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What Is Holonomic Thinking and Why Should You Care?
What Is Holonomic Thinking and Why Should You Care?

STAKEHOLDER TRENDS AND INSIGHTS - It is no secret that the private sector, for the most part, is failing to tackle today’s evolving social and environmental challenges, caused in large part by the nature of current standard business processes. It is getting more and more overwhelming for people to relate to businesses and their old-school practices. The main reason, some would argue, is that we fail to radically think and step out of the proverbial box we have been taught to exist in for generations. We seem to be collectively lacking either an agreed-upon vision of what to look for outside of that box, or the courage to pursue it, or both.

Clothing Companies Going Beyond Compliance with Better Mill Initiative
Clothing Companies Going Beyond Compliance with Better Mill Initiative

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - By creating an enabling environment to establish novel internal-management systems, Solidaridad's Better Mill Initiative has equipped textile-factory managers and workers to improve working conditions and livelihoods, and reduce the environmental impact of the factories.

Greenpeace Ramps Up LEGO Campaign with Emotional Video
Greenpeace Ramps Up LEGO Campaign with Emotional Video

MARKETING AND COMMS - Greenpeace continued its campaign against LEGO on Tuesday with the release of a dramatic video, called “Everything Is NOT Awesome,” aimed at further illustrating the reasons the toy company should sever its ties with Shell, which Greenpeace contends is putting the delicate Arctic marine environment at risk through its oil drilling.

Sustainability as an Emergent Property: What Can We Learn from the Super-Organisms?
Sustainability as an Emergent Property: What Can We Learn from the Super-Organisms?

COLLABORATION - In the ongoing drive to create and communicate about sustainability in the emerging economy, it can be useful to conceive of sustainability not as a quantifiable end goal, but as an emergent property. An emergent property arises when individual components or actions, combined together, collectively generate a higher-level aggregate experience. Think democracy. Or plague. Or community. One does not "do" sustainability anymore than one "does" community. One co-creates community through all of the little deeds — hosting the potluck, planning the carpool, sharing the tool shed. Like community, sustainability — or any emergent property — arises out of the contributions made and conditions created in service of a shared reality.

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'Women Empowered' Highlights Role of Women in IT Innovation
'Women Empowered' Highlights Role of Women in IT Innovation

LEADERSHIP - One organization taking the initiative to improve gender representation in its industry is Cognizant Technology Solutions — whose employee-led Women Empowered initiative attracts and retains female associates through active recruitment, talent development, communication and networking.

Could You Join Unilever, M&S and Nike in #theBigShift?
Could You Join Unilever, M&S and Nike in #theBigShift?

COLLABORATION - In sustainability, the 'lone wolf' will soon be a thing of the past, as collaboration becomes increasingly necessary to make real changes.In October, Dell outlined its 2020 Legacy of Good plan, but admitted that it wouldn't be able to achieve its ambitious goals alone.Step in #theBIGshift — Forum for the Future's latest (and potentially biggest) initiative aims to transform the key systems that we rely on, and champion the rewards for those businesses and other organizations who are stepping up to the challenge of creating a sustainable future.

The Emerging, Not-for-Profit Economy
The Emerging, Not-for-Profit Economy

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Across numerous countries, the economic contribution of the not-for-profit sector has been on the rise since the late 1990s. In Canada, for example, not-for-profit institutions now contribute 8% of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, in the U.S. the not-for-profit (NFP) sector grew significantly faster than the for-profit (FP) sector between 2001-2011, despite the financial crisis of 2008.

Ecosystem Services & Corporate Sustainability: Integrating the Value of Forests Into Business with REDD+
Ecosystem Services & Corporate Sustainability: Integrating the Value of Forests Into Business with REDD+

NEW METRICS - Ecosystem services — or the flows of natural capital from the environment into human economies and societies – have traditionally been thought of and treated as ‘free,’ resulting in their mismanagement and degradation. Emerging research is beginning to change this paradigm by quantifying the values of ecosystem service flows — and the implications are becoming especially relevant for corporations.

How Sustainable Is Your Supply Chain?
How Sustainable Is Your Supply Chain?

SUPPLY CHAIN - Beginning this month, Sustainable Brands will launch a new Issues in Focus editorial channel examining sustainable supply chain management.The SB editorial team — with the help of guest editors Dave Meyer of EORM, Tara Norton of BSR and Sam Hummel of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council — are seeking articles, interviews and case studies for publication throughout the year.

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BBMG's Raphael Bemporad on How Businesses Can Help Drive Transformational Change [Video]
BBMG's Raphael Bemporad on How Businesses Can Help Drive Transformational Change [Video]

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In this interview from the Sustainable Brands 2013 conference in San Diego, BBMG co-founder Raphael Bemporad discusses the need for businesses to engage consumers in ways that will help drive transformational change.To learn how some brands are driving change, check out our #BrandInnovation channel.

Food Systems
Food Systems

With nearly a billion people hungry, over a billion more suffering from the effects of obesity and roughly 40% of food in the U.S. wasted each year, our current food system is in dire need of an overhaul. Here are some examples of organizations, brands and technologies that are helping to drive much-needed shifts in the way we produce, distribute and consume food around the world — hopefully just a small taste of systemic improvements to come.

Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on Business Engagement
Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on Business Engagement

PRESS RELEASE - Secretary-General Appoints New Global Compact Board Members, Strengthens Focus on Business Engagement (New York, 19 April 2012) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed 14 new members to the Global Compact Board, the UN’s highest-level advisory body involving business, civil society, labour and employers organizations.

Magnum Aiming to Enhance Financial Opportunities for 5K Female Cocoa Farmers by 2025
Magnum Aiming to Enhance Financial Opportunities for 5K Female Cocoa Farmers by 2025

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The ice cream brand aims to help 5,000 female cocoa farmers in Côte D'Ivoire achieve financial stability and diversify their incomes, for greater prosperity in the cocoa-farming offseason, by 2025.

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