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Why My OBE Shows That the Greatest Sustainability Challenges Lie Ahead, Not Behind Us
Why My OBE Shows That the Greatest Sustainability Challenges Lie Ahead, Not Behind Us

LEADERSHIP - On Thursday, June 14th, I will be with my closest family at Buckingham Palace, proudly receiving my OBE. For those outside the UK, this may not mean much (unless you’ve been watching “The Crown”), but the award is a public recognition of doing something useful — in my case, for services to sustainability.

Dow’s Nature Projects Generated $120M, Engaged 380K Students in 2017
Dow’s Nature Projects Generated $120M, Engaged 380K Students in 2017

BUSINESS CASE - The Dow Chemical Company’s newly released 2017 Sustainability Report details its progress against its goals for 2025, including surpassing the year’s target for savings and revenue from projects that are “better for ecosystems.” Such projects generated $120 million in cost savings and new cash flow in 2017 against the goal to reach $1 billion by 2025.

Hershey Releases 2017 CSR Report, Unveils SDG-Aligned CSR Strategy
Hershey Releases 2017 CSR Report, Unveils SDG-Aligned CSR Strategy

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Today, along with the release of its 2017 Shared Goodness Corporate Social Responsibility report, The Hershey Company unveiled Shared Goodness Promise, a new CSR strategy aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and centered around investments, collaborative programs and sustainable business practices aimed at making a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

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Q&A: How TD Is Living Its Purpose, Driving SDGs with The Ready Commitment
Q&A: How TD Is Living Its Purpose, Driving SDGs with The Ready Commitment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - TD Bank Group recently launched its corporate citizenship strategy to center on a new multi-year program, The Ready Commitment. Guided by the bank’s purpose, focus on creating shared value and desire to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) toward community giving by 2030 in The Ready Commitment’s four focus areas:

Deep Time Walk: Helping Brands to Engage with the SDGs
Deep Time Walk: Helping Brands to Engage with the SDGs

MARKETING AND COMMS - The idea of the Deep Time Walk is simple but incredibly powerful: When dealing with the vast dimensions of time and space, we are often unable to grasp the magnitude quantitatively, just through studying the numbers. A Deep Time Walk allows us to walk the timeline of the history of the Earth and also universe, and thus for example, on a walk of 4.6km, if we start with the birth of Earth, each one-metre step represents one million years.

Hilton Targets Plastics, Science-Based Targets in Journey to Halve Impacts by 2030
Hilton Targets Plastics, Science-Based Targets in Journey to Halve Impacts by 2030

WASTE NOT - Like many large companies, Hilton has been steadily improving its sustainability performance one step at a time.

Trucost’s New Evaluation Tool Will Help Companies Align Strategy with the SDGs
Trucost’s New Evaluation Tool Will Help Companies Align Strategy with the SDGs

NEW METRICS - The private sector has been mobilizing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. But corporations are also in constant pursuit of returning shareholder value, and as such, need to look for ways that SDG-aligned strategies can give a true measure of shareholder value.

SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment
SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

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New Digital Platform Connects Corporates, Startups Tackling the SDGs
New Digital Platform Connects Corporates, Startups Tackling the SDGs

COLLABORATION - Companies looking to advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and support startups get their solutions to market by using a new digital match-making platform, fetch. The Dutch-based enterprise helps bring together potential collaborators by showcasing market-ready innovations and allowing companies to search by SDG or industry category to find the ones that align with their corporate sustainability goals.

2018 Promises to Further Raise the Sustainability Bar
2018 Promises to Further Raise the Sustainability Bar

SUPPLY CHAIN - As we approach the 2020 deadline for many corporate sustainability pledges, plus the commitments made in the New York Declaration on Forests, sustainable business practices are front and center in the minds of decision-makers. The next twelve months will be pivotal in achieving these goals.

CVS Health Releases 11th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report
CVS Health Releases 11th Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report

PRESS RELEASE - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today released its 11th annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, detailing its latest efforts to shape the future of health care, reduce environmental impacts and exemplify corporate leadership in fulfilling the company's purpose of helping people on their path to better health. Among the company's key CSR initiatives in 2017 were an enterprise response to combatting the opioid crisis, the development of a carbon emissions reduction target in line with climate science, and a rapid and robust response to a series of natural disasters that impacted CVS Health operations, colleagues and communities.

DuPont Nutrition & Health Advances Global Leadership Role in Sustainability
DuPont Nutrition & Health Advances Global Leadership Role in Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE - Rising to meet the challenges of achieving global sustainable development is expected to require all the major stakeholders around the world to work together. DuPont Nutrition & Health is among this group that aims to make a greater impact on the food and beverage industry value chain.

Why Sustainability Is the Future of the Chemical Industry
Why Sustainability Is the Future of the Chemical Industry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - By 2020, the market for “green” chemistry is expected to reach $100 billion globally, with North America seeing an increase from $3 billion to over $20 billion during the same period. This growth, essential to the future of our planet, is a sign that the industry is engaged in much-needed change. Today, 8.3 percent of all deaths and 5.7 percent of the total burden of disease worldwide are related to chemical exposure.

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#BusinessCase: Research Finds Hotels Saved $7 for Every $1 Invested in Cutting Food Waste
#BusinessCase: Research Finds Hotels Saved $7 for Every $1 Invested in Cutting Food Waste

BUSINESS CASE - In a first-of-its-kind analysis for the hotel industry, food waste reduction programs were shown to be effective and financially beneficial. The research – which was conducted on behalf of Champions 12.3 – studied the costs and benefits of reducing food waste for 42 hotel sites across 15 countries. Over a three-year period, nearly every site realized a positive return on its investment; on average, hotels saved $7 in operating costs for every $1 they had spent on the programs.

Hershey Using ‘Cocoa for Good,’ Investing $500M to Support Farming Communities
Hershey Using ‘Cocoa for Good,’ Investing $500M to Support Farming Communities

WALKING THE TALK - The Hershey Company has announced a new comprehensive strategy for cocoa sustainability with an emphasis on addressing pressing issues facing cocoa-growing communities such as poverty, poor nutrition, at-risk youth, and vulnerable ecosystems. Cocoa For Good will involve collaborative programs, partnerships, and a half-a-billion dollars in investments by 2030.

Business Has Never Been More Critical in Advancing Gender Equality
Business Has Never Been More Critical in Advancing Gender Equality

LEADERSHIP - The adage, “behind every great man, there is a great woman,” has officially — and irretrievably — been relegated to the history books. In its place comes the understanding that behind every woman is a powerful and growing network of women who have, and are helping to, pave the way. When I joined Ceres more than a decade ago, I was privileged to experience firsthand the power of working under a female CEO and a gender-balanced leadership team. Today, even as the organization has quintupled in size, Ceres maintains this gender parity.

Building a New Future Together
Building a New Future Together

PRESS RELEASE - As a leader of Responsible Business in the hospitality industry, The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2017 Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is committed to work in a responsible and sustainable way. Rezidor operates 470+ hotels of sustainable hotel brands such as Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson. Rezidor is a member of The Radisson Hotel Group.

Nestle: Working towards our 2020 commitments
Nestle: Working towards our 2020 commitments

PRESS RELEASE - In 2017, Nestlé launched more than 1000 new, nutritious products and contributed to over 41,000 job and traineeship opportunities through its Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative. Furthermore, the company has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by over 30% in the last 10 years. The 2017 Nestlé in society – Creating Shared Value report (pdf, 15Mb) details the company’s progress on key commitments.

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A Win for Cocoa Farmers and Forests: Ghana Grants First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees
A Win for Cocoa Farmers and Forests: Ghana Grants First-Time Ownership of Timber Trees

SUPPLY CHAIN - For the first time ever in Ghana, cocoa farmers have obtained official ownership of non-cocoa trees on their farms. Some 150 farmers in the country’s western region will now be able to include shade trees as part of their business plans, providing additional sources of income in the form of timber while reducing deforestation and the effects of climate change.

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