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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.

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.

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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.

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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Supply Chain Partnership to Aid Small Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID
Supply Chain Partnership to Aid Small Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID

SUPPLY CHAIN - Root Capital, Keurig Dr Pepper, USAID and Ezrah Charitable Trust will help 150,000 farmers across Africa, Latin America and Indonesia; to withstand the current pandemic and build their resiliency for years to come.

The Next Frontier for Fairtrade: Living Incomes in Cocoa
The Next Frontier for Fairtrade: Living Incomes in Cocoa

SUPPLY CHAIN - Two forward-thinking brands have deepened their Fairtrade partnerships by making additional financial commitments to cocoa farmers in their supply chains.

Lessons from a Very Difficult Year
Lessons from a Very Difficult Year

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Life presents us with opportunities to learn lessons every day; whether we choose to take the lessons to heart is up to us. 2020 has provided exceptional opportunities for learning by forcing us to face exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Certifying Private-Label Brands Leads to 200% Increase in Farmer Premiums
Certifying Private-Label Brands Leads to 200% Increase in Farmer Premiums

SUPPLY CHAIN - Countless studies have shown companies no longer need to choose profits over people; valuing people and sustainability is profitable. Consumers vote every day with their dollars and are rewarding the brands that embed sustainability into their ethos.

Murals Honor the Farmers Behind Our Favorite Products, Benefits of Fair Trade
Murals Honor the Farmers Behind Our Favorite Products, Benefits of Fair Trade

MARKETING AND COMMS - The murals were part of a Fairtrade America campaign during October for Fair Trade Month, to raise awareness of Fairtrade’s positive impacts. Shoppers voiced their choice for Fairtrade and won various Fairtrade prizes.

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UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 2: What’s New in Mandatory Human Rights ’Due Diligence’ Law?
UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 2: What’s New in Mandatory Human Rights ’Due Diligence’ Law?

SUPPLY CHAIN - Companies are obliged to monitor and manage environmental and human rights standards in their supply chains. This week saw major steps forward in support for enforcing human rights due diligence by law, as well as major debates in shaping the new laws. Here are my 10 takeaways from the debates.

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Day 1: ‘The Most Vulnerable Are Always in Your Supply Chain’
UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Day 1: ‘The Most Vulnerable Are Always in Your Supply Chain’

SUPPLY CHAIN - What links the two major themes to emerge from the day — COVID and climate — is the need for companies to take steps to assist vulnerable people in supply chains, and to ensure their needs are always taken into account. 

Brands, Retailers Must Prioritize Data to Improve Purchasing Practices, Supply Chain Resiliency
Brands, Retailers Must Prioritize Data to Improve Purchasing Practices, Supply Chain Resiliency

SUPPLY CHAIN - After decades advocating for business that prioritizes workers and the environment alongside profitability, it is obvious to me that any efforts to pivot to address changing consumer demand and market uncertainty will be futile if workers are treated as commodities or taken for granted.

Mastercard Partners to Digitally Empower Small Businesses in Latin America
Mastercard Partners to Digitally Empower Small Businesses in Latin America

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Bancolombia, Banco Galicia, Citibanamex and Mercado Libre are part of the Partnership, committed to accelerate business recovery and inclusive growth efforts in the region.

How the Cocoa Industry Can and Must Change to Tackle the Climate Crisis
How the Cocoa Industry Can and Must Change to Tackle the Climate Crisis

SUPPLY CHAIN - Ceres’ new Investor Brief on Cocoa identifies three key challenges posed to the cocoa industry by shifting social and environmental conditions, and the actions companies can take today to mitigate the material financial risks embedded in cocoa supply chains.

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Kimberly-Clark, Kotex to Mentor Startups Focused on Women’s Health, Access to Sanitation
Kimberly-Clark, Kotex to Mentor Startups Focused on Women’s Health, Access to Sanitation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Toilet Board Coalition’s Women in the Sanitation Economy Innovation Lab has chosen five women-led, early-stage startups focused on women’s reproductive health and hygiene; and improving access to safe, sustainable sanitation options in underserved areas.

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