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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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Caremongering: The Future of Sustainable Enterprise

COVID-19 accelerated a shift from “me” to “we”; and a new trend called "caremongering" not only characterizes people's behavior towards each other, but what they look for in the companies they support. At Fjord, we believe those companies designing with the benefit of all life in mind will thrive now and in the decade ahead.

HP Sets Ambitious Plastic Goals, Doubles Down on Diversity Commitments

Along with the release of its 2019 Sustainable Impact Report, the tech giant has set bold goals around reduction of single-use plastics and increasing recycled materials; and committed to doubling its number of Black executives by 2025.

How to Redesign Our Food System for Resilience

At the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent Big Food Workshop, a variety of experts from throughout the food space spoke on the need to radically redesign for circularity and regionalism, to help us heal our broken global food system.

Small Fashion Brands Throw Collective Weight Behind Circular Fashion Pledge

Over 110 small and medium-sized apparel brands from around the world have signed on to the 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge, with actionable steps to make circular fashion an industry-wide reality.

Circularity, Human Rights, Regeneration Pillars of Natura’s 2030 ‘Commitment to Life’ Strategy

“We are confident that we will be able to reach these targets by 2030, but we are ambitious to get there sooner; because that is what the planet needs and what our consumers are asking for.” — Christopher Davis, The Body Shop

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Financial Future for Factory Farms Looks Grim, Post-COVID

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. New ‘Pandemic Ranking’ from $20T investor network warns that, with over 70% of animal agriculture firms at ‘high risk’ of creating future pandemics, COVID-19 could be the “straw that breaks the meat industry’s back.”

Pandora Commits to 100% Circular Silver, Gold by 2025

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. The company says it will also work with suppliers to increase the availability of recycled silver — its most used material — and improve production standards.

‘Quality of Life’ Economists Reveal Planning Tool for Values-Driven Entrepreneurs

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Happonomy’s Leap Model is a step-by-step plan that helps startups, businesses and organizations strengthen their foundations, evaluate resources and move ideas forward while staying true to their sustainability principles.

Learning from Leadership: How to Create a Climate-Positive, Post-Pandemic Future

Embracing serendipity, climate positivity and wisdom from the natural world are just a few pertinent principles from the host of inspiring discussions on day 1 of the SB Leadership Summit — along with a shift in focus to being “known for what we allocate, not what we accumulate.”

Lest We Forget: We Already Have a Blueprint for Safe, Healthy, Post-COVID Future

Cross-Posted from Business Case. This pandemic throws a spotlight on the interdependences between business, nature and society. It may be tempting right now, when it is hard to see beyond the next few weeks, to dismiss the SDGs as a distraction. But they have been described as a “crowd-sourced purchase order from the future” *precisely because* they offer a tremendous business opportunity.

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Canada, EU Attach Sustainable Strings to Their COVID-Recovery Plans

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Both Canada and the European Union have unveiled plans to rebuild their post-pandemic recovery plans that put sustainability front and center. Will other governments follow suit?

Benyus: COVID-19 Offers ‘Utopian Glimmer’ of New World, But We Must Give Back to Nature

“We’re seeing a bit of utopian glimmer coming through, and natural selection chooses what works over and over. So, when we get back to normal, we get this glorious choice to put back in our lives only what is best, only what we found made life worth living.”

What Would Carbon Neutrality Mean for Small Businesses?

Cross-Posted from Business Case. No matter the size of your company, there are certainly steps you could be taking to move closer to the elusive dream of net zero. In no way is the path to carbon neutrality easy, but bearing any costs and challenges now could secure the future success of your business.

The World Has Changed, But Investor Interest in ESG Remains. What’s Expected of Your Company?

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. As the crisis continues to unfold, ESG topics will continue to grow in importance. Companies will be judged by their ability to withstand financial shocks, but also by how they’ve treated their employees, clients and communities.

Could Staying in Remote Work After Coronavirus Help Solve Our Next Crisis?

It is my belief that remote work is part of the solution to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Worldwide coordination, and making even the smallest changes, can make significant differences for planetary health.

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Are We Capable of Enacting Lasting, Positive Change After Disruption and Crisis?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. The shadow of the unknown due to COVID could derail progress we’ve made toward a more sustainable future or it can motivate us to do better, faster. Now is the time for stakeholders throughout every organization to dig deep and figure out what they want their future to look like, and how they can make that happen.

155 Business Leaders Push Governments for Net Zero COVID-Recovery Plan

In the largest-ever, UN-backed, CEO-led climate advocacy effort, major multinationals — all part of the Science Based Targets initiative — reaffirm their own commitments to achieving zero-carbon economy and call on governments to match their ambition.

L’Oréal Pledges €150M to Support Vulnerable Women, Protect the Environment

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and to attempt to mitigate its consequences, L’Oréal has announced L’Oréal for the Future — an industry-first social and environmental solidarity program to address two key priorities …

How Gap, MycoWorks, Thousand Fell Are Edging Fashion Closer to Circularity

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. Denim and leather have helped style some of the most iconic fashion statements throughout history — so when taking apparel full circle, it makes sense to start with these types of classic materials that never seem to go out of vogue.

Upcycled Food Industry a Nascent Leader in Sustainability, Climate Solutions

A recent survey of members of the Upcycled Food Association revealed several interesting findings, which I think demonstrates the scale and game-changing potential of the upcycled food opportunity. 

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