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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.

The Cost of Bad Data for Sustainability Reporting
The Cost of Bad Data for Sustainability Reporting

MARKETING AND COMMS - Sustainability reporting focuses on the challenges that most affect business performance and matter most to key stakeholders. From understanding consumption and cost of inefficiencies and anomalies, clear reporting is mission critical to any organization’s ability to meet sustainability goals. But sustainability reports are only as impactful as the quality of the data that is being used. If the data driving your reports is incomplete or inaccurate, you could be compromising the nature of your assessments. Just like the quality of soil is important for the growth of a tree, the quality of your data is just as important for growing your sustainability programs.

New Soma X Parley Bottle Latest Bid to Chip Away at Marine Plastic Pollution
New Soma X Parley Bottle Latest Bid to Chip Away at Marine Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - Today, Soma and Parley for the Oceans announced their exclusive and limited-edition product for Starbucks; the world’s first reusable water bottle with a sleeve made using Parley Ocean PlasticTM, a material created from upcycled plastic intercepted from marine environments.

Trending: Startups Want to Redesign the Way We Eat Veg
Trending: Startups Want to Redesign the Way We Eat Veg

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With the global population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050 and the realities of climate change quickly unfolding, the pressure is on to find new solutions that allow us to meet growing demand while reducing environmental impacts. Food companies and government have an important role in initiating change, but startups are quickly emerging as the champions of tomorrow’s food system.

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A Win for Cocoa Farmers and Forests: Ghana Grants First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees
A Win for Cocoa Farmers and Forests: Ghana Grants First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees

SUPPLY CHAIN - For the first time ever in Ghana, cocoa farmers have obtained official ownership of non-cocoa trees on their farms. Some 150 farmers in the country’s western region will now be able to include shade trees as part of their business plans, providing additional sources of income in the form of timber while reducing deforestation and the effects of climate change.

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.

Trending: The Future of Mobility Is Circular
Trending: The Future of Mobility Is Circular

WASTE NOT - Discussion around the future of mobility is dominated by discourse around the shift away from fossil fuels, but this is only one small part of a more complex conversation. Even clean energy vehicles have impacts on environmental and human health. China’s industry ministry, General Motors and Goodyear are taking these often-overlooked impacts into account by focusing on waste recovery and prevention approaches that seek to establish closed-loop systems.

Ceres, WWF Expand AgWater Challenge to Drive Water Stewardship in Ag Supply Chains
Ceres, WWF Expand AgWater Challenge to Drive Water Stewardship in Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Cape Town, South Africa could run out of water in a few months, literally turning off the spigot for some four million residents. If a solution to the crisis is not found, social unrest is feared. Beyond the human rights concerns, the region’s vegetable, citrus, grape and nut growers may face shortages as 40 percent of Western Cape Town’s water is currently allocated to agriculture.

Global Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy More Than Double in Two Years
Global Cities Committed to 100% Renewable Energy More Than Double in Two Years

CLEANTECH - Renewables are on the rise — according to new data published today by CDP, over 100 cities around the world are now getting at least 70 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. The list includes large cities such as Auckland, New Zealand; Nairobi, Kenya; Oslo, Norway; Seattle, USA; and Vancouver, Canada; and is more than double the 40 cities who reported that they were powered by at least 70 percent clean energy in 2015.

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Trending: Startups, Government Put Planned Obsolescence in Its Place
Trending: Startups, Government Put Planned Obsolescence in Its Place

WASTE NOT - As increasing emphasis is being placed on circularity, the concept of planned obsolescence is being called into question. While it has long been criticized by consumers, brands and governments are finally beginning to recognize that the short-term strategy has no place in the low-carbon economy — and are taking action to promote transparency and resource efficiency.

3 Environmental Lawsuits That Have Helped Society
3 Environmental Lawsuits That Have Helped Society

LEADERSHIP - For Big Oil and lobbyists of legislative bodies, money talks. Unfortunately, keeping investors and corporate bigwigs happy often takes precedence over any environmental concerns. Trying to effect real change for the good of the environment can seem impossible at times given the vast amount of power in play.

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.

Trending: Supermarkets, Government, the Queen Take Stand Against Single-Use Plastics
Trending: Supermarkets, Government, the Queen Take Stand Against Single-Use Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Plastic packaging continues on its downward spiral as supermarkets, government and even the Queen begin to explore more sustainable alternatives. Kiwi supermarket chain New World is setting a new standard for the food industry by drastically reducing the amount of plastic packaging stocking its shelves.

Why Sustainable Concrete Will Be the Bedrock for Future Megacities
Why Sustainable Concrete Will Be the Bedrock for Future Megacities

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The US’s infrastructure is falling apart beneath our feet. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our infrastructure a “D-” on its infrastructure report card. There are so many considerations for infrastructure repair, it’s mind-boggling. From aviation to wastewater systems to public parks, it all needs work. There are two common threads throughout: energy and concrete.

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What We Can Learn from The Dutch City Of Nijmegen, This Year’s European Green Capital
What We Can Learn from The Dutch City Of Nijmegen, This Year’s European Green Capital

LEADERSHIP - Right now, almost four billion people live in a city somewhere in the world. By the middle of this century, that number is set to jump by a staggering 2.5 billion, with 90 percent of that growth happening in cities located in Asia and Africa. However, with many cities doubling in size every 15 to 20 years, our urban environments currently lack the resources necessary to adapt to the forces of urbanization. Our cities will need to accommodate spiraling numbers of people, servicing their needs and stimulating trade and investment to create jobs, all within the constraints imposed by mega-challenges, such as climate change, poverty and employment. In Europe, two-thirds of people already live in cities.

Impact Assessments — A Driver of Change?
Impact Assessments — A Driver of Change?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - At dormakaba, we aim to become the trusted industry leader and to make access in life smart and secure. We also want to be smart about the choices we make as a company — including how we manage sustainability. That is why we decided to conduct a sustainability impact assessment of our business activities. Our goal is to responsibly manage our business, focusing our sustainability efforts where we can have the most impact.

Forum for the Future Sheds Light on Global Trends Shaping the Future of Sustainability
Forum for the Future Sheds Light on Global Trends Shaping the Future of Sustainability

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In a new report, Forum for the Future calls on leaders to better understand the dynamic trends that are shaping the future in order to create strategies that effectively navigate today’s complex challenges and unlock new opportunities for sustainability.

Slavery Risk Tool Allows Businesses to Identify Human Rights Violations in Seafood Supply Chains
Slavery Risk Tool Allows Businesses to Identify Human Rights Violations in Seafood Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program, already the global standard for environmentally responsible seafood, has created a new tool that allows businesses to assess the potential risk of forced labor, human trafficking and child labor in fisheries.

Striving for Future-Fitness: A Lesson from the Suffragettes
Striving for Future-Fitness: A Lesson from the Suffragettes

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Societal expectations shift incessantly, like stones on a beach. Some ideas ripple gently across our collective consciousness, leaving barely a trace, while others swell and gather momentum, swelling into waves capable of dislodging the largest rocks. Established norms, which until moments before seemed immutable, are swept away. On February 6th, 1918, the Suffragettes won the right for women in the UK to vote. Not all women — it took another decade for this particular rock to right itself — but one hundred years ago today was the moment that the wave came crashing inexorably down.

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ProSUM Urban Mining Tool Maps Critical Raw Materials in EU E-Waste
ProSUM Urban Mining Tool Maps Critical Raw Materials in EU E-Waste

WASTE NOT - Resource scarcity and the rise of the circular economy are inspiring businesses, industry associations and governments to develop new ways to recover precious and critical raw materials (CRMs) from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The Urban Mine Platform, a database of valuable materials for “urban mining,” is the public and private sectors’ latest attempt to take on the challenge.

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