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Building Better Supply Chains Requires Better Data
Building Better Supply Chains Requires Better Data

SUPPLY CHAIN - Supply chains are making headlines once again — and for all the wrong reasons.

Trending: Big Boosts to Fuel Cell, Solar Technology
Trending: Big Boosts to Fuel Cell, Solar Technology

CLEANTECH - Clean, efficient electricity is essential for constructing a low-carbon future, but more advanced technologies are needed to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. Scientists around the world are rising to the challenge, delivering new energy solutions that could finally tip the scales in favor of sustainability.

Optoro Releases 2017 Annual Impact Report
Optoro Releases 2017 Annual Impact Report

PRESS RELEASE - Today we are proud to share our 2017 Annual Impact Report which highlights the positive impact we made on our community and environment last year. As a company, we are committed to building a good business that also does good for the community and world. This report details some of the ways we demonstrated that commitment in 2017.

Patagonia Launches Digital Platform to Connect Customers with Grassroots Activism
Patagonia Launches Digital Platform to Connect Customers with Grassroots Activism

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Patagonia is back at it — the outdoor gear company has launched a new digital platform connecting customers with local environmental organizations. The aim of the new platform, Patagonia Action Works, is to encourage Patagonia customers to learn more about local environmental issues and get involved with events, petitions, fundraising and volunteering in their area.

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9 Companies Fighting Climate Change Through Biomimicry
9 Companies Fighting Climate Change Through Biomimicry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - We know that carbon emissions, particularly carbon dioxide and methane, are a major contributor to global climate change trends, and that the challenge of mitigating and even reversing this trend is highly complex. We also know that — like so many other sustainability challenges we face — managing carbon is a challenge faced by the natural world and solved through its own adaptive strategies that have evolved over 3.8 billion years. In short: Nature sees carbon as a building block — and we can, too.

3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Workplace Learning
3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Workplace Learning

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - My uncle once claimed he could magically tell you the day of the week if you gave him any calendar date (day, month and year). He said he could visually see the answer in his head and swore he didn’t have any quick calculation or trick. My father was skeptical. He bet my uncle $100 that he could develop an algorithm to do the same. The next day, my father produced a page of calculations that, lo and behold, would produce the correct answer. I was in awe; my uncle was not as impressed. But, my dad still won the money.

Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid Project to Accelerate Decarbonization of UK Energy System
Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid Project to Accelerate Decarbonization of UK Energy System

CLEANTECH - Nissan is driving the future of mobility forward with a vehicle-to-grid (VG2) demonstrator project that could prove instrumental in helping the UK transition to low-carbon transportation and a smart energy system. The £9.8 million e4Futures project will allow drivers to feed energy back into the electricity grid during peak times.

GoodWell Certification Using Machine Learning to Boost Employee Satisfaction
GoodWell Certification Using Machine Learning to Boost Employee Satisfaction

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The world of social enterprise is full of surprising stories. How each of us landed here, pursuing purposeful work that helps solves the world’s most pressing problems, never ceases to amaze me.

Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns
Forget Bitcoin, Planting Trees Can Offer Amazing Returns

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new report has found that money actually does grow on trees. Businesses are making money from planting trees and growing sales as rapidly as 10 times per year.

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Cisco Accelerates Global Problem Solving in 2017
Cisco Accelerates Global Problem Solving in 2017

PRESS RELEASE - Our world is more connected than ever before, and these connections are increasing. Research predicts that 500 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2030. Explosive growth and innovations, including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are also transforming our global landscape in unprecedented ways.

Why Take a Duck to CES? How Tech Is Helping Aflac Put Purpose Into Practice
Why Take a Duck to CES? How Tech Is Helping Aflac Put Purpose Into Practice

WALKING THE TALK - Nested between smart mirrors, driverless cars, and paper-thin TVs, a little duck fluffed its feathers, awaiting its big debut. Unlike most of the 3,900+ products at the crowded cultural phenomenon that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the duck was not for sale. No matter: the response from attendees was remarkable.

4 Sustainability-Driven Startups Vie for $50K in Women Who Tech Challenge
4 Sustainability-Driven Startups Vie for $50K in Women Who Tech Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Furthering its mission to close the funding gap and help women launch startups and raise capital, nonprofit Women Who Tech has released the names of the 10 finalists selected for the sixth Women Startup Challenge. The finalists will pitch their ideas in a Shark Tank-style competition to top investors and an audience of tech industry executives at Google’s New York campus in March.

How a ‘People Dam’ Helped Save a Regional Community in Japan
How a ‘People Dam’ Helped Save a Regional Community in Japan

WALKING THE TALK - Naruto City, on the northeast tip of Tokushima Prefecture — Shikoku, Japan. The Naruto Strait’s whirling tides are popular with tourists, but in recent years the region, like many others, has struggled to cope with the exodus of people and industry to urban areas.

2018 Circulars Honors 7 Innovators Accelerating a Waste-Free Future
2018 Circulars Honors 7 Innovators Accelerating a Waste-Free Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, WEF, the Forum of Young Global Leaders and Accenture revealed the winners of the 2018 Circulars. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy. The fourth annual awards ceremony showcased advances from the private and public sectors that drive innovation and growth while reducing dependence on scarce natural resources.

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Member Spotlight: Dave Stangis, CSO at Campbell, on his work ethic and why he’s grateful for the Sustainable Brands community
Member Spotlight: Dave Stangis, CSO at Campbell, on his work ethic and why he’s grateful for the Sustainable Brands community

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - We recently spoke with Dave Stangis (@DaveStangis), vice president corporate responsibility and chief sustainability officer at Campbell Soup Company, about his unexpected entrée into a successful sustainability career and how he stays passionate about his work. Keep reading to learn how his interest in science and technology is a continuous source of inspiration and what he does when he’s not working on a Campbell project (which is rare).

CDP: Automakers Must Embrace Disruption to Remain Relevant in Low-Carbon Transition
CDP: Automakers Must Embrace Disruption to Remain Relevant in Low-Carbon Transition

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The auto sector is facing a complete overhaul with technological disruption already well underway. In order to remain relevant in the low-carbon transition, automotive companies must rapidly adapt to address technological disruption and environmental regulation. This is the key finding of a new report from CDP, which analyzes 16 of the world’s largest publicly listed automotive companies with a total market capitalization of $790 billion.

WEF Issues Stark Reminder That Our World Is Under Threat; Complacency Not an Option
WEF Issues Stark Reminder That Our World Is Under Threat; Complacency Not an Option

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As we navigate our own private echo chambers day to day, it is tempting to allow oneself to be swept up in the positivity so prevalent in sustainable business circles right now. We have the technologies, ideas and business models to succeed and the time is now to right the world of its wrongs to create a resilient and sustainable society for all. But the reality presents a frighteningly different picture, filled with huge challenges and a demand for ever more complex solutions.

Trending: New Filtering, Recycling Technologies to Take Water Stewardship to the Next Level
Trending: New Filtering, Recycling Technologies to Take Water Stewardship to the Next Level

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - As the problems of microplastics and water scarcity persist, businesses are looking to new technologies to encourage greater consumer and corporate water stewardship. Platform technology company Xeros Technologies has developed a washing machine component capable of removing microfibers from home laundry wastewater.

Can Huawei Crack the US Market Without Environmental Credentials?
Can Huawei Crack the US Market Without Environmental Credentials?

CLEANTECH - Your bus shelter and web browser may soon be blanketed with ads promoting “The best phone you’ve never heard of," heralding the arrival of a new smartphone that has finally come to town. Who is this mysterious “newcomer”? None other than Chinese IT giant Huawei. Huawei, which is already the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the arrival of its flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 Pro, to the US market.

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Sustainable Value Chains & Blockchain: Practical Applications
Sustainable Value Chains & Blockchain: Practical Applications

SUPPLY CHAIN - Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, has certainly earned its space as one of the most talked-about topics of 2017. Regardless of whether one views these new 'currencies' as an investment opportunity or bubble waiting to burst, the underlying technology has already demonstrated the ability to rapidly and dramatically alter markets, and many in the sustainability sector are asking — and experimenting with — what will come next.

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