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Walking the Talk: How Companies Are Delivering on the Promise of Social Impact
Walking the Talk: How Companies Are Delivering on the Promise of Social Impact

COLLABORATION - The metrics used by consumers, employees and investors to measure a company’s success are changing quickly, so the most forward-looking businesses are focused on implementing solutions that benefit people, society and the planet more-broadly — while bolstering their bottom line, too.

Why Outsourcing Customer Service Kills Purpose-Driven Brands
Why Outsourcing Customer Service Kills Purpose-Driven Brands

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In 2013, TOMS made a terrible mistake: We outsourced Customer Service. If you’re building a purpose-driven business and considering a major “cost-cutting” decision, please learn from our mistakes. The “soul” of your brand may be at stake!

Give More, and Better, This Season: The 2019 SB Holiday Gift Guide
Give More, and Better, This Season: The 2019 SB Holiday Gift Guide

WASTE NOT - What better way to celebrate and participate in the season of giving than with gifts that truly keep on giving? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be thrilled to give and receive.

Net Zero Emissions: Why We Can’t Tackle the Climate Crisis Without Addressing Global Inequality
Net Zero Emissions: Why We Can’t Tackle the Climate Crisis Without Addressing Global Inequality

CLEANTECH - As we enter 2020, we face a trilemma of global warming, growing inequality and rising nationalism — so, a well-designed net-zero strategy must tackle the climate crisis and promote economic opportunities for the less privileged at the same time.

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Sanitary Products, Soft Drinks and Safety Locks: An FMCG Approach to Fighting Period Poverty in Tanzania
Sanitary Products, Soft Drinks and Safety Locks: An FMCG Approach to Fighting Period Poverty in Tanzania

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - 'Period poverty' — in which women and girls struggle to access and afford menstrual products — is particularly bad in sub-Saharan Africa. That’s why a new initiative in Tanzania is taking a 21st-century, FMCG approach to a centuries-old problem.

How Business Can Avoid Fuelling Conflict and Work to Build Peace
How Business Can Avoid Fuelling Conflict and Work to Build Peace

WALKING THE TALK - On the third and final day at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, it was clear all businesses are being asked to address a fourth ‘p’ — peace. As well as helping to prevent conflict, companies are increasingly taking responsibility for sustaining peace.

Rwanda’s Akilah Institute: Where Women Mean Business
Rwanda’s Akilah Institute: Where Women Mean Business

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Two US beverage companies are working to empower tea and coffee growers in Rwanda, many of whom are women. Both companies are working to engage Akilah Institute students in hands-on learning in the coffee and tea industries, to open their eyes to the possibilities in their country.

How Can Sustainability Professionals Uphold Mandatory Rules on Human Rights?
How Can Sustainability Professionals Uphold Mandatory Rules on Human Rights?

SUPPLY CHAIN - While we’ve seen steady if uncertain progress on human rights — and more from business than from governments — there are dangers if the message heard by business is one of complacency.

SB Oceans Showcases Solutions Aimed at Restoring Our Aquatic Abundance
SB Oceans Showcases Solutions Aimed at Restoring Our Aquatic Abundance

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - AI, a conscientious credit card, social plastic and underwater forests are just a few of the solutions showcased at SB Oceans that can help us restore their abundance.

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New Report Provides Blueprint for Circularity of PET Bottles in Southeast Asia
New Report Provides Blueprint for Circularity of PET Bottles in Southeast Asia

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The report provides first-of-its kind, systematic and comparable baseline collection rates for PET bottles in Southeast Asia; and identifies a series of priority actions to transform the post-consumer PET landscape in the region.

North American Companies Lag Behind in Protecting Children’s Rights
North American Companies Lag Behind in Protecting Children’s Rights

WALKING THE TALK - New global benchmark study, released today, shows that companies worldwide are making incremental positive changes to protect children’s rights, but need to significantly accelerate the pace, as risks continue to outpace progress.

Combating Child Labor on India’s Tobacco Farms
Combating Child Labor on India’s Tobacco Farms

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Child labor and other labor abuses are recurring problems characteristic to tobacco-growing and other agricultural communities in countries such as India. But Philip Morris International’s Agricultural Labor Practices is creating a step change.

Trending: Partnerships Laying More Groundwork for Circular Plastics Economy
Trending: Partnerships Laying More Groundwork for Circular Plastics Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The US’ biggest beverage companies have invested into ensuring they get ‘Every Bottle Back’ for recycling; Bluewater is helping Londoners ditch single-use bottles; and SC Johnson and Plastic Bank are broadening the Social Plastic ecosystem.

How Rebalancing Power Dynamics Can Create More Sustainable Value Chains
How Rebalancing Power Dynamics Can Create More Sustainable Value Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - From growers to sellers and consumers, there’s no doubt coffee touches billions of people every single day. But as coffee prices continue to decline, how can we address the underlying power dynamics that are driving unsustainable practices?

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SB’19 Madrid Offers Tasting Menu of ‘Moonshot Thinking’ for the Future of Humankind
SB’19 Madrid Offers Tasting Menu of ‘Moonshot Thinking’ for the Future of Humankind

THE NEXT ECONOMY - At SB’19 Madrid last week, a diverse array of innovators in various fields demonstrated the notion that asking the right questions and being willing to use imagination to find solutions to the climate crisis and other pressing global issues can turn a Moonshot into reality.

How Kohler Has 'Tapped' an Internal Flow of Entrepreneurial Ideas
How Kohler Has 'Tapped' an Internal Flow of Entrepreneurial Ideas

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - To help address the need to provide access to clean water and sanitation around the world, Kohler launched an internal “Shark Tank”-style social innovation competition — and many of its 38,000 employees are loving the chance to share their big ideas.

Could Air-Based Foods Be the Alternative Diet Trend That Saves the Planet?
Could Air-Based Foods Be the Alternative Diet Trend That Saves the Planet?

CLEANTECH - “We are already seeing a shift from animal-based to plant-based protein. The next evolution — from land-based to air-based protein — will allow us to [feed] a growing population without needing to remove rainforests or natural habitats.”

A Cleaner, ‘Greener’ World: Hilton Expands Soap Recycling for Global Handwashing Day
A Cleaner, ‘Greener’ World: Hilton Expands Soap Recycling for Global Handwashing Day

WASTE NOT - Hilton properties have collectively recycled four million pounds of soap, resulting in 11 million soap bars being distributed to communities in need in 127 countries. Starting today, soap recycling is now a brand standard across over 5,300 Hilton properties.

94 Mayors Recognize Global Climate Emergency, Support Global Green New Deal
94 Mayors Recognize Global Climate Emergency, Support Global Green New Deal

LEADERSHIP - At the C40 Summit in Copenhagen, mayors of 94 cities herald a Global Green New Deal to “drive an urgent, fundamental and irreversible transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that averts the climate emergency.”

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Trending: Public-Private Partnerships Foster Solutions for Climate-Resilient World
Trending: Public-Private Partnerships Foster Solutions for Climate-Resilient World

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has launched six new financial instruments for climate-related projects in developing countries; while the World Economic Forum has convened public and private partners to launch the Coalition for Climate-Resilient Investment.

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