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Major Companies, Investors Still Blind to Their Role in Deforestation
Major Companies, Investors Still Blind to Their Role in Deforestation

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Global Canopy’s 10th annual Forest 500 report reveals that, despite some pockets of progress, voluntary private sector action has failed to generate meaningful progress on commodity-driven deforestation.

Powering Earth from Space: Can We Solve Our Energy Crisis Without Destroying the Environment?
Powering Earth from Space: Can We Solve Our Energy Crisis Without Destroying the Environment?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - There is immense potential for sustainable innovation in the ever-growing space economy — in ways that could bring the industry’s own impacts, and an infinite source of solar power, back down to Earth.

B Lab Seeks Input on Updated B Corp Standards
B Lab Seeks Input on Updated B Corp Standards

MARKETING AND COMMS - B Lab has launched a public comment period on new draft standards for B Corp Certification — inviting businesses, civil society and the public to provide feedback through an interactive website.

Lululemon’s Enzymatically Recycled Nylon 6,6 Advancing Circular Fashion
Lululemon’s Enzymatically Recycled Nylon 6,6 Advancing Circular Fashion

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The brand has partnered with Samsara Eco to extract nylon 6,6 from end-of-life textiles, demonstrating the potential to create a fully circular ecosystem for apparel.

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Radical Sustainability Experimentation in Tourism Highlights Challenges, Opportunities
Radical Sustainability Experimentation in Tourism Highlights Challenges, Opportunities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “We don’t need everyone to do it perfectly to change the world; we just need double-digit percentages from a heck of a lot of buy-in.” — Natural Habitat Adventures’ Court Whelan

How Singapore Became Asia's Launch Pad for Sustainable Innovation & Tech
How Singapore Became Asia's Launch Pad for Sustainable Innovation & Tech

CLEANTECH - We spoke with Damian Chan, EVP of the Singapore Economic Development Board, to learn more about how it is driving sustainability and the energy transition in the island nation.

Tony’s Chocolonely Scales Impact Model While Delivering Record Growth
Tony’s Chocolonely Scales Impact Model While Delivering Record Growth

SUPPLY CHAIN - The impact-driven chocolate brand doubled farmer premiums, further reduced child labor and environmental impacts, and continued to grow its coalition of Mission Allies.

Post-Davos, 4 Key Considerations for Sustainability in 2024
Post-Davos, 4 Key Considerations for Sustainability in 2024

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Here are 4 takeaways from the 2024 WEF annual meeting that the business world should incorporate into sustainability strategies for the year ahead.

KLM Has Wasted 60% Less Inflight Food, Thanks to AI
KLM Has Wasted 60% Less Inflight Food, Thanks to AI

WASTE NOT - Not all flights booked result in a passenger on board said flight. By predicting the number of passengers based on historical data, AI is helping the airline waste significantly fewer inflight meals.

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Streamlining Certification Will Help Scale a Sustainable Food System
Streamlining Certification Will Help Scale a Sustainable Food System

SUPPLY CHAIN - The often-arduous process for meeting sustainable certification requirements can be daunting, if not prohibitive, for smallholder farmers. Digitizing the process removes pain points for both farmers and the companies that source their crops.

Automobili Lamborghini Pledges 40% CO2 Reduction Across Its Value Chain by 2030
Automobili Lamborghini Pledges 40% CO2 Reduction Across Its Value Chain by 2030

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The luxury Italian carmaker extends its decarbonization program to its entire value chain, with the aim of reducing total enterprise emissions by 40% per car by 2030.

This 'SeaFeed' Could Be a Game-Changing Solution to Livestock Emissions
This 'SeaFeed' Could Be a Game-Changing Solution to Livestock Emissions

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Australian startup Sea Forest’s seaweed-based feed supplements significantly reduce methane emissions from ruminant livestock.

First-of-its-Kind Fund Aims to Catalyze Equitable Access to Reuse and Refill Solutions
First-of-its-Kind Fund Aims to Catalyze Equitable Access to Reuse and Refill  Solutions

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The $1M fund aims to finance deployment of reuse and refill infrastructure — particularly in FMCG, food service and delivery, grocery, e-commerce and retail — to combat global plastic pollution.

Brands Are Missing a Climate Leadership Opportunity at the Super Bowl
Brands Are Missing a Climate Leadership Opportunity at the Super Bowl

MARKETING AND COMMS - A Super Bowl ad can shape a countrywide conversation; but most brands are choosing gutless entertainment — missing an opportunity to differentiate, engage and lead on today’s most pertinent issues.

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Social-Impact Investing: 5 Lessons from a Successful First Venture
Social-Impact Investing: 5 Lessons from a Successful First Venture

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - How T. Rowe Price brought capital to under-resourced communities and ensured it had the desired impacts, while inspiring pride and creativity among corporate associates.

$7M: How the Cost of a Super Bowl Ad Could Transform Lives
$7M: How the Cost of a Super Bowl Ad Could Transform Lives

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - We challenge all of these advertisers to skim the nonprofits below and think about diverting even $1M of their game-time spend to instead address urgent social issues.

How USAID Supports the Private Sector’s Sustainability Efforts
How USAID Supports the Private Sector’s Sustainability Efforts

COLLABORATION - We spoke with Keith Dokho, USAID’s Private Sector Engagement Secretariat Lead, about how the organization is shifting to support the private sector’s environmental and social progress.

Jones Snowboards Earns Industry-First Fair Trade Certification
Jones Snowboards Earns Industry-First Fair Trade Certification

SUPPLY CHAIN - The certification signifies attention to worker empowerment, fair wages and more; but whether it will galvanize competitors and partners to make such a commitment remains to be seen.

Apparel Brands Urged to Understand, Disclose Water Risks
Apparel Brands Urged to Understand, Disclose Water Risks

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new report from Planet Tracker analyzed nearly 4K filings from 29 major apparel brands and found them worryingly dry.

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Circular, Regenerative Innovations Advance in Big Food Redesign Challenge
Circular, Regenerative Innovations Advance in Big Food Redesign Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Cactus cookies, banana-peel snacks, wrinkled-pea pasta are contenders in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Challenge for companies to design new products — or redesign existing ones — using circular principles that help address climate change and regenerate nature.

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