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2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein
2022 ‘World-Changing Ideas’ Tease Sustainable Models for Building, Power, Finance, Animal-Free Protein

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year, again — when we pore excitedly over Fast Company’s annual list of World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste
Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste

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.

4 Ways to Unlock Carbon Finance in Agriculture to Drive Climate Action
4 Ways to Unlock Carbon Finance in Agriculture to Drive Climate Action

WALKING THE TALK - Too many corporate carbon offset schemes rely on measuring soil organic carbon — which is highly variable, hard to measure and easy to lose. Here is a four-step framework for companies looking to create tangible impacts on the ground (pun intended).

Over 100 NGOs Join Forces to Escalate Climate Pressure on Vanguard
Over 100 NGOs Join Forces to Escalate Climate Pressure on Vanguard

MARKETING AND COMMS - The world's second-largest asset manager received the worst possible score in a new climate scorecard as NGOs, grassroots groups, and finance experts ramp up pressure for it to act on climate.

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8 Rules for Leaders to Break to Combat Social, Economic and Racial Injustices
8 Rules for Leaders to Break to Combat Social, Economic and Racial Injustices

LEADERSHIP - To truly help individuals and ourselves, we need to bust up the system, swim upstream and avoid the herd mentality. We need to take a step back and truly understand our own roles in society — and by doing so, to let go of outdated notions.

BlackRock ‘Anticipates’ 75% of Portfolio Edging Toward Net Zero by 2030
BlackRock ‘Anticipates’ 75% of Portfolio Edging Toward Net Zero by 2030

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - While the announcement from the world’s largest asset manager could potentially have significant influence on lowering global emissions, BlackRock’s passive approach is a missed opportunity to actively drive the transition to a low-carbon, net-zero economy.

40 Acre Co-Op Sowing Seeds for Financially Sustainable Future for Black Farmers
40 Acre Co-Op Sowing Seeds for Financially Sustainable Future for Black Farmers

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The first national Black farmer co-op since the Reconstruction era is on a mission to revive and support Black farmers — which have dwindled to a mere 1.4% of farmers in the US — and cultivate a national network of growers of regeneratively farmed hemp.

In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact
In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Many mainstream travel agents still emphasize low prices and profit, treating both travelers and destinations as commodities; but Kind Traveler challenges the viability of such a model within an industry increasingly shaped by more conscious travelers.

Unilever’s New Sustainability Director Wants Competitors to Close the Gap on ESG Performance
Unilever’s New Sustainability Director Wants Competitors to Close the Gap on ESG Performance

LEADERSHIP - “We need to keep that competitive advantage and continue to innovate so that we can really make sustainable living commonplace. It’s constant innovation; and we want others to come along on the journey with us.” — Niki King

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Refreshing Optimism from IPCC: ‘We Can Halve Emissions by 2030.’ But Will Banks Play Their Part?
Refreshing Optimism from IPCC: ‘We Can Halve Emissions by 2030.’ But Will Banks Play Their Part?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Without immediate, deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible to limit global warming to 1.5°C. We have the tech and know-how to halve emissions by 2030, and the impacts are already being seen — but fossil fuel financing must end.

New Campaign Aims to Teach Cannabis Users Benefits of Regenerative Farming
New Campaign Aims to Teach Cannabis Users Benefits of Regenerative Farming

MARKETING AND COMMS - While the herb is heralded as a natural solution for pain, anxiety and other ailments, conventional growing practices across the industry are far from earth friendly.

Fool Me Twice: Accepting the ‘Now Normal’
Fool Me Twice: Accepting the ‘Now Normal’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - It is critical, for business and the planet, that humanity reset our approach to climate events. The future ‘new normal’ is already here. It may bring a new ‘new normal,’ and that will truly be epic — the first time. But we can't continue to approach such events like singularities sweeping in once each century. They are here. Now.

Tomorrow's Brands Are Reimagining Product Formats, Reshaping Industries
Tomorrow's Brands Are Reimagining Product Formats, Reshaping Industries

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Bite has reimagined the way consumers can and should use routine personal-care products. It has disrupted the linear approach to a stale industry with a fresh, waste-free format that offers a successful, premium model of circularity.

Proposed SEC Rules to Enhance, Standardize Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors
Proposed SEC Rules to Enhance, Standardize Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors

MARKETING AND COMMS - The rules — which would require companies to include information about their GHG emissions and climate-related risks likely to have a material impact on their business, results of operations or financial condition — have garnered mixed reviews from stakeholders.

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Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability
Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability

SUPPLY CHAIN - As consumer demand for organic cotton soars, so does skepticism over the sustainability of the sector. The response must not be to retreat from organic cotton, but to invest more in supporting farmers to help them make the often-difficult conversion to organic on the ground.

The Sustainable Brands Network, Ukraine & the Power of Community
The Sustainable Brands Network, Ukraine & the Power of Community

WALKING THE TALK - SB amplifies the actions of its global community and governments in support of Ukraine and reflects on the conflict’s potential impacts on long-term sustainability efforts.

Now More Than Ever, Food Companies Need to Show Their Work on Climate Commitments
Now More Than Ever, Food Companies Need to Show Their Work on Climate Commitments

MARKETING AND COMMS - Detailed disclosure is critical in climate action plans. An emissions-reduction target is insufficient without baseline emissions data to compare it to; because investors and stakeholders have no way of knowing if major sources of emissions are going unmeasured, undisclosed and unaddressed.

New Bank of the West Report Highlights Major Consumer Knowledge Gaps in Sustainable Finance
New Bank of the West Report Highlights Major Consumer Knowledge Gaps in Sustainable Finance

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Fossil fuels and other climate-risky endeavors are still big money for banks; and even if consumers find their bank continues to fund them, it’s something they often feel powerless to change.

Airline Industry Chips Away at Climate Impacts with Long-Term Sustainability Initiatives
Airline Industry Chips Away at Climate Impacts with Long-Term Sustainability Initiatives

CLEANTECH - Alaska, Delta share progress on meantime-measures, lofty goals ahead of industry net-zero targets.

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Focusing on What Matters: How PMI Transparently Identifies ESG Priorities
Focusing on What Matters: How PMI Transparently Identifies ESG Priorities

MARKETING AND COMMS - PMI recently released its 2021 Sustainability Materiality Report, which describes how the company identifies the ESG topics that inform its strategies, goals, and reporting. It’s conducted with full transparency — for stakeholders, and for society.

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