supporting California's Sweeping Clean Energy Bill
Levi Strauss, Gap, Autodesk Join 24 Companies Supporting California's Sweeping Clean Energy Bill

8 years ago - Today, 24 companies with a substantial footprint in California, including Ben & Jerry’s, eBay, Gap, Levi Strauss, The North Face and Sungevity, announced their support for SB-350, the “Golden State’s Standard 50-50-50,” that sets new benchmarks for increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency, and decreasing petroleum use by 2030. Their support was communicated in a letter sent to the bill’s author, Senate President pro Tempore, Kevin de León.

eBay Drops ALEC After Pressure From Environmental Groups; Activists Set Sights on AT&T, UPS
eBay Drops ALEC After Pressure From Environmental Groups; Activists Set Sights on AT&T, UPS

9 years ago - On Thursday, after months of pressure from climate change activists, eBay confirmed its departure from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).“This is a major victory for those of us who have continued to pressure eBay executives to drop ALEC,” said Ryan Canney, Senior Campaigner with Forecast the Facts. “Denying climate change has no place in the modern economy, and this decision shows the credibility of eBay’s commitment to climate change.”

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HP Continues Living Progress Exchange Discussions Online and at #SB14London
HP Continues Living Progress Exchange Discussions Online and at #SB14London

9 years ago - During the bustling lunch hour on Tuesday in the Activation Hub at SB ’14 London, HP hosted a Living Progress Exchange (LPX) session that was going on concurrently online via a Convetit ThinkThank.HP’s Ann Ewasechko hosted the session, GlobeScan’s Eric Whan moderated on the ground, and Convetit’s Bill Baue moderated the online discussion.The panelists were:

The #CVSEffect in Action: 'Walk the Talk' Edition with Intel, Verizon, Ford and Google
The #CVSEffect in Action: 'Walk the Talk' Edition with Intel, Verizon, Ford and Google

9 years ago - Seven months ago, this series kicked off with CVS’ surprise announcement that it would no longer carry tobacco products in its retail stores. Fast forward, the company announced Sept. 3 that it had met its goal a month ahead of schedule and had a new name to match its bold, new vision of a tobacco-free America — CVS Health.

Attitudes v. Behaviors, $75B Worth of Plastic Damage Hot Topics on #SB14sd Day One
Attitudes v. Behaviors, $75B Worth of Plastic Damage Hot Topics on #SB14sd Day One

9 years ago - Monday, day one of SB ’14 San Diego, was jam-packed with thought-provoking workshops featuring dozens of experts sharing their latest research and insights on a variety of topics — from multi-sector anti-deforestation efforts to intrapreneurship to context-based sustainability.The day was dominated by a two-part, day-long session featuring market insights from top researchers. In part one, researchers from Shelton Group, GlobeScan, BBMG, Cone Communications and more shared their latest findings on customer attitudes and behavior, many of which not surprisingly still examined the stubborn gap between the two.

Greenpeace: Apple, Facebook, Google Leading Shift to 'Green' Internet While Amazon Lags
Greenpeace: Apple, Facebook, Google Leading Shift to 'Green' Internet While Amazon Lags

10 years ago - Apple, Facebook and Google are leading a growing number of tech companies that are working to power the Internet with 100 percent renewable energy, signaling a major shift in the sector over the past two years, according to a new report released today by Greenpeace. Those companies are leaving behind Amazon Web Services, the company that hosts the data for many of the Internet’s most popular services, which powers its infrastructure with polluting energy sources that contribute to global warming, the report found.

Microsoft, Google, Intel Join Obama’s Climate Data Initiative
Microsoft, Google, Intel Join Obama’s Climate Data Initiative

10 years ago - Microsoft, Google and several other companies last week joined a new White House program to launch a suite of climate data projects aimed at serving businesses, governments and the public.The Climate Data Initiative calls on the private sector to build tools using government datasets that will make communities “more resilient to climate change and to forge cross-sector partnerships to make those tools as useful as possible.”More than 100 datasets, web services and tools related to coastal flooding and sea level rise are now publicly available at data.gov/climate. The site will expand over time to cover other climate-related topics, including human health, energy infrastructure and the food supply.

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Disrupt or Die: Brand Leaders Talk Logistics of a Circular Economy
Disrupt or Die: Brand Leaders Talk Logistics of a Circular Economy

10 years ago - No one can deny that the emergence of circular economy thinking is throwing up some fascinating dynamics right now. This urgent need for systems-level redesign requires an experimental cocktail of innovation and imagination, not to mention open platform dialogue and collaboration. Increasingly, brands are realising that is it no longer sufficient to be wedded to sustainable ideals; they need to be prepared to disrupt their business models from within.

Google, eBay, Adobe Innovating to Save Water in California Drought
Google, eBay, Adobe Innovating to Save Water in California Drought

10 years ago - Amid one of the worst droughts in California history, Google, Adobe, eBay and several other technology companies are embracing innovation to reduce water consumption, the Guardian reports.Google is considering installing new technology such as urinal cakes containing enzymes that calcify urine so that toilets only have to be flushed a few times each day. This could save around 500,000 gallons of water a year.

Brand Leaders Join SB Collaboratory to Address Employee Engagement
Brand Leaders Join SB Collaboratory to Address Employee Engagement

10 years ago - Less than a year ago at Sustainable Brands ‘13, leading brand innovators from around the world came together in San Diego for the seventh year to address some of their biggest sustainability challenges. These innovators realize that no brand is an island and many challenges they face are shared by their peers, competitors, suppliers and customers. In order to support shared learning and collaboration beyond the conference itself, members of the SB advisory board designed a new structure — the SB Collaboratory — to provide a forum for these professionals to come together to share experiences, ask questions, learn from each other and brainstorm a path forward.

More than 70 Mainstream Brands Now Taking Part in Collaborative Economy
More than 70 Mainstream Brands Now Taking Part in Collaborative Economy

10 years ago - I have been leading a research effort to understand the impacts of the growing Collaborative Economy trend. In case you are new to the collaborative economy, there's an unstoppable wave of people trading, renting and borrowing all kinds of services and goods. The disruptive impacts to brands are potentially very high. Consumers are already buying and trading among themselves, often without purchasing items directly from the brands themselves. Companies that don't pay attention to this trend are leaving themselves in a state of risk, as technology and society continue to quickly innovate.

For Those Who’d Rather Give Than Receive, #GivingTuesday Marks True Start to Holiday Season
For Those Who’d Rather Give Than Receive, #GivingTuesday Marks True Start to Holiday Season

10 years ago - While thousands of retailers across the U.S. and cyberspace are dusting their shelves and crossing their fingers for lucrative Black Friday and Cyber Monday takes, respectively, thousands of organizations around the world are gearing up for an event that represents the true spirit of the holiday season, #GivingTuesday.

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Futerra, BSR Launch Tool to Build Business Case for Living More Sustainable Lifestyles
Futerra, BSR Launch Tool to Build Business Case for Living More Sustainable Lifestyles

10 years ago - Although business leaders expect exponential growth in consumer interest and business action on sustainable lifestyles within five years, they are struggling to make the case for action, according to survey results released earlier this year by BSR and global sustainability agency Futerra.

eBay Opens LEED Gold-Certified Facility in Utah
eBay Opens LEED Gold-Certified Facility in Utah

10 years ago - eBay last week announced the opening of a new 241,095 square foot facility in Draper, Utah, that has achieved LEED Gold standards.

Lost Confidence: Can Ratings Help Brands Rebuild Faith in Big Business?
Lost Confidence: Can Ratings Help Brands Rebuild Faith in Big Business?

11 years ago - A 2012 Gallup poll reported sobering news for Corporate America — only 19 percent of the public has significant confidence in big businesses, 41 percent has some and 39 percent has little or none. The only institutions doing worse in the public’s eye are HMOs and the U.S. Congress.This comes as no surprise given the plethora of corporate controversies, CEO scandals, bailouts and environmental accidents that have dominated headlines in recent years. These types of stories often overshadow the good work being done by more conscientious brands, making it difficult for them to stand apart from less-responsible competitors.

Brands More Trusted Than Millionaires When Espousing Sustainable Consumption
Brands More Trusted Than Millionaires When Espousing Sustainable Consumption

11 years ago - The old cliche “money doesn’t buy happiness” still rings true; yet in this economy, apparently it can buy sustainable consumption.

eBay Launches Standard for Measuring Costs, Impacts of Online Transactions
eBay Launches Standard for Measuring Costs, Impacts of Online Transactions

11 years ago - eBay has released a new Digital Service Efficiency (DSE) dashboard to monitor and analyze the cost, performance and environmental impact of customer buy and sell transactions in an effort to balance and tune its technical infrastructure, according to a recent announcement.

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Visa, Sherwin-Williams Join Most Ethical Companies List
Visa, Sherwin-Williams Join Most Ethical Companies List

11 years ago - A total of 138 companies have made the World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies List, an annual designation recognizing companies that consistently translate business ethics rhetoric into action.