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Blended Finance Schemes Are Catalysing Real Impacts in Sustainable Development
Blended Finance Schemes Are Catalysing Real Impacts in Sustainable Development

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - To deliver the rapid decarbonisation and conservation we need, and to enable communities to grow in a sustainable way, we have to catalyse new finance for good — and we need to maximise that impact, so we know how much good is achieved and how we can improve.

ESG 2.0: From Corporate Proclamations and Doing Less Harm to Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are
ESG 2.0: From Corporate Proclamations and Doing Less Harm to Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - “ESG in its fullest form hasn’t really been done yet. Its full potential is at the intersection of ESG and impact investing, where we can move from passive divesting and screening out of negative investments to proactive investments that generate long-term, sustainable profits.” — Alix Lebec

Alternative Proteins May Be Best Investment for Slowing Climate Change
Alternative Proteins May Be Best Investment for Slowing Climate Change

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - New report finds that with 25% of global GHG emissions caused by the food value chain, the shift to alternative proteins may be the most capital-efficient and high-impact solution to addressing the climate crisis — and over 30% of consumers are ready to make the switch.

What Is Plastic Neutrality and How Do We Get There?
What Is Plastic Neutrality and How Do We Get There?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Plastic neutrality is achieved when an individual or organization’s plastic footprint is measured and balanced by the removal and recovery of plastic waste from nature, and complemented by reductions in plastic use.

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New eCommerce Platform Will Decrease Supply Chain Opacity, One Purchase at a Time
New eCommerce Platform Will Decrease Supply Chain Opacity, One Purchase at a Time

SUPPLY CHAIN - Neuterra enables consumers to make data-driven purchasing decisions and helps brands gain valuable insights on sustainability trends, with the goal of revealing the true cost of consumption and taking an intersectional approach to addressing the climate crisis.

In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions
In Conversation with Dow: The Unexpected and Unconventional Partnerships That Launch Circular Solutions

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Dow Sustainability Director Julie Zaniewski kicks off this conversation series by sharing insights into how the chemical giant is shaking up business as usual to deliver solutions.

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.

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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.

Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’
Protecting the Collectors: A Case Study in Ensuring Safe, Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in the ‘First Mile’

SUPPLY CHAIN - Many companies still shy away from responsibility for what’s happening in the first mile of their supply chains; but First Mile, along with its nonprofit and brand partners, is actively engaging with these issues — and creating positive impacts for thousands of waste collectors around the world.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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