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MARKETING AND COMMS - Badges build on Klarna’s commitment to providing its 150M users with the insights and tools they need to make more informed purchasing decisions and enact positive environmental change.
CLEANTECH - The electronics giants announced a series of innovations including personal-care device recycling, smart home energy-efficiency improvements, and a new laundry cycle and filter designed to eliminate microplastic pollution from synthetic materials.
PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As always, the goal of our gift guide is to encourage a more conscious approach to gift-giving by highlighting products, services and experiences that create value and benefits beyond short-term gratification for the recipient. Here’s this year’s list of some of the many companies, platforms and products that we’d be happy to support anytime.
WASTE NOT - Recycling, circular industry partnerships and marketplaces for refurbished devices are growing in popularity, but they won’t be a match for the tech industry’s throwaway approach anytime soon. But some smaller, more intrepid brands are proving the validity and demand for longer-lasting, easy-to-repair electronics.
CLEANTECH - Commercial real estate is the second-largest consumer of publicly supplied water in the US. Imagine if we came together to tackle this problem head on! Here are four recommendations for how property managers and building owners can lead the way.
COLLABORATION - The group will develop the industry’s first specification for measuring, accounting for and decarbonizing the emissions associated with consumer use of connected devices.
FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Companies with significant ESG commitments to shareholders will not be able to hold investments in cryptocurrencies or NFTs and still meet their sustainability goals; public companies with these technologies in their portfolios will be responsible for the emissions created by their investments.
PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Israeli startup Beewise is reinventing beekeeping through AI technology and automation, and significantly improving pollination and honey yields with its smart, networked hives.
CLEANTECH - As creators of our digital world, we have a powerful role to play. We must consciously reinvent web design to radically reduce the polluting impacts of our sites and apps. We must use our talents to rethink how we build websites, reduce wastage and save energy — or else, we’re complicit.
PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Our buildings have long been unresponsive, mute structures for housing, work and play. But the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution’s technological advances — high-speed connectivity, AI, the ability to acquire and analyze vast data streams — have enabled buildings to actively participate in their operations and use resources more efficiently.
THE NEXT ECONOMY - A recent Innovate4Climate workshop focused on technology’s role in improving carbon accounting verification processes. SustainCERT and INFRAS explored how digitization will revolutionize emissions-reductions verification in both voluntary and compliance markets.
MARKETING AND COMMS - The telecommunications giant hopes the publicly available data can help guide the climate-adaptation efforts of the people and communities it serves.
WASTE NOT - Existing EPR systems limit electronics producers’ responsibility to national jurisdictions, not to the countries to which we export our electronics waste, and neither lead to multiple product use cycles nor to safe e-waste management.
PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While integrating embodied-carbon tracking and reporting onto connected platforms is a complex feat, it ultimately will transform and revolutionize ESG efforts for the construction industry.
THE NEXT ECONOMY - In finding innovative ways to ensure new electronics are made from their recycled counterparts, one of the biggest barriers for manufacturers continues to be the supply chain.
PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In partnering with TheNotCompany, Kraft Heinz aims to leverage its manufacturing and commercial capabilities, with the scale of some of its beloved global food brands, to reshape the food landscape and set a new standard for plant-based innovation.
THE NEXT ECONOMY - Companies getting into the gold rush of the metaverse can, like many before them in burgeoning industries, put profit first with little thought to the implications on society. Rarely have we been able to proactively factor in brand purpose and ESG planning into the early stages of an industry; and we have the unique opportunity to get it right this time around.
SUPPLY CHAIN - The pandemic-induced supply chain hurdles represent a reboot opportunity for companies. Here, we examine how companies can leverage modern integration technology to both improve supply chain performance and address sustainable supply-chain management practices.
THE NEXT ECONOMY - Building a circular economy to deal with our e-waste challenges means embracing a new level of industry-wide transparency.
WASTE NOT - Companies that are truly invested in building proper circular processes shouldn’t just rely on recyclers’ certifications. There are steps companies can take to strengthen their processes, instead of assuming that recycling is being handled in the right way.