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Gatekeepers to Gateways: Trade Associations Key to Gaining Ground in Industry Sustainability
Gatekeepers to Gateways: Trade Associations Key to Gaining Ground in Industry Sustainability

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The recent launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment last month of over 170 countries to the Paris climate agreement illustrate global consensus regarding the sustainability issues we need to tackle to put society and the planet on a secure path.

Smart Partnerships, IoT, Certifications Helping Brands Meet Consumer Demand for Better Products
Smart Partnerships, IoT, Certifications Helping Brands Meet Consumer Demand for Better Products

CLEANTECH - Since the introduction of the first ecolabels and standards for organic products in the late 1980s and '90s, sustainability standards and certifications have proliferated across myriad industries. From food to manufactured goods, standards and certifications are helping consumers and businesses alike make better purchasing decisions to ensure they respect the triple bottom line.

Stakeholder Relations - Invest in It Before You Need to Rely on It
Stakeholder Relations - Invest in It Before You Need to Rely on It

COLLABORATION - As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF has products in all kinds of industries; it employs 112,000 employees globally, services a variety of customers, and has relationships with shareholders and a large numbers of societal stakeholders. Any company’s set of relevant stakeholders in business, government and civil society will change with time; a clear picture is essential for effective engagement. Rather than relying on inflexible stakeholder mapping tools, it might be more appropriate to have skilled people and organizational structures in place for ongoing stakeholder analysis and engagement.

7 Trends at the Intersection of Sustainability and Purpose to Watch This Year
7 Trends at the Intersection of Sustainability and Purpose to Watch This Year

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - There is widespread consensus in the global Sustainable Brands community that purpose is trending in the business world, especially among brands that are looking beyond the next quarter and trying to figure out how to thrive in the middle and long run. Such brands are not only wisely taking actions to future-proof themselves, but are also smartly leveraging a strong zeitgeist of purpose-driven behavior in society in general – that verifiable wave of health-conscious consumers, meaning- and balance-seeking employees, future-focused students and increasingly influential faith-based and spiritual communities.

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SDG #2: Young Entrepreneurs Are Key to Feeding the World
SDG #2: Young Entrepreneurs Are Key to Feeding the World

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Building a stronger and more equitable food system requires the fresh thinking, talents, and skills of our youth. We have the potential to feed everyone, including the millions of people globally who are most vulnerable to hunger and its serious consequences. Having worked for one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies for more than a decade, I know that the next generation of farmers, business managers, NGOs, public advocates, and students can together help us reach the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goal aimed at ending hunger (SDG 2).

Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Join Market Research Partnership to Tackle SDGs
Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola Join Market Research Partnership to Tackle SDGs

COLLABORATION - There is yet another new group that can be filed under Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. Yesterday, Unilever and several industry partners announced the creation of an open platform to share their ideas, data, and insights on addressing key global challenges.

UN Calling on Local Business Leaders, Changemakers to ‘Pioneer’ Action on SDGs
UN Calling on Local Business Leaders, Changemakers to ‘Pioneer’ Action on SDGs

LEADERSHIP - To spur action and inspire businesses to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, or global goals), the United Nations (UN) Global Compact announced a multi-year Local Network SDG Action Plan last month.

Integral Thinking, Part 4: Defining Success Leads to True Value Creation
Integral Thinking, Part 4: Defining Success Leads to True Value Creation

NEW METRICS - This is part 4 of a 6-part series about integral thinking and true materiality. It proposes a new impetus to develop reporting that is able to serve the idea of a green & inclusive economy. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Calling All Facilitators: Why Stakeholder Collaboration Will Be Key in Fulfilling the Paris Agreement
Calling All Facilitators: Why Stakeholder Collaboration Will Be Key in Fulfilling the Paris Agreement

COLLABORATION - Representatives from almost 200 countries convened in Paris in December to reach the most significant agreement on climate change since the topic initially surfaced as a political priority some decades ago.

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'Integral Thinking and True Materiality': An Introduction
'Integral Thinking and True Materiality': An Introduction

NEW METRICS - If 2015 was the year that inspired new hope in sustainability with the publication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the success of COP21, 2016 is the year the rubber needs to hit the road when it comes to implementation and impact. So rather than add to the end-of-year 10-best-of-this-and-that listing stampede, instead I’ve created a 6-piece series summarizing essential learnings from 2015 to focus priorities and actions for 2016.*Reflecting on 2015, my own work focused on front-end developments needed in three interlinked areas:

New Global Commission Aimed at Quantifying Business Case for Helping to Achieve SDGs
New Global Commission Aimed at Quantifying Business Case for Helping to Achieve SDGs

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Businesses that join global efforts to end extreme poverty and protect the planet’s finite natural resources can reap great rewards and protect their long-term performance, a proposition that will be tested by a new commission launched today at the World Economic Forum.

The Key to Achieving the SDGs? Transform the Global Goals Into Local Goals
The Key to Achieving the SDGs? Transform the Global Goals Into Local Goals

COLLABORATION - Late last year, the United Nations published the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, or Global Goals). The main difference between the former millennium goals and the new goals is that the latter apply to all countries. It is no longer about goals in poor countries that should be realized through financing from richer countries. The SDGs merge poverty reduction, safety and justice with the familiar cornerstones of sustainable development - People, Planet and Profit.

Engaging Business in the SDGs: An Imperative for Action
Engaging Business in the SDGs: An Imperative for Action

COLLABORATION - For the United Nations, working with business is not always easy business. Yet it is a necessary - particularly if the recently approved Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are going to be achieved by 2030. A broad consultation and negotiation process has led to the ground-breaking and inspirational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A process which was one the most inclusive and wide-ranging dialogue processes in the UN history. How to effectively engage businesses in this new agenda proved to be one of the most recurring, contested and challenging elements.

How Brands Can Leverage the Sustainable Development Goals
How Brands Can Leverage the Sustainable Development Goals

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been big news in the sustainability community since their launch in September.

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GRI Tool Enables Greater Corporate Transparency on Human Rights
GRI Tool Enables Greater Corporate Transparency on Human Rights

CLEANTECH - GRI, developer of one of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards, has launched its latest Linkage Document at the Fourth United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights.Linking G4 and the UN Guiding Principles highlights the connections between the GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines (G4) and key concepts of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These include due diligence, grievance mechanisms and impact assessments — undertaken both for operations and suppliers — which are also recurring concepts throughout G4.

How to Make the SDGs Truly Sustainable: Social Entrepreneurs as Critical Achievement Engines
How to Make the SDGs Truly Sustainable: Social Entrepreneurs as Critical Achievement Engines

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), deadlined for completion in 2015, have given way to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched in September at the UN General Assembly and an array of other events including the SDG Business Forum, the Social Good Summit and the Clinton Global Initiative.In evaluating the over 100 presentations at these events, I was struck by the following:

Novozymes Encouraging Companies to Seize Opportunities Presented by SDGs
Novozymes Encouraging Companies to Seize Opportunities Presented by SDGs

COLLABORATION - Representatives of 193 countries met at the United Nations’ annual summit last month to agree on a global agenda for continued growth made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs tackle environmental, social and economic issues and will stimulate action from all sectors and stakeholders to build a more sustainable world. The goals reflect the fundamental changes the world needs now and in the future to tackle poverty and climate change, and grow sustainably and equitably. Over the next 15 years, countries are expected to use these goals to frame policies, allocate financing and drive changes that will help build a fair and sustainable world for all.

UN SDGs Prompting Business Collaboration for a Better World
UN SDGs Prompting Business Collaboration for a Better World

NEW METRICS - Back in the ballroom for the last afternoon of Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’15, SustainAbility’s research director Chris Guenther hosted a discussion on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), what they mean for brands, and how they can respond to the risks and opportunities. He was joined by Alyson Genovese, US and Canada head of corporate and stakeholder relations for Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Lindsay Bass, manager of corporate water stewardship for World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Virgin Unite's Global Goals Alliance Enlisting 'People Power' to Help Fight for SDGs
Virgin Unite's Global Goals Alliance Enlisting 'People Power' to Help Fight for SDGs

MARKETING AND COMMS - The 17 Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) launched late last month by the United Nations (UN) aim to achieve three main objectives in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice; and tackle climate change. Since the launch, various companies and leaders have pledged to do their part to achieve the goals; now, the latest push is to build worldwide public awareness of the goals through various efforts to “tell everyone” (#TellEveryone), including support from scores of celebrities:

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From Backyard Hoodies to Bionic Yarn: How Innovative Business Partnerships Could Help Us Achieve the SDGs
From Backyard Hoodies to Bionic Yarn: How Innovative Business Partnerships Could Help Us Achieve the SDGs

COLLABORATION - This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals," in conjunction with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of goals was the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York; they cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others.

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