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Can We 3D Print Our Way to Plastic-Free Oceans?
Can We 3D Print Our Way to Plastic-Free Oceans?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s estimated that nearly 8 million tons of plastic flow into our oceans every year; even more goes into landfills. While there are many great companies focused on recovering this plastic, there is one developing a plan for what to do with those millions of tons after the cleanup is done.

Q&A: Fuji Xerox on the Circular Approach That Redefined Its Business
Q&A: Fuji Xerox on the Circular Approach That Redefined Its Business

WASTE NOT - Long before concepts such as future-fit and circular became buzzwords, Fuji Xerox was already busy redefining business as usual and demonstrating the opportunities to be harnessed by embracing a more sustainable, resource-efficient business model.

How to Try Context-Based Sustainability in 3 Easy Steps
How to Try Context-Based Sustainability in 3 Easy Steps

NEW METRICS - At the closing of the New Metrics ‘17 conference in Philadelphia last month, attendees were asked: “What ‘New Metric’ will you go back and implement in 2017/2018?”

AT&T, BASF, Cabot, HPE and More Show #NewMetrics in Action
AT&T, BASF, Cabot, HPE and More Show #NewMetrics in Action

NEW METRICS - While measurement, disclosure and other forms of engagement were the dominant themes yesterday, day two of New Metrics ’17 saw brands, NGOs and solution providers digging deeper to reveal practical applications and concrete findings from where the rubber meets the road in the world of sustainability metrics. The design and implementation of a Sustainable Product Optimization Tool By Anna Shugoll

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Looking for a Circular Packaging Solution? Meet RePack
Looking for a Circular Packaging Solution? Meet RePack

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Maybe you remember visiting a post office to pick up one of your online purchases and seeing the hundreds, even thousands, of packages going to other shoppers — to be used once and thrown away. Sure, online purchases need to be individually labelled and protected for transport, so some form of packaging is necessary. But shouldn’t we as environmentally conscious purchasers have a say in how our goods are packaged? And shouldn't sustainably minded brands be able to offer their customers a choice in this matter? Because surely shoppers and brands would choose a returnable, recyclable package for transporting online purchases — especially if it made economic sense. This is where RePack comes in.

UL Revs Up Efforts to Reduce Environmental, Social Impacts Across Global Supply Chain
UL Revs Up Efforts to Reduce Environmental, Social Impacts Across Global Supply Chain

SUPPLY CHAIN - UL, a US-based safety consulting and certification company, has unveiled two new initiatives aimed at driving environmental and social responsibility throughout the global supply chain.

Scalability: Upshifting from Micro- to Macro-Level Sustainability
Scalability: Upshifting from Micro- to Macro-Level Sustainability

NEW METRICS - Part Eight in a 10-Part Series by Reporting 3.0. See previous parts below.

SAP Ariba Takes Aim at Forced Labor with Supplier Risk Management Tool
SAP Ariba Takes Aim at Forced Labor with Supplier Risk Management Tool

SUPPLY CHAIN - Despite the attention the issue has received in the past decade, child labor and modern slavery are still prevalent across the world and in many corporate supply chains.

3 Ways to Measure and Mobilize Corporate Culture to Scale Purpose, Profit
3 Ways to Measure and Mobilize Corporate Culture to Scale Purpose, Profit

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As Jack Welch, longtime CEO of General Electric, has said, “no company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it.” It follows that businesses are actively competing to attract and retain top talent.

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Older Adults' Participation Stands to Strengthen Cities’ Innovation Districts
Older Adults' Participation Stands to Strengthen Cities’ Innovation Districts

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - While millennials have largely been the focus of city leaders’ efforts to attract new talent and residential growth, a new Brookings study finds that innovation districts — areas which are highly walkable and transit-oriented, rich with amenities and employment opportunities — would also benefit from attracting and serving adults 50 years of age and up, who can fill gaps in the innovation ecosystem, including age diversity, professional expertise and

Reporting 3.0’s Reporting Blueprint: Triggering a Regenerative, Inclusive and Open Economy
Reporting 3.0’s Reporting Blueprint: Triggering a Regenerative, Inclusive and Open Economy

NEW METRICS - Part One of this 10-part series ended with a quick introduction of how Reporting 3.0 (R3) applies Integral Theory in our thinking. So we pick up this strand as our starting point for Part Two, which is devoted to introducing the Reporting Blueprint that was released at the 4th International Reporting 3.0 Conference earlier this year.

New Footprint Calculator, #MovetheDate Campaign Commemorate Earliest-Ever Earth Overshoot Day
New Footprint Calculator, #MovetheDate Campaign Commemorate Earliest-Ever Earth Overshoot Day

NEW METRICS - To mark Earth Overshoot Day (August 2nd — the earliest to date) — the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year — international research organization Global Footprint Network has launched a new mobile-friendly version of its signature Footprint Calculator.

Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit Aims to Help Companies Better Assess Nature's Role, Value
Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit Aims to Help Companies Better Assess Nature's Role, Value

NEW METRICS - Natural capital underpins prosperous economies and thriving societies. Understanding the interconnectedness between business and nature well as the associated risks and opportunities, allows companies to better inform decision-making.

Trending: Europe, China Roll Out Regulations to Create Safe, Responsible Sharing Economy
Trending: Europe, China Roll Out Regulations to Create Safe, Responsible Sharing Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At this stage in the game, there’s no stopping the sharing economy, but organizations and government in the UK and China are working to create a safer, more responsible space that allows consumers, businesses and investors to fully take advantage of its benefits through the rolling out of greater regulation. Back in 2016, UK trade body Sharing Economy UK (SEUK) launched its TrustSeal — the world’s first kitemark for the sharing economy in an effort to make the industry a safer space for consumers.

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Sex and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Redefined, Classified in 'Typology of Modern Slavery'
Sex and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Redefined, Classified in 'Typology of Modern Slavery'

SUPPLY CHAIN - Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom, has released a new report, The Typology of Modern Slavery, that breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories, detailing the unique trafficker profile, recruitment tactics, victim profile, and method of control for each different subset of modern slavery.

Consumption-Based Metrics: The Next Challenge for Zero-Waste Cities
Consumption-Based Metrics: The Next Challenge for Zero-Waste Cities

NEW METRICS - Cities are major contributors to – and battlegrounds of – climate change. According to a report from the UN Habitat, cities pump out roughly 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions whilst just occupying just 2 percent of the Earth’s land.

Twinings Puts Communities First with New SDG-Aligned Framework
Twinings Puts Communities First with New SDG-Aligned Framework

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Just days after WWF and ISEAL released a new report highlighting the importance of aligning sustainability standards with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), tea brand Twinings announced a new framework designed to improve the lives of tea workers in its supply chain.

New Benchmarks, Empowerment Program Aim to Eradicate Worker Exploitation in Apparel Supply Chains
New Benchmarks, Empowerment Program Aim to Eradicate Worker Exploitation in Apparel Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Growing concerns over the environmental and social impacts of the footwear and apparel industry have kickstarted efforts to create more transparent and ethical supply chains and practices, but there is still a significant amount of work to be done, according to a new benchmarking system launched today by KnowTheChain (KTC), a resource for businesses and investors who need to understand and address forced labor abuse

Personal Sustainability Alert: FordPass Just Might Help Take the Pain Out of Finding Parking
Personal Sustainability Alert: FordPass Just Might Help Take the Pain Out of Finding Parking

CLEANTECH - More than one-third of American adults agree: Finding parking in many major cities is such a pain that they’re ditching driving to avoid the hassle. But with Ford’s new FordPass® platform, drivers can eliminate that anxiety — and avoid a showdown over parking — before they even get into their car.

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How LinkedIn Is Working to Connect Hard-to-Reach Job Seekers With New Opportunities
How LinkedIn Is Working to Connect Hard-to-Reach Job Seekers With New Opportunities

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 5th article in the series.

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