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Business Leaders, NGOs Ask IRS Employees to Give Up Coffee Buzz for Bees During Tax Week
Business Leaders, NGOs Ask IRS Employees to Give Up Coffee Buzz for Bees During Tax Week

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - It’s the pinnacle of tax season here in the U.S. this week, and it’s easy to imagine coffee being in high demand at the Internal Revenue Service. So in the midst of their most grueling week of the year, a group of businesses and advocates are calling on the IRS to go one day without coffee — one of many crops that relies on pollination — to help drive home the potential implications of a future without pollinators.

Trending: Waste-Reduction Campaigns, Sharing Best Practices Among Brand, NGO Earth Day Efforts
Trending: Waste-Reduction Campaigns, Sharing Best Practices Among Brand, NGO Earth Day Efforts

MARKETING AND COMMS - Every year, April evokes campaigns and initiatives from companies and nonprofits alike in celebration of Earth Day (April 22) or Earth Month. This year, personal care brand Tom’s of Maine has teamed up with upcycling leader TerraCycle on the#LessWasteChallenge, a stakeholder engagement campaign to reduce waste. Consumers are invited to take an online pledge to reduce their household waste by one pound per week.

Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Join Market Research Partnership to Tackle SDGs
Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Join Market Research Partnership to Tackle SDGs

COLLABORATION - There is yet another new group that can be filed under Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Yesterday, Unilever and several industry partners announced the creation of an open platform to share their ideas, data, and insights on addressing key global challenges.

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Food Waste Roadmap Shows Cutting U.S. Waste 20% Could Generate $100B in Cross-Sector Value
Food Waste Roadmap Shows Cutting U.S. Waste 20% Could Generate $100B in Cross-Sector Value

WASTE NOT - The statistics on food waste — a top-of-mind issue governments, businesses and NGOs across the globe — are staggering: Every year, U.S. consumers, businesses, and farms spend $218 billion growing, processing, transporting, and disposing food that is never eaten. As a result, up to 52 million tons of food is sent to landfills annually, plus an additional estimated 10 million tons get discarded or go unharvested on farms. Meanwhile, 1 in 7 Americans is food insecure without reliable access to sufficient affordable, nutritious food.

P&G Applauded for Fragrance Chemical Transparency
P&G Applauded for Fragrance Chemical Transparency

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) praised Proctor & Gamble (P&G) this week after the family, personal care and household products company expanded its chemical disclosure. P&G has listed the ingredients it uses in its fragrances and scents on its website since 2012, but a list of over 140 fragrance chemicals that it excludes from its products was added on Monday.

With 3D Ocean Farming, We Can Eat Sustainably While Restoring Our Oceans
With 3D Ocean Farming, We Can Eat Sustainably While Restoring Our Oceans

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - How does one move from a career as a commercial fisherman to becoming the winner of the 2015 Fuller Challenge, one of the most prestigious sustainability prizes? Bren Smith, founder of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and executive director of the non-profit GreenWave, snagged the US$100,000 prize for his 3D ocean-farming model, which aims to address the range of most pressing sustainability issues in the fishing industry: degradation of marine ecosystems, climate change mitigation and resilience, depleting fish stocks, and a decline in local fisherman jobs.

Trending: WRAP, Veolia Working to Optimize Recycling in UK, France
Trending: WRAP, Veolia Working to Optimize Recycling in UK, France

WASTE NOT - While waste reduction charity WRAP calls on stakeholders to do their part to help improve recycling consistency and efficiency in England, three companies in France have partnered on a circular economy initiative for small household appliances.

Satellites, Drones Catching Companies Destroying the Planet
Satellites, Drones Catching Companies Destroying the Planet

CLEANTECH - Aerial imaging is emerging as an invaluable resource for collecting information and enforcing the law, especially when it comes to environmental protection. Satellite and drone technologies are getting increasingly smaller, cheaper, and easier to use, and are producing higher-resolution images. Among other opportunities, the tech has enabled organizations and startups to more accurately monitor environmental destruction and provide data as legal evidence.

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Trending: Cruise Lines Teaming Up with NGOs to Help Improve Ocean Health and Wealth
Trending: Cruise Lines Teaming Up with NGOs to Help Improve Ocean Health and Wealth

COLLABORATION - In recent years, the travel and hospitality industry has smartly identified the business case for investing in the preservation of popular destinations around the world, and the environmental and social ecosystems that comprise them.

Carlson Rezidor joins BEST Employers Alliance
Carlson Rezidor joins BEST Employers Alliance

PRESS RELEASE - In 2015, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group became a founding member of a new, public-private partnership of government and corporate employers combatting sex trafficking. The partnership, BEST Employers Alliance, was launched in Seattle by Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST), a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to aligning and equipping business leaders to use the power of their businesses to prevent human trafficking.

Sealed Air Supports Patriots Path Military Career Transition Program
Sealed Air Supports Patriots Path Military Career Transition Program

PRESS RELEASE - Sealed Air Corporation today announced its partnership with Charlotte-based veterans’ organization Patriots Path. As a partner company, Sealed Air is sponsoring classes, donating classroom space for the five-week job skills courses and providing recruitment team members as job coaches. “The purpose of Patriots Path is to transition veterans from the military into corporate culture through a series of training programs beyond resume building,” said John Tuomala, Executive Director of Talent Acquisition for Sealed Air. “The best compliment we can give Patriots Path is to hire veterans. By sponsoring and donating time as job coaches it allows us to get to know the veterans in the program with the ultimate goal to turn them into employees.”

Social Buying: Choosing the Right Cleaner and Caterer Can Help You Unlock Your Company's Innovative Potential
Social Buying: Choosing the Right Cleaner and Caterer Can Help You Unlock Your Company's Innovative Potential

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - My last social post explored how living wage employers benefit from higher productivity levels, lower hiring costs, better brand recognition and increased customer satisfaction. In this article, I focus on the importance of Social Buying, the third of the four core corporate strategies that I explore in more detail in my Social Value Business Guide, which examines why social businesses are more profitable businesses and explains how your company can become a change agent in the local community and a leader in the global marketplace.

Heineken First Brewer to Join National Effort to Increase Curbside Recycling
Heineken First Brewer to Join National Effort to Increase Curbside Recycling

WASTE NOT - Heineken has become the first alcohol company member of the The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit committed to improving curbside residential recycling, according to a recent announcement.As a leading sponsor, the brewer will provide industry expertise to help improve consumer education, elevate the quality of curbside recycling and drive increased recovery of recyclable glass in communities nationwide.The Recycling Partnership works to improve recycling in communities across the country.

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Deloitte: Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Stop Modern Slavery
Deloitte: Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Stop Modern Slavery

SUPPLY CHAIN - Organizations making up the so-called “Freedom Ecosystem”, including businesses, government, civil society, the funding community and the broader public, can form critical partnerships to help end modern day slavery, according to a new report by Deloitte and nonprofit Free the Slaves.The Freedom Ecosystem – How the Power of Partnership Can Help Stop Modern Day Slavery is the product of a years-long collaborative effort between Deloitte and Free the Slaves, which describes how the Freedom Ecosystem can use collective action to remove conditions that allow slavery to exist.

Water for Life Launches Campaign to Bring Sustainable Water Filters to Developing Countries
Water for Life Launches Campaign to Bring Sustainable Water Filters to Developing Countries

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A 2010 report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF estimated that four out of every 10 people in the world, particularly those in Africa and Asia, do not have clean water to drink, and according to Green Cross International, roughly 3,000 children die each day as a result of diseases caused by ingestion of filthy water.

Redefining the Role of Business to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Redefining the Role of Business to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Thanks to the ingenuity of private businesses and the leadership of intergovernmental organizations, humanity has made monumental leaps forward since the dawn of the 21st century.I am not talking about the rise of the smartphone. I am talking about the fight for a more prosperous, sustainable and equitable world.Over the past 15 years, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals have brought governments and NGOs together with leaders from the private sector to build the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, ultimately lifting more than a billion people out of extreme poverty.Today, though, there is much more to do.

Shell's $7B Foray Into Arctic Drilling Fails; Environmentalists Rejoice
Shell's $7B Foray Into Arctic Drilling Fails; Environmentalists Rejoice

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Royal Dutch Shell announced Monday it has aborted its mission to drill for oil in the Arctic after failing to find enough of it, according to the Associated Press. The move, which darkens the outlook for long-term domestic oil drilling here in the U.S., validates environmental groups such as Greenpeace, which has relentlessly campaigned against the company for years in efforts to prevent what Executive Director Annie Leonard has called “a terrible mistake.”

5th Future Fabrics Expo Featuring Innovations Poised to Reduce Fashion's Formidable Footprint
5th Future Fabrics Expo Featuring Innovations Poised to Reduce Fashion's Formidable Footprint

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Sustainable Angle is a UK-based not-for-profit organization that initiates and supports projects that help minimize the environmental impact of industry and society. Its principal project, The Future Fabrics Expo, now in its fifth year, focuses on the fashion industry and how its egregious environmental impacts can be reduced through innovation in textiles, and novel ideas to transform the fashion system and design practice.We recently spoke with Researcher and Project Manager Charlotte Turner about the impetus for the organization and its impacts to date.

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Microsoft, GE Among Big Brands Backing New White House ‘Smart Cities’ Initiative
Microsoft, GE Among Big Brands Backing New White House ‘Smart Cities’ Initiative

CLEANTECH - Microsoft, GE and Bank of America are among the ten companies supporting a White House challenge to U.S. cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste and air challenges.Organized by the nonprofit, Envision America, the new effort will invite leaders from 10 winning communities to participate in a workshop in January in Charlotte, NC, where they will work with leading experts from industry and academia to diagnose needs, workshop solutions and develop new smart initiatives for their community.

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