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KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness

Furthering its mission to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — KIND has launched a new video campaign that explores the courage it takes to be kind towards strangers in an effort to kindle a conversation about what it will take to overcome the issues currently dividing the US. The video release, in conjunction with a nationwide contest, is part of KIND’s effort to explore the differences between being “nice” and being “kind” — an oft overlooked distinction that has tangible implications on how we act towards one another.

Campbell's, NowThis Explore Waste, Sustainability, Innovation on New Food Channel

Digital news organization NowThis is rolling out a new food-focused channel that aims to explore food as it relates to culture and the environment. NowThis Food builds on the brand’s already extensive digital offerings, which include NowThis News and NowThis politics — the third and fourth largest video channels on Facebook in terms of engagement, according to Business Insider.

Ford's 2018 Trends Report Highlights Opportunities for Brands, Consumers in Uncertain Times

Uncertain times are finally starting to take their toll — according to a new report from Ford, more than 60 percent of adults globally say they feel overwhelmed by the unrest, upheaval and other changes taking place around them. The mobility company’s 2018 Looking Further with Ford Trends Report examines the issues responsible for this unsettling climate — and the coping mechanisms that are emerging as a result.

The SDGs Should Be Like a Chocolate Advent Calendar

If I was given a dollar for every time I saw the Sustainable Development Goals’ multi-colored icon grid in a sustainability presentation, I would be a rich man. But the SDGs are a great example of how ubiquity doesn’t necessarily equal a successful communications/engagement strategy.

Report: Corporate Action on SDGs Stalling Just Two Years Into 2030 Agenda

Despite mounting evidence for the business case for integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into brand strategy, a new report released by Corporate Citizenship shares some alarming trends in how corporate action on the SDGs is evolving.

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The Rise of Corporate Sustainability Goals: Some Hard Data

For the last 5 years, my firm has tracked the sustainability goals of the world’s largest companies. These thousands of targets commit multinationals to do many important things, such as slashing carbon emissions in half (or to zero) or bringing the percentage of women in management up dramatically. The project, managed in part by my colleague Jeff Gowdy, keeps the public and free website www.pivotgoals.com humming.

Rolland: Success Involves Transparency About Your Sustainability Program

News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 15th article in the series.

Simple Stories Move Millions: Bangladesh’s ‘Made in Equality’ Campaign

A digital initiative bringing to life real stories about real people in the Bangladeshi garment industry is proving a game-changer in the country in its first year of launch. “Made in Equality” is a website and Facebook page illustrating garment workers’ life experiences in their own words. The simple format of an individual’s image, presented alongside their quotes, is proving moving and powerful.

Olympic Committee Taps Public to Bring Solar-Powered Lighting Solutions to Refugee Camps

Supporting its vision of building a better world through sport, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a new integrated brand campaign, Become The Light, which encourages people to get active and act as beacons of positivity. The campaign uses light as the symbolic representation of the Olympic values. Through a series of public service announcements, the campaign demonstrates how the achievements of athletes and the Olympic spirit can motivate people around the world to “Become the Light.” It includes a series of inspirational films featuring athletes emanating light while competing in winter sports.

The Current State and Evolution of Corporate Sustainability Assessment Organizations

CDP, RobecoSAM, EcoVadis — they are all organizations that assess the sustainability performance of companies worldwide. They all have their own agenda and targets, and of course, their own methodology to assess a portfolio of companies.

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From ESG to SDGs: An Investor’s Perspective on Sustainability Reporting

Investors are stepping up their appeals for robust corporate sustainability reporting, with increased focus on climate impact and long-term performance in a carbon-constrained world. These reports have been standard for some time, though the metrics and definitions for success have transformed within this framework over time.

From Niche to New Normal: Scorecards Enabling Holistic Shifts to Sustainable Product Portfolios

Shifting an entire product portfolio to align with an ambitious sustainability strategy is no small feat. Even those considered leaders in corporate sustainability are still refining their approach. This session on day two of SB'17 Copenhagen explored how sustainability scorecards have been developed and used to support product innovation processes for sustainability at several major brands. In introducing the session, Eric Mugnier of EY France set the scene: Companies are increasingly expected to bring sustainable solutions to market through innovating and preferentially investing in products that are good for life.

Raising Our Children to Support Sustainability in a Capitalist Society

When I was a kid, after a certain point I stopped wanting to do the things my parents forced me to do. You may have had a similar experience. The harder your parents tried to make you stay away from candy and obey curfew, the more you wanted to eat a ton of candy and break curfew.

How Smart Sustainability Communication Is Bringing SMEs Out of the Shadows

When it comes to sustainability communications, it seems like small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been operating on the dark side of the moon. From a global perspective, even though many of these companies engage as good corporate citizens in their local communities, the light usually falls on the “sustainability champions” of the world, most of them multinational corporations.

Brand Purpose in Divided Times: 4 Strategies for Brand Leadership

Us vs Them. Me vs You. Old vs Young. Rich vs Poor. We are feeling more divided than ever. Yet the path to brand relevance and resilience is recognizing what we have in common. Recently we asked 16,000 people globally — across 16 countries, in many languages, in rural and urban areas — about their aspirations for their lives, families and communities.* While the dominant narrative in culture today is that we’re deeply divided — culturally, politically, economically — reading the answers from people across the globe we were reminded that we all share the same aspirations for health, wellbeing, financial security, meaningful relationships and a sense of purpose. So, what’s the problem?

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How Companies Are Crossing the Chasm to Mainstream Sustainability

Consumers increasingly want to buy from brands that are environmentally responsible - and many forward-thinking companies have responded by embracing sustainability. However, there remains a disconnect between sustainability pursuits and the extent to which companies share their journey with consumers.

CVS Harnesses the Power of Design to Improve Health Outcomes, Consumer Experience

CVS Pharmacy is harnessing the power of design to further its mission of helping people on their path to better health. The retail division of CVS Health is introducing a new prescription management system for patients managing multiple medications in an effort to enhance patient safety.

D&AD Impact Award Winners Showcase Solutions for a Safer, Fairer, More Sustainable Future

D&AD and Advertising Week have unveiled the winners of the second annual D&AD Impact Awards, which recognizes creative ideas that have made an impact and ultimately have contributed to creating a safer, more equitable and sustainable world for all. The Awards’ coveted ‘Pencils’ are given out across 12 categories aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

More Than 60% of FTSE 100 Companies Not Reporting Climate Risks

Despite growing investor demand for information surrounding businesses’ social and environmental performance, a new report from Carbon Clear has revealed that 61 FTSE 100 companies are not assessing or not disclosing climate risk in their annual reports.

Study: More ‘Human’ Companies Outperform Business-As-Usual Competitors

More evidence has emerged linking business performance with a company's purpose beyond profit.

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