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Unilever, Google, Nestlé Join Forces to Transform Global Food Systems
Unilever, Google, Nestlé Join Forces to Transform Global Food Systems

3 years ago - Twenty-five leading global companies, including Google, Nestlé, Unilever, PepsiCo, DuPont and Kellogg’s announced during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland that they were joining together to launch FReSH, the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health program, under the leadership of the World Business Council for Sustainable

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

3 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

3 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.

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

3 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.

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COPtimism: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About Our Future Climate
COPtimism: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About Our Future Climate

4 years ago - Every day brings more news stories about the disruption and damage wreaked by climate change. And since the international Paris Agreement for climate action was signed this time last year, the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have continued to soar, making 2016 the hottest year on record. We’re already feeling the effects of climate change, and they aren’t going to go away.

This Black Friday, REI Is Inviting All Businesses to #OptOutside
This Black Friday, REI Is Inviting All Businesses to #OptOutside

4 years ago - Our theme this year at Sustainable Brands has been “Activating Purpose” – exploring and applauding the ways brands are authentically walking their talk when it comes to pursuing purpose beyond profit – and we are thrilled that the list continues to grow.

IT Enabling a Smarter, More Sustainable Workplace
IT Enabling a Smarter, More Sustainable Workplace

4 years ago - Joe Sanguinetti, Senior Director of Shared Technology Services at Avery Dennison gives his take on his IT team's role in enabling sustainability: Last month, we celebrated our sustainability wins across the company through a campaign called Sustainable September. Our global IT teams contributed to our sustainability efforts in a big way, by building smarter IT systems and capabilities that enable flexibility, collaboration and speed. Sustainability is key to how IT approaches projects - from virtualized data centers, to looking for better ways to recycle hardware waste, to more power-efficient end-user technology, and more.

Trending: Chicken of the Sea, Google Set to Make Waves with Seafood Traceability Platforms
Trending: Chicken of the Sea, Google Set to Make Waves with Seafood Traceability Platforms

4 years ago - Following numerous reports of slave labor in seafood supply chains, traceability seems to have (finally) become a priority for the industry.

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.

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Project Breakthrough: Can Your Brand Deliver Exponential Solutions to the SDGs?
Project Breakthrough: Can Your Brand Deliver Exponential Solutions to the SDGs?

4 years ago - Declaring intent is oh-so-easy. CEOs and other business leaders do it all the time. But delivering against declared pledges can be a very different matter. In recent years, for example, thousands of companies have signed up to various international charters and business-to-business platforms pursuing sustainable development — and rolled up at the growing number of events celebrating incremental progress. Then, last year, somebody sat on the fast-forward button.

5 Ways to Transform Your Organization Into a Purposeful Living System
5 Ways to Transform Your Organization Into a Purposeful Living System

4 years ago - We are in the midst of a metamorphic period of change unlike anything the world has seen since the Late Middle Ages. With “meta” (meaning “form”) and “morph” (meaning “change”), the word suggests the transformative change in form of human institutions now emerging as we awaken to the realities of climate change and the destruction of ecosystems we have long relied upon for our survival. As the organization specialist Peter Drucker insightfully said, ‘In times of turmoil, the danger lies not in the turmoil but in facing it with yesterday’s logic.’

How the Better Buying Lab Aims to Accelerate Demand for Sustainable Food
How the Better Buying Lab Aims to Accelerate Demand for Sustainable Food

4 years ago - The latest food trend isn’t a particular cuisine or exotic ingredient; it’s sustainability. Nearly 75 percent of Americans think sustainability is important when deciding what food to buy. The food industry has noticed. In Britain, close to half of those surveyed across the food industry say their customers want more sustainable food options.

Leaders Discuss Paths to Health, Well-Being and Net Positive at the SHINE Summit 2016
Leaders Discuss Paths to Health, Well-Being and Net Positive at the SHINE Summit 2016

4 years ago - Last week Harvard’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net Positive Enterprise (SHINE) hosted its annual Net Positive Summit to showcase the latest trends in well-being and health, and how they factor into creating Net Positive impacts. SHINE’s mission is to help corporations across all sectors measure and accelerate the ways in which they help the world become a healthier, more sustainable place. The summit showcased how integral well-being – which includes a combination of employee health and the health of the planet – is to creating a flourishing future.

Is Privatizing National Parks the Solution to Sustaining Them?
Is Privatizing National Parks the Solution to Sustaining Them?

4 years ago - 2016 is the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS), and in February the agency got a present from the biggest tech company in the world – or, more accurately, the world got a present from Google and the NPS: On February 11th, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted an event at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site to announce a Public-Private Partnership between Google and the NPS.

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Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?
Can ‘The Paris Effect’ Take Companies, Governments Beyond Flagship Initiatives?

4 years ago - This Friday, world leaders will convene to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. The international regulatory environment and national policies to curb emissions are reshaping global markets. Decarbonization could define the 21st century economy. But what do these changes mean for businesses?

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

4 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.

Satellites, Drones Catching Companies Destroying the Planet
Satellites, Drones Catching Companies Destroying the Planet

4 years ago - Aerial imaging is emerging as an invaluable resource for collecting information and enforcing the law, especially when it comes to environmental protection. Satellite and drone technologies are getting increasingly smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, and are producing higher-resolution images. Among other opportunities, the tech has enabled organizations and startups to more accurately monitor environmental destruction and provide data as legal evidence.

Trending: GM, Ford Launch New Partnerships to Drive the Future of Mobility
Trending: GM, Ford Launch New Partnerships to Drive the Future of Mobility

4 years ago - With CES 2016 underway in Las Vegas this week, we are expecting to have announcements about exciting tech advancements coming out of our ears. Case in point: At The Ford Motor Company's press conference this morning, it announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate vehicles with Echo, the e-commerce company’s smarthome device.

10 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2015 ... and Some Questions for 2016
10 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2015 ... and Some Questions for 2016

4 years ago - 2015 was a pivotal time when humanity turned more decisively toward building a thriving and sustainable world. On our largest shared challenge, climate change, most of the major hurdles to action — both imagined and real — started to crumble. And an unlikely group of new voices joined the fight. From the Pope to global CEOs to almost all the world’s political leaders, the most powerful people got on board.

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COP21: A View from Paris
COP21: A View from Paris

4 years ago - The Conference of the Parties … COP21 … the climate conference … or just “Paris,” as in “What’s going to happen in Paris?”

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