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New Soma X Parley Bottle Latest Bid to Chip Away at Marine Plastic Pollution
New Soma X Parley Bottle Latest Bid to Chip Away at Marine Plastic Pollution

6 years ago - Today, Soma and Parley for the Oceans announced their exclusive and limited-edition product for Starbucks; the world’s first reusable water bottle with a sleeve made using Parley Ocean PlasticTM, a material created from upcycled plastic intercepted from marine environments.

As Starbucks Seeks Sustainable Cup Solutions, Shareholders Demand More Ambitious Action
As Starbucks Seeks Sustainable Cup Solutions, Shareholders Demand More Ambitious Action

6 years ago - Ahead of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders this week, Starbucks has announced it is committing $10M in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for the Circular Economy to develop a more sustainable coffee cup. Together, the organizations will establish a new consortium to launch the NextGen Cup Challenge, which will award accelerator grants to entrepreneurs working on potential cup solutions and encourage industry collaboration.

Trending: Public, Private Sector Unveil Strategies to Eliminate To-Go Beverage Waste
Trending: Public, Private Sector Unveil Strategies to Eliminate To-Go Beverage Waste

6 years ago - Single-serve beverage waste is on the fast-track to obsolescence as startups, multinationals and local governments unveil strategies to keep cups, straws and plastic bottles out of landfill.

Brand Purpose in Divided Times: 4 Strategies for Brand Leadership
Brand Purpose in Divided Times: 4 Strategies for Brand Leadership

6 years ago - Us vs Them. Me vs You. Old vs Young. Rich vs Poor. We are feeling more divided than ever. Yet the path to brand relevance and resilience is recognizing what we have in common. Recently we asked 16,000 people globally — across 16 countries, in many languages, in rural and urban areas — about their aspirations for their lives, families and communities.* While the dominant narrative in culture today is that we’re deeply divided — culturally, politically, economically — reading the answers from people across the globe we were reminded that we all share the same aspirations for health, wellbeing, financial security, meaningful relationships and a sense of purpose. So, what’s the problem?

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Trending: Finally, Real Solutions to Tackle Coffee Cup Waste
Trending: Finally, Real Solutions to Tackle Coffee Cup Waste

6 years ago - With millions of disposable coffee cups finding their way into landfill each year, businesses and local authorities across the globe have been searching for ways to increase recycling and recovery of the single-use item. Building on the success of previous in-store cup and pilot recycling schemes, major brands in the UK have launched two permanent solutions for scaling coffee cup recycling.

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

6 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

6 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.

Neighbourly, M&S Expand Redistribution Scheme Beyond Food Waste
Neighbourly, M&S Expand Redistribution Scheme Beyond Food Waste

6 years ago - Neighbourly, a social network connecting local projects and community needs with companies ready to help with funds and volunteers, has announced the expansion of its food surplus program to include non-food product donations. UK retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) is the first to sign onto the donation scheme.

5 Reasons Why Impact Is Competitive: Insights from the World’s Top CEOs
5 Reasons Why Impact Is Competitive: Insights from the World’s Top CEOs

6 years ago - Corporate social and environmental responsibility has developed to a point where the world’s leading CEOs believe it is essential to their companies’ long-term business success. The movement is growing, and companies around the world are approaching social and environmental problems as opportunities to drive profit as well as progress for humanity.

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Landmark Research Shows Americans Are Redefining The “Good Life”
Landmark Research Shows Americans Are Redefining The “Good Life”

7 years ago - In spite of a chaotic political arena, a majority of Americans share the view that The Good Life is defined by connections to people and planet more than by material wealth and consumption. Furthermore, Americans are looking to brands to take the lead in showing them how they can make a more fulfilling life according to a US study of 1,000 adults 18+ conducted in April 2017. The Enabling the Good Life Report from Sustainable Brands and Harris Poll released today shows the dramatic shift in American attitudes and reflects a gap between people’s new aspirations and the ways business responds.

Starbucks Helps Safeguard the Future of Coffee with Pledge to Replant 1B Coffee Trees
Starbucks Helps Safeguard the Future of Coffee with Pledge to Replant 1B Coffee Trees

7 years ago - Building on its commitment to provide support to coffee growers around the world, Starbucks Coffee Company has announced that it will deliver 100 million healthy coffee trees to farmers who need them by 2025.

Is it Time to Add Morality to the Business Case for Sustainability?
Is it Time to Add Morality to the Business Case for Sustainability?

7 years ago - Every manager (or consultant) who has pitched an initiative under the banner of “sustainability” has faced the same question nearly every time: What’s the business case? On the surface, there’s nothing wrong with the question. Business is all about allocating some form of capital, be it financial, human or organizational. So it’s not unfair to wonder what the return on the investment might be. But usually, when executives pose the question about sustainability initiatives, they’re asking about the business case in the narrowest sense: Does this thing pay back, in cash, within some short payback period (1 or 2 years)?

Trending: Coors, City of London Put Waste to Work with New Recycling Schemes
Trending: Coors, City of London Put Waste to Work with New Recycling Schemes

7 years ago - New programs, initiatives and innovations that drive forward the transition to a circular company seem to be popping up almost daily. The latest to pick up the banner for the circular cause? Coors Light and the City of London Corporation. Coors Light, a MillerCoors brand, is shining light on its sustainability achievements and goals with a new twist on its ongoing “Climb On” campaign and the roll out of “Every One Can,” a summer promotional campaign, which includes the conversion of its billboards into beer coolers and its kegs into barbeque grills, as well as a large-scale push to get drinkers to recycle beer cans.

7 Ways to Advance Purpose in a Turbulent World
7 Ways to Advance Purpose in a Turbulent World

7 years ago - The question is no longer if an organization will engage with society, it’s how. Yet, from Brexit to Trump to Black Lives Matter, how is now harder than ever before. So, throughout the year, we will illuminate the “how” for business and societal impact. We started by asking the Purpose Collaborative – North America’s largest community of purpose, corporate responsibility, and sustainability experts: “What key recommendations would you share with clients to accelerate the impact of their work in 2017?” Their wisdom follows.

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630 Companies, Investors Tell Trump: Continue Accelerating a Low-Carbon Economy
630 Companies, Investors Tell Trump: Continue Accelerating a Low-Carbon Economy

7 years ago - More than 530 companies and 100 investors – from iconic Fortune 500 firms to small family-owned businesses – are calling on the Trump administration and the new Congress to continue to support policies to accelerate a low-carbon future that will help curb climate change.

For Conscious Customers, Every Day Is Election Day
For Conscious Customers, Every Day Is Election Day

7 years ago - In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, the Facebook pages of most people who care about sustainability read like a grief or suicide support group. Amidst the weeping and gnashing of teeth, there is a sense of everyone looking forward to the next election in two or four years. While I understand the sentiment, it is important to remember that election cycles are always at the whim of a small group of swing voters, whereas every person who cares about sustainability and social justice has a chance to vote many times every single day and that vote might ultimately have as much, or even more impact on the future (and present) as elections do.

HBR's Top Performing CEOs: Financial Results and Sustainability — A Complex Relationship
HBR's Top Performing CEOs: Financial Results and Sustainability — A Complex Relationship

7 years ago - The Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently published its 2016 list of the world’s top 100 CEOs. As in the past, HBR’s staff looked at the financial and ESG (environment, social, governance) performance of the CEOs of 1,200 large companies. They used a measure of financial performance developed by a team of Harvard academics for 80 percent of their score. The remaining 20 percent came from averaging two overall measures of corporate sustainability performance, including CSRHub.

Why a Lens on Diversity is one of the Most Critical Skills for Tomorrow’s Impact Professionals
Why a Lens on Diversity is one of the Most Critical Skills for Tomorrow’s Impact Professionals

7 years ago - This post was orginially published October 13, 2016 on Net Impact's Blog in advance of the 2016 Net Impact Conferece. By Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer and Ruha Devanesan, Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Symantec.

Global Coffee Groups Unite to Catalogue Sector-Wide Progress in Achieving 100% Sustainability
Global Coffee Groups Unite to Catalogue Sector-Wide Progress in Achieving 100% Sustainability

7 years ago - Today the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge have publicly launched the Coffee Sustainability Catalogue 2016.

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Advertising: A Social Experiment That, for the Most Part, Has Gone Wrong
Advertising: A Social Experiment That, for the Most Part, Has Gone Wrong

7 years ago - As an industry, we’re ignorant at best or utterly demagogic, one-sided and irresponsible at worst. The majority of do-good efforts from brands are little more than a cheeky pick-up line to charm consumers into buying more. How can we continuously ignore the societal or environmental consequences of our craft? I often hear marketing execs talk about advertising as a mirror of society despite its omnipresent impact. Advertising unquestionably promotes screwed-up beauty ideals, preys on people’s insecurities and egoism, and pushes a material arms race in which people are considered backward if they don’t have the newest gadget.