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B Lab Aligns with IDH to Enable More Companies, Workers to Benefit from a Living Wage
B Lab Aligns with IDH to Enable More Companies, Workers to Benefit from a Living Wage

SUPPLY CHAIN - B Lab has updated its B Impact Assessment guidance and standards to align with the IDH Living Wage Roadmap — highlighting more companies’ work on this front will illustrate the feasibility of providing living wages globally.

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.

How Stayfree and UNICEF Have Helped 1.7M Indian Girls Break Taboos Around Feminine Health
How Stayfree and UNICEF Have Helped 1.7M Indian Girls Break Taboos Around Feminine Health

OUR HEALTHY LIVES MISSION - Cultural taboos, and lack of information and access to sanitary napkins, mean that menstruation still limits the lives of women and girls in many places. Stayfree and UNICEF developed a series of social and behavior-change initiatives to improve resources and understanding among girls, families and society.

Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care
Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new report by TRAFFIC, the FAO and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Medicinal Plant Specialist Group looks at 12 common, wild-harvested plant ingredients and their effects on local sourcing communities and ecosystems.

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Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

COLLABORATION - In an effort to combat climate change and reduce waste in its value chain, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics.

Google, UN Partner to Fight Misinformation on Climate Change
Google, UN Partner to Fight Misinformation on Climate Change

MARKETING AND COMMS - For Google, the search features are part of a larger push to build products and tools that empower people to better understand and limit their personal environmental impact — and highlights verified sources of climate data in 12 languages.

New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint
New Kia-Ocean Cleanup Partnership the Latest in Ongoing Effort to Rein in Our Global Plastic Footprint

WASTE NOT - Through the seven-year partnership, Kia will support The Ocean Cleanup’s work and construction of new plastic-collection devices, and integrate portions of the harvested plastic into its value chain.

Over 100 NGOs Join Forces to Escalate Climate Pressure on Vanguard
Over 100 NGOs Join Forces to Escalate Climate Pressure on Vanguard

MARKETING AND COMMS - The world's second-largest asset manager received the worst possible score in a new climate scorecard as NGOs, grassroots groups, and finance experts ramp up pressure for it to act on climate.

8 Rules for Leaders to Break to Combat Social, Economic and Racial Injustices
8 Rules for Leaders to Break to Combat Social, Economic and Racial Injustices

LEADERSHIP - To truly help individuals and ourselves, we need to bust up the system, swim upstream and avoid the herd mentality. We need to take a step back and truly understand our own roles in society — and by doing so, to let go of outdated notions.

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GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities
GAF Project Aims to Increase Quality of Life, Climate Resilience in Urban Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The GAF Cool Community Project will assess and mitigate the impacts of the urban heat island effect in landlocked and underserved cities — beginning with the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima.

In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact
In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Many mainstream travel agents still emphasize low prices and profit, treating both travelers and destinations as commodities; but Kind Traveler challenges the viability of such a model within an industry increasingly shaped by more conscious travelers.

Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability
Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability

SUPPLY CHAIN - As consumer demand for organic cotton soars, so does skepticism over the sustainability of the sector. The response must not be to retreat from organic cotton, but to invest more in supporting farmers to help them make the often-difficult conversion to organic on the ground.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Avoid Burnout in Social Impact Careers
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Avoid Burnout in Social Impact Careers

WALKING THE TALK - Here, Roshan Paul and Ilaina Rabbat, co-founders of the Amani Institute, provide a dashboard for both aspiring and established changemakers to reflect on their motivation, their limitations and their overall fortitude for life in a social impact career.

Green Science Policy Institute: Engaging Across Sectors to Drive Meaningful Change
Green Science Policy Institute: Engaging Across Sectors to Drive Meaningful Change

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The Institute’s work includes education and cross-sector partnerships to reduce harmful chemicals in products. We spoke with Senior Scientist Tom Bruton, PhD to learn more about the organization’s history, cross-sector collaborative efforts and focus in the midst of a global pandemic.

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14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’
14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The startups and NGOs have won the inaugural Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge, from the Institute of Food Technologists, aimed at scaling innovations that will help transform the food system.

Water May Be Life, But It Is Never a Given: Learnings from the Navajo Nation
Water May Be Life, But It Is Never a Given: Learnings from the Navajo Nation

COLLABORATION - It’s 2022, and 1 in 3 homes on the Navajo Nation Reservation still do not have a tap or toilet. In 2021, human rights nonprofit DigDeep collaborated with Kohler to launch the Water Is Life microgrant program — which is working to make safe water a reality for all residents of the Navajo Nation.

Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity
Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Estimating an investment opportunity of $1 trillion, a new Fashion for Good-Apparel Impact Institute report breaks down the funding needed by solution category and identifies the types of funders best placed to take advantage of the opportunity and benefit from the positive returns.

Music Industry Heavyweights Pledge Collaborative, Coordinated Climate Action
Music Industry Heavyweights Pledge Collaborative, Coordinated Climate Action

COLLABORATION - The Music Climate Pact marks a significant step in aligning the global music business around a coherent and industry-coordinated strategy — and unify existing climate initiatives.

HSBC to Phase Out Coal Financing by 2040 — Will Wall Street Follow Suit?
HSBC to Phase Out Coal Financing by 2040 — Will Wall Street Follow Suit?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - HSBC announces its thermal coal phase-out plan on the same day as a Sierra Club-Center for American Progress report calls out Wall Street’s outsized contribution to the climate crisis. Can the necessary sea change be made in time to avoid disaster?

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Potty-Mouthed Campaign Raising Awareness of Lack of ‘F*ing Water’ for Canada’s Indigenous Communities
Potty-Mouthed Campaign Raising Awareness of Lack of ‘F*ing Water’ for Canada’s Indigenous Communities

MARKETING AND COMMS - Public Inc’s latest social-justice outcry, in collaboration with First Peoples Group, shines light on lack of government action to address insufficient access to clean water in nearly 70 Indigenous communities across Canada.

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