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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.

Uncertain Times Require Decisive Brand Action: Blazing New Trails in Brand Activism

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. On the final morning of Brand-Led Culture Change, keynote speakers tackled topics ranging from impactful partnerships and walking your ESG talk to the role of brands in creating a new ‘American Dream.’

17 Global Companies to Set World’s First Science-Based Targets for Nature This Year

The Science Based Targets Network’s science-based targets for nature are a significant step towards helping companies take integrated action to protect nature — beginning with freshwater and land.

It’s Time for Brands to Embrace One of the Most Exciting Climate-Mitigation Tools We Have

There is a clear business case to invest in protecting and restoring nature — and rewilding can play a major role.

There May Finally Be Hope for Environmental and Climate Justice. Can We Capitalize on It?

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. This work is vast. But success would build a more inclusive, just and sustainable economy and society — shaped by our shared opportunities rather than our risks, by prosperity rather than poverty, of positivity over negativity.

Responding to Cultural Tipping Points: Co-Creating a Brand Culture for Good

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Keynotes from day 2 of Brand-Led Culture Change shed light on collaborative behavior-change and stakeholder-engagement approaches that are changing the way brands are creating products, stories and strategies.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Challenges Industry: ‘We Must Change the Way We Make Our Food’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The Foundation’s Big Food Redesign Challenge will bring together producers, retailers, startups and suppliers to bring circular food design into the mainstream.

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance Unveils Five-Year, Net-Positive Industry Strategy

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The Alliance’s vision for net-positive hospitality includes standardizing sustainability metrics across the industry and a shared vision for giving back to destination communities more than it takes.

Logitech Partners with iFixit to Advance Circularity Goals

Cross-Posted from Waste Not. Increased ease of repairability will help to reduce e-waste and extend the life of Logitech devices, components and materials.

Why 2023 Is (Finally) The Year of the Sustainability Pivot

Four key trends are converging this year to create a permanent shift toward sustainability across industries — with implications for tech innovation, the planet and companies that have yet to start their sustainability transformation.

Aquaculture Industry Must Become Regenerative or Fail to Meet Demand by 2050

Analysis from Planet Tracker finds diversifying farmed seafood production can close supply gap while tackling biodiversity risks, and calls on investors and lenders to help finance this regenerative transition.

A Circular Economy Will Create Millions of Good Jobs; But Study Reveals Global North Bias

A new report finds that only a handful of studies have examined whether and how a circular economy can alleviate poverty and benefit vulnerable communities in low-income countries.

High-Quality, Nature-Based Solutions in Indonesia: Allying with Communities, Restoring Ecosystems

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. When implemented thoughtfully, nature-based climate-action projects support biodiversity and connect communities, governments and other organizations to make long-lasting, impactful changes that no one group could do alone.

Is the Voluntary Carbon Market Worth Saving?

Despite its flaws, I believe that the VCM is an essential tool in our climate toolkit. To ensure funding is channeled into real climate-action projects, we still must drive greater integrity and transparency. Here are four ways we can do that.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Launches Database of Circular Startups

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The Foundation invites businesses to discover startups through its Circular Startup Index to help accelerate innovation that facilitates transition to a circular economy.

L'Oréal, Apple Continue to Cultivate Nature-Based Climate and Biodiversity Solutions

The two companies have expanded the scope and scale of their respective nature-focused impact-investment funds.

As Forests React to Climate Change, Can Genetically Modified Trees Stand in the Gap?

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. In the lab, Living Carbon’s GM poplars accumulated biomass up to 53% faster, trapping as much as 27% more carbon than non-engineered poplars. But skeptics aren’t convinced they’re seeing the forest for the trees.

Drink Even More Responsibly: Bonterra Wines Are Farmed Like the World Depends on It

The certified B Corp winery has achieved climate neutrality, zero waste and Regenerative Organic Certification — setting a new standard for future-friendly wines.

New Study Uses Norway as Test Case for Achieving Circularity, Net Zero by 2040

Norway is the first country to scrutinize such a comprehensive scope of plastic sectors, making this study one of the most holistic views of a national plastic system ever presented.

Mixed-Income, Net-Zero Community Under Development in Michigan

THRIVE Collaborative designed Veridian from an honest look at what is actually required for a housing community to achieve net-zero goals.

Alarming IPCC Report Makes It Clear: We Can’t Wait to Invest in Nature

Nature-based solutions aren’t a silver-bullet climate solution, but neither is placing all bets on future technologies. If we don't invest in nature now, we can soon expect to spend far more on climate damage with far fewer paths forward.