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IBM’s 2020 Call for Code Challenge Takes on Both Climate Change and COVID-19

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. The annual challenge aims to address society’s most pressing issues; which is why this year, IBM is asking developers, data scientists and problem solvers to address two urgent crises that have the power to compromise our health, our planet and our survival.

100 US Companies, Investors Throw Weight Behind Transportation and Climate Initiative

A diverse group of investors, companies and organizations across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US are urging the region’s governors to adopt the TCI — what they’re calling a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity.’

Trending: In Fashion, What’s Outside Also Counts

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. New partnerships aim to tackle the fashion industry’s packaging footprint — with circular solutions for polybags and MATCHESFASHION’s new, recyclable boxes furthering the cause.

250+ Craft Brewers Join Brewgooder’s #DrinkBeerGiveWater Movement for World Water Day

This World Water Day (March 22), over 250 craft brewers from around the world will launch unique brews, proceeds benefitting The Brewgooder Foundation and its sustainable development projects across Malawi.

How Partnerships Can Extend Sustainable Solutions

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Partnerships and closer collaboration between organisations are critical if we are to build new, more sustainable ecosystems. One key to the success of any collaboration is that the partners have complementary strengths to exploit.

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Microsoft, Danone Partner to Advance AI-Based Sustainable Food Solutions

The companies will jointly support funded European startups with artificial intelligence-based solutions for sustainable food and regenerative agriculture in a three-month accelerator.

Tackling the Social Barriers to Good Health

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Abbott’s new Future Well Communities program works to fight diabetes by partnering with local stakeholders to address the social determinants of health.

3 Ways We’ll Change the Game in 2020

Our global community of innovators is always abuzz with activity, but momentum generated from three initiatives this year have us particularly excited to follow them in the year to come.

Walking the Talk: How Companies Are Delivering on the Promise of Social Impact

The metrics used by consumers, employees and investors to measure a company’s success are changing quickly, so the most forward-looking businesses are focused on implementing solutions that benefit people, society and the planet more-broadly — while bolstering their bottom line, too.

Less Talk, More Action: Brand Leaders Poised for Transformative Change in 2020

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Among the top 10 issues Porter Novelli identified as trending in 2019, SB Corporate Members were asked to select the one issue or trend they saw most in their work this year. They are not only ready to take action, but feel that progress and change are on the horizon.

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Collaboration: A Catalyst for Cutting-Edge Change

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. It takes a village of visionaries and specialists to galvanize innovative ideas and bring them to fruition. In a recent webinar, Shaw examined a case study in organizations coming together to take a “people-centric approach to sustainability.”

285 Companies’ Science-Based Targets Signal Significant Progress Toward Paris Agreement Goals

New report reveals that by meeting their science-based targets, these companies — with more GHGs than France and Spain, combined — will eliminate 265 million metric tons of emissions from their operations, equivalent to closing 68 coal-fired power plants.

As Government Pulls Out, US Private Sector Renews Support of Paris Agreement

Cross-Posted from Business Case. US business leaders have long been vocal supporters of the Paris Agreement — especially since the President declared his intention to withdraw. In the past year, the private sector has renewed its clarion call for the US to step up its policies to protect the economy from climate change.

xSDG Laboratory and Consortium: Sharing Visions and Accelerating Action on SDGs

The xSDG Laboratory seeks to amass SDGs-related best practice by using the SDGs to design solutions to a range of complex social problems. The “x” represents the crossing of various social activities with SDGs to create cutting-edge, superior examples of action for achieving specific targets.

Leading-Edge Stakeholder-Engagement Metrics Reshaping Companies’ Definitions, Benchmarks for Success

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. On day 1 of New Metrics ’19, representatives from corporates, nonprofits and more explored new ways to quantify the impacts of various forms of stakeholder engagement — from communities to consumers to employees.

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Report: We Must Move Beyond Plant-Based Products to Ensure Sustainable Food Future

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. New analysis from Forum for the Future explores the public commitments of 132 leading food companies and outlines a five-point plan to get businesses on track towards a more sustainable global food system.

SB Oceans: Can Better Business Save Our Seas?

Over the course of three action-packed days, the inaugural Sustainable Brands Oceans (14-16 Nov) in Porto, Portugal convened a stellar lineup of business leaders laser-focused on saving the ocean while there’s still time. Here’s what we learned from some of the practitioners and storytellers …

6 Lessons Learned Over a Century of Advancing a Circular Economy

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. International Paper is 121 years old. If we want to be relevant for the next century, we must bring others along on our trajectory toward circularity. Whether you’re just starting out or are further down the path to circularity, take comfort in knowing you are not in this alone.

Practitioners Across Industries Embracing Their Role in Ensuring Health of Our Ocean

Looking ahead to Sustainable Brands Oceans (14-16 November 2019 in Porto, Portugal), we caught up with Katherine Bryar — Head of Global Branding and Communications at BioMar — to find out what’s in store.

Maersk Joins Forces with Industry Peers, Customers to Develop Next-Gen Shipping Fuel

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. A.P. Moller - Maersk has partnered with BMW, H&M, Levi Strauss and more to explore LEO — a blend of lignin and ethanol — that could be part of a solution for sustainable shipping.

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