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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.

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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Sustainability, Climate Change Strategies

COVID-19 showed us that we can respond quickly to a crisis, and that industry collaboration is an achievable goal. Looking ahead, we have an opportunity to redefine our planet’s future by setting more ambitious sustainability goals and shortening the timeframe in which we deliver on them.

330+ Companies with Ambitious Science-Based Targets Exceeding Paris Emissions Goals

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. SBTi target-setters are ahead of schedule: Since setting targets, these companies are reducing annual emissions at a rate that exceeds the rate needed to limit warming to 1.5°C.

S’well’s New Sustainability-as-a-Service Platform Riding GroundS’well of Demand for Circular Products

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Best known for its fashionable reusable bottles and hydration accessories, S’well recently launched GroundS’well — a sustainability-as-a-service platform that aims to help brands improve consumer habits while decreasing single-use plastic waste.

Trending: Welcome to the Age of Stakeholder Capitalism

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Two global coalitions have committed to make good on their companies’ DEI commitments; and adhere to a new set of Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, respectively. Larry Fink’s annual CEO letter expounds on the need for both.

Apple, Starbucks Expand Efforts to Foster Racial Equity, Opportunity

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. If 2020 was the year major corporations pledged to do their part to help end systemic racism and inequities, 2021 will see whether many of them walk their talk. Here is how Apple and Starbucks are attempting to make good on their commitments …

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Groundbreaking Report Shows Pathway to Scale for Reusable, Circular Packaging Models

In the report, Closed Loop Partners, IDEO and the NextGen Consortium share learnings from multiple pilots of reusable coffee cup systems that eliminate waste.

Prince Charles’ ‘Terra Carta’ Urges Business, Finance to Put Nature at Heart of 2030 Recovery Plan

Cross-Posted from Leadership. Inspired by the Magna Carta, the ‘Terra Carta’ (Earth Charter) calls on CEOs from around the world to engage and play their part in leading the global transition to a low-carbon future by 2030.

What Have We Learnt About Building Post-Pandemic Cities for All?

Mobility is a fundamental aspect of cities; and a city only evolves when all of its inhabitants can fully participate in it. Inclusive urban mobility and accessible technologies are some of the best allies to forge cities for all and to improve the life of seniors and people with disabilities.

Aiming to Spark a Ripple Effect of Action, Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency

Despite the fact that COVID-19 essentially grounded international travel for the better part of 2020, the tourism industry’s collective decision to address the climate emergency has gained exponential momentum over the last few months.

Complementary Studies Provide Glimpses into Consumers’ Minds During Most Difficult Year in Modern History

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Amidst the uncertainty of the world in a global pandemic, two key pieces of 2020 research offered hope and optimism about what purpose-driven brands can achieve in 2021 — buoyed by new attitudes, opinions, and desires from consumers.

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Trending: Brands, Investors Show They’re Banking on Net-Zero Transition

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. As 2020 finally winds down; a number of investor, brand and banking initiatives shows that this year’s many challenges haven’t derailed major global efforts to achieve, at minimum, a net-zero future.

Supply Chain Partnership to Aid Small Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Root Capital, Keurig Dr Pepper, USAID and Ezrah Charitable Trust will help 150,000 farmers across Africa, Latin America and Indonesia; to withstand the current pandemic and build their resiliency for years to come.

A Return to Atlantis, Part I: Infrastructure on the Brink

Every aspect of coastal infrastructure will be impacted by sea level rise; and the sheer size of the problem is difficult to comprehend. We can’t just turn Venice, California into Venice, Italy; but there are things we can do to protect our coastal communities and infrastructure.

The Next Frontier for Fairtrade: Living Incomes in Cocoa

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Two forward-thinking brands have deepened their Fairtrade partnerships by making additional financial commitments to cocoa farmers in their supply chains.

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The Cost of Convenience: Is Holiday Shopping Undermining Our Communities?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Yes, Virginia … There is a way to deliver both convenience and community this holiday season. It requires brands and retailers to lead with purpose, knowing that profit — both short- (i.e., purchases) and long-term (customer loyalty) — will follow.

Lessons from a Very Difficult Year

Life presents us with opportunities to learn lessons every day; whether we choose to take the lessons to heart is up to us. 2020 has provided exceptional opportunities for learning by forcing us to face exceptionally difficult circumstances.

What’s Your Organization’s Carbon Budget?

The reduction in total carbon emissions due to COVID-19 just about equals the annual reduction we need to put in place over the next decade. That’s quite a challenge — and it will require us to examine every aspect of our organizations’ operations.

New Farm Powered Strategic Alliance Highlights Circular Solution to Food Waste, GHG Reduction

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Unilever, Starbucks and Dairy Farmers of America have joined the historic alliance, which calls on the food industry to embrace the simple, circular relationship between food waste and its potential to reduce greenhouse gases.

‘Shipageddon’ Isn’t Just About Deliverability — It’s About Sustainability

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. The impacts of shipageddon will extend far beyond the processing of the glut of holidays packages. Are companies prepared to fulfill the surge in orders? And are packaging companies ensuring both product safety and the planet’s longevity?

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