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As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative
As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative

WALKING THE TALK - In 2021, WSL launched WAOO to protect and conserve surf ecosystems around the world. Over the 2022 tour season, it collaborated with community organizations, indigenous groups, surfers and others on activations including replanting native coastal vegetation in Hawaii, removing plastic pollution from Indonesian waterways, and restoring coral reefs in Tahiti.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World
IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

CLEANTECH - The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop
Empowering Waste Pickers, Building Communities and Closing the Loop

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - In Latin America, where recycling rates remain below 10%, grassroots circular solutions are slowly beginning to scale — thanks to growing legitimacy, education, organization and protections for informal waste workers, who remain the backbone of the region’s collection and recycling infrastructure.

Seeking Better Progress Toward Sustainability? Consider a Business Collaboration
Seeking Better Progress Toward Sustainability? Consider a Business Collaboration

COLLABORATION - No matter where your company is in its sustainability journey, the sooner it joins or initiates a collaboration with industry peers, the better. This guide should be in every sustainability professional’s back pocket when defining an ESG strategy.

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Why Partnerships with Nonprofits Are Key to a More Sustainable Future
Why Partnerships with Nonprofits Are Key to a More Sustainable Future

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow is leading the charge in materials science, but we can’t do that science in a box without thinking about communities and the people within them. Nonprofit partnerships help us dig to the root of the most pressing problems in sustainability, find the best solutions and gain public buy-in to create real impact.

BCLC: How a Gambling Corporation Transformed into a Social Purpose Company
BCLC: How a Gambling Corporation Transformed into a Social Purpose Company

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A gambling corporation may seem like the antithesis of ‘social good;’ but for BCLC, this is exactly why a gambling company should pivot to a social-purpose model: “People can look and say, ‘Hey, if a gambling company can bring in a social purpose; then, surely my company can do this as well.’”

FTC Cashmere Models New Approach to a Truly Sustainable Supply Chain
FTC Cashmere Models New Approach to a Truly Sustainable Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - The dire social and environmental consequences of opaque fashion supply chains have been laid bare; and consumers now demand that brands have clear, verifiable visibility throughout their supply chains. FTC shows that it can be done — but it requires a vastly different way of thinking.

Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change
Diageo Innovation Fund to Help Smallholder Farms in Africa Withstand Climate Change

SUPPLY CHAIN - Diageo has committed to cultivating solutions to enable the farmers in its African supply chain — who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of increasing droughts and floods — to maintain steady farming cycles and income in a climate-changing world.

Technological Ingenuity in African Nations: How They Are Solving the Plastic Waste Challenge
Technological Ingenuity in African Nations: How They Are Solving the Plastic Waste Challenge

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Enabling a circular economy is a complicated challenge that governments, communities and businesses globally are struggling to solve. But as Dow’s work in Africa proves, solutions exist — and success comes when organizations and communities collaborate to create change rooted in local context.

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Tazo’s Transition to Regenerative Organic a Linchpin of Tea Industry’s Sustainability Ambitions
Tazo’s Transition to Regenerative Organic a Linchpin of Tea Industry’s Sustainability Ambitions

SUPPLY CHAIN - The tea brand’s ‘Regenerative Roadmap’ aims to completely reimagine the way Tazo creates its teas, and plays a key role in industry giant ekaterra’s overarching sustainability strategy.

Ben & Jerry’s, Tony’s Chocolonely Begin ‘Love A-Fair’ in Name of 100% Slavery-Free Chocolate
Ben & Jerry’s, Tony’s Chocolonely Begin ‘Love A-Fair’ in Name of 100% Slavery-Free Chocolate

SUPPLY CHAIN - The two companies known for their passion for social justice and ethical chocolate have joined forces to end modern slavery and child labor in the cocoa industry.

New Research Highlights the Importance of Evolving Wildlife Tourism Policies
New Research Highlights the Importance of Evolving Wildlife Tourism Policies

WALKING THE TALK - Recent findings and the popularity of wildlife tourism show that tour operators should have an animal welfare policy in place alongside other social responsibility protocols that should evolve as new information becomes available. Travel companies needing to develop or update such a policy can begin with the tips below.

New Vertical Aquaculture Technology Offers Sustainable, Profitable, Scalable Protein Source
New Vertical Aquaculture Technology Offers Sustainable, Profitable, Scalable Protein Source

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Housed in cargo containers, Atarraya’s ‘plug-and-play,’ AI-powered Shrimpbox delivers up to 10x the ROI of traditional poultry or swine farming, creating new opportunities for farmers — even in landlocked, highly populated areas.

Sompo Holdings: Promoting Sustainable Management That Emphasizes Diversity & Inclusion
Sompo Holdings: Promoting Sustainable Management That Emphasizes Diversity & Inclusion

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As she works to transform the company's 130-year-old corporate culture and the implementation of Purpose, we talked with Group Chief Sustainability Officer Ryoko Shimokawa about her vision for sustainable growth for the company and society.

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Why Higher Commodity Prices Hurt Smallholder Farmers — and What Can Be Done to Help
Why Higher Commodity Prices Hurt Smallholder Farmers — and What Can Be Done to Help

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - By investing in SMEs in developing countries, we aim to help them enhance their businesses for the benefit of smallholders — proving they are credible to the local banking sector along the way. Ultimately, our core purpose is to tilt the economic balance back toward smallholders; so they can make a decent living in normal times and survive inevitable price shocks.

B Lab Aligns with IDH to Enable More Companies, Workers to Benefit from a Living Wage
B Lab Aligns with IDH to Enable More Companies, Workers to Benefit from a Living Wage

SUPPLY CHAIN - B Lab has updated its B Impact Assessment guidance and standards to align with the IDH Living Wage Roadmap — highlighting more companies’ work on this front will illustrate the feasibility of providing living wages globally.

GoodSam Foods Out to Scale Regenerative, Farmer-Driven Model for Sustainable Snacks
GoodSam Foods Out to Scale Regenerative, Farmer-Driven Model for Sustainable Snacks

SUPPLY CHAIN - The three-year-old maker of snacks, coffee and other ethically sourced foods is aiming to show that brands can source from regenerative ag systems; but it will require a real commitment to working with rural communities who, for too long, have been left behind by the modern food system.

4VI Creates New Model for Destination Marketing Organizations by Becoming a Social Enterprise
4VI Creates New Model for Destination Marketing Organizations by Becoming a Social Enterprise

WALKING THE TALK - Earlier this year, Tourism Vancouver Island evolved into a social enterprise called 4VI that supports communities, businesses, culture and environment. A social enterprise is a revenue-generating business that identifies a social benefit and directs its revenues toward it; in the tourism industry, this is a completely new way to operate.

3 Key Traits Employers Must Adopt to Succeed in the New World of Work
3 Key Traits Employers Must Adopt to Succeed in the New World of Work

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Work for Impact — a talent acquisition platform that attracts and uplifts underserved jobseekers around the world yearning for greater purpose in employment — is a model for purpose-driven companies to emulate.

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Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability
Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability

WALKING THE TALK - The EDDEN Project highlights the Martinique distillery’s circular and sustainable efforts to date and its roadmap for improvement, as well as advocating for similar commitments from distilleries around the world.

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