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Trending: Clean Meat Poised to Make the Cut
Trending: Clean Meat Poised to Make the Cut

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “Clean meat” — products produced from culturing animal cells rather than raising and slaughtering animals — is facing its first major regulatory battle. The U.S.

Will We Soon See a More Sustainable Financial System?
Will We Soon See a More Sustainable Financial System?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - It's now nearly 10 years since news broke of the Lehman Brothers collapse, which served as a precursor for this century's biggest-ever financial crisis. Underpinned by reckless borrowing and the untold dangers of the sub-prime mortgage sector, the Great Recession brought the world to its knees and altered the global economic landscape forever. While the global economy has largely enjoyed sustained (if slightly sluggish) growth since this time, the goal of creating a truly transparent financial market has yet to be fully realised. We've seen some progress in this respect, of course, but there is still much work to be done if we're to ensure that we fully heed the lessons of the Great Recession.

Trending: More Startups Revolutionizing the Food Industry
Trending: More Startups Revolutionizing the Food Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Everyone’s gotta eat – and it makes for a big industry. Globally, food and agriculture is a $7.8 trillion industry. Its also growing (pun intended): global investments in the food and agriculture sector have grown three-fold since 2004 and, according to McKinsey, on average have demonstrated higher returns to shareholders than other sectors. In the US, agriculture, food and related industries generated 5.5% of the country’s GDP at $992 billion, $137 billion of that coming directly from US farms.

About the Clout: Pro-Sustainability Businesses Lobby For Greater Good
About the Clout: Pro-Sustainability Businesses Lobby For Greater Good

WALKING THE TALK - Increasingly, businesses are using their clout to influence governments to advance a fair, inclusive and sustainable society and position their business for success. They recognize that government leadership is essential to develop progressive economic, social and environmental public policy to realize a future in which business and society can prosper.

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When You Think ‘Sustainable and Ethical Returns,’ Think Female Leaders
When You Think ‘Sustainable and Ethical Returns,’ Think Female Leaders

LEADERSHIP - Larry Fink’s recent clarion call to capitalism that managing “environmental, social,and governance (ESG) matters demonstrates the leadership and good governance that is so essential to sustainable growth” should not fall on deaf CEO ears.

Startup Allows Neighbors to Generate Returns Through Investments in Their Community
Startup Allows Neighbors to Generate Returns Through Investments in Their Community

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - “A lot of people want to participate in Detroit’s recovery, but unfortunately, they feel that because they’re not a billionaire, millionaire, celebrity or politician, they feel they can’t,” Kwaku Osei told Fast Company.

Humana Foundation Addressing Root Causes to Create Improved and Sustained Positive Health Outcomes
Humana Foundation Addressing Root Causes to Create Improved and Sustained Positive Health Outcomes

PRESS RELEASE - The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) for the past 37 years, today announced the details of its planned health-focused community investing work for 2018 in its headquarters hometown of Louisville, Ky., as well as in seven additional communities where the foundation intends to make significant community investments this year. Strategic Community Investments in ‘Bold Goal’ communities

Danone successfully issues a pioneer €300m social bond continuing to invest for sustainable value for all
Danone successfully issues a pioneer €300m social bond continuing to invest for sustainable value for all

PRESS RELEASE - Danone today announces the successful launch of a €300 million bond to finance and refinance projects that include positive social impacts. This innovative Social Bond is the first to be issued by a multinational aligned with the new Social Bond Principles, as set out in June 2017 by the International Capital Market Association. A few weeks after the integration of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) criteria in the payable margin of its €2bn syndicated loan, this pioneering bond issuance continues to support Danone’s long-term ambition to leading the way to creating and sharing sustainable value. It attracted significant appetite from investors focused on ESG and was subscribed at attractive market conditions.

Humana Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Bold Goals, Community Investments
Humana Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Bold Goals, Community Investments

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - 2017 was a particularly challenging year for health in the United States.

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Closed Loop Fund Announces Historic Partnership on Funding for Recycling Infrastructure
Closed Loop Fund Announces Historic Partnership on Funding for Recycling Infrastructure

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Closed Loop Fund (CLF) today unveiled an historic statewide, public-private partnership targeting a $5 million investment in recycling infrastructure in Connecticut in 2018. This statewide program follows Closed Loop Fund’s successful investment in Waterbury, CT in 2017.

Increasing Campus Sustainability: PepsiCo Recycling Awards Funding to 19 Colleges and Universities
Increasing Campus Sustainability: PepsiCo Recycling Awards Funding to 19 Colleges and Universities

PRESS RELEASE - College and university students have both a special drive and the capability to positively change the world around them. Through the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund, students are empowered to do exactly that – create proposals to address sustainability challenges on their campuses through unique, innovative solutions. In its second year, PepsiCo Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund received more than 60 proposals and will award 19 colleges and universities up to $10,000 to accomplish their environmental goals. Projects that will be funded through the Zero Impact Fund this year include:

UK Government Calls on Top Pension Funds to Disclose Climate Risks
UK Government Calls on Top Pension Funds to Disclose Climate Risks

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The UK’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is calling on top pension funds in the UK to disclose information on the risks that climate change poses to pension savings. The move was prompted by an admission from the Department for Work and Pensions that there is widespread misunderstanding amongst trustees on the scope of their fiduciary duty in relation to environmental risks.

400+ Resolutions Show Investors Stepping Up to Tackle ESG Issues
400+ Resolutions Show Investors Stepping Up to Tackle ESG Issues

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute and Proxy Impact have published an updated Proxy Preview report for 2018. The report offers a comprehensive look at more than 400 shareholder resolutions filed on environmental, social and sustainable governance (ESG) issues.

Coke, Dow, Kimberly-Clark Join Coalition to Tackle Ocean Plastics in SE Asia
Coke, Dow, Kimberly-Clark Join Coalition to Tackle Ocean Plastics in SE Asia

WASTE NOT - Corporate action to tackle the mounting problem of ocean plastics is on the rise with new commitments and cross-industry initiatives cropping up regularly.

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Social Purpose Imperative in Business Triggers Capitalism’s New Zeitgeist
Social Purpose Imperative in Business Triggers Capitalism’s New Zeitgeist

BUSINESS CASE - Welcome to the tipping point of capitalism. At a time defined by political scandals, nuclear threats, and turbulence on Wall Street, business is society’s unlikeliest hero. A series of watershed statements, reports and initiatives from some of the world’s most well-known capitalists is heralding a new zeitgeist, during which businesses are expected to exist to benefit society — not just shareholders.

Beyond Supply and Demand: The Dynamic Equilibrium Between Global Thresholds and Allocations
Beyond Supply and Demand: The Dynamic Equilibrium Between Global Thresholds and Allocations

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As a monetary adviser, I spent many years questioning bankers on the authenticity of their balances sheets. What stood out most for me in these discussions was this: the social demand for commodities is often claimed by banks as having a direct link with the ecological supply of resources which are extracted, produced and sold as commodities. But this just isn’t true. Bank reserve assets are not discounted to reflect the decline of the world’s non-renewable resources. In fact, as society’s ecological debt continues to mount, no one is actually keeping track.

Blockchain Will Revolutionize Marketing — Are You Prepared?
Blockchain Will Revolutionize Marketing — Are You Prepared?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - "We want to create "radical impact", as we like to call it: create access to better quality coffee than the one sold by the leading multinationals and make sure that the people growing our coffee make a better living by bringing value-adding activities back to their countries. But how do we measure and show what we actually do with Moyee?” said Guido van Staveren van Dijk, CEO of Moyee Coffee, describing one of the key challenges his company is facing.

Tesco, Nestlé Poised to Benefit Most from Impending Plant-Based Protein Surge
Tesco, Nestlé Poised to Benefit Most from Impending Plant-Based Protein Surge

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A shift in consumer awareness around sustainability is causing a surge in demand for plant-based proteins — an emerging market opportunity that global food companies won’t want to miss.

Sustainable Funding for Private Green Businesses
Sustainable Funding for Private Green Businesses

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Financing tends to be on the top of the list of hurdles for sustainable companies looking to scale. A business does not survive on a mission alone, and in order to generate profits and revenue, it needs capital to operate. But for sustainable enterprises setting out to meet the triple bottle line (“Planet, People, Profit”) while minimizing impacts, attracting and raising funding can be a particularly challenging task.

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Unleashing the Power of Online Reporting
Unleashing the Power of Online Reporting

MARKETING AND COMMS - Confronted with an ever-growing demand for transparency and materiality, companies need to find an adequate format to publish both financial and pre-financial information to their stakeholders in an effective way. While traditional reporting reaches its limits, online integrated reporting features a number of key advantages that enable them to get the job done. It is fair to say that 2017 was an important year for corporate reporting. A number of events established the disclosure of relevant ecological, social and governance (ESG) specific data as the “new normal”:

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