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The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

Post-Davos, 4 Key Considerations for Sustainability in 2024

Post-Davos, 4 Key Considerations for Sustainability in 2024

Here are 4 takeaways from the 2024 WEF annual meeting that the business world should incorporate into sustainability strategies for the year ahead.

First-of-its-Kind Fund Aims to Catalyze Equitable Access to Reuse and Refill Solutions

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. The $1M fund aims to finance deployment of reuse and refill infrastructure — particularly in FMCG, food service and delivery, grocery, e-commerce and retail — to combat global plastic pollution.

Despite Its History, Not All Lobbying Is Bad

Unlike the majority of lobbyists dedicated to preserving business as usual, a new generation of lobby groups are using their power to fuel sustainable development.

Meet the Startup Guiding Companies Toward Net Zero — Via Circular Design

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. For the hordes of companies still struggling to make good on their net-zero commitments, comply with impending climate-disclosure legislation and figure out what ‘circularity’ even means, Pentatonic is here to help.

Eastern Innovators Showing Feasibility of Circular Social Enterprises

Southeast Asia and the Middle East are emerging as incubators for plastic-diversion innovations; and beyond putting a dent in plastic pollution, they are helping reduce poverty and making a circular economy the wave of the present.

US Meat Industry: Meat, Dairy Sustainability Efforts Contribute to Global Goals

Through its continuous-improvement initiative, the Protein PACT, the industry is on a mission to ensure meat is part of the climate conversation.

Latin Americans Are Embracing Plant-Based Foods — a Growing Opportunity for Investment

Food investors and entrepreneurs would do well to mark the major focus on plant-based protein innovation happening for our neighbors to the South.

Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders: 10 Measures to Close the Emissions-Reduction Gap

New WEF report finds a 600-gigaton gap in national emissions-reduction ambitions and policies that must be closed to keep 1.5°C target alive, and outlines 10 ways for businesses and governments to accelerate decarbonization and close this gap.

Promising Proteins Could Solve Many Food-Related Issues, If We Let Them

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. 2 new studies examine the potential of edible insects and mycelium to boost both human and planetary health, and the barriers and systemic issues that must be overcome to realize that potential.

WEF: Disinformation, Societal Fragmentation Top Global Risks as Environmental Threats Intensify

'Global Risks Report 2024' calls for greater cooperation between the public and private sectors to focus global cooperation on rapidly building guardrails for the most disruptive emerging risks.

Coachtopia Docuseries Explores Challenges, Opportunities of Circular Fashion

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. 'The Road to Circularity' takes a frank look at the problems facing the fashion industry and the mindset shifts required to pioneer circular solutions for the future.

A Vindication of Packaging-Reuse Systems

How reuse models in Latin America have succeeded, and what the Global North can learn from them.

10 Reasons to Feel Good About the World as We Head into 2024

As we reflect on the impact themes that defined 2023 and distill our predictions for the new year, we offer 10 positive trends to feel good about the world heading into 2024.

Investment and Innovation: How Cities Serve as Epicenters for Circularity

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. At the recent WRLDCTY event in October, a rich panel discussion explored how a systems approach can help realize a more circular future — using cities as a backdrop.

Building Trust to Propel Regenerative Ag Forward: Key Takeaways from COP28

As we work to find common ground in addressing climate change, changemakers really need to examine what could happen if money and power weren’t a factor.

These Underutilized Grains Hold the Key to Climate-Proofing Our Food System

Sorghum and millets are versatile, fast-growing cereal crops able to produce reliable yields and high-quality nutrition amid variable climates and with low environmental impact.

Why COP Should Be More Like a Global Sport Tournament

It’s time for a new summit where citizens, not special interests, have a say. Imagine if COP29 were more like a sports match or a reality TV show …

Meet the Company Helping Brands Give Nature a Place on the Board

We caught up with Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz, co-founder and CEO of Context Nature, to learn how they are supporting companies to integrate nature into business and investment decision-making to build a nature-positive future.

The Evolution of Insurers’ Climate-Related Reporting in the US

Though these disclosures are meant to provide an overview of an insurer’s climate-management practices and are not judged by length, the limited content analysis in some findings highlights the need for more substance on the part of insurers.

As COP28 Goes Into Overtime, Hope Dwindles for Meaningful Climate Agreement

Climate groups and world leaders decry draft agreement as falling fatally short of the clarity and ambition the climate and economy demand — including a phase-out of fossil fuels.