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Target Unveils Plan to Co-Create an Equitable, Sustainable Future for All
Target Unveils Plan to Co-Create an Equitable, Sustainable Future for All

WALKING THE TALK - Among the retailer’s goals are to achieve 20% Black team member representation across the company by 2023; and reach net zero in both waste to landfill and value-chain-wide emissions, and 100% owned-brand product circularity, by 2040.

All Aboard: Cox Enterprises on the Cumulative Power of Buy-In
All Aboard: Cox Enterprises on the Cumulative Power of Buy-In

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - How can an organization enact profound ESG governance in a sector of the economy that might not be facing external pressures to operate more sustainably? The Cox family of companies accepted this challenge before sustainability was even in the zeitgeist.

Trending: Burberry, Gucci Strut Ever Closer to Sustainability
Trending: Burberry, Gucci Strut Ever Closer to Sustainability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The luxury fashion giants continue to lead the industry toward a cruelty-free and climate-resilient future — Gucci with its new, biobased, animal-free textile; and Burberry with its bar-raising goal to be climate positive by 2040.

Healthier Supply Chains Supporting Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health’s Healthy Lives Mission
Healthier Supply Chains Supporting Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health’s Healthy Lives Mission

OUR HEALTHY LIVES MISSION - Achieving Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health’s Healthy Lives Mission requires its supply chains to be healthy, as well. Here, Worldwide VP of Supply Chain Meri Stevens shares insights gained from collaborating with suppliers to achieve agility in complex supply chains.

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Disposables to Reusables: Food-Service Businesses Can Save $5B a Year, Avoid Countless Environmental Impacts
Disposables to Reusables: Food-Service Businesses Can Save $5B a Year, Avoid Countless Environmental Impacts

BUSINESS CASE - Any product designed to be used for a matter of minutes and then thrown away is not a sustainable option, regardless of whether it’s made from plastic, paper, metal or plants. Businesses and the environment will reap undeniable benefits as the new reuse economy for food service gains steam.

Vermont Family Farm Raises a Crop of Energy and Teaches Us a Lesson
Vermont Family Farm Raises a Crop of Energy and Teaches Us a Lesson

CLEANTECH - The anaerobic digester at Goodrich Farm turns cow manure and food waste into carbon-negative, renewable natural gas that benefits much more than the farm. And the family’s journey is highly replicable.

With Aggressive Expansion, Too Good to Go Doubles Down on Commitment to Address Food Waste
With Aggressive Expansion, Too Good to Go Doubles Down on Commitment to Address Food Waste

WASTE NOT - Beyond being the world’s largest business-to-consumer marketplace for surplus food, Too Good to Go is a movement. Not only does it offer a win-win-win solution for food, people and the planet — the company seeks to inspire and empower individuals around the world to take action against food waste.

Best Intentions: Surviving a Sustainability Story Setback with Transparency and Truth
Best Intentions: Surviving a Sustainability Story Setback with Transparency and Truth

WALKING THE TALK - When Kevin Murphy announced that all of its packaging would be made from “plastic pulled from the ocean,” it had every intention of delivering that. While the claim was doomed from the start, the company quickly communicated its mistake with tact, transparency and a plan to make it right.

US Plastics Pact Unveils Plan to Achieve Circular Economy in US by 2025
US Plastics Pact Unveils Plan to Achieve Circular Economy in US by 2025

WASTE NOT - Holding accountable over 95 organizations, The US Plastics Pact Roadmap outlines specific actions and responsibilities to propel the US closer to other developed nations in its management of plastic waste.

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Fix the Economy, Fix the Climate: A Deeper Dive Into the Win-Win of a Circular Economy
Fix the Economy, Fix the Climate: A Deeper Dive Into the Win-Win of a Circular Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At a recent virtual event, Dame Ellen MacArthur and an esteemed lineup of business and policy leaders discussed how to push siloed circular efforts to scale. And while the unknown and upfront costs are delaying progress, MacArthur asserted: “Everybody loses if we continue with business as usual.”

Tree Water and … Goose Droppings? Cheers to New, Creative Uses of Waste Streams
Tree Water and … Goose Droppings? Cheers to New, Creative Uses of Waste Streams

WASTE NOT - Asarasi has turned sap water — a waste byproduct of maple syrup production — into a delicious, carbonated beverage; and for intrepid beer lovers, the city of Lahti, Finland has turned the blight of local parks into a line of ‘Wasted Potential’ brews.

Perspectives from the Food Waste Trenches
Perspectives from the Food Waste Trenches

WASTE NOT - Food waste is catalyzing everyone in the food, waste and recycling industries to create new solutions and best practices to convert a negative into value for the environment and for business. Here are insights from some food industry leaders about efforts to reduce waste first, then recycle what cannot be eliminated.

WWF’s ‘Forests Forward’ Helps Companies Deliver on Science-Driven Strategies to Benefit Nature, Climate, People
WWF’s ‘Forests Forward’ Helps Companies Deliver on Science-Driven Strategies to Benefit Nature, Climate, People

COLLABORATION - Companies including HP, IKEA, Kimberly-Clark, Lowe’s and Williams-Sonoma are working with WWF to create lasting change that makes tangible differences in people’s lives and the health of our natural world.

For Peat’s Sake: Back to the Roots Equips Home Gardeners with Climate-Friendly Soil
For Peat’s Sake: Back to the Roots Equips Home Gardeners with Climate-Friendly Soil

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While peatlands cover only 3% of our land, they store 30% of the world’s soil carbon. And the popularity of peat in commercial potting soils means that peatlands, or bogs, are rapidly disappearing. Back to the Roots aimed to give conscientious home gardeners a solution.

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Aleph Farms’ 3D-Bioprinted, Cultivated Steak: A Sustainable Future for Meat Production?
Aleph Farms’ 3D-Bioprinted, Cultivated Steak: A Sustainable Future for Meat Production?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Innovators such as Aleph Farms could change the meat industry for good: Your steak can now be grown in a lab — offering the same texture and taste of a conventional steak, without the environmental and ethical consequences.

Canopy Welcomes LVMH, 29 Other Brands to Coalitions Working to Preserve the World’s Forests
Canopy Welcomes LVMH, 29 Other Brands to Coalitions Working to Preserve the World’s Forests

SUPPLY CHAIN - Corporate participation in Canopy’s CanopyStyle and Pack4Good initiatives — which work with the world’s biggest brands to protect forests and transform destructive supply chains in the fashion and packaging industries, respectively — is at an all-time high.

Designing for Humanity: New Possibilities for Plastic
Designing for Humanity: New Possibilities for Plastic

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Ensuring recyclability starts with putting people at the forefront to develop new systems and materials to create a continuous lifecycle for plastics. We need to design systems for humanity. By harnessing design thinking, it’s possible to make human-centered recycling systems a reality.

More Corporate Giants Join Forces to Improve, Scale Business Investments in Climate Solutions
More Corporate Giants Join Forces to Improve, Scale Business Investments in Climate Solutions

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Amazon, Disney, Google and Netflix are among the founding companies behind the Business Alliance for Scaling Climate Solutions (BASCS), to increase the scale and impact of business investment in climate solutions.

New Tool Helps Banks, Investors Take Immediate Action to Reverse Biodiversity Loss
New Tool Helps Banks, Investors Take Immediate Action to Reverse Biodiversity Loss

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - New ENCORE biodiversity module by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance enables banks and investors to explore their portfolio’s impact on species extinction risk and ecological integrity — particularly in terms of agriculture and mining.

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Doconomy Now Shows Users Water-Impact Data for Every Purchase
Doconomy Now Shows Users Water-Impact Data for Every Purchase

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The first-of-its-kind direct measure of our everyday consumption’s water impacts — thanks to data from S&P Global Trucost — aims to create a greater consumer understanding of the importance of water locally, nationally and globally.

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