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Retailers Could Be the Most Important Player in Reducing Food Waste
Retailers Could Be the Most Important Player in Reducing Food Waste

MARKETING AND COMMS - If we want to reduce food waste, we need consumer-led solutions — which can be sparked by retailers. Brands, manufacturers and other food system actors get their message through to consumers if retailers open the door for them.

Can We Halve Global Food Waste by 2030? Not Without Our Suppliers
Can We Halve Global Food Waste by 2030? Not Without Our Suppliers

WASTE NOT - While some nations and food companies have made encouraging progress and crossed the halfway mark towards meeting Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, there’s still a long way to go.

Primark and CottonConnect: Bringing Sustainable Cotton from Field to Fashion
Primark and CottonConnect: Bringing Sustainable Cotton from Field to Fashion

SUPPLY CHAIN - Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme — potentially the largest independent programme managed by a fashion retailer — enables it to trace the source of its sustainable cotton, right down to the community it was grown in.

Business Resiliency: How Social Responsibility Has Strengthened Driscoll’s Farming Communities
Business Resiliency: How Social Responsibility Has Strengthened Driscoll’s Farming Communities

SUPPLY CHAIN - Driscoll’s President Soren Bjorn discusses creating shared value within its business and local communities.

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Why Self-Regulation of Cocoa Sourcing Is a Conflict of Interest
Why Self-Regulation of Cocoa Sourcing Is a Conflict of Interest

SUPPLY CHAIN - Without oversight or a watchdog, what imperative do companies have to make a tangible impact on the livelihoods of cocoa farmers over increasing profit margins? 

In a COVID-19 World, Brands Need to Earn Customers’ Trust Through Sustainability
In a COVID-19 World, Brands Need to Earn Customers’ Trust Through Sustainability

MARKETING AND COMMS - As fashion brands and retailers use the silver lining of COVID-19 to strengthen their sustainability commitments, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol can help them demonstrate their sourcing and supply chain commitments to meet customer demand.

Cosmetics Brands Leading Big Shift on Biodiversity
Cosmetics Brands Leading Big Shift on Biodiversity

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new report reveals the top 10 lessons learned by a group of more than 50 leaders in the cosmetics, food and personal care industries that source with respect for people and biodiversity.

Casey’s General Stores: Fueling Community Growth Through Biodiesel
Casey’s General Stores: Fueling Community Growth Through Biodiesel

CLEANTECH - Through its commitment to supporting local producers and providing customers new fuel options, Casey’s has become a key player in the biodiesel industry.

All Timberland Products to Be 100% Circular, Net Positive by 2030
All Timberland Products to Be 100% Circular, Net Positive by 2030

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The brand is aiming to design 100% of its products for circularity, and source 100% of materials from regenerative agriculture.

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US Soybean Industry Protocol Addresses Sustainable Farming Practices
US Soybean Industry Protocol Addresses Sustainable Farming Practices

CLEANTECH - As soy production and uses have expanded worldwide, so have calls for more responsible farming practices to conserve vital natural resources.

General Mills, Nestlé, Walmart CEOs Lead Coalition to End Food Waste Worldwide
General Mills, Nestlé, Walmart CEOs Lead Coalition to End Food Waste Worldwide

WASTE NOT - The Coalition of Action to End Food Waste aims to enact measures that benefit the environment and the global economy, and ensure more food makes it to stores and onto consumers’ tables.

Chicago Parks Fight Hand Sanitizer Shortage Through Innovative Biodiesel Partnership
Chicago Parks Fight Hand Sanitizer Shortage Through Innovative Biodiesel Partnership

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - An unlikely partnership has enabled the Chicago Park District to produce enough much-needed hand sanitizer to keep its employees and park visitors safe during the pandemic.

Tiffany, Unilever Create New Standards for Supply Chain Transparency
Tiffany, Unilever Create New Standards for Supply Chain Transparency

SUPPLY CHAIN - Tiffany & Co has become the first luxury jeweler to share the full craftsmanship journey of its diamonds; while satellite tech is helping Unilever root out deforestation in its palm oil supply chain.

Strengthening Collaboration Between Farmers and Landowners Key to Improving Conservation
Strengthening Collaboration Between Farmers and Landowners Key to Improving Conservation

COLLABORATION - The relationship between non-operating landowners, which own 62% of Midwest farmland, and the farmers to whom they rent land is vital to achieving wide-scale adoption of soil-health and nutrient-management practices across US croplands.

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Illinois City’s Success with Biodiesel Influences Neighboring Communities
Illinois City’s Success with Biodiesel Influences Neighboring Communities

CLEANTECH - By selling B20 biodiesel to neighboring municipal agencies and organizations, Moline has expanded its impact on air quality across the Quad Cities region — and shown the community that improving air quality is a collaborative effort.

Global Maker Challenge Finalists Tackling Food, Trade, Justice, Circularity
Global Maker Challenge Finalists Tackling Food, Trade, Justice, Circularity

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This year’s global challenges centered around four themes: Sustainable and Healthy Food for All, Climate Change/Circular Economy, Innovation for Inclusive Trade, and Innovation for Peace and Justice.

Illinois Soybean Farmers Sowing Seeds of a Sustainable Future
Illinois Soybean Farmers Sowing Seeds of a Sustainable Future

CLEANTECH - Illinois has maintained its leadership in US soybean production for nearly a century, thanks to its climate and ongoing commitment to sustainable agriculture and conservation best practices.

WEF: 395M New Jobs by 2030 If Businesses Prioritize Nature
WEF: 395M New Jobs by 2030 If Businesses Prioritize Nature

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As governments and businesses look to rebuilding the global economy post-pandemic, a new study from the World Economic Forum (WEF) has found that ‘nature-positive’ solutions can create 395 million jobs by 2030.

CSR v CSV: The Difference and Why It Matters
CSR v CSV: The Difference and Why It Matters

BUSINESS CASE - Creating Shared Value (CSV) is the business model that will accelerate the achievement of the SDGs. It's a game-changing shift from Corporate Social Responsibility and the traditional mindset that business can either do good OR make a profit, to a model that can improve the world.

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Trending: Meet the Innovators Hell-Bent for Plant-Based Leather
Trending: Meet the Innovators Hell-Bent for Plant-Based Leather

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While companies such as Amadou and MycoWorks are charging ahead with mushroom-based leather, here we see the material made from eggplant, cacti and apples — and taking a bite out of food waste at the same time.

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