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The latest in how organizations around the world are demonstrating the business case and ROI for environmental and social sustainability initiatives.

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Providing ‘Overdraft’ Protection for Groundwater in California's Pajaro Valley

Providing ‘Overdraft’ Protection for Groundwater in California's Pajaro Valley

While California’s recent drought is officially over, more intense rainfall means more rain is running off, rather than soaking into the ground. But what if some of this water could be collected to help recharge thirsty aquifers and mitigate the effects of overdraft?

How Forward-Thinking Brands Are Investing in Forests

More and more mission-driven organizations are making positive environmental changes, often through partnerships with other companies and nonprofit organizations. One of the major ways businesses can contribute to environmental efforts is by planting trees.

Chicken and Egg: Business Must Embrace the Need for Sustainability Know-How

Professionals who received their education over 10 years ago — and who haven’t upgraded to be able to understand the implications and complexity of sustainability trends, risks and opportunities — may be putting their organizations at risk.

A 100-Year Journey: Achieving Sustainability for All in the Coffee Industry

Global demand for coffee continues to rise, but climate change is expected to shrink suitable land for Arabica coffee beans by 50 percent by 2050. Japan's Key Coffee is working to protect the future of coffee, starting in Tana Toraja, Indonesia.

Design Thinking, Systems Thinking & Pragmatic Optimism: Inspiring Change to Mitigate the Climate Crisis

We have climate crisis data and solutions — by implementing design thinking, systems thinking, and going about it with a little fun through pragmatic optimism.

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28 Companies, with Total Market Cap Of $1.3T, Rise to New Level of Climate Ambition

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in September, companies commit to set 1.5°C climate targets aligned with a net-zero future, challenging governments to match their ambition.

Sustainable Fashion — What’s the Hold Up?

Despite the consumer demand, brand opportunity and environmental imperative, very few brands are taking action in a meaningful way.

Eyes Wide Shut? It’s Time to Wake Up: Join the Creative Climate Disclosure

Dear CEOs, CCOs, CMOs, CFOs, MDs and CDs: It’s time to wake up ... Commit your creativity to ‘the biggest brief’ this sector has ever known.

Discerning Offsetting: The Right Projects Can Take You from Carbon-Neutral to Climate+

By making informed decisions on carbon credit selection, sustainability-minded companies can go beyond simply being carbon neutral — to inspire customers and employees alike with life-changing impacts.

CDP: World’s Biggest Companies Face US$1T in Climate Change Risks

Study finds that financial sector companies see the most potential revenue (US$1.2T) from sustainable products & services, while also being exposed to almost 80% of all financial risk value.

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Q&A: A Practical Guide to Science-Based Targets

Many companies are intrigued about setting science-based targets, yet are unsure about what this means in practice. So, we spoke to South Pole's Charles Henderson to learn more.

Sustainability Skeptics, No More: Getting Past the Three Walls

You’re sitting across from the decision-maker for a large potential sustainability project. It’s taken months, possibly years, to get here. If your numbers look good, the decision is much more likely to be a positive one for you, for them and for the world.

Danone CEO Directs Brands to ‘Be Bold or Die’

SB'19 Paris opened with a powerful statement from Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber, which in large part set the tone of the discussions for the week ahead, and outlined how his company is championing being a brand for good.

Breaking Through to the C-Suite: A ‘How To’ for Sustainability Executives

Even at this advanced stage of our climate and resource debacle, sustainability practitioners still do not possess the same status in corporations as their purely business-minded brethren. How do we get sustainability officers both the recognition they deserve and the clout that should go with it?

NYU Stern Research Illustrates ROI for Sustainably Marketed Products

Seminal research shows that sustainability is driving market growth in CPGs; products marketed as sustainable grew 5.6x faster than conventionally marketed products, and 3.3x faster than the CPG market.

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Trust Barometer’s Pressure Points Reveal Huge Opportunity for Purpose-Driven Companies

The mass population is far more skeptical of institutions than the informed public, only one in five people believes the system is working for them, and large majorities express a sense of injustice and a desire for change.

Champions 12.3: Restaurants Realize 7:1 ROI by Reducing Food Waste

New research finds rather compelling business case for restaurants to reduce the amount of food they throw away.

Corporate Giants’ Suppliers Have Saved $19.3B by Reducing CO2

CDP says 10 years of corporates requesting supplier transparency has triggered a step-change in environmental action.

Scenario Analysis: Determine Your Business’ Resilience to Climate Change

Prepare for the costly effects by creating different scenarios to predict the impacts of climate change on your current and future financial performance.

Why Environmental Changes Are a Growing Public Health Crisis

Three years ago in Paris, Dignity Health was privileged to be among the delegations from around the world that came to consensus on how we needed to urgently curb our carbon emission rates or face irreparable harm. Now, as many of those same representatives meet at COP24 in Poland, disaster after disaster have claimed thousands of lives.

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