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Visa Commits $100M to Help Minority Depository Institutions Drive Economic Mobility
Visa Commits $100M to Help Minority Depository Institutions Drive Economic Mobility

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - MDIs are trusted providers for communities of color and include some of the oldest minority-owned US banks; they play a unique role in increasing access to financial services for underserved populations.

After Going Public, On Rightly Has Its Head in the Cloud
After Going Public, On Rightly Has Its Head in the Cloud

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Swiss company now has the funds to take its sustainability ethos to the next level — with the launch of a potentially game-changing, truly circular shoe and long-awaited subscription service.

Will Carbon-Labeled Products Sell More? Here’s What We Know
Will Carbon-Labeled Products Sell More? Here’s What We Know

MARKETING AND COMMS - Even with an uptick in consumer knowledge of climate issues and food brands sharing carbon-footprint data for their products, the CPG world is still wondering if carbon-labeling is worth the effort and investment. Here are 5 key takeaways from recent peer-reviewed literature and industry papers.

Meat Industry Conditions Still Perfect Petri Dishes for Next Pandemic
Meat Industry Conditions Still Perfect Petri Dishes for Next Pandemic

SUPPLY CHAIN - Marking two years of COVID-19, new research from FAIRR warns failure to improve crowded, high-stress conditions in animal agriculture fosters ideal breeding ground for new, zoonotic diseases.

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How Climate Risk Can Inform Climate Solutions
How Climate Risk Can Inform Climate Solutions

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The fast and yet slow pace of climate change, along with the geographically dispersed nature of the impacts, can make a collective risk accounting seem overwhelming. Yet there is an interplay between climate risk and certain mitigation measures; we need to factor the risks into how we approach solutions.

There’s an Opportunity for Purpose Leadership in the Metaverse Gold Rush
There’s an Opportunity for Purpose Leadership in the Metaverse Gold Rush

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Companies getting into the gold rush of the metaverse can, like many before them in burgeoning industries, put profit first with little thought to the implications on society. Rarely have we been able to proactively factor in brand purpose and ESG planning into the early stages of an industry; and we have the unique opportunity to get it right this time around.

The 3 Vital Perspectives Sustainability Leaders Need for the 2020s
The 3 Vital Perspectives Sustainability Leaders Need for the 2020s

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As we look back on 25 years of the sustainability movement and focus on the critical decade ahead, we challenge business leaders to embrace three vital perspectives in order to drive deep transformation of the way we live and work in unsettled times.

Fossil Free Banking Alliance to Help Conscious Consumers Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are
Fossil Free Banking Alliance to Help Conscious Consumers Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Bank.Green’s new Alliance, made up of 8 founding members, aims to fuel the global movement towards a more sustainable and climate-resilient financial sector.

Super Bowl Ads Cost $6.5M This Year – What If Brands Used That Money for Good?
Super Bowl Ads Cost $6.5M This Year – What If Brands Used That Money for Good?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Advertising is a critical element for business success; and successful businesses are better positioned to give back to society. But we believe the societal impact of $6.5M can do far more to authentically connect stakeholders with brands than a half-minute of airtime.

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After Disaster in Texas, Community and Industry Come Together to Transform Water Infrastructure
After Disaster in Texas, Community and Industry Come Together to Transform Water Infrastructure

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Disasters such as the aftermath of the February 2021 ice storm that left millions of Texans without running water lay bare the urgent need for updated utility infrastructure across the US. This would involve repairing and replacing hundreds of thousands of miles of water piping — but what should be used in their place?

Umpqua Bank Offers $2M Infusion to Support Minority, Women Entrepreneurs
Umpqua Bank Offers $2M Infusion to Support Minority, Women Entrepreneurs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Through a series of multi-year partnerships with business-focused nonprofits, Umpqua aims to close the opportunity gap in access to capital, resources, and expertise for traditionally underserved innovators.

No Matter the Industry, We All Have a Role to Play in Fighting Hunger
No Matter the Industry, We All Have a Role to Play in Fighting Hunger

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As I write this, we are anxiously awaiting the US Senate to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation. It’s important that this passes, as it calls for the continuation of the Child Tax Credit program that has been instrumental in helping US families rise out of poverty.

Social Infrastructure: Construction Projects as a Force for Good
Social Infrastructure: Construction Projects as a Force for Good

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - If an organization commissions a multimillion-dollar building or renovation, how can it double or triple the social and environmental benefits from its investment? Many green building standards already exist, but what if it was possible to go beyond them — to design a building process that was transformational in its execution?

Decolonizing Wealth Project Redistributes $1M Towards Indigenous-Led Sustainability Efforts
Decolonizing Wealth Project Redistributes $1M Towards Indigenous-Led Sustainability Efforts

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The multi-year, multimillion-dollar Indigenous Earth Fund initiative will support systemic and policy-change efforts centered around Indigenous leaders and environmental solutions.

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Different Paths, Common Goal: How More Companies Are Providing Living Wages
Different Paths, Common Goal: How More Companies Are Providing Living Wages

SUPPLY CHAIN - Paying living wages throughout supply chains can mean changing business models, which can seem insurmountable. But a series of case studies from IDH shows how companies and coalitions are making real progress on their commitments.

The Future of Meat: Likely Somewhere Between Regenerative and Alternative
The Future of Meat: Likely Somewhere Between Regenerative and Alternative

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The broad spectrum of choices in today’s ‘meat’ aisle will continue to diversify as brands work to satisfy the appetites of ever-growing climate-conscious consumer market — and each product has its own benefits, challenges and impacts.

How to Fuel a Sustainable Future for Packaging
How to Fuel a Sustainable Future for Packaging

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Solving the ongoing packaging conundrum demands a significant shift in how businesses think — moving from a linear to a circular model of operation to improve the amount of packaging that can be reused, recycled and returned to the value chain.

Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund Propels Completion of LanzaJet’s First SAF Plant
Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund Propels Completion of LanzaJet’s First SAF Plant

CLEANTECH - The financing partnership will enable LanzaJet to bring its alcohol-to-jet, net-zero sustainable aviation fuels to commercial scale.

Climate Failure, Growing Social Divides Top WEF’s Global Risks for 2022
Climate Failure, Growing Social Divides Top WEF’s Global Risks for 2022

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The World Economic Forum's annual global survey of experts finds only 1 in 6 are optimistic and only 1 in 10 believe in our ability to implement a stable, sustainable global recovery.

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5 Consumer Trends That Will Shape How Brands Source, Produce Goods in 2022
5 Consumer Trends That Will Shape How Brands Source, Produce Goods in 2022

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Consumer insights demonstrate need for brands to make good on their sustainability and human rights claims, and make it even easier for shoppers to shop their values.

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