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These 8 Core Values Helped My Business Achieve Long-Term Growth
These 8 Core Values Helped My Business Achieve Long-Term Growth

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Much has been said about how to grow a company and sustain that growth over time. From building a sales funnel and forming strategic partnerships to implementing the right IT systems and establishing parameters for how employees interact with each other, with management and customers, there is no shortage of advice.

Trending: Bison Down Jacket, Circular Undies Latest Apparel Nixing Waste
Trending: Bison Down Jacket, Circular Undies Latest Apparel Nixing Waste

WASTE NOT - The global movement to end textile waste continues, with the release of outer- and undergarments from new and established brands alike.

Johnson & Johnson Launches Africa Innovation Challenge
Johnson & Johnson Launches Africa Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - Now in its second year, the 2018 Africa Innovation Challenge is open to innovators and entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria & Ghana among other African countries. The challenge focuses on identifying scalable and sustainable solutions to six major health and environmental problems for Africa’s population. Winning Africa-based innovators and startups are eligible for mentorship and US$50,000 in financial support and resources to help bring their ideas to market

DuPont Biomaterials Joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 – A Pre-competitive Innovation Program Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy
DuPont Biomaterials Joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 – A Pre-competitive Innovation Program Accelerating the Transition to a Circular Economy

PRESS RELEASE - In another step toward promoting sustainability and the bio-economy, DuPont Biomaterials has elevated its partnership with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation by joining the organization’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) initiative. The pre-competitive innovation program brings together corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators and affiliates in a unique multi-stakeholder platform to learn and collaborate for a circular economy.

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SAMBAZON, Ecology Center Seeking College Students with Purposeful Business Ideas
SAMBAZON, Ecology Center Seeking College Students with Purposeful Business Ideas

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - SAMBAZON — the first company to bring organic açaí to the U.S. — and The Ecology Center, a non-profit eco-educational center, have launched their second annual Greenhouse Initiative.

Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter
Trending: Nike, Native Shoes Projects Helping Shoe Industry Tread Lighter

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Earlier this month, Nike announced the winners of its Circular Innovation Challenge, which called for new products using Nike Grind — Nike's ground-up post-factory and post-consumer materials — and new technologies to advance footwear recycling.

Q&A: YouNoodle on Why Startups Can Be Key to Your Sustainability Strategy
Q&A: YouNoodle on Why Startups Can Be Key to Your Sustainability Strategy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Well known as a technology engine — with a global network of 200,000+ startups that has powered a 1000+ innovation/startup competitions and challenges — YouNoodle might not be the first company you think of for advice on corporate sustainability strategy. But as the industrial era is replaced by a more entrepreneurial society, YouNoodle is helping brands and organizations keep up with disruptive innovation — and the sustainability space could certainly use more of that.

Kohler Co.’s Innovation For Good Program Recognized as Changemaker with 2018 Mahatma Award
Kohler Co.’s Innovation For Good Program Recognized as Changemaker with 2018 Mahatma Award

PRESS RELEASE - Kohler Co. has been presented with a 2018 Mahatma Award for Social Good for its “Innovation for Good” (IfG) efforts. Laura Kohler, Senior Vice President-Human Resources, Stewardship & Sustainability for Kohler Co., accepted the award on behalf of IfG and Kohler Co. in New York City during the recently held UN General Assembly. The Mahatma Awards for Social Good spotlight changemakers and are awarded annually to individuals or organizations committed to addressing complex social issues like safe water, sanitation, disease, poverty and hunger.

Stanley Black & Decker Launches Maker Month to Celebrate Innovators
Stanley Black & Decker Launches Maker Month to Celebrate Innovators

PRESS RELEASE - Throughout October Stanley Black & Decker will host activities that aim to inspire the next-generation of makers and creators

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BCFN Foundation, UN SDSN Promise Roadmap to Global Food System Transformation
BCFN Foundation, UN SDSN Promise Roadmap to Global Food System Transformation

COLLABORATION - The past few weeks have seen a flurry of big announcements and commitments regarding increasing sustainability in a variety of areas, including overhauling our broken food system: Two weeks ago, at the Global Climate Action Summit, FoodShot Global launched a new investment platform aimed at accelerating food system transformation through a “Moonshots for Better Food” challenge to startups working to create a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable food system worldwide; while earlier this week at Climate Week NYC,

4 Steps to Building a Brand That Supports Smallholder Farmers
4 Steps to Building a Brand That Supports Smallholder Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - This summer, whilst working in Barbados, I got my hands on an old drum set and learnt how to play the classic four-on-the-floor disco beat. It felt great to (just about) crack something so quickly, partly because it makes a nice change from the day job — building ethical brands, which takes a lot longer than a couple of weeks.

APP, MTG Partner to Turn 1K Women from Forest Communities into Herbal Entrepreneurs
APP, MTG Partner to Turn 1K Women from Forest Communities into Herbal Entrepreneurs

COLLABORATION - The Indonesian Network of the United Nations Global Compact today announced a partnership between Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Martha Tilaar Group (MTG) — a leading Indonesian manufacturer of cosmetics and herbal medicine — to train 1,000 women from forest communities to help preserve herbal plants and become self-sufficient entrepreneurs.

SAP Partnering with the Social Enterprise World Forum to Help the Social Enterprise Sector Run Better and Improve People’s Lives
SAP Partnering with the Social Enterprise World Forum to Help the Social Enterprise Sector Run Better and Improve People’s Lives

PRESS RELEASE - Note: This article was written by Mona Farah is head of Strategic Initiatives for EMEA, MEE & Greater China at SAP and Jennifer Beason, head of Communications for Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP. It originally appeared on the company's sustainability newsroom. Social Enterprise Academy provides high-quality and accessible learning and development opportunities to support people and organizations enabling social change in Scotland and across the globe.

Dairies Resuming Home Deliveries: A Sustainable – and Sustainability – Strategy?
Dairies Resuming Home Deliveries: A Sustainable – and Sustainability – Strategy?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The milkman is making a come back. In a dozen or so communities around the U.S., dairy trucks sporting happy cows and nostalgic farm scenes are showing up at doorsteps to drop off fresh milk, cream, butter and eggs. Is that a sustainable strategy? And what does it do to promote sustainability?

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AT&T, G3ict and World Enabled Launch Smart Cities for All Project
AT&T, G3ict and World Enabled Launch Smart Cities for All Project

PRESS RELEASE - The Smart Cities for All global initiative, a collaboration of G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, to launch a new project, Inclusive Innovation for Smarter Cities. The project is convening leaders from government, industry, and disability organizations to generate new knowledge and tools that define how urban innovation ecosystems, including entrepreneurs, developers, incubators, and accelerators, can create more inclusive apps and technology solutions that impact the lives of all people in cities, including persons with disabilities and older persons.

Heathrow to Pilot Winning Ideas Around Plastic Roads, Green Space
Heathrow to Pilot Winning Ideas Around Plastic Roads, Green Space

WALKING THE TALK - London’s Heathrow International Airport has chosen the winners of its inaugural Centre of Excellence Sustainable Innovation Prize, which were judged as the best solutions to some of the sustainability challenges facing airports and the aviation industry more widely. Launched in January, the competition challenged entrants to focus on three areas as part of Heathrow’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainability work:

Mastercard & Bank of America Support Small Business Growth with Launch of Second Annual “Grow Your Biz Contest”
Mastercard & Bank of America Support Small Business Growth with Launch of Second Annual “Grow Your Biz Contest”

PRESS RELEASE - Sixty percent of small businesses nationwide are planning to grow their businesses over the next five years*. Mastercard and Bank of America want to help them do just that with the launch of the second annual Grow Your Biz Contest, a call to action for small business owners from across the country to pitch their business for the opportunity to win $25k and business consultation with industry experts.**

VTT's Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Solve Marine Plastic Problem
VTT's Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Solve Marine Plastic Problem

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - VTT — the Technical Research Centre of Finland — is helping to solve the global plastic waste problem with a project called PlastBug, a mobile container unit that removes plastic waste from ocean areas and converts it into material for other uses. "Our idea is to design a mobile container where microbes degrade plastic waste to valuable products like fuels or chemicals," says Kari Koivuranta, Principal Scientist at VTT.

Unilever's ‘Impact entrepreneurs’: making everyone’s right to safe water a reality
Unilever's ‘Impact entrepreneurs’: making everyone’s right to safe water a reality

PRESS RELEASE - Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is everyone’s right. Just like the right to liberty or the right to a fair public hearing. There’s not a drop of difference. But in the real world, it doesn’t always work that way. This isn’t down to a lack of effort. Every year, billions of dollars are ploughed into projects to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services – many of which are exemplary. Yet, progress remains stubbornly slow. Clearly, some fresh thinking and new ways of working are needed. But where to look? Enter the impact entrepreneurs

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How Beyond Meat Is Turning the 'Meat' Aisle into the 'Protein' Aisle
How Beyond Meat Is Turning the 'Meat' Aisle into the 'Protein' Aisle

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Is your grocery store’s meat aisle becoming obsolete? If it’s started carrying Beyond Burgers and sausages, it might be. That’s not because meat as we know it — the kind made from animals — is disappearing (at least not yet). Rather, the credit (or blame) goes to entrepreneurs such as Beyond Meat’s Ethan Brown, who argues convincingly that “protein aisle” is not only the more accurate way to describe the offerings there, but also the best location for his own Beyond Burger, a “muscle” made from peas that is so succulent and juicy you’d swear it came from a cow.

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