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Company Shareholders Vote to Examine More Climate-Beneficial Retirement Plans
Company Shareholders Vote to Examine More Climate-Beneficial Retirement Plans

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Campbell's — and many other companies’ — current 401(k) options have employees investing millions in fossil fuels and deforestation through Vanguard, which has just announced it has left the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.

COP15: ‘Environmental DNA’ Technology Enables World-First Nature Performance-Monitoring Service
COP15: ‘Environmental DNA’ Technology Enables World-First Nature Performance-Monitoring Service

NEW METRICS - NatureMetrics says new platform represents breakthrough in understanding and managing our impact on nature — providing simple, standardized metrics to track and report on site-based nature impacts.

COP27: Holding Both Hope and Despair as We Fight For Every 0.1°C
COP27: Holding Both Hope and Despair as We Fight For Every 0.1°C

COLLABORATION - The first COP took place in 1995 — 27 years later, and it’s easy to understand the scepticism. We’re still quite a long way from universal adoption by all nations and private sector actors of net-zero strategies that align with the urgent timescales science tells us are needed. But no other issue brings 198 nation states together in this way.

Closing the Loop: Rethinking Operations, the Economy to Save the Planet
Closing the Loop: Rethinking Operations, the Economy to Save the Planet

WASTE NOT - Whether making a widget or a culinary treat, prioritizing a circular life cycle for products helps keep them out of waste streams until they are negligible — or better yet, they never land there.

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Record Number of Companies Recognize Biodiversity Risks, But Struggling to Turn Commitments Into Action
Record Number of Companies Recognize Biodiversity Risks, But Struggling to Turn Commitments Into Action

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Self-reported data from over 7,700 companies that responded to questions on biodiversity through CDP’s climate change questionnaire shows they are ready to disclose on biodiversity, sending a powerful signal to negotiators ahead of COP15.

As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative
As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative

WALKING THE TALK - In 2021, WSL launched WAOO to protect and conserve surf ecosystems around the world. Over the 2022 tour season, it collaborated with community organizations, indigenous groups, surfers and others on activations including replanting native coastal vegetation in Hawaii, removing plastic pollution from Indonesian waterways, and restoring coral reefs in Tahiti.

New Cookbook Showcases Meals That Benefit Both Human and Planetary Health
New Cookbook Showcases Meals That Benefit Both Human and Planetary Health

MARKETING AND COMMS - "The Cookbook in Support of the United Nations: For People and Planet" features 75 recipes divided into sections on food systems, biodiversity, sustainable consumption, food and climate change, and food waste — and shares each dish’s carbon footprint.

Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector
Breaking Through the Logjam to Accelerate Decarbonization in the Energy Sector

WALKING THE TALK - Why have the collective efforts of national governments, NGOs, forward-looking companies and citizens had so little impact on curbing carbon emissions? Here are three reasons why high-level pledges are not translating into concrete actions — and what’s needed to break through.

This Company’s 3D-Printed Terracotta Tiles Are Paving the Way for Coral Restoration
This Company’s 3D-Printed Terracotta Tiles Are Paving the Way for Coral Restoration

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Archireef has developed the world’s first-ever biomimetic, artificial reef tile — promoting coral survivorship and growth in an environmentally friendly, adaptive and scalable way.

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COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels
COP27 Yields Landmark Deal to Compensate Developing Nations for Climate Damage, But Backpedals on Phase-Out of Fossil Fuels

WALKING THE TALK - COP27 ended with an agreement to create a funding facility to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and damage’ from climate disasters; but weakened language around the phase-out of fossil fuels opens a dangerous loophole that could threaten decarbonization before it’s too late.

Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production
Bridgestone Wins $35M USDA Climate-Smart Grant to Further Advance Guayule Natural Rubber Production

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The USDA has awarded Bridgestone $35M to grow its investment in desert shrub guayule to advance a climate-smart domestic rubber industry and offer a water-smart solution amid the ongoing drought in the Southwestern US.

Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net Zero Operating Footprint By 2030
Vail Resorts Meets 100% Renewable Energy Goal, on Track to Achieve Net Zero Operating Footprint By 2030

CLEANTECH - The company reports progress in its climate goals, as well as its work to support local communities and increase equitable access to snow sports and recreation.

COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?
COP27 Yields More Impressive Forest-Conservation Commitments; But Will Our Efforts Go Up in Smoke?

WALKING THE TALK - From COP27, we see more and more business initiatives focused on not only reaching sustainability, but averting a climate crisis and achieving nature positivity — but have climate-fueled forest fires already nullified our chances at an effective carbon market?

2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing
2022 Ray of Hope Prize Winners Offer Biomimetic Solutions to Fresh Food Waste, Surface Finishing

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute has chosen India’s GreenPod Labs and Germany’s Fusion Bionic as 2022’s top biomimicry startups, from a pool of over 200 applicants from 54 countries.

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Purpose-Driven Brands Continue to Encourage More Conscious Consumption Habits in Antidote to Black Friday
Purpose-Driven Brands Continue to Encourage More Conscious Consumption Habits in Antidote to Black Friday

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - As US consumers report more conservative gifting plans due to money worries, alternatives such as Freitag’s S.W.A.P. events and Poshmark’s Secondhand Sunday meet the downshift in enthusiasm for the Black Friday shopping frenzy.

ShippingEasy Pilots Carbon-Neutral Shipping for Ecommerce Merchants During the Holiday Season
ShippingEasy Pilots Carbon-Neutral Shipping for Ecommerce Merchants During the Holiday Season

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Texas-based small-business shipper, in partnership with South Pole, will offset merchants’ shipping emissions by funding a renewable energy project in Oklahoma.

Many Business Leaders See Sustainability as Costly Obligation Rather Than Investment in the Future
Many Business Leaders See Sustainability as Costly Obligation Rather Than Investment in the Future

LEADERSHIP - According to new Capgemini research, execs recognize the urgency for climate action; but limited impact is visible on the ground so far as they lack an overarching strategy, clarity on the business case and coordinated implementation.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World
IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

CLEANTECH - The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

New Menswear Brand Out to Remind Industry That Nature Is the Ultimate Luxury
New Menswear Brand Out to Remind Industry That Nature Is the Ultimate Luxury

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Men’s apparel startup HyperNatural is aiming to subvert the industry’s reliance on synthetic materials with its unique fabric made from a blend of recycled and organic waste streams. While it’s still ironing out circularity kinks, the brand is determined to not make perfection the enemy of progress.

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New Report Guides Private Sector on How to Simultaneously Tackle Escalating Climate, Health Crises
New Report Guides Private Sector on How to Simultaneously Tackle Escalating Climate, Health Crises

THE NEXT ECONOMY - New research from Forum for the Future and four healthcare giants calls on businesses, policymakers and the finance community to accelerate progress against the mounting threats to human health from the climate crisis.

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