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Closed-Loop Tech Aims to Change Textile Industry’s Water Use from ‘Waste2Fresh’
Closed-Loop Tech Aims to Change Textile Industry’s Water Use from ‘Waste2Fresh’

CLEANTECH - With textile manufacturing responsible for 20% of global water pollution, CPI and its closed-loop water-recycling system aim to revolutionize the industry’s exploitative methods for dyeing and manufacturing our clothes.

PayPal Joins Catalyst Fund to Explore Connections Between Digital Finance, Climate Resilience
PayPal Joins Catalyst Fund to Explore Connections Between Digital Finance, Climate Resilience

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The global inclusive tech accelerator has also announced its latest cohort of companies bringing inclusive fintech solutions to underserved communities.

Dole-Future Food Institute Study Identifies Key Contributors to Global Nutrition Inequality
Dole-Future Food Institute Study Identifies Key Contributors to Global Nutrition Inequality

WALKING THE TALK - ‘Nutrition Unpacked’ combines quantitative data with the input of a broad range of experts and stakeholders to uncover the underlying causes of nutrition inequality and identify actionable outcomes.

Startup Aiming to Redesign Food Industry, One Plant-Based ‘Suppa’ at a Time
Startup Aiming to Redesign Food Industry, One Plant-Based ‘Suppa’ at a Time

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Future Fit Foods’ line of nutritious, sustainably sourced, freeze-dried soups is the company’s first step in its mission to reinvent food from ingredients to packaging — and truly democratize sustainable nutrition.

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Report: Holistic Solutions Needed to Future-Proof Edible Fats & Oils Industry
Report: Holistic Solutions Needed to Future-Proof Edible Fats & Oils Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - The Edible Fats and Oils Collaboration urges the food and feed industry to advocate for new policy that considers the sustainability aspects of all fats and oils in one holistic system, instead of vilifying individual ingredients.

On World Chocolate Day, Remember – Our Choices Can Change the Lives of Cocoa Farmers
On World Chocolate Day, Remember – Our Choices Can Change the Lives of Cocoa Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - A new campaign around World Chocolate Day aims to help consumers understand the exploitation that too often accompanies the farming, trade and production of chocolate treats — while highlighting the positive impacts of choosing fair and ethically sourced cocoa.

Prince Charles Partners with Global Insurance Industry to Drive Substantive Climate Action
Prince Charles Partners with Global Insurance Industry to Drive Substantive Climate Action

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The SMI Insurance Task Force commits to provide climate-positive financing and risk-management solutions to support and encourage individuals and businesses around the world to accelerate their transition to a sustainable future.

The Luxury Consumer, Sustainability and Social Responsibility: It’s Complicated
The Luxury Consumer, Sustainability and Social Responsibility: It’s Complicated

WALKING THE TALK - Whether environmental or social, luxury brands *will* have to contend with issues related to corporate social responsibility — it’s in the zeitgeist. “Being your best self” is the essence of luxury. Values and purpose are thus luxury essentials, not just nice-to-haves.

PepsiCo Aims to Regeneratively Farm 7M Acres by 2030
PepsiCo Aims to Regeneratively Farm 7M Acres by 2030

SUPPLY CHAIN - The company’s goal is to scale regenerative farming practices across its entire agricultural footprint, reduce at least 3 million tons of GHGs, and improve livelihoods of farmers across its supply chain.

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10 Global Companies Take Action Towards Living Wages
10 Global Companies Take Action Towards Living Wages

SUPPLY CHAIN - Aldi, Fairphone, L’Oréal, Unilever and more are  taking action towards ensuring living wages for workers throughout their supply chains — and calling on others to do the same.

Not All Carbon Credits Are Created Equal
Not All Carbon Credits Are Created Equal

WALKING THE TALK - While the majority of projects that generate carbon credits focus solely on carbon abatement, an increasing number also achieve other environmental, economic, social and cultural co-benefits — which increase impact ROI for companies.

How AI Is Enabling Smarter, Scalable, Sustainable Water Solutions
How AI Is Enabling Smarter, Scalable, Sustainable Water Solutions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - What if artificial intelligence could be help solve some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, such as water access? That is what DataRobot is trying to enable through its AI For Good program.

To Fight COVID-19, We Must Invest in Water Access for Vulnerable Communities
To Fight COVID-19, We Must Invest in Water Access for Vulnerable Communities

COLLABORATION - The PepsiCo Foundation and WaterAid are launching a new program to build sanitation facilities and community water systems in the harsh, arid region of La Guajira, Colombia — with the goal of increasing access for the indigenous Wayuu people.

Partnerships Helping Dow Create Shared Value, Eliminate Waste Across the World
Partnerships Helping Dow Create Shared Value, Eliminate Waste Across the World

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - Through strategic partnerships in Brazil and South Africa, Dow has helped create jobs, education and infrastructure for more efficient waste management, in turn generating sustainable ripple effects throughout the regions.

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Palm Oil — Redeeming an ‘Evil Crop’
Palm Oil — Redeeming an ‘Evil Crop’

SUPPLY CHAIN - In this excerpt from his new book, Honor Thy Label, Dr. Bronner's Gero Leson shares the company's years-long journey to establishing a stable supply chain for fair trade, organic palm oil.

Milwaukee Startup Helping Small African Farms Turn Waste into Livelihoods
Milwaukee Startup Helping Small African Farms Turn Waste into Livelihoods

WASTE NOT - Agricycle wants to address poverty and put a dent in global food waste. So far, it has created nearly 7,000 livelihoods in Africa and diverted 177 tons of food waste — and counting.

Dole’s ‘Sunshine for All’ Fund Strives to Close Gaps on Good Nutrition
Dole’s ‘Sunshine for All’ Fund Strives to Close Gaps on Good Nutrition

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The $2M annual fund will aim to address gaps of food affordability and waste, as well as accessibility and acceptability, around the world. Dole is seeking strategic partners to help develop solutions.

#WhoMadeMyClothes: Transparency Has Become a Fashion-Industry Imperative
#WhoMadeMyClothes: Transparency Has Become a Fashion-Industry Imperative

SUPPLY CHAIN - When it comes to one of the world’s most polluting and exploitative industries, more and more consumers are demanding transparency. We have the technology to deliver end-to-end transparency and to support the reinvention of the fashion industry.

PepsiCo Doubles Down on Climate Goals, Expands Farmer-Empowerment Efforts in Latin America
PepsiCo Doubles Down on Climate Goals, Expands Farmer-Empowerment Efforts in Latin America

WALKING THE TALK - PepsiCo plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040; and expands efforts to create resilient supply chains in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on female farmers.

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Collaborative SourceUp Platform to Accelerate Sustainability of Entire Sourcing Regions
Collaborative SourceUp Platform to Accelerate Sustainability of Entire Sourcing Regions

SUPPLY CHAIN - IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative and brand partners including Mars, PepsiCo and Unilever have developed the platform to enable a landscape approach to sustainable commodity sourcing.

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