Collaboration

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Greenpeace Teams Up with 100 Authors to Protect Free Speech, Boreal Forests

Following the filing of two multi-million dollar lawsuits by Canadian pulp and paper manufacturer Resolute Forest Products to silence Greenpeace’s criticism of its controversial logging in the boreal forest, 100 authors and thought leaders, including Margaret Atwood, Michelle Alexander, John Maxwell Coetzee, Stephen Fry, Naomi Klein and Yann Martel — have signed the environmental NGO’s pledge to support free speech and stand up for forests.

Digital Financial Infrastructure Key for Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Kenya

A new study released by the Better Than Cash Alliance has revealed how agriculture nonprofit One Acre Fund and Citi Inclusive Finance have cut payment losses and collections costs by over 80 percent for smallholder farmers in Kenya by successfully digitizing loan repayments. According to the report, the move has significantly boosted transparency and efficiency, thereby driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of farmers and their families.

SB'17 Detroit Highlights, Day 4: Human Capital, Better Business Models, and Knowing When to Shut Up and Listen

How Detroit Can Become the Most Sustainable City in North America By Nithin Coca Joel Howrani Heeres It’s been an eventful week for Joel Howrani Heeres, the brand-new Sustainability Director for the city of Detroit, who welcomed over 1000 attendees at the final day plenary at SB ’17 Detroit, on what was just his fourth day on the job.

3M, International Paper, P&G Team Up in the Name of Sustainable Forestry

American Forest Foundation (AFF), International Paper, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) and 3M Company have banded together to form the Carolinas Working Forest Conservation Collaborative.

SDG Fund Strives to Improve Working for Peruvian Quinoa Producers

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Fund and the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Stations have revealed the results of their new program to improve working conditions of quinoa producers in the Peruvian regions of Ayacucho and Puno.

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Trending: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Corona Roll Out New Partnerships to Keep Oceans Plastic-Free

The problem of marine plastics continues to be a top priority across the globe, spurring even more businesses and organizations to dig in their heels and find create new solutions to the growing issue. Continuing its efforts to keep plastics out of the ocean, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has teamed up with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit to launch a $2 million New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize.

Cotton 2040 Coalition Makes Case for Taking Sustainable Cotton Mainstream

Cotton is an integral part of the apparel and textile industry providing livelihoods for over 300 million people across the globe. The environmental and social implications of cotton production are, however, significant. The water footprint for one kilogram of cotton equates to approximately 10,000 to 20,000 liters and the intensive use of agricultural chemicals can have severe health impacts on workers and surrounding ecosystems.

CEOs of 30 More Major US Brands Pen Letter to Trump, Urging Adherence to Paris Agreement

Top brands continue to make their voices heard in the days leading up to the G7 Summit in Italy, with the release of yet another letter urging President Trump and the administration to deliver on its climate commitments.

L’Oréal, PepsiCo Strike Up New Partnerships to Push Forward Sustainability Agenda

Ushering the economy towards a more circular, sustainable model, global brands are teaming up to initiate change both at home and across the globe, proving that there is indeed strength in numbers.

Kellogg's, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Grupo Bimbo Unite for Consumer Health in Latin America

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) has launched a new pilot program in Bogota, Colombia, designed to provide consumers with nutrition and physical activity guidance and education to empower consumers to make more informed food-purchasing decisions.

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Dozens of Corporates, 200+ Large Investors Urge White House to Keep Paris Promises

President Trump has threatened to pull the plug on U.S. involvement of the Paris Agreement ahead of the G7 Summit in Italy later this month, spurring major companies to speak out in support of continued climate change efforts.

Trending: Latest UN, PUMA Initiatives Further Propelling Sustainable Fashion

The fashion industry continues on its journey towards a more sustainable future as industry leaders band together to improve transparency and develop new technologies designed to reduce impacts of everyday products.

Transformational Collaboration: How Brands Are Helping to Create the US’ First Sustainable Urban Agrihood

In the wake of deindustrialization and economic decline, community initiatives have been crucial for helping Detroit get back on its feet. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) is a volunteer-based non-profit working to revitalize Detroit’s North End neighborhood by using urban agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability and community, thereby empowering communities and addressing deeply rooted social issues.

AkzoNobel Launches Human Cities Coalition to Create Inclusive, Sustainable Cities of the Future

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires extensive cooperation with a long-term vision, which is why AkzoNobel has brought together more than 150 stakeholders and 20 partners, including Arcadis, Philips, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Slumdwellers International to launch the

Fortune 500 Companies Urge Trump Administration to Keep Paris Commitments

Thirteen Fortune 500 companies have come together to urge the White House to make good on its Paris Agreement climate change commitments. The Agreement has been ratified in 143 countries — including the United States — but the Trump administration could pull out before the G7 Summit in Italy in May. “Business leaders recognize the costly impacts of climate change and the opportunities for jobs and growth in a clean technology future,” said Bob Perciasepe, President of C2ES.

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How We’re Working with Sustainable Brands to HATCH a Better World

Last year at Sustainable Brands ‘16 San Diego, my Hemmings House colleague, Jon Robertson, and I hosted a workshop about the power of impact film storytelling, and how we as brands can accelerate positive social/environmental change by sharing stories that matter to our stakeholders.

Celebs, Sustainable Business Experts, WWF Unite for Low-Carbon Future Post-Brexit

The activation of Article 50 has left many unanswered questions about the future state of environmental regulations in the UK, the majority of which have their origins in the European Union. The uncertainty has spurred a cast of unlikely characters across the UK to band together and speak out in support of a sustainable future.

Trending: Chemistry Giants Partner to Advance Supply Chain Transparency, Drive Industrial Research

Following the launch of Applied DNA Sciences’s CertainT platform that utilizes molecular tags to certify authenticity and origins of products, AkzoNobel, Advanced Biochemical Thailand Co. and EY have introduced a new online tool that allows businesses, for the first time, to use e-certification to track bio-based content along the chemical value chain.

Toyota, BMW, Daimler Join Forces to Drive Sustainability in the Auto Industry

The auto industry continues to look towards a sustainable future with the development of a new partnership between 10 of the world’s biggest automakers.

McDonough Innovation’s Fashion for Good Is Redefining How We Design, Make, Reuse Fashion

The apparel and textile industries have long struggled with environmental and social impacts and the rise of fast fashion has only aggravated the problem, with its unsustainable business model that is based on an unrealistic trajectory of growth. But with the launch of Fashion for Good, McDonough Innovation is hoping to change all of that.

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