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Trending: Returnity, Venetian Resort Working to Cut Out COVID Waste
Trending: Returnity, Venetian Resort Working to Cut Out COVID Waste

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Surgical mask upcycling and antimicrobial, reusable packaging solutions are some of the latest initiatives aiming to clean up some of our COVID-fueled, plastic-covered mess.

Young Innovators Compete on Ideas to Build Back Better in Latin America
Young Innovators Compete on Ideas to Build Back Better in Latin America

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - UNEP’s Innovation for Sustainable Lifestyles Competition sees college-level entrepreneurs developing solutions in the areas of transportation, building and food to help the region rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Benefit Brewer Aims to Put People Back to Work During Corona
Public Benefit Brewer Aims to Put People Back to Work During Corona

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While starting any new business is challenging; Works Progress Administration believes it’s always a good time to help people and benefit your community through social impact — especially during this time of chaos and crisis.

From What to How: Enter the Era of Transformation
From What to How: Enter the Era of Transformation

LEADERSHIP - With a goal of contributing to change and understanding how COVID-19 will influence sustainable development; at Quiero, we have undertaken an ambitious project: #aBetterWay — a search for answers from our global community of leaders based on reflection, learning and action.

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Social Impact: A Sales Tool for the Post-Pandemic World
Social Impact: A Sales Tool for the Post-Pandemic World

WALKING THE TALK - While the majority of companies recognize that social impact is valuable, few have managed to successfully integrate it into one of the most mission-critical activities: their sales strategy.

The COVID Covenant: Don’t Go Back — Go Big and Go Now!
The COVID Covenant: Don’t Go Back — Go Big and Go Now!

WALKING THE TALK - We know that we can buy less, use less, work from home, drive less, collaborate more; and have business, society and government move faster — because we just did all of that. How can we respond as powerfully and courageously to other super-critical threats?

Q&A: Dole ‘Promise’ Sees Shift to New, Shared Value Principles by 2025
Q&A: Dole ‘Promise’ Sees Shift to New, Shared Value Principles by 2025

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Dole Packaged Foods’ new sustainability commitment is based on a Japanese philosophy called 'sampo yochi' — in which business operates for the good of the seller, the buyer and society.

UNESCO Spotlights What Our ‘Next Normal’ Should Look Like
UNESCO Spotlights What Our ‘Next Normal’ Should Look Like

MARKETING AND COMMS - UNESCO’s new campaign asks us to question our ideas about what is normal, suggesting that we have accepted the unacceptable when it comes to our environment, economies, public health and societies for far too long.

Caremongering: The Future of Sustainable Enterprise
Caremongering: The Future of Sustainable Enterprise

THE NEXT ECONOMY - COVID-19 accelerated a shift from “me” to “we”; and a new trend called "caremongering" not only characterizes people's behavior towards each other, but what they look for in the companies they support. At Fjord, we believe those companies designing with the benefit of all life in mind will thrive now and in the decade ahead.

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Meet the Food-Delivery Service That’s Actually Helping Restaurants ‘Fare’ During the Pandemic
Meet the Food-Delivery Service That’s Actually Helping Restaurants ‘Fare’ During the Pandemic

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Fare, a new food-delivery app, is building a more equitable model — one that fosters enhanced community cohesion and shared benefits, and doesn’t include restaurant-crippling fees.

Visa to Digitally Enable 50M Small Businesses, to Power Equitable Global Recovery
Visa to Digitally Enable 50M Small Businesses, to Power Equitable Global Recovery

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new range of initiatives from Visa aims to further support small business recovery from COVID, and equip them to keep up with increasing demand for e-commerce and digital payments; with $100k in grants earmarked for US-based, Black women-owned small businesses.

How to Redesign Our Food System for Resilience
How to Redesign Our Food System for Resilience

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent Big Food Workshop, a variety of experts from throughout the food space spoke on the need to radically redesign for circularity and regionalism, to help us heal our broken global food system.

How to Communicate with Purpose During a Pandemic
How to Communicate with Purpose During a Pandemic

MARKETING AND COMMS - As impact communicators and advisors, it’s our responsibility to remind those we work with and those we meet along the way that businesses that lead with purpose and credible, authentic values are those that will stand the test of time.

Meet the Innovators Ensuring the COVID Plastic Boom Doesn't Last Forever
Meet the Innovators Ensuring the COVID Plastic Boom Doesn't Last Forever

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With health concerns momentarily outweighing mindful consumption, global efforts to wean the world off of single-use plastics have ground to a halt — and suddenly, in the race to protect citizens, plastic is everywhere. Thankfully, lockdown has also triggered radical innovation and ingenuity.

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SDGs Key to (Re)Building Tourism with an Eye Toward the Future
SDGs Key to (Re)Building Tourism with an Eye Toward the Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The travel industry has done a poor job integrating the SDGs into business operations and reporting on them. But the Goals offer guidance on how to develop destinations that can appropriately manage tourism’s footprint and minimize environmental impact while benefiting local communities.

Financial Future for Factory Farms Looks Grim, Post-COVID
Financial Future for Factory Farms Looks Grim, Post-COVID

SUPPLY CHAIN - New ‘Pandemic Ranking’ from $20T investor network warns that, with over 70% of animal agriculture firms at ‘high risk’ of creating future pandemics, COVID-19 could be the “straw that breaks the meat industry’s back.”

How to Future-Proof Brands and Create Culture Change in Challenging Times
How to Future-Proof Brands and Create Culture Change in Challenging Times

MARKETING AND COMMS - Day 2 of the SB Leadership Summit saw a host of intimate discussions on the power of teamwork to drive change toward a better future — as seen in the relationships between top brands’ CMOs and CSOs, the many brand partners fueling SB’s Brands for Good initiative, and making “what people need” a core brand focus.

What Role Will Shaming Play in a Post-Pandemic World?
What Role Will Shaming Play in a Post-Pandemic World?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Myriad opportunities exist to create a new “business as usual,” post-pandemic: People won’t need to be shamed into being more thoughtful or responsible if sustainable practices become the default in society and in business.

Lest We Forget: We Already Have a Blueprint for Safe, Healthy, Post-COVID Future
Lest We Forget: We Already Have a Blueprint for Safe, Healthy, Post-COVID Future

BUSINESS CASE - This pandemic throws a spotlight on the interdependences between business, nature and society. It may be tempting right now, when it is hard to see beyond the next few weeks, to dismiss the SDGs as a distraction. But they have been described as a “crowd-sourced purchase order from the future” *precisely because* they offer a tremendous business opportunity.

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Canada, EU Attach Sustainable Strings to Their COVID-Recovery Plans
Canada, EU Attach Sustainable Strings to Their COVID-Recovery Plans

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Both Canada and the European Union have unveiled plans to rebuild their post-pandemic recovery plans that put sustainability front and center. Will other governments follow suit?

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