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These companies have moved beyond pledges and are making good on their commitments to pursuing a purpose beyond profit.

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European Retailers Called Out for Cutting Corners on Curtailing Plastic Pollution

European Retailers Called Out for Cutting Corners on Curtailing Plastic Pollution

First-ever ranking of leading European supermarkets’ commitments to dial back their use and waste of plastic reveals lack of real action.

Tourism Cares Lays Groundwork for ‘Meaningful Travel’ That Tackles Global Issues with Local Focus

Tourism must grapple with its place alongside growing and egregious social and environmental concerns. The Meaningful Travel Summit used Lake Tahoe as a case study of challenges and solutions for a specific destination; but everyone must reflect on these “global issues that need to be addressed, no matter where you work, or from what sector.”

New Guide to Aid US Food Sector’s Climate Transition Plans as Investors Ramp Up Pressure

Investors can use the guide to engage companies by emphasizing the importance of disclosing their full-scope GHG emissions and setting 1.5°C emissions-reduction targets — ahead of forthcoming mandates.

Rhum J.M Offers How-to for Fellow Distillers Seeking Sustainability

The EDDEN Project highlights the Martinique distillery’s circular and sustainable efforts to date and its roadmap for improvement, as well as advocating for similar commitments from distilleries around the world.

We All Have An Important Role to Play in Putting People at the Heart of Sustainability

Each of the 10 organizations being showcased in this year’s sustain[HUMAN]ability® Leadership Recognition Program is a leader in its own right and offers something from which we can all learn.

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Ice Cream Giants Innovate to Help Avoid Climate Meltdown

Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, have both launched pilots aimed at drastically cutting their GHG emissions — if successful, both are hoping to drive industry-wide change for truly game-changing impacts.

Sustainability Is Not Enough: Moving from Earth-Neutral to Earth-Positive

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. To create real change and avert a climate crisis, we must move beyond earth-neutral and embrace earth-positive — and that starts with your narrative. Here are three ways to ensure that your business, your brand and your ethos are all earth-positive.

Purpose & ESG Are Not Interchangeable; You Need Both

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Purpose and ESG are often conflated. Here, three experts explain what makes them different, why you need both, and how to prioritize the gamut of ESG- and Purpose-related activities.

4 Ways to Unlock Carbon Finance in Agriculture to Drive Climate Action

Too many corporate carbon offset schemes rely on measuring soil organic carbon, which is highly variable, hard to measure and easy to lose. Here is a four-step framework for companies looking to create tangible impacts on the ground (pun intended).

Any Road Will Take You There, If You Don’t Know Where (or Why) You’re Going: Defining Purpose

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. While some sustainability terms have stood the test of time, others are now outdated. No matter what terms you use, you and your colleagues should have a shared understanding of what “purpose” means in your organization to gain its greatest benefits. Here is an up-to-date glossary for responsible business professionals.

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Over 100 NGOs Join Forces to Escalate Climate Pressure on Vanguard

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. The world's second-largest asset manager received the worst possible score in a new climate scorecard as NGOs, grassroots groups, and finance experts ramp up pressure for it to act on climate.

8 Rules for Leaders to Break to Combat Social, Economic and Racial Injustices

Cross-Posted from Leadership. To truly help individuals and ourselves, we need to bust up the system, swim upstream and avoid the herd mentality. We need to take a step back and truly understand our own roles in society — and by doing so, to let go of outdated notions.

KLM Called Out for Misleading Claim That Travelers Can ‘Fly CO2 Zero’

A Dutch advertising watchdog has ruled that a recent ad telling the airline’s customers they could fly carbon-emission free is misleading.

BlackRock ‘Anticipates’ 75% of Portfolio Edging Toward Net Zero by 2030

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. While the announcement from the world’s largest asset manager could potentially have significant influence on lowering global emissions, BlackRock’s passive approach is a missed opportunity to actively drive the transition to a low-carbon, net-zero economy.

‘Kaizen’: How Sipsmith Is Fulfilling Its Mission to Create the Best Gin for the World

Despite having been acquired by a global spirits conglomerate, the founders of Sipsmith have been able to redefine their mission and vision for the company — as well as influence others within the global group to join them on the journey.

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In a Sea of Low-Price, Profit-Driven Booking Platforms, Kind Traveler Prioritizes Impact

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Many mainstream travel agents still emphasize low prices and profit, treating both travelers and destinations as commodities; but Kind Traveler challenges the viability of such a model within an industry increasingly shaped by more conscious travelers.

Unilever’s New Sustainability Director Wants Competitors to Close the Gap on ESG Performance

Cross-Posted from Leadership. “We need to keep that competitive advantage and continue to innovate so that we can really make sustainable living commonplace. It’s constant innovation; and we want others to come along on the journey with us.” — Niki King

The Purpose Gloves Are Off: How to Not End Up on the Ropes

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. The United Way Social Purpose Institute offers a free tool to help companies assess and rate the degree to which their purpose is fully embedded across the company and in its relationships. These are the new techniques that purpose players are expected to demonstrate to stay in the ring …

New Tools Helping Companies Better Track, Meet Ambitious Climate Goals — with No Time to Waste

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The emergence of a host of new carbon-monitoring and -tracking tools is better equipping companies with the data to achieve their climate goals — but time is running short to turn this into meaningful action.

How Businesses Can Make Earth Month More Just a Month

Rather than trying to convince people that they should care, like in years past; this Earth Month should be about challenging ourselves to set lasting change into motion. This year, I hope we see more action on the following trends …

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