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Q&A: How to Foster Enterprise-Wide Engagement in Holistic Sustainability Strategies
Q&A: How to Foster Enterprise-Wide Engagement in Holistic Sustainability Strategies

OUR HEALTHY LIVES MISSION - In a keynote conversation at SB’21 San Diego, two leading execs in their respective industries — Katie Decker and Nancy Mahon — discussed how their sustainability strategies have been embedded within their businesses, as well as differences and similarities between the companies’ approaches.

Biomimicry Institute Awarded €2.5M to Pilot, Scale Decomposition of Textile Waste
Biomimicry Institute Awarded €2.5M to Pilot, Scale Decomposition of Textile Waste

WASTE NOT - The Design for Decomposition initiative is the next step in the Institute’s effort to transform fashion, stopping millions of tonnes of textile waste escaping into the environment each year.

Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and Library Offers Resources for Designers, Architects, Students
Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and Library Offers Resources for Designers, Architects, Students

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Shaw’s Tim Conway recently spoke with the Lab's director, Alison Mears, about how it is raising awareness about building material ingredients and educating the next generation of designers and architects.

Innovation for Good Driving Both Internal and External Impacts for Kohler
Innovation for Good Driving Both Internal and External Impacts for Kohler

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What happens when a company empowers its associates to think creatively and innovate with a social purpose? You find yourself with a potent strategic framework for solving for some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

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Conscientious Consumption: The SB 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Conscientious Consumption: The SB 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

WALKING THE TALK - With no end in sight to the pandemic and its many ripple effects, we can all use a little bit of brightness in our lives! So, here are some of the many companies, platforms and products aligned with a more intentional approach to consumption, that we’d be happy to support anytime.

Full-Circle: AZEK Disrupts PVC Recycling by Revolutionizing Takeback
Full-Circle: AZEK Disrupts PVC Recycling by Revolutionizing Takeback

WASTE NOT - AZEK’s FULL-CIRCLE PVC Recycling program helped it collect approximately 400M pounds of recycled product for reuse in 2020 — with the hope that this entire value-chain approach can disrupt the plastic waste paradigm meaningfully, as AZEK continues to scale up collection and processing.

Business ‘First Responders:’ How Can Companies Thrive While Solving for Relentless, Real-Time Crises?
Business ‘First Responders:’ How Can Companies Thrive While Solving for Relentless, Real-Time Crises?

LEADERSHIP - In his new book, “Lead With We,” Simon Mainwaring urges business leaders to adopt a ‘first-responder’ mindset — and provides a blueprint for a proactive, ‘prepare for anything’ approach that enables them to lead with purpose in an increasingly challenged world.

'A Compass for Just and Regenerative Business': 5 Principles of the Leadership We Need
'A Compass for Just and Regenerative Business': 5 Principles of the Leadership We Need

LEADERSHIP - As a fellow leader in this sustainability movement, how might you shift to a more regenerative approach? Here, Forum for the Future’s Samantha Veide explores what the concept means for business and shares five principles for regenerative leadership.

Attention, Business Leaders: Environmental Rights, Human Rights Inextricably Linked
Attention, Business Leaders: Environmental Rights, Human Rights Inextricably Linked

WALKING THE TALK - Perhaps the takeaway of the week is that the ‘next 10 years’ of business and human rights coincide with the 2030 deadline for us to halve carbon emissions — and that environmental rights are now very clearly seen as human rights. Companies pursuing a net-zero strategy must make human rights central, too.

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$1M Innovation Challenge to Fuel Upcycled Solutions to Pomegranate Waste
$1M Innovation Challenge to Fuel Upcycled Solutions to Pomegranate Waste

WASTE NOT - The Wonderful Company has chosen two winners to create value-added solutions from 50,000 annual tons of pomegranate husks, to reduce food waste and create a more circular supply chain.

2021 a ‘Landmark’ for Corporate Human Rights Litigation
2021 a ‘Landmark’ for Corporate Human Rights Litigation

WALKING THE TALK - On day two of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, delegates discussed how environmental damage is being viewed as a human rights violation in a growing number of court cases around the world — and that the UN Guiding Principles may increasingly be criteria in court judgements.

Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?
Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

WALKING THE TALK - Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’ time.

A Deconstructive Tool for a Constructive Future
A Deconstructive Tool for a Constructive Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - An awareness of these circular strategies will identify opportunities for any project team to consider the potential of a more 'constructive' future for the built environment.

Where Is the New Roadmap for Business and Human Rights Taking Us?
Where Is the New Roadmap for Business and Human Rights Taking Us?

SUPPLY CHAIN - As delegates from the UN launched the roadmap at day one of this year's Business and Human Rights Forum, full respect for human rights by business was described as a strategic — not just an operational — issue, requiring a change of corporate culture and of business models.

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While Travel Was Quiet, JetBlue Was Busy with Sustainability
While Travel Was Quiet, JetBlue Was Busy with Sustainability

CLEANTECH - During COVID, JetBlue announced several sustainability targets — including a net-zero target by 2040, as well as a set of short-and medium-term targets to help them get there. We asked Carl Otto, JetBlue’s Senior Analyst for Sustainability and ESG, how they'll do it.

Natural Resources: Brands Partnering with Indigenous Communities on Forest Conservation
Natural Resources: Brands Partnering with Indigenous Communities on Forest Conservation

COLLABORATION - Consumer goods brands and retailers aiming to diminish their climate impacts or even become forest positive can find cost-effective solutions to protect forests when they partner with indigenous communities on the ground.

This Industry-First Online Marketplace Is Helping Companies ‘SourceGreenPackaging’
This Industry-First Online Marketplace Is Helping Companies ‘SourceGreenPackaging’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The newly launched B2B marketplace helps connect companies with vetted, sustainable, plastic-free packaging options, as well as education on materials and the evolving regulatory landscape.

Growing Anti-Black Friday Movement Spurns Overconsumption, Unsustainable Holiday Shopping
Growing Anti-Black Friday Movement Spurns Overconsumption, Unsustainable Holiday Shopping

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Consumers are more and more inclined to buy from brands that align with their beliefs and values; and anti-Black Friday is an important indicator of the growing chasm between purpose-driven brands and those still banking on business-as-usual approaches.

Shimokawa Town: A Collaborative Approach to Building an SDGs Future City
Shimokawa Town: A Collaborative Approach to Building an SDGs Future City

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Shimokawa Town in Hokkaido is a designated SDGs Future City and the winner of the first Prime Minister’s Japan SDGs Award in 2017. Four years on, Shimokawa is still working earnestly to achieve the goals and is keen to share its progress, new initiatives, and challenges along the way.

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Beyond Data: How Financial Firms Can Build a Sustainable Future
Beyond Data: How Financial Firms Can Build a Sustainable Future

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Disclosure and data certainly are important, but they are not sufficient to create a more equitable and sustainable world. Companies that take a narrow or compliance-focused approach to ESG are missing the forest for the trees.

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