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Microsoft Releases Carbon Fee Playbook
Microsoft Releases Carbon Fee Playbook

MARKETING AND COMMS - Earlier this month, the CDP released a report highlighting 29 public U.S. companies across various industries that have incorporated an internal carbon price as a strategic planning tool, effectively holding themselves accountable for the carbon emissions produced as a result of daily operations.

SASB Standards for Tech & Communications Sector Now Open for Public Comment
SASB Standards for Tech & Communications Sector Now Open for Public Comment

MARKETING AND COMMS - Innovation in the Technology and Communications sector is playing a powerful role in improving the sustainability performance of companies, governments and individuals across the economy. Disruptive sector trends such as cloud computing, expansion of mobile device usage, machine learning and big data analytics present new risks and opportunities for companies in the sector. This year SASB conducted research and convened industry working groups to identify and refine a minimum set of material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and related accounting metrics for six industries.

Sprint Offering Buyback Credit on All Phones to Encourage Trade-Ins on America Recycles Day
Sprint Offering Buyback Credit on All Phones to Encourage Trade-Ins on America Recycles Day

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Despite being the No. 3 wireless carrier in the United States, Sprint leads the industry in phone recycling. Last year, Sprint reclaimed 4.4 million phones through voluntary collection programs — compared to AT&T’s 3.1 million and Verizon’s 3 million — and in September, Guinness World Records recognized Sprint for shattering the record for the number of cellular phones recycled in one week: 103,582 cellular phones, more than double the previous record.

SAP Partners With Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to Support Rural Workers
SAP Partners With Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to Support Rural Workers

SUPPLY CHAIN - SAP has joined forces with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the Manuel Mejía Foundation to provide coffee farmers with the technology and training they need to develop more sustainable business practices.Technology continues to be scarce among rural communities in Colombia, SAP says. To help change this reality, the company supplied technical training to more than 500 coffee growers, teaching them how to effectively use mobile tablets and computers to access the “coffee portal,” which provides useful information on coffee market news, geographical farm data, coffee purchasing conditions, incentives and support programs.

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LG Electronics Earns Marriott's 2013 Supplier Sustainability Award
LG Electronics Earns Marriott's 2013 Supplier Sustainability Award

SUPPLY CHAIN - Marriott International has awarded LG Electronics its 2013 Supplier Sustainability Award. The annual award recognizes the Marriott supplier that has made a significant impact on its guests and properties through innovative ideas toward helping Marriott meet its sustainability goals.Through improving television product development, manufacturing and usage, Marriott says LG supports the hotel chain’s sustainability objectives in 20 countries across a number of areas — including energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste, and using more sustainable materials to reduce the impact on the environment.

Business Model Innovation
Business Model Innovation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Choosing the right path to sustainable customer delight is no trivial task. After all, you have to arrive at a business model that delivers on customer expectations and is radical enough to make a dent in pressing sustainability challenges of the day. This channel discusses note-worthy principles, methodologies, processes and tools used in business model innovation around the globe.

Sustainable Brands® to Spotlight Product/Brand Innovation Driving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefit at London Conference
Sustainable Brands® to Spotlight Product/Brand Innovation Driving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefit at London Conference

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced program details for its pan-European conference to be held at the Lancaster London, November 18-19th. The conference will bring together over 500 senior-level brand marketing strategists, product designers, business model innovators and sustainability executives to collaborate and explore how environmental and social innovation is becoming an engine for business growth and brand value.

Microsoft Achieves Carbon Neutrality, Increases Green Energy Use By 70%
Microsoft Achieves Carbon Neutrality, Increases Green Energy Use By 70%

MARKETING AND COMMS - Microsoft says it achieved carbon neutrality after introducing an internal carbon fee for renewable energy and carbon offsets, which led the company to increase the purchase of green energy in the U.S. by 70 percent, from 1.1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2011 to 1.9 billion kWh in 2012.

Canepa Becomes First Textile Manufacturer to Sign Greenpeace's Detox Agreement
Canepa Becomes First Textile Manufacturer to Sign Greenpeace's Detox Agreement

SUPPLY CHAIN - Italian textile manufacturer Canepa recently announced it has accepted the challenge set by Greenpeace during fashion week last February to create clean and sustainable fashion. The company voluntarily signed up to abide by the guidelines set forth in the Detox Solution Commitment, which aims to abolish the toxic chemicals currently used in the fashion industry by 2020. The challenge has already been accepted by a host of major retail, sportswear and luxury brands — including H&M, Mango, Patagonia and adidas — but this is the first public commitment made by a textile manufacturer.

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SAC and Schneider Electric Developing Higg Index 2.0 for Apparel and Footwear Industries
SAC and Schneider Electric Developing Higg Index 2.0 for Apparel and Footwear Industries

SUPPLY CHAIN - Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced that it has teamed with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to develop and implement a dynamic web-based solution for the SAC’s sustainability assessment tool, the Higg Index 2.0. Utilizing Schneider Electric’s sustainability and energy management software platform, StruxureWare™ Resource Advisor, the platform will be a groundbreaking tool for the apparel and footwear industries.

The Evolution of Social Impact Metrics: Where Math and Computer Science Meet the Humanities
The Evolution of Social Impact Metrics: Where Math and Computer Science Meet the Humanities

NEW METRICS - The usefulness of advanced data analytics — Big Data, small data and everything in between — is converging with the needs of corporate sustainability, and this is creating new opportunities for companies pursuing ambitious sustainability goals.

California Start-Up Creates Self-Filtering Water Bottle
California Start-Up Creates Self-Filtering Water Bottle

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A Southern California-based start-up called Evo Eau says it has created a reusable water bottle that filters up to 99 percent of contaminants from municipally supplied tap water.The bottle is engineered for everyday use and does more than many of its mainstream competitors in terms of filtering out contaminants and harmful carcinogens such as Chromium 6 in tap water, Evo Eau claims.The start-up says that many filtering water bottles only conform to NSF42 standards, which only asks for filters to remove 50 percent of chlorine from water. Many do not even conform to these standards and bottled water companies are held to even fewer.

Project Recover Exploring Viability, Options for Eliminating Paint Waste
Project Recover Exploring Viability, Options for Eliminating Paint Waste

WASTE NOT - Global design and innovation firm Seymourpowell today announced a collaboration with leading global paint company AkzoNobel Decorative Paints to explore and improve the process of recycling used paint — thus closing the loop of paint production.As part of a project jointly funded by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, Seymourpowell has made an educational video highlighting the possibilities and benefits of paint recycling, and has also identified a completely new technology to help scale and speed up the paint-recycling process for greater business viability.

13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider
13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider

NEW METRICS - As many stakeholders — including investors, employees and consumers — begin to re-evaluate their perception of value, it is becoming imperative for companies of all industries to credibly measure, analyze and interpret the entire range of costs and benefits for which they are responsible. Below are 13 fairly (as of yet) uncommon types of data analysis that help businesses do just that. You have nothing to lose and much to gain by learning how to:

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PRé Announces Expansion of its Global Partner Network in North America | PRé and Quantis Encouraging Sustainability Adoption
PRé Announces Expansion of its Global Partner Network in North America | PRé and Quantis Encouraging Sustainability Adoption

PRESS RELEASE - PRé announced today a significant expansion of its Global Partner Network in North America and the distribution of SimaPro software. PRé is now offering its SimaPro software through its American office. The company is also entering into a strategic partnership with Quantis, designed to expand the companies’ reach, as they strive to further encourage sustainability adoption. See full Press Release attached

Could 'Brown' Be Your Brand's New 'Green'?
Could 'Brown' Be Your Brand's New 'Green'?

MARKETING AND COMMS - With the announcement of the first synthetic burger grown in a petri dish, would it be more or less shocking to say “human waste is the currency of the future”? “Carbon footprints” and “data footprints” are carving the way for “microbial footprints.” Consumers are paying to get dirty … germ-dirty, that is. “Going viral" is taking on a whole new meaning in marketing. Online communities are flourishing around “intestine communities.” Brand ecosystems now have as much to do with biology as technology."Rotten" Is the New "Improved"

Researchers Discover Process to Absorb Toxic Metals from Water, Using E-Waste
Researchers Discover Process to Absorb Toxic Metals from Water, Using E-Waste

WASTE NOT - A team of Hong Kong researchers has found a way to use ground-up circuit boards from discarded cell phones, computers and other gadgets to absorb toxic heavy metals found in water, according to Chemical & Engineering NewsEach year, around 20 to 50 million tons of electronic waste is produced worldwide, most of which is incinerated or dumped into landfills. Burning the plastic/metal combo in printed circuit boards releases toxic compounds such as dioxins and furans. In landfills, the metals on the circuit boards can contaminate groundwater.

Follow-Up to SB'13: Lucid's Michael Murray on Using IT to Drive Behavior Change
Follow-Up to SB'13: Lucid's Michael Murray on Using IT to Drive Behavior Change

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Michael Murray is the president and co-founder of Lucid, a software company providing real-time information feedback designed to “teach, inspire behavior change, and save energy and water resources in buildings.” Since the company’s founding in 2004, over 275 schools and organizations have adopted Lucid’s Building Dashboard, which it describes as a social network for buildings that allows people to view, compare, and share resource usage data online.

New Documentary 'Sparks' Collaboration That Could Benefit People in Need Locally and Globally
New Documentary 'Sparks' Collaboration That Could Benefit People in Need Locally and Globally

MARKETING AND COMMS - At the dawn of the 21st century, America’s spiraling energy consumption hijacks our democracy and gambles our planet’s future. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans live in poverty, while our government stalls behind party lines. Next spring a new documentary, The Spark, will reveal a blueprint for realistic, immediate solutions.

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Toyota, Ford and Tech Companies Top List of ‘Best Global Green Brands’
Toyota, Ford and Tech Companies Top List of ‘Best Global Green Brands’

MARKETING AND COMMS - For the second year running, Toyota has topped Interbrand’s list of “Best Global Green Brands,” followed by Ford and Honda. Rounding out the rest of the top ten are Panasonic, Nissan, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, Danone, Nokia and Dell. Overall, the technology sector clearly dominated.

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