Collaboration

Follow the growing amount of collaborative work — cross-functional, cross-sector, pre-competitive and more — bringing about massive, disruptive, needed shifts to business as usual.

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Jackson Family Wines Partners to Advance Industry Opportunities for Students of Color

Jackson Family Wines Partners to Advance Industry Opportunities for Students of Color

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. JFW has become a key partner in the Urban Grape’s Wine Studies Award for Students of Color program — which uses a three-pronged approach of education, work experience and mentorship to increase DEI in the wine & spirits industry.

Basecamp Research Helping Expand Global Access to Safe, Natural Chemicals and Proteins

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. With a goal of phasing out toxic and forever chemicals in consumer products, the UK-based biotech startup is spearheading the ethical, equitable discovery and utilization of the safe, effective chemicals and proteins waiting to be found in nature and developed for human use and benefit.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, American Forests Advancing Tree Equity in Communities Across the US

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. After meeting their goal to plant 1M trees three years early, Bulleit and American Forests are now focused on improving tree equity in communities that need it most — starting with two in Houston, Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Modern Meadow Partners to Scale Sustainable Materials Development for Outdoor Apparel Market

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The materials innovator and sustainable fabric giant Singtex are co-developing new biomaterials across a range of applications — starting with a sustainably produced, waterproof, membrane-based material for outdoor apparel.

Moving Toward a Circular Economy for Packaging

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. A circular economy for plastics is achievable in our lifetime, though it will require consumers and manufacturers to work together. Whether companies decide to keep it in-house or partner with like-minded third parties, an investment in our future now will lead to more profitable operations and create relentless forward progress.

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Steakholder Foods, Umami Meats Win $1M Grant to 3D Bio-Print Structured, Cultivated Fish Products

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The collaboration, using Steakholder’s proprietary 3D bio-printing technology, is a significant step forward in both companies’ mission to cultivate and scale sustainable alternatives to conventionally farmed and fished foods.

Putting Recycling to Work for People, Communities and the Planet

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. To create a truly circular ecosystem for plastics, we need scalable innovations to close the gap between what consumers can recycle now and which plastics might become a regular part of a future recycling system.

A Completely Different Definition of ‘Waste’: 5 Key Takeaways from the Sustainability Next Summit

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. Last month, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics and Fast Company co-hosted the virtual summit to convene policy experts, industry leaders and innovators with the expertise and resources to drive real progress toward a circular economy.

New Marketplace Matches Tesco Suppliers to Swap Surplus Stock to Cut Costs, Reduce Waste

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Tesco Exchange, aka ‘Tesco Tinder,’ matches suppliers who have too much of a product — for example, crops, byproducts, ingredients or packaging — with other Tesco suppliers that can put it to use.

Small Gains, Big Wins: Net Zero Is About More Than Just Carbon Offsetting

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Offsetting initiatives are becoming increasingly popular among businesses looking to be seen as leaders in sustainability. However — while the approach can be an interim solution for operations that can’t be fully decarbonized — companies must focus first on working with their supply chain to identify where immediate changes can be made.

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COP27: Holding Both Hope and Despair as We Fight For Every 0.1°C

The first COP took place in 1995 — 27 years later, and it’s easy to understand the scepticism. We’re still quite a long way from universal adoption by all nations and private sector actors of net-zero strategies that align with the urgent timescales science tells us are needed. But no other issue brings 198 nation states together in this way.

As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. In 2021, WSL launched WAOO to protect and conserve surf ecosystems around the world. Over the 2022 tour season, it collaborated with community organizations, indigenous groups, surfers and others on activations including replanting native coastal vegetation in Hawaii, removing plastic pollution from Indonesian waterways, and restoring coral reefs in Tahiti.

Q&A: Why Partnerships Are Essential for Delivering Circular Packaging for the Food Industry

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. While flexible packaging plays an important role in keeping food fresher longer, it has long been difficult to recycle. Designing more recyclable flexible packaging from the start and determining a better end-of-life process for current materials is a vital step in reducing food waste.

New Program Aims to Expand Plastic Film Recycling Capacity in US

The joint effort from WM and Dow aims to provide a solution to make it easier for households to recycle the film while the companies explore new options to reuse it. When fully implemented, the program is expected to prevent 120,000 tons of plastic film from reaching landfills each year.

IBM Collaborates to Accelerate Clean Energy Transition for Vulnerable Populations Around the World

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The second cohort of the IBM Sustainability Accelerator comprises five organizations helping marginalized communities get just and equitable access to sustainable energy resources around the world.

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Outdoor Drinkware Brands Join Forces to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability

Klean Kanteen, MiiR, Stanley and YETI have partnered to reduce emissions and establish science-based targets across their manufacturing supply chains.

‘If I Knew, I Would’: Why Brands Must Partner for Change at Scale

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. COVID reshaped our capacity for collaborative change. We saw that, when people had the right information, they would act accordingly. We must help people understand how to participate in the sustainable economy and what their impact can be. Even more, we must change social norms so that people feel compelled to opt in.

WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. The unique partnership aims to advance offshore wind deployment that enhances ocean biodiversity, and drive a global shift towards addressing both climate and biodiversity goals.

Accelerating Circularity Requires Creating a Viable Marketplace for Advanced Recycling

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. A circular plastics supply chain is still in its infancy. So, how do we work together to create a viable marketplace for advanced recycling to thrive? Here are a few strategies and approaches that show early promise.

Are We on the Path to Systemic Change … or to Something Only Slightly Better?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. This week at SB’22 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and opportunities for collaboration with the goal of building a regenerative future for all. Here, we hear highlights from our day two keynotes, which centered around resurfacing past lessons to propel us forward.

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