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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.

First 3 Carbon-Offset Programs Deemed Trustworthy by Integrity Council

In what it’s calling a new chapter of trust and standardization for the voluntary carbon market, the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market gives three carbon-crediting programs its seal of approval.

ThredUp: Resale Grew 15x Faster than Retail in 2023

Online resale is expected to more than double in the next 5 years, reaching $40B by 2028; 40% of voters say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate that supports circularity in fashion.

Risk Managers, Consumers Cite Climate Change as Top Emerging Concern

2023 surveys of risk professionals and consumers indicate an intensifying concern about extreme weather as it more directly impacts people’s daily lives, and a corresponding interest in sustainable investment opportunities.

Alternative Accommodation Platforms Prioritize Social Connection, Community Care

As tourism continues to evolve and travelers become more aware of both their positive and negative impacts, the accommodation industry has an opportunity to respond in a meaningful way.

If Circularity Is Now a Megatrend, Why Does Material Extraction Continue to Rise?

Deloitte and Circle Economy Foundation identify ongoing gaps in circular policies and approaches and outlines a roadmap to unlock capital, implement policy, and unlock skills and human capital needed for a robust circular economy capable of meeting the material challenges of the Anthropocene.

SFI’s New Standard Aims to Bring Holistic Protection to Urban Forests

The sustainability non-profit is attempting to scale the first widely accepted certification standard for urban and community forestry.

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

Cross-Posted from Protein PACT. 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.