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Blockchain Will Make Carbon Visible for Everybody
Blockchain Will Make Carbon Visible for Everybody

THE NEXT ECONOMY - To understand, and report on, an organization’s carbon footprint is a complex undertaking — to say the least.

Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Voice to Make a Positive Impact
Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Voice to Make a Positive Impact

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Amazon has launched a new challenge to reward developers of Alexa skills that have a positive impact on the environment, local communities and the world.

Trending: New Spins on Wood, Hemp, Coconut Recognized as Winning Natural Fibers
Trending: New Spins on Wood, Hemp, Coconut Recognized as Winning Natural Fibers

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A process that turns wood pulp into yarn and a vegan wool alternative made from hemp and coconut fibers have respectively earned a spot in Fashion for Good’s Scaling Programme and a prize in the 2018 Biodesign Challenge.

Breakthroughs Converging to Completely Derail Fossil Fuels
Breakthroughs Converging to Completely Derail Fossil Fuels

CLEANTECH - What will ultimately push fossil fuels back the way of the dinosaur? Purely and simply, is it our ethics and our resolve as consumers and brands that will end our dependence on dirty energy. The response to Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement — in which business and civic leaders vowed to continue working towards clean energy, anyway — is easily part of the mix. The response demonstrated a deep level of commitment.

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Columbia University and IBM Establish New Center to Accelerate Innovation in Blockchain and Data Transparency
Columbia University and IBM Establish New Center to Accelerate Innovation in Blockchain and Data Transparency

PRESS RELEASE - Columbia University and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new Center devoted to research, education, and innovation in blockchain technology and data transparency. To advance compelling new ways to apply blockchain and help address growing demands around data transparency, the Center will also include an innovation accelerator to incubate business ideas from entrepreneurial students, faculty and members of the startup community.

Liverpool Using Blockchain to Become First Climate-Positive City by End of 2020
Liverpool Using Blockchain to Become First Climate-Positive City by End of 2020

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Liverpool City Council is committed to becoming the first climate-positive authority in the world by the end of 2018, through a groundbreaking partnership with the nonprofit Poseidon Foundation, in a bid to make Liverpool the world’s first climate-positive city by the end of 2020.

3 #NewMetrics Trends Every Business Should Follow
3 #NewMetrics Trends Every Business Should Follow

NEW METRICS - What we at Sustainable Brands call “New Metrics” allow businesses to quantify previously ignored risks, costs and revenue potential associated with sustainability impacts. Smart executives use #NewMetrics to understand the full picture of their companies’ interactions with the rest of the world, improve stakeholder relationships, and steer innovation toward the products and services of the future. The field has evolved steadily and produced many significant milestones over the past decade. Below are three big trends businesses need to be on top of if they want to gain early-mover advantages and maximize the respective upside that awaits.

Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future
Cities, Countries, Companies to Automakers: You Have the Keys to a Zero-Emissions Future

COLLABORATION - States, regions, cities and international business are uniting to use their purchasing and policy influence to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) around the world through a new Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Challenge, launched today.

New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices
New Projects in Guatemala, Australia Sweetening Sugar Industry Sustainability Practices

SUPPLY CHAIN - Sugar has been a hot topic the past few years due to artificial and natural sweeteners entering the market and growing concerns about obesity and children’s health. The U.S.

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Latest UPS Sustainability Report Shares Stories of Innovation and Progress
Latest UPS Sustainability Report Shares Stories of Innovation and Progress

PRESS RELEASE - UPS’s 16th annual Sustainability Report highlights the company’s sustainability challenges and accomplishments during 2017, including progress toward its 2020 and 2025 goals in support of the environment, global workforce, and communities around the world. The report also showcases investments in cutting-edge technologies that are advancing UPS’s integrated network to new levels of efficiency and creating tangible sustainability benefits. UPS’s 2017 sustainability highlights include:

CO2 Challenge Seeks New Tech to Help Cargill Decarbonize the Shipping Sector
CO2 Challenge Seeks New Tech to Help Cargill Decarbonize the Shipping Sector

CLEANTECH - A new global challenge aims to find and scale new technologies capable of reducing a ship’s gross carbon dioxide emissions by ten percent. Businesses and entrepreneurs with a product in need of commercial assessment, testing, investment and scaling are invited to apply to participate in the “CO2 Challenge,” launched by Cargill in partnership with DNV GL and Rainmaking.

Q&A: How Wrangler, MyFarms Plan to Leverage Field-Level Sustainability Data
Q&A: How Wrangler, MyFarms Plan to Leverage Field-Level Sustainability Data

NEW METRICS - From remote sensors to digital field mapping, information technology (IT) is rapidly becoming a part of day-to-day farm management. When a state-of-the-art cotton picker, for example, records crop yield and moisture every few seconds, along with the GPS coordinates of the machine, that data can be analyzed against water and fertilizer applications — or other farm practices — to determine optimal growing conditions. Technology also can enable reporting up and down the agricultural value chain of all farm practices and conservation metrics associated with a particular field.

3M™ Smog-reducing Granules Harness the Power of the Sun to Improve Air Quality
3M™ Smog-reducing Granules Harness the Power of the Sun to Improve Air Quality

PRESS RELEASE - At 3M, we use science every day to improve lives and help solve society’s toughest challenges. We like to imagine a world where all communities are safe, healthy and thriving—where increased energy efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and access to clean air and water enhance human health at home and at work. Still, nearly four in ten Americans currently live in counties with unhealthy levels of ground level ozone or particle pollution.¹ Since reducing air pollution remains critical to public health,² 3M is addressing this environmental challenge by creatively applying science to help remove smog³ and improve the air we breathe.

First Global Competition for Tourism Startups Seeks Future of Travel, Environment, Community
First Global Competition for Tourism Startups Seeks Future of Travel, Environment, Community

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Globalia have announced the first worldwide competition for tourism startups. The UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition is accepting applications from entrepreneurs across 164 countries whose companies aim to transform tourism, whether their focus is on the future of travel, tourism experience, environmental impact or community development.

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Better Data and Metrics: Next Steps in Powering a Circular Economy?
Better Data and Metrics: Next Steps in Powering a Circular Economy?

NEW METRICS - Scotland remains one of the world’s leading nations on circular economy thinking — this year Glasgow will host the Circular Economy Hotspot, an international event and trade mission that will showcase the country’s progressive approach to materials and resource use.

Fashion for Good Adds PVH - Parent of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein - as Latest Partner
Fashion for Good Adds PVH - Parent of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein - as Latest Partner

COLLABORATION - Fashion for Good and PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world that owns brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, today announced their partnership to accelerate the transition towards a good fashion industry.

Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss from HPE's New Living Progress Report
Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss from HPE's New Living Progress Report

PRESS RELEASE - From world-leading rankings to sustainable product innovations, here are some of HPE’s biggest accomplishments in sustainability over the last year. Today, we released our annual Living Progress Report, showcasing how HPE is driving sustainable innovation and embedding corporate citizenship within our culture. From garnering investor confidence with leading environmental and social governance (ESG) performance, to developing the world’s most efficient and secure products, here are a few of the highlights from the FY 2017 report.

Ford Reveals Vision for Michigan Central Station, Reimagining Future of Mobility in Detroit
Ford Reveals Vision for Michigan Central Station, Reimagining Future of Mobility in Detroit

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - After opening in 1913, Michigan Central Station quickly became where dreamers in search of new jobs and new opportunities first set foot in Detroit. Once the last train pulled out of the station 30 years ago, however, it became a place where hope left. The station became a symbol of Detroit’s hard times, a monument to the city’s struggles. As the new owner of the building, Ford is making a big bet on the future.

Intel, HP, Apple Named Leaders in Taking Action Against Forced Labor in Tech
Intel, HP, Apple Named Leaders in Taking Action Against Forced Labor in Tech

SUPPLY CHAIN - KnowTheChain has released its second ranking of the top 40 global information and communications technology (ICT) companies on their efforts and disclosure related to eradicating forced labor.

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New App Offers Transparency from Seed to Sip, Field to Fork
New App Offers Transparency from Seed to Sip, Field to Fork

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Launched today in the UK, an app called Almond digitizes fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products aims to revolutionize how consumers interact with the food and drink they consume. By scanning the unique hidden codes printed directly onto product packaging, consumers can use the Almond app to learn more about what they’re consuming, including where each ingredient has come from, the journey the product has taken and its carbon footprint.

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