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Study Finds Social Cost of Carbon More Than Triple the Current Federal Estimate
Study Finds Social Cost of Carbon More Than Triple the Current Federal Estimate

NEW METRICS - A multi-year study of the social cost of carbon, a critical input for climate policy analysis, finds that every additional ton of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere costs society $185 — far higher than the current federal estimate of $51 per ton.

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.

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.

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.

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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Mandates Supply Chain Due Diligence
Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Mandates Supply Chain Due Diligence

SUPPLY CHAIN - The law is a direct response to the widespread, well-documented reports of crimes against humanity in the Uyghur regions — and the fact that the reactions from most global brands to the issue have been, to put it lightly, disappointing.

A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US
A Springboard for Circularity: Investment in NY Recycling Infrastructure to Create Ripple Effect Across the US

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - These investments offer proof-of-concept for scaling more investments in waste infrastructure across North America. Modernizing Sims’ recycling capabilities acts as a circularity laboratory, which can lead to better design for the whole US recycling system.

Tesco, WWF Tapping Sustainable Food Startups to Fast-Track Supply Chain Innovations
Tesco, WWF Tapping Sustainable Food Startups to Fast-Track Supply Chain Innovations

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Innovation Connections accelerator program aims to fast-track vital food system innovations; Tesco is also calling on the UK government to help accelerate scale-up of late-stage innovations in food supply chains.

New Partnerships Putting Mycoprotein at Center of Sustainable Food Future
New Partnerships Putting Mycoprotein at Center of Sustainable Food Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A new MycoTechnology partnership will scale production of mycoprotein and eliminate food waste in Oman; while Quorn and Drew Barrymore expand their partnership with a new educational series, “Myco101.”

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.

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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.

Keeping Up with Regulatory Trends, Business Opportunities in Sustainable Packaging
Keeping Up with Regulatory Trends, Business Opportunities in Sustainable Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As we see more and more legislation aimed at improving both recyclability and safety of packaging, it is best to first understand your company’s baseline in sustainable packaging. Then, there are a growing number of tools designed to help companies keep track of and meet these evolving requirements.

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.

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.

What SEC ESG Disclosure Mandates Might Mean for Your Business
What SEC ESG Disclosure Mandates Might Mean for Your Business

MARKETING AND COMMS - Earlier this month, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose convened 17 CEOs and key legal leaders to discuss newly proposed environmental and social governance disclosure requirements from the SEC. Here are four key takeaways from the conversation.

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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.

IPCC to Global Business and Government Leaders: The Jig Is Up
IPCC to Global Business and Government Leaders: The Jig Is Up

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The latest IPCC report provides further detail about just how far we’re careening off the proverbial rails and our ever-narrowing window for getting back on a habitable track. But it also provides deeper insight into a potential path forward — if we take definitive, collective action immediately.

EU Proposes Plan to Hold Companies Accountable for Human Rights Violations
EU Proposes Plan to Hold Companies Accountable for Human Rights Violations

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence would oblige companies to identify, prevent, and mitigate human rights and environmental violations in their value chain. But there is debate over whether companies can be reasonably expected to control their entire value chain, down to the smallest suppliers.

Why the Business World Should Use India as a Model for Corporate Social Responsibility
Why the Business World Should Use India as a Model for Corporate Social Responsibility

WALKING THE TALK - In India, CSR is approached with a rigor not found anywhere else in the world. Here, we see how businesses around the world can learn from the Indian approach to CSR — to ensure that every dollar spent has the best societal impact, while improving your brand value.

Attention, Corporations: Creative Accounting Will Not Save Us from the Climate Crisis
Attention, Corporations: Creative Accounting Will Not Save Us from the Climate Crisis

WALKING THE TALK - The first Climate Corporate Responsibility Monitor dissects the climate pledges of 25 of the world’s leading companies — and finds they fall well short of the action required to help the world avoid the effects of catastrophic climate change.

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Meet the Olive Oil Brand on a Mission to Reunify a War-Torn Country
Meet the Olive Oil Brand on a Mission to Reunify a War-Torn Country

WALKING THE TALK - Bringing new gravitas to the term, ‘purpose-driven,’ the team behind Colive is using their uniquely delicious olive oil to help end the civil unrest that has divided their native Cyprus since the 1970s — and exemplify the benefits of social entrepreneurship and peace through cooperation.

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