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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.

Water Risk Is a Financial Risk: Companies Will Soon Have the Tools to Calculate, Disclose and Mitigate It
Water Risk Is a Financial Risk: Companies Will Soon Have the Tools to Calculate, Disclose and Mitigate It

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - For too long, investors have lacked the data and analytics to make well-informed investment decisions around the financial risks of water impacts. That is about to change.

How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean
How Brands Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution in the Caribbean

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Our vision is to embed effective recycling across the region’s islands and enable value-added processing of materials where it makes commercial sense — but we’ve been held back by many challenges. For businesses and brands that sell into the Caribbean, it’s an opportunity to be part of our mission and walk their talk around plastic pollution reduction and circularity.

This Startup Is Determined to Provide ‘Plenty’ of Jobs and Leafy Greens All Year Round
This Startup Is Determined to Provide ‘Plenty’ of Jobs and Leafy Greens All Year Round

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - By teaming up with retail leader Walmart, San Francisco-based Plenty is set to supply California (for starters) with healthy, sustainable food at an affordable price, using only 1% of the land needed for traditional farming.

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Ando Launching World's First 100% Fossil-Free Insurance Program
Ando Launching World's First 100% Fossil-Free Insurance Program

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Through partnerships with leading providers including Allstate, Nationwide and Travelers, Ando aims to expand the scope of financial independence from fossil fuels available to sustainability-conscious consumers.

Talk Is Cheap: How Brands Can Move from Table Stakes to Putting a Stake in the Ground for Racial Justice
Talk Is Cheap: How Brands Can Move from Table Stakes to Putting a Stake in the Ground for Racial Justice

WALKING THE TALK - Two years after George Floyd’s murder galvanized the nation to address systemic racism, corporate progress on advancing racial equity in the workplace and community remains a mixed picture. Smoketown’s Ryan Pintado-Vertner lays out three approaches brands can take to show they’re walking their anti-racism talk.

Shein Acknowledges Textile Waste with $50M EPR Commitment; But Critics Say It’s Small Change
Shein Acknowledges Textile Waste with $50M EPR Commitment; But Critics Say It’s Small Change

WASTE NOT - What some are calling 'a significant step toward accountability' for fast fashion brands, others say is lip service and an inadequate approach to supporting waste-management efforts in communities deeply impacted by textile waste.

War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs
War in Ukraine Takes Toll on East Asian Economies, Prospects for Achieving SDGs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As ever, it is the most vulnerable people around the world who suffer greatest from slow growth, rising inflation, and the energy and food system disruptions stemming from the war in Ukraine. Bridging the finance divide, while ensuring that resources catalyze the necessary transformations, will be key for putting the SDGs back within reach.

Measuring What Matters: PMI’s New Sustainability Index
Measuring What Matters: PMI’s New Sustainability Index

NEW METRICS - As we continue to transform and discover better ways to develop impactful solutions, we hope our transparency and ambitious targets will spark dialogue with those who can help accelerate the pace of change — to question, challenge and engage with us as we work on making PMI better.

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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.

Fashion’s Supply Chain Visibility Comes Into Focus
Fashion’s Supply Chain Visibility Comes Into Focus

SUPPLY CHAIN - It remains to be seen whether the SEC’s proposed climate-disclosure rules will go into effect; but with the EU bringing in sustainable textile regulations and states passing laws on supply chain due diligence, increased scrutiny over the climate impacts of brands and retailers will continue to grow.

Rise in ‘Balance Sheet Activism’ Swells CNote’s Community Investment Platform to $300M
Rise in ‘Balance Sheet Activism’ Swells CNote’s Community Investment Platform to $300M

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Apple, Netflix, Xylem and others are putting corporate cash to work in financially underserved communities by moving money to CDFIs, LID credit unions and MDIs throughout the US.

Digital Verification Solutions for Carbon Markets Could Fast-Track Climate Action
Digital Verification Solutions for Carbon Markets Could Fast-Track Climate Action

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.

It’s 2022: Are Companies Walking Their Talk on Racial Equity?
It’s 2022: Are Companies Walking Their Talk on Racial Equity?

WALKING THE TALK - JUST Capital’s 2022 Corporate Racial Equity Tracker reveals progress in key areas; but companies have a long way to go toward implementing meaningful actions that help fundamentally advance racial equity.

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Collaboration, Communication Key to Scaling Sustainable Forestry in Supply Chains
Collaboration, Communication Key to Scaling Sustainable Forestry in Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - In a recent webinar, FSC, Procter & Gamble and Stok discussed how companies can fulfill their role in the responsible sourcing and manufacturing of products derived from forests.

New Guide to Aid US Food Sector’s Climate Transition Plans as Investors Ramp Up Pressure
New Guide to Aid US Food Sector’s Climate Transition Plans as Investors Ramp Up Pressure

WALKING THE TALK - Investors can use the guide to engage companies by emphasizing the importance of disclosing their full-scope GHG emissions and setting 1.5°C emissions-reduction targets — ahead of forthcoming mandates.

A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US
A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - These investments offer proof-of-concept for scaling more investments in waste infrastructure across North America. Modernizing Sims’ recycling capabilities acts as a circularity laboratory, which can lead to better design for the whole US recycling system.

What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer
What Are Plastic Credits? A 4-Minute Explainer

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As the global plastic-pollution crisis continues to deepen, key stakeholders must come together to find and fund solutions. The introduction of plastic credits has brought with it a renewed cause for optimism.

Meet StoreDot: The Startup That Used Neuroscience to Revolutionize EV Batteries
Meet StoreDot: The Startup That Used Neuroscience to Revolutionize EV Batteries

CLEANTECH - Thanks to a unique, interdisciplinary approach to addressing ‘range anxiety’ due to limited battery life, the Israeli startup has reinvented the EV battery with a breakthrough that could finally leapfrog EVs into the mainstream.

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Benefits for Local Communities Shape Offerings for Regionally Focused Travel Companies
Benefits for Local Communities Shape Offerings for Regionally Focused Travel Companies

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Focusing resources beyond popular attractions, and a personal sense of pride and care for a place and its people, creates the conditions for well-supported communities. Because of this, regionally focused travel companies are uniquely situated to ensure tourism creates positive ripple effects where they operate.

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