Collaboration

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Kraft Heinz Not Company Out to Upend Industry with AI-Driven, Plant-Based Food Innovation

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. In partnering with TheNotCompany, Kraft Heinz aims to leverage its manufacturing and commercial capabilities, with the scale of some of its beloved global food brands, to reshape the food landscape and set a new standard for plant-based innovation.

US Dairy Industry Quietly Leads the Way Toward Sustainability

I reached out to some friends in the industry to gather perspectives about dairy’s sustainability journey — and more importantly, the lessons we have collectively learned. The hope is that others can look to dairy’s example and shorten their own sustainability journeys.

To Ensure Our Future in Business, We Must Make Sustainability Accessible to All

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. As consumer-product companies, we have a unique ability to make meaningful change in the broadest sense — and a shared responsibility to our consumers to help make doing the right thing an easy, affordable choice.

Meet the Olive Oil Brand on a Mission to Reunify a War-Torn Country

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Bringing new gravitas to the term, ‘purpose-driven,’ the team behind Colive is using their uniquely delicious olive oil to help end the civil unrest that has divided their native Cyprus since the 1970s — and exemplify the benefits of social entrepreneurship and peace through cooperation.

Salesforce, JetBlue Accelerate Shared Journey Toward Sustainable Air Travel

Salesforce has joined JetBlue’s Sustainable Travel Partners program to accelerate sustainability of employee business travel; while JetBlue becomes the first airline to leverage Salesforce Net Zero Cloud to track emissions.

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14 Innovators Win Grants for Solutions Aimed at Sustainably ‘Seeding the Future’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The startups and NGOs have won the inaugural Seeding the Future Global Food System Challenge, from the Institute of Food Technologists, aimed at scaling innovations that will help transform the food system.

Driscoll’s Working to Scale Circular Plastics Economy, from Field to Clamshell

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Driscoll’s leads the produce industry in increasing the circularity of packaging and landfill diversion of agricultural plastics. It’s the first berry company to make public commitments and inject serious funding into innovation — with a goal to create economies of scale.

Water May Be Life, But It Is Never a Given: Learnings from the Navajo Nation

It’s 2022, and 1 in 3 homes on the Navajo Nation Reservation still do not have a tap or toilet. In 2021, human rights nonprofit DigDeep collaborated with Kohler to launch the Water Is Life microgrant program — which is working to make safe water a reality for all residents of the Navajo Nation.

Unique Public-Private Partnership Ensures Climate-Proof Future for Sake Production

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Companies and industries are being forced to innovate to ensure success in a climate-changed future. One win-win partnership epitomizes the ingenuity of a legendary, highly particular sake brewery and a city government seeking to leverage local characteristics to revitalize the region.

How Brands and Retailers Can Collaborate to Activate Sustainability, Drive Growth

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. Why are so few brands and retailers partnering to communicate their sustainability attributes at the moment of truth — when shoppers are in the right mindset to buy? A new guidebook offers 10 guiding principles and many inspirational examples to help guide brands and retailers through the process.

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Music Industry Heavyweights Pledge Collaborative, Coordinated Climate Action

The Music Climate Pact marks a significant step in aligning the global music business around a coherent and industry-coordinated strategy — and unify existing climate initiatives.

Natural Resources: Brands Partnering with Indigenous Communities on Forest Conservation

Consumer goods brands and retailers aiming to diminish their climate impacts or even become forest positive can find cost-effective solutions to protect forests when they partner with indigenous communities on the ground.

Calling On All ‘Bad Actors’ to Join the Climate Change Fight

Those of us committed to combatting climate change have no patience for companies that are ‘part of the problem’; but we should embrace anyone that is truly committed to being part of the solution. We’re all on the same team — and we will stand or fall together.

Reimagining Canada’s Economy: Putting Purpose Before Profit Will Ultimately Net the Highest Returns

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. In Canada’s first-ever Purpose in Business Week, business, government and thought leaders are creating a Roadmap to accelerate the purpose economy and mainstream social purpose in business that will require cross-sector engagement and collaboration across six critical levers.

Composting Consortium Aims to Advance Recovery of Compostable Packaging, Food Scraps

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The new Consortium — which includes Closed Loop Partners, PepsiCo, the NextGen Consortium, the US Plastics Pact and other value chain players — aims to pilot industry-wide solutions and map tech and infrastructure investment to advance the circularity of compostable packaging in the US.

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Radical Hospitality: Inside a Cross-Sector Collaboration Delivering Life-Changing Impact

Mobile shower pioneer LavaMaeX and Unilever brand The Right to Shower have built a partnership that’s given more than 38,000 unhoused people dignity, hope and a fresh sense of opportunity.

How Companies Are Joining Forces, Closing Loops, Optimizing Outputs in Complex Supply Chains

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. At SB’21 San Diego, innovators in the agriculture, electronics, food and plastics industries shared lessons learned from a variety of initiatives aimed at closing loops and optimizing value chains for a circular, regenerative future.

70% of Sustainability Experts Doubt Our Ability to Pull Together on Climate Action

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. In a new report, experts surveyed say all sectors must play a role in achieving Paris Agreement goals. But, they also believe that public pressure is essential for an adequate response to humanity’s “Code Red” — that a lack of public understanding and action pose their own threat.

Co-Creating Breakthrough Solutions for the Future We Want

To regenerate the system, we have to regenerate how we work together. What if we brought the experience of elders and the courage of the next generation together with the brand leaders tasked with shifting paradigms and making essential decisions?

Cartier, Kering Lead Initiative to Future-Fit Watch and Jewelry Production

The two luxury giants and the Responsible Jewellery Council have partnered on an industry-first initiative to broaden and strengthen efforts to transform the jewelry industry for climate resilience, with the SDGs at their core.

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