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Jennifer Elks

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Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'
Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'

Organizational Change / In 1997, biologist Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry,” with her groundbreaking book of the same name, and spearheaded the growth of the discipline dedicated to applying Nature’s designs and processes to create a healthier, more sustainable world. I recently spoke with Janine about some of her favorite biomimetic innovations, about asking more from our design interventions, and some of the yet untapped areas in which Nature’s genius could help solve our most intractable problems. - 7 years ago

Timberland Extends Rigorous Environmental Standard Across Entire Product Portfolio
Timberland Extends Rigorous Environmental Standard Across Entire Product Portfolio

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland prides itself on its commitment to innovate and operate in an accountable and responsible manner — in terms of its products, the communities in which it operates, and the outdoors. As part of this commitment, the company today announced the implementation of its rigorous environmental standard — the Timberland Environmental Product Standard (TEPS) — across all of its product categories, beginning with its Spring 2016 collection. - 8 years ago

CDP: 7 Automakers May Face Exposure to Up to $4.8B in Emissions Penalties
CDP: 7 Automakers May Face Exposure to Up to $4.8B in Emissions Penalties

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / A new report from CDP, analyzing 15 of the world’s largest automakers with combined market capitalization of US$846 billion, has found that tightening regulations on emissions are having a significant business impact in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal last fall. - 8 years ago

Play Your Part: Activating on Purpose Key for Successful Engagement for Sports, Brands
Play Your Part: Activating on Purpose Key for Successful Engagement for Sports, Brands

Marketing and Comms / The popularity of team sports in the U.S. — and the idolatry surrounding star players — makes them a perfect platform for reaching fans and encouraging behavior change on a massive scale. With 190 million fans expected to tune in on Sunday, the Super Bowl represents a unique opportunity to engage a large and somewhat unruly portion of the population to live and act more consciously. - 8 years ago

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Take It from an Adventurer: Brands Must Be 'More Radical' to Drive Change
Take It from an Adventurer: Brands Must Be 'More Radical' to Drive Change

Stakeholder Trends and Insights / World-class adventurer, extreme sportsman, author and entrepreneur Albert Bosch has done it all … from climbing the world’s seven highest summits to a solo trek across Antarctica to competing in nine Dakar Rallies and multiple ultra-marathons, to this month releasing his latest book, The Future Explorer (only available in Spanish at the moment). - 8 years ago

Why a Circular Economy Is Key to Sustainable Development (and Why Business Must Lead the Way)
Why a Circular Economy Is Key to Sustainable Development (and Why Business Must Lead the Way)

The Next Economy / This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, "What's Working: Sustainable Development Goals," in conjunction with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed set of goals will be the subject of discussion at the UN General Assembly meeting on Sept. 25-27, 2015 in New York; they cover 17 key areas of development — including poverty, hunger, health, education, and gender equality, among many others. - 8 years ago

Video Production with a Heart: How Casual Films Helps Responsible Companies Tell Their Stories
Video Production with a Heart: How Casual Films Helps Responsible Companies Tell Their Stories

Product, Service & Design Innovation / NYC/London-based production company Casual Films believes we have entered “a new era in branded communications.” As Managing Director Barnaby Cook asserts in a video on the company’s website: “In the future, all successful businesses will have to be sustainable.” Not only does the award-winning company help organizations tell their sustainability stories, Casual’s got one of its own, and Cook recently told us more about how his company aims to use the power of video to help responsible companies influence society and change the world. - 8 years ago

Employee Engagement for Purpose-Driven Business 101 (or 5 Reasons Clif Bar Employees Are So Damn Happy)
Employee Engagement for Purpose-Driven Business 101 (or 5 Reasons Clif Bar Employees Are So Damn Happy)

Organizational Change / While more and more companies are becoming focused on a triple bottom line — in which they prioritize the health of people and planet in addition to profit — Clif Bar founder Gary Erickson took the sentiment further back in 2000, when he decided to not take a $120 million payout and instead focus on sustaining the health of five bottom lines: Business, Brand, Community, Planet and People. As CEO Kevin Cleary said during a recent “Feed Your Adventure” tour of Clif’s Emeryville headquarters: “In any given year, we incent ourselves and say we have to deliver on all of them — if you deliver on Business, but you don’t deliver on the rest, that isn’t delivering shareholder value.” - 8 years ago

BASF, thinkstep Scaling Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Product Portfolios: Part 2
BASF, thinkstep Scaling Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Product Portfolios: Part 2

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / At SB ’15 San Diego last month, chemical giant BASF and sustainability software and consulting company thinkstep announced their collaboration in making BASF’s Sustainable Solution SteeringTM method — for management of, and transition to, a sustainable product portfolio — available for wider use. - 8 years ago

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Trending: After Finding Redemption Abroad, Ugly Produce Now Being Vindicated in the US
Trending: After Finding Redemption Abroad, Ugly Produce Now Being Vindicated in the US

Waste Not / As awareness has grown of the reprehensible amount of food we throw away in the western world (an estimated 40 percent), efforts to combat food waste have emerged from a variety of places along the food value chain, particularly at the retail level, and primarily in Europe: Last year, French supermarket chain Intermarché led the pack with its ingenious “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables” campaign, which aimed to prove to picky shoppers that less than perfect produce is still just as delicious and nutritious (and slightly less expensive). - 8 years ago

41 Factory Owners, Safety Officials Charged with Murder in Rana Plaza Tragedy
41 Factory Owners, Safety Officials Charged with Murder in Rana Plaza Tragedy

Supply Chain / On Monday, Bangladeshi police charged 41 people, including the owner of the Rana Plaza complex, with murder over the 2013 factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 people. - 8 years ago

'No One Company Has All the Answers': How Exchange of Ideas Has Helped HP Make Living Progress
'No One Company Has All the Answers': How Exchange of Ideas Has Helped HP Make Living Progress

Product, Service & Design Innovation / In its 2014 Living Progress Report last week, HP outlined the human, economic and environmental impacts it has made in its pursuit of Living Progress — the company’s framework for integrating sustainability into its business strategy. I spoke with Chris Librie, Senior Director of HP’s Living Progress, about how the company’s holistic approach has informed the impacts made to date. - 8 years ago

Ellen MacArthur on Leading a Complex System of Global Change
Ellen MacArthur on Leading a Complex System of Global Change

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Since Ellen MacArthur made the transition in 2009 from world-record-breaking sailor to champion of the circular economy, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has become a driving force behind shifting our approach to business away from that of take-make-waste to one centered on resilience, reuse and optimality. - 9 years ago

Simple, Actionable and Cool: A How-to Guide for Appealing to Our Most Socially Savvy Consumers Yet
Simple, Actionable and Cool: A How-to Guide for Appealing to Our Most Socially Savvy Consumers Yet

Marketing and Comms / Engaging and winning loyalty from consumers has always been the Holy Grail for brands. And with a growing contingent of socially conscious — and socially connected — shoppers expressing a growing preference for responsibly made products from authentically values-driven companies, winning and maintaining that loyalty has become a whole new ballgame. - 9 years ago

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Levi's Educates the Next Generation, Continues to Innovate Around Water Conservation
Levi's Educates the Next Generation, Continues to Innovate Around Water Conservation

Product, Service & Design Innovation / More and more companies are beginning to acknowledge the importance of water stewardship to the longevity of their operations, regardless of industry. Consumer-facing brands can have added impact — and have added responsibility — to engage their customers on this critical issue, as well. - 9 years ago

Successful Stakeholder Engagement 101 (or How Prince Ea Is Rallying Millions to #StandForTrees)
Successful Stakeholder Engagement 101 (or How Prince Ea Is Rallying Millions to #StandForTrees)

Marketing and Comms / For those of us in the sustainability field, stakeholder engagement that leads to action is the Holy Grail for creating the change needed for a healthy world and future. - 9 years ago

Hawkins: Dow Is 'All In' to Help Business Community Solve Global Sustainability Challenges
Hawkins: Dow Is 'All In' to Help Business Community Solve Global Sustainability Challenges

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / On Wednesday, Dow Chemical Company announced an ambitious set of 2025 Sustainability Goals, which it said were designed to redefine the role of business in society. Among the new commitments: developing breakthrough product innovations, positively impacting the lives of 1 billion people, and delivering $1 billion in cost savings or new cash flow for the Company by valuing nature in business decisions and advancing a circular economy. - 9 years ago

Trafficking Survivor Launches 'Freedom Seal' to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery
Trafficking Survivor Launches 'Freedom Seal' to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery

Supply Chain / Today the Tronie Foundation — a Washington-based non-profit organization founded by trafficking survivor Rani Hong, dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery — announced the availability of a new “Freedom Seal” that companies can earn for taking steps to eradicate slavery from their supply chains. Marking the launch of the Seal is a corresponding social media campaign, through which concerned consumers can encourage companies to #AdoptTheSeal. - 9 years ago

thinkstep (fka PE International) Launching Comprehensive Platform for Enabling Business Sustainability
thinkstep (fka PE International) Launching Comprehensive Platform for Enabling Business Sustainability

Cleantech / Sustainability software and consulting company PE International, creators of the industry-leading GaBi life cycle assessment software and providers of a vast array of tools for sustainability performance management, unveiled its new name – thinkstep - today at its annual customer and partner symposium. The company says the new name reflects its long history of connecting data and knowledge to make sustainability advances, or ‘thinksteps,’ for the world’s leading brands and organizations. - 9 years ago

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Dell on Mission to Measure Net Positive Impact of IT on Education, Healthcare, Logistics and Beyond
Dell on Mission to Measure Net Positive Impact of IT on Education, Healthcare, Logistics and Beyond

Cleantech / In Fall of 2013, Dell launched what it called its Legacy of Good plan — a set of 21 ambitious sustainability goals covering everything from its packaging and production materials to reducing the energy intensity of its entire product portfolio by 80 percent. - 9 years ago