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Aleph Farms Joins AIM for Climate with $40M Investment to Advance Cellular Agriculture
Aleph Farms Joins AIM for Climate with $40M Investment to Advance Cellular Agriculture

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cellular ag technologies address two of the initiative’s four focal areas of innovation for 2022; they could be a key tool for reducing food’s environmental impact and enabling greater food security.

The Hidden Cost of Cryptocurrency and NFTs
The Hidden Cost of Cryptocurrency and NFTs

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Companies with significant ESG commitments to shareholders will not be able to hold investments in cryptocurrencies or NFTs and still meet their sustainability goals; public companies with these technologies in their portfolios will be responsible for the emissions created by their investments.

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.

Perfect Day Is Helping Brands Give Cows, and the Planet, a Rest with Animal-Free Dairy
Perfect Day Is Helping Brands Give Cows, and the Planet, a Rest with Animal-Free Dairy

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The biotech startup uses microflora to produce whey protein that’s genetically identical to the milk-derived version, without a cow in sight. And it’s poised for massive impacts, thanks to a growing number of brand partnerships.

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Like ‘Majik’: This Kenyan Startup Is Producing Clean Drinking Water from Thin Air
Like ‘Majik’: This Kenyan Startup Is Producing Clean Drinking Water from Thin Air

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Majik Water has found an ingenious way to capture the water from the atmosphere, even in arid regions — harnessing a limitless resource and providing a sustainable solution for thousands of Kenyans, with a goal of reaching 100M people by 2030.

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.

Alaska Airlines Aiming to Advance Low-Carbon Aviation Through Corporate Partnerships, Shared Learning
Alaska Airlines Aiming to Advance Low-Carbon Aviation Through Corporate Partnerships, Shared Learning

CLEANTECH - New program expands first-in-the-US agreement with corporate partners to reduce business travel emissions through sustainable aviation fuels.

How the Sustainability Journey Can Be a Powerful Tool for Change
How the Sustainability Journey Can Be a Powerful Tool for Change

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - At a recent Sustainable Brands virtual event, leaders from the CPG, restaurant and IT industries highlighted how they sold important ideas and ambitions around impact and responsibility internally, and how that translates to external success.

Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality
Report: An Asset Mindset Is Needed to Make a Circular Economy a Reality

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Latest research from Planet Tracker proposes a practical business solution to the problem of plastic waste, whereby packaging is treated as an asset to be returned, rather than a liability to be tossed.

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5 Principles of Trustworthy ESG Data
5 Principles of Trustworthy ESG Data

MARKETING AND COMMS - Without established goals, ongoing monitoring and disclosure for accountability, progress will never be made. Organizations can instill trust in their ESG data by ensuring it’s on 'TRACK.'

Amid Peak Fire Season, Coors Banquet Launches ‘Protect Our Protectors’ Program Benefiting Firefighters
Amid Peak Fire Season, Coors Banquet Launches ‘Protect Our Protectors’ Program Benefiting Firefighters

MARKETING AND COMMS - Proceeds from limited-edition Coors Banquet stubby bottles and a collaborative capsule collection with clothing brand Brixton benefit the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

4 Things We Must Get Right to Truly Transform the US Agriculture System
4 Things We Must Get Right to Truly Transform the US Agriculture System

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As regenerative ag gains momentum in the US, how do we ensure that the transition of the food system materializes in a way that supports equitable economic prosperity while allowing people and planet to flourish long term? Here are four areas where today’s decisions will shape US agriculture’s future trajectory.

The Problem with Plastic-Free July
The Problem with Plastic-Free July

WASTE NOT - The problems we’re facing aren’t going to be solved by forgoing plastic straws. Yes, every small action makes a difference; but these actions need to be a piece of a greater puzzle in which every council, government, company and community is building towards better waste management overall.

With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?
With a Sustainability Strategy Fully Embedded, How Do You Maintain Momentum to Reach Your Goals?

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - “We’ve been working on design for recyclability for years now. But the next step is to make packaging fully recyclable and then collect the packaging to recycle it into new products. We’re very close to creating a low-carbon, circular economy.” — Han Zhang

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ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space
ISS National Lab, Estée Lauder Choose 2 Potential Plastic Pollution Solutions to Launch into Space

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Beyond Plastics Challenge aims to address the plastics dilemma on Earth through the design and production of solutions aided by access to space. The two winning concepts will be able to conduct research in the International Space Station’s unique, weightless environment.

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.

Behemoths and B Corps: Multinationals’ Role in the Stakeholder Economy
Behemoths and B Corps: Multinationals’ Role in the Stakeholder Economy

WALKING THE TALK - Several global brands have now achieved B Corp certification, leading some to criticize certifier B Lab for abandoning its original mission: Making business a force for good. But, as advocates point out, welcoming multinationals into the B Corp family is a logical step in scaling systemic change.

1st Indigo Ag Credit Issuance Connects Farmers to Multibillion-Dollar Voluntary Carbon Market
1st Indigo Ag Credit Issuance Connects Farmers to Multibillion-Dollar Voluntary Carbon Market

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Industry-leading carbon-farming program provides new revenue stream for farmers and an immediately accessible, scalable nature-based solution to climate change for businesses.

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.

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How to Sell Sustainability as a Key Measure of Business Success
How to Sell Sustainability as a Key Measure of Business Success

BUSINESS CASE - When companies make bold commitments to sustainability, we all win. Here, we share lessons learned and ongoing challenges from three very different corporate sustainability journeys — to show others on the front lines that they are not alone.

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