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How LinkedIn Is Working to Connect Hard-to-Reach Job Seekers With New Opportunities
How LinkedIn Is Working to Connect Hard-to-Reach Job Seekers With New Opportunities

7 years ago - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 5th article in the series.

Trending: Flexible Plastic Pouches, Coffee Cups (Finally) Ready for Recycling
Trending: Flexible Plastic Pouches, Coffee Cups (Finally) Ready for Recycling

8 years ago - Earlier this year, Chef-turned-waste-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall drew attention to the huge problem of coffee cup waste. He claimed that in the U.K., less than 6 million takeaway hot beverage cups are recycled each year, while 7 million are thrown out each day, and specifically called on Starbucks and Costa to be more transparent about their cups.

Starbucks Issues First-Ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond, Aimed at Driving Social Impacts in Supply Chain
Starbucks Issues First-Ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond, Aimed at Driving Social Impacts in Supply Chain

8 years ago - Starbucks Corporation announced on Monday that it completed the underwriting of an initial public offering of senior notes, including its first-ever U.S. Corporate Sustainability Bond.

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

8 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?

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Criticism Over Coffee Cup Waste Leads to Starbucks Discount, Call to Go Biodegradable
Criticism Over Coffee Cup Waste Leads to Starbucks Discount, Call to Go Biodegradable

8 years ago - A successful campaign led by chef-turned-activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall drew attention to a big problem: coffee cup waste. Fearnley-Whittingstall claims that in the UK, less than 6 million takeaway hot beverage cups are recycled each year, while 7 million are thrown out each day. As part of his Hugh’s War on Waste initiative (which includes a television show), he took to the streets of London on March 14 in a “coffee cup battle bus.”

5 Steps Every Food Retailer Should Take to Eliminate Food Waste
5 Steps Every Food Retailer Should Take to Eliminate Food Waste

8 years ago - Campaigners for action on food waste have had much to celebrate recently. The Rockefeller Foundation launched YieldWise, a $130 million initiative to tackle loss between farm and market and demonstrating how the world can halve food loss by 2030. This coincided with the launch of Champions 12.3, a collaboration of 30 executives and ministers united in their dedication to meeting SDG target 12.3.

What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21
What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21

8 years ago - As evidenced by the unprecedented private-sector engagement in COP21 earlier this month, businesses globally get that they need to innovate (and improve!) their products, services and business models to combat climate change, resource scarcity and unpredictable futures. Aside from the alignment of 195 nations on a climate-action agreement, what did all the talk at COP21 amount to from a business perspective? A lot of initiatives that push forward change and collaboration. But is it all smoke and mirrors, and toothless pledges, or is there real action brewing?

CI, Starbucks Aiming to Make Coffee World's First Sustainably Sourced Agricultural Product
CI, Starbucks Aiming to Make Coffee World's First Sustainably Sourced Agricultural Product

8 years ago - Conservation International (CI), in partnership with Ceres and industry leaders such as Starbucks and Keurig Green Mountain, have announced a call to action to make coffee the first sustainably sourced agricultural product in the world. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, launched last week at COP21 in Paris, comes as ministers gather to write a new climate agreement and as momentum builds for businesses to take direct action to combat climate change.

WRAP, Starbucks Dig Into How to Drive Business Model Transformation Inside a Company
WRAP, Starbucks Dig Into How to Drive Business Model Transformation Inside a Company

8 years ago - It was the job of Zöe Arden, director of think-tank SustainAbility, to kick-start the workshop sessions on Monday morning at SB ’15 London with a focus on how to drive business model transformation from inside a company. This workshop was a developed as a hotly requested follow-up to SustainAbility’s workshop last year at SB’14 London, focused on Business Model Innovations for Sustainability.

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General Mills, IKEA Among Latest Global Players to Join White House Climate Action Pledge
General Mills, IKEA Among Latest Global Players to Join White House Climate Action Pledge

8 years ago - General Mills, IKEA and Best Buy are among the 81 companies to recently join the White House-led American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which sets significant greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy sourcing goals for 2020 and beyond.The pledges focus on increasing energy efficiency, boosting low-carbon investing and making sustainability more accessible to low-income Americans.

#BusinessCase: Why Renewable Energy Will Make or Break Business Success
#BusinessCase: Why Renewable Energy Will Make or Break Business Success

8 years ago - World leaders have shaken hands on the new Sustainable Development Goals that will hopefully be shaping global and local agendas and policies over the next 15 years. The UN Sustainable Development summit coincided with the 7th edition of Climate Week, which was jam-packed with well-timed announcements and strong messages in favor of a low-carbon economy.

Starbucks UK to Give 'Home Sweet Loans' to Employees Under 25, Living Wage to All
Starbucks UK to Give 'Home Sweet Loans' to Employees Under 25, Living Wage to All

8 years ago - Starbucks UK has announced it is going beyond government recommendations for the National Living Wage and will be the first private company to implement housing and homelessness charity Shelter’s Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme, to help its employees manage the cost of living.“There are now 11 million private renters in England, and as housing costs keep rising, more and more people are struggling to scrape together the deposit needed to rent a home," said Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb.

Climate Week: Climate Neutral Now, RE100 Initiatives Recruit Fortune 500 Companies
Climate Week: Climate Neutral Now, RE100 Initiatives Recruit Fortune 500 Companies

8 years ago - Two initiatives for reducing businesses’ impacts on the environment have attracted globally recognized brands this week at Climate Week NYC.On Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) announced a new initiative to help businesses and individuals reduce their carbon footprints, Climate Neutral Now. An online platform will facilitate the measurement, reduction, and offset of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Starbucks Facing Increased Consumer Pressure to Go Deforestation-Free
Starbucks Facing Increased Consumer Pressure to Go Deforestation-Free

8 years ago - Like one of its baristas, Starbucks has given consumers warm words but has been a bit slow in delivering the goods.In 2013, Starbucks announced it would source 100 percent of its palm oil from certified sustainable suppliers by 2015, but the company has been slow to take meaningful action, and a SumOfUs.org campaign is calling on Starbucks to strengthen its policies.

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How to Rewire Business: SustainAbility Releases Second 'Model Behavior' Report
How to Rewire Business: SustainAbility Releases Second 'Model Behavior' Report

9 years ago - Despite bold efforts to make companies’ processes and products more sustainable, many businesses that flourish today are inherently unsustainable. Companies must fundamentally change their modus operandi to survive in a future of resource scarcity and climate change — no amount of renewable energy sourcing or green product engineering, for example, can accommodate these conditions.

How to Drive Business Model Transformation from Inside Your Company
How to Drive Business Model Transformation from Inside Your Company

9 years ago - I attended a half-dozen panels during the first three days at SB ‘15 San Diego, each addressing a specific business function. I listened closely as experts shared case studies on incorporating sustainability into marketing, supply chain, employee engagement, etc. But it wasn’t until this Thursday morning breakout session, on the final day of the conference, that we finally seemed to tie it all together.

How Starbucks, Kimberly-Clark, Stonyfield Farm Link Transparency to Supply Chain Performance
How Starbucks, Kimberly-Clark, Stonyfield Farm Link Transparency to Supply Chain Performance

9 years ago - As I settled in to the back right corner of the Mission Bay room for a Tuesday afternoon breakout session on Supply Chain Performance, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. All of my previous panels at SB ‘15 San Diego had focused on consumer or employee engagement, so I was bracing myself for much drier dialogue.

Starbucks Moving Ethos Water Operations Out of California; Walmart Faces Petition to Do the Same
Starbucks Moving Ethos Water Operations Out of California; Walmart Faces Petition to Do the Same

9 years ago - Starbucks has become the latest corporation to move its water bottling operations out of California: Last Thursday, the company announced that it would move sourcing and manufacturing of its Ethos Water out of state due to the serious drought conditions and necessary water-conservation efforts in California. Over the next six months, Starbucks plans to move production to its Pennsylvania supplier, while exploring alternatives to transition to a new source and supplier to serve the company’s West Coast distribution.

Mobilizing Around Climate Action: BICEP's Anne Kelly on Helping Brands Flex Their Advocacy Muscle
Mobilizing Around Climate Action: BICEP's Anne Kelly on Helping Brands Flex Their Advocacy Muscle

9 years ago - Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) is the foremost coalition of companies advancing energy and climate legislation in the US. A project of Ceres, BICEP convenes 34 member companies that advocate a low-carbon economy as a path to create jobs and stimulate growth.

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The Roadmap Series, Phase III: From Personality to Process
The Roadmap Series, Phase III: From Personality to Process

9 years ago - Almost every company I have known to start down a formal path of sustainable business strategy has had the benefit of a passionate advocate for change.