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Walking the Talk

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

Making a Clean Break from Fossil Fuels

Collectively, the communications industry can be a catalyst for change; and it’s our hope that we can use our power to focus on climate solutions, clean energy and promoting initiatives that help us carve a just transition and path forward.

For Companies with Authentic Sustainability Pursuits, the Devil’s in the Details

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Several discussions at SB’23 San Diego highlighted the importance of achieving total visibility into company operations, relationships, impacts and messaging — to avoid surprises that could hamstring progress.

Regenerating Local: How Brands Can Bring Tangible Benefits to Communities in Need

At SB’23 San Diego, several discussions and events explored the potential for social impact when we rethink business as usual.

2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: LEGO Is Latest Company to Disclose Sustainability Setback

The world’s largest toymaker acknowledged the issues it encountered in pursuit of a more sustainable alternative to its oil-based plastic bricks, illustrating the still-circuitous path to sustainable solutions.

Regenerating Local: Starting Small to Build Exponential Shared Value

This week at SB’23 San Diego, over 1K sustainability practitioners have converged to share insights, tools, inspiration and collaboration opportunities aimed at building a regenerative future for all. Here, our opening-night keynotes highlight the first of many examples this week of businesses creating benefits on the ground.

Net-Zero Goals Have the Right Ambition, But Most Lack a Clear Path to Realization

According to Capgemini research, the CPG and retail industries exemplify some of the most common issues when it comes to turning net-zero goals into measurable action.

Tides: Navigating Corporate Social Impact Through Turbulent Times

Senior Advisor of Corporate Social Impact Erin Ceynar shares how the philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator helps its clients craft and stand by authentic social-impact efforts, even in the face of headwinds.

4 Ways to Accelerate Your Business Results on Purpose

In State of the Whole Brand 2023, some of the world’s most influential marketers share their unique POVs on whole brand-building and purpose. Here are four ways they suggest you level up your own purpose-driven brand.

Beyond ‘Carbon Neutral:’ Refining Corporate Carbon-Credit Claims

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. With the explosive growth of the voluntary carbon market came concerns around carbon-reduction claims lacking clarity or being misleading. Several refined claims frameworks have emerged to bridge these gaps.

The Tennessee River’s Biggest Fan Is a 14-Year-Old Boy Passionate About Conservation

Cross-Posted from From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together. In this conversation with ‘the Conservation Kid,’ Cash Daniels, we learn more about what drives his passion to clean up the Tennessee River and lead his generation toward a brighter future.

Report: Economic Uncertainty, Systemic Inequity Preserving Intention-Action Gap

Cross-Posted from Behavior Change. A recent study shows that people across the socioeconomic spectrum care about climate action; but taking that action remains cost-prohibitive for lower-income groups.

More Companies with Large Water Footprints Are Taking Action; But Gaps Remain

Adequate water-stewardship goals must address the full range of water issues across the value chain — including amount of water used, impacts on water quality, ecosystem health and communities’ access to safe water.

Brands Rally to Bolster Maui in Wildfire-Relief Effort

Cross-Posted from Collaboration. Here are some of the companies and organizations that have stepped up to contribute to relief for the affected community.

Renovate or Rebuild: M&S Oxford St Planning Decision Fuels Debate About ‘Sustainable’ Construction

The retailer argued that a new store would be 25% more energy efficient; but environmentalists say the Oxford Street demolish-rebuild plan would have sent 40K tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The Problem with Hiding from ‘Anti-Woke’ Crusaders

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Anti-ESG agitators are telling a story that’s both inaccurate and bad for business. And silence won’t deter further attacks — though it certainly could compromise long-term brand value.

What CFOs Need to Know About Fast-Emerging Biodiversity-Credit Markets

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. When companies invest in biodiversity credits, the ‘unitization’ of biodiversity outcomes in the form of credits takes the guesswork out of designing the investment. But they are not intended to offset an equivalent, negative impact on biodiversity elsewhere.

We Can’t Let Vogue Words Hinder Climate Action

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. ‘Regenerative’ has become the latest trend — a label that’s stuck on anything as a way of making it sound positive and reassuring. To guarantee genuine progress, we need a universal set of principles underpinning regenerative economics and a standardised way of quantifying success.

Is the Chocolate Industry Ready for Europe’s Strict Due Diligence Requirements?

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. The EU’s mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence laws will require companies, traders and farmers around the world to rethink how they source major commodities. But cacao may be the one to watch to see the impacts of these regulations.

Nestlé Advances Efforts to Source Key Ingredients Grown with Regenerative Ag Practices

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. The food giant is investing to help US farms in its DIGIORNO wheat and tomato supply chains shift to more holistic agricultural practices.

Social Purpose at BCLC: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. Even though a social-purpose model seemed like a natural fit for BCLC, we knew there would be many questions to answer before we could start to deliver on a social purpose. Now, we are reflecting on some of the key steps and insights gained through our approach.