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New Tech Platform Makes Sustainability ‘Common Objective’ for Fashion Companies
New Tech Platform Makes Sustainability ‘Common Objective’ for Fashion Companies

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new digital platform aims to make sustainable business decisions easier for the fashion industry. By matching actors along the supply chain and providing data-driven, solutions-focused information, Common Objective (CO) hopes to improve the day-to-day practices of textiles and clothing companies around the world.

Philip Morris International Continues Shift Toward Smoke-Free Future
Philip Morris International Continues Shift Toward Smoke-Free Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - On Tuesday, Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) published its Sustainability Report 2017, outlining the concrete steps being taken to fundamentally transform its business, by putting smoke-free products at the core of its sustainability efforts to address wider societal challenges, drive operational excellence, manage its social impact and reduce its environmental footprint. PMI says it is committed to replace cigarettes as soon as possible with better alternatives to smoking for the millions of men and women who would otherwise continue to smoke.

Apple Partners with Rio Tinto, Alcoa on Zero-Carbon Aluminum Smelting
Apple Partners with Rio Tinto, Alcoa on Zero-Carbon Aluminum Smelting

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Apple uses a lot of aluminum across its product line — it’s part of the company’s design ethos. But it also represents almost a quarter of Apple’s manufacturing emissions.

11 Startups Redesigning Business: Meet the 2018 SBIO Semi-Finalists
11 Startups Redesigning Business: Meet the 2018 SBIO Semi-Finalists

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - After one of our most high-traffic voting periods to date, it’s time to meet the eleven semi-finalists in the 7th annual Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) — our competition for startups that positively impact people, planet and profit, co-sponsored by Makersite and RISN Incubator.

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Immotor’s LEVs, Battery-as-a-Service Model Transforming Transit Worldwide
Immotor’s LEVs, Battery-as-a-Service Model Transforming Transit Worldwide

CLEANTECH - As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on the business world. Here, we catch up with Immotor.

Trending: #BusinessCase, Innovations Grow for Sustainable Fashion; Waste Ban Looms
Trending: #BusinessCase, Innovations Grow for Sustainable Fashion; Waste Ban Looms

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The business case for sustainability in the fashion industry has strengthened, but the pace of change still isn’t going fast or far enough, according to the newly released second edition of the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report.

Cisco Expanding Connected Conservation in 2018
Cisco Expanding Connected Conservation in 2018

PRESS RELEASE - For 27 years, Dimension Data and Cisco have been partners in delivering on a greater good for the world. In 2015, with a shared passion for protecting wildlife heritage through technology, we launched Connected Conservation. The goal was to help protect and stop the poaching of rhinos using a unique solution, starting with a pilot in a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The project has been a resounding success: in just two years of deployment, the Connected Conservation project has reduced poaching in the reserve by 96%.

eKutir: The Human-Digital Platform Curating the Future of Food
eKutir: The Human-Digital Platform Curating the Future of Food

SUPPLY CHAIN - As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on the business world. Here, we catch up with eKutir Global.

UPS To Deploy New, State-Of-The-Art Electric Vehicles In London And Paris
UPS To Deploy New, State-Of-The-Art Electric Vehicles In London And Paris

PRESS RELEASE - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that it is working with UK-based technology firm ARRIVAL to develop a state-of-the-art pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles (EVs) to be trialed in London and Paris. These zero tailpipe emission, lightweight composite vehicles have a battery range of more than 150 miles (240 kilometers), which is significantly higher than other EVs currently in service. The vehicles will also come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue. These features, combined with a highly advanced vehicle display provide the driver with an intelligent and connected vehicle.

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Rapport: ‘The Gateway Drug of Sustainability Data’
Rapport: ‘The Gateway Drug of Sustainability Data’

MARKETING AND COMMS - As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on the business world. Here, we catch up with Rapport.

BASF named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for 13th time
BASF named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for 13th time

PRESS RELEASE - BASF was named a 2017 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year for the thirteenth time since 2002. The award is presented to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost. “This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate.

Technology: The Trojan Horse for Hotel Sustainability
Technology: The Trojan Horse for Hotel Sustainability

CLEANTECH - Technology has been quickly evolving into many markets such as clothing, food, health and home, and hotels are certainly no exception. As the industry is disrupted by more privatized options such as AirBnb and VRBO, Bloomberg reports that technology has become “top of mind for hotels,” as they seek to compete by providing amenities and new services for luxury vacationers and business travelers.

Olam, Bees Deliver Sustainable Ag Solutions for Sourcing, Natural Pesticides
Olam, Bees Deliver Sustainable Ag Solutions for Sourcing, Natural Pesticides

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Reimagining global agriculture will require numerous efforts of various size and focus, such as those in the news this week from a global agribusiness firm trying to meet targets across complex supply chains, a startup developing ways for bees to deliver natural pesticides, and teens looking to utilize unused space for agriculture or al

How LG Is Teaching Teens the Science, Skills to ‘Experience Happiness’
How LG Is Teaching Teens the Science, Skills to ‘Experience Happiness’

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - One in four children are affected by anxiety disorders, putting our next generation of leaders and innovators at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse.

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How the US Food Industry Can Divert 65M Lbs of Glove, Packaging Waste — Immediately
How the US Food Industry Can Divert 65M Lbs of Glove, Packaging Waste — Immediately

WASTE NOT - The US food industry uses roughly 30 billion disposable gloves per year. Estimates vary but between 45-75 percent of these are vinyl (PVC) disposable gloves. There are many scientific studies analyzing the effects of various health and food safety aspects of vinyl — including the dangers of plasticizers such as phthalates and the emission of dioxin at incineration or landfill, as well as at manufacture.

Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals
Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week, global brewer AB InBev announced two major initiatives helping it advance toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals in different parts of the world.

Trending: Clean Meat Poised to Make the Cut
Trending: Clean Meat Poised to Make the Cut

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “Clean meat” — products produced from culturing animal cells rather than raising and slaughtering animals — is facing its first major regulatory battle. The U.S.

SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment
SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

Jackie Chan Highlights Circular Economy ‘Green Hero’ Arthur Huang in New Documentary
Jackie Chan Highlights Circular Economy ‘Green Hero’ Arthur Huang in New Documentary

WASTE NOT - On April 21st, at the Palace Cinema in Raffles City, Changning, Shanghai, I attended the premiere of the first of a three-part documentary series, “Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes” — a joint project by the action movie star, National Geographic Partners LLC and Buick — which captures stories of sustainability innovators to inspire and educate the public.

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New Digital Platform Connects Corporates, Startups Tackling the SDGs
New Digital Platform Connects Corporates, Startups Tackling the SDGs

COLLABORATION - Companies looking to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support startups get their solutions to market by using a new digital match-making platform, fetch. The Dutch-based enterprise helps bring together potential collaborators by showcasing market-ready innovations and allowing companies to search by SDG or industry category to find the ones that align with their corporate sustainability goals.

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