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Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability
Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability

WALKING THE TALK - The EDDEN Project highlights the Martinique distillery’s circular and sustainable efforts to date and its roadmap for improvement, as well as advocating for similar commitments from distilleries around the world.

Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care
Report Highlights ‘Wild Dozen’ Plant Ingredients Consumers, Companies Should Consume with Care

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new report by TRAFFIC, the FAO and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Medicinal Plant Specialist Group looks at 12 common, wild-harvested plant ingredients and their effects on local sourcing communities and ecosystems.

Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions
Estée Lauder Companies, Plastics for Change Partner to Support Community-Based Plastic Waste Solutions

COLLABORATION - In an effort to combat climate change and reduce waste in its value chain, Estée Lauder Companies’ charitable wing, the ELC Charitable Foundation, has partnered with Plastics for Change to improve the livelihoods of waste collectors in India while diverting ocean-bound plastics.

Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste
Forget EPR: Researchers Outline Blueprint for ‘Ultimate Producer Responsibility’ for E-waste

WASTE NOT - Existing EPR systems limit electronics producers’ responsibility to national jurisdictions, not to the countries to which we export our electronics waste, and neither lead to multiple product use cycles nor to safe e-waste management.

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Logitech, Nestlé, PepsiCo Among Founding Members of Design for Good Alliance
Logitech, Nestlé, PepsiCo Among Founding Members of Design for Good Alliance

COLLABORATION - The non-profit global alliance features nine organizations committed to dedicating the power of their design communities to addressing the UN SDGs — beginning with SDG 6: clean water and sanitation.

40 Acre Co-Op Sowing Seeds for Financially Sustainable Future for Black Farmers
40 Acre Co-Op Sowing Seeds for Financially Sustainable Future for Black Farmers

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The first national Black farmer co-op since the Reconstruction era is on a mission to revive and support Black farmers — which have dwindled to a mere 1.4% of farmers in the US — and cultivate a national network of growers of regeneratively farmed hemp.

In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact
In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Many mainstream travel agents still emphasize low prices and profit, treating both travelers and destinations as commodities; but Kind Traveler challenges the viability of such a model within an industry increasingly shaped by more conscious travelers.

Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability
Organic Cotton Industry Still Sowing Seeds for Sustainability

SUPPLY CHAIN - As consumer demand for organic cotton soars, so does skepticism over the sustainability of the sector. The response must not be to retreat from organic cotton, but to invest more in supporting farmers to help them make the often-difficult conversion to organic on the ground.

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Avoid Burnout in Social Impact Careers
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Avoid Burnout in Social Impact Careers

WALKING THE TALK - Here, Roshan Paul and Ilaina Rabbat, co-founders of the Amani Institute, provide a dashboard for both aspiring and established changemakers to reflect on their motivation, their limitations and their overall fortitude for life in a social impact career.

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Transparency and Traceability Must Drive Sustainable Fashion
Transparency and Traceability Must Drive Sustainable Fashion

SUPPLY CHAIN - Traceability is the foundation upon which we can truly revolutionize the fashion industry, revealing the actual costs of products and ensuring that the wealth generated from production gets redistributed more fairly.

New Platform to Help Apparel Brands Illuminate Darkest Corners of Supply Chains
New Platform to Help Apparel Brands Illuminate Darkest Corners of Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Laudes Foundation’s Transparency in Action portal features best practices, expert advice, tools and resources — including information on existing and upcoming legislation — for brands to take informed steps towards transparency and expand their current efforts.

Focusing on What Matters: How PMI Transparently Identifies ESG Priorities
Focusing on What Matters: How PMI Transparently Identifies ESG Priorities

MARKETING AND COMMS - PMI recently released its 2021 Sustainability Materiality Report, which describes how the company identifies the ESG topics that inform its strategies, goals, and reporting. It’s conducted with full transparency — for stakeholders, and for society.

EU Proposes Plan to Hold Companies Accountable for Human Rights Violations
EU Proposes Plan to Hold Companies Accountable for Human Rights Violations

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence would oblige companies to identify, prevent, and mitigate human rights and environmental violations in their value chain. But there is debate over whether companies can be reasonably expected to control their entire value chain, down to the smallest suppliers.

Visa Commits $100M to Help Minority Depository Institutions Drive Economic Mobility
Visa Commits $100M to Help Minority Depository Institutions Drive Economic Mobility

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - MDIs are trusted providers for communities of color and include some of the oldest minority-owned US banks; they play a unique role in increasing access to financial services for underserved populations.

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Why the Business World Should Use India as a Model for Corporate Social Responsibility
Why the Business World Should Use India as a Model for Corporate Social Responsibility

WALKING THE TALK - In India, CSR is approached with a rigor not found anywhere else in the world. Here, we see how businesses around the world can learn from the Indian approach to CSR — to ensure that every dollar spent has the best societal impact, while improving your brand value.

The 3 Vital Perspectives Sustainability Leaders Need for the 2020s
The 3 Vital Perspectives Sustainability Leaders Need for the 2020s

THE NEXT ECONOMY - As we look back on 25 years of the sustainability movement and focus on the critical decade ahead, we challenge business leaders to embrace three vital perspectives in order to drive deep transformation of the way we live and work in unsettled times.

‘Toxic Tours’ Shed Light on Communities Most Affected by Petrochemical Pollution
‘Toxic Tours’ Shed Light on Communities Most Affected by Petrochemical Pollution

MARKETING AND COMMS - New platform from Break Free from Plastic explores the hardest-hit frontline communities in the world, from India to Ohio. After hearing each story, viewers can choose to view another location, or take actions designed to make local and global impact.

Report: Regenerative Ag Practices Fundamental to Long-Term Health of Fashion and Textile Industries
Report: Regenerative Ag Practices Fundamental to Long-Term Health of Fashion and Textile Industries

SUPPLY CHAIN - Far from simply the latest buzzword, regenerative agriculture is an opportunity for brands to invest in a fundamentally different system that drives numerous benefits for people and the planet — from boosting climate resilience and reversing biodiversity loss to prioritizing justice, equity and sustainable livelihoods.

Rural Studio Immersion Program Enriching Students, Reviving West Alabama’s Black Belt
Rural Studio Immersion Program Enriching Students, Reviving West Alabama’s Black Belt

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - At Auburn University’s architectural-training program, “housing is health.” Associate Director Rusty Smith asserts: “As architects, we have a professional responsibility. It's not only an ethical or moral responsibility; it's a professional responsibility, as well, to act when we see people in crisis.”

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14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’
14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The startups and NGOs have won the inaugural Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge, from the Institute of Food Technologists, aimed at scaling innovations that will help transform the food system.

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