Tom Idle

Founder
Narrative Matters

Content creator extraordinaire.

Tom develops, creates and publishes content that truly engages audiences around issues of global social, environmental and economic importance. He also provides strategic editorial insight and support to help organisations – from large corporates, to NGOs – build content strategies that focus on editorial that is accessible, shareable, intelligent and conversation-driving.

Former editor-in-chief at 2degrees, the world's leading online community for sustainable business professionals, and editor of Sustainable Business magazine.

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Secrets for Effective, Transformative, Authentic, Culture-Changing Brand Engagement
Secrets for Effective, Transformative, Authentic, Culture-Changing Brand Engagement

Behavior Change / To kick off the final day of Brand-Led Culture Change, attendees were treated to a broad series of examples, from a wide swath of experts, of clever strategies that lead to behavior change. - 3 weeks ago

Mass Marketing, No More – Effective Brand Communication Must Be Made to Measure
Mass Marketing, No More – Effective Brand Communication Must Be Made to Measure

Marketing and Comms / Marketers, this one’s for you: Just a few pearls of wisdom dropped on day two of Brand-Led Culture Change — including understanding and eliminating microaggressions, the secret sauce of shareable content, what matters to each target demographic, and rethinking assumptions of who the ‘sustainable consumer’ could be. - 3 weeks ago

Brand-Led Culture Change: A Primer on the Holy Grail of Today’s Purpose-Driven Brands
Brand-Led Culture Change: A Primer on the Holy Grail of Today’s Purpose-Driven Brands

Behavior Change / On day one of Brand-Led Culture Change, brands, retailers, trend watchers and behavioral and cultural design experts examined the role and power of consumer-facing companies to create the socially and environmentally prosperous world we want to live in. - 4 weeks ago

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

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 - 2 months ago

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How a Corporate ‘Lifer’ Helped Transform a Century-Old Business into a Sustainability Front Runner
How a Corporate ‘Lifer’ Helped Transform a Century-Old Business into a Sustainability Front Runner

From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together / When it comes to making sustainable business a reality, the journey is just as important as the destination. Few companies prove this more than Dow — provider of many of the chemical, plastic and consumer solutions that the world needs to successfully transition to a low-carbon economy. - 3 months ago

Meet the Olive Oil Brand on a Mission to Reunify a War-Torn Country
Meet the Olive Oil Brand on a Mission to Reunify a War-Torn Country

Walking the Talk / Bringing new gravitas to the term, ‘purpose-driven,’ the team behind Colive is using their uniquely delicious olive oil to help end the civil unrest that has divided their native Cyprus since the 1970s — and exemplify the benefits of social entrepreneurship and peace through cooperation. - 4 months ago

How to Fuel a Sustainable Future for Packaging
How to Fuel a Sustainable Future for Packaging

From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together / Solving the ongoing packaging conundrum demands a significant shift in how businesses think — moving from a linear to a circular model of operation to improve the amount of packaging that can be reused, recycled and returned to the value chain. - 5 months ago

Widespread Engagement at Heart of Dow’s Mission to Transform Into a 125-Year-Old Sustainability Leader
Widespread Engagement at Heart of Dow’s Mission to Transform Into a 125-Year-Old Sustainability Leader

From Purpose to Action: Building a Sustainable Future Together / Today, Dow considers its sustainability strategy and business strategy to be one and the same; employees understand that the two can no longer be separate. But, as Global Sustainability Director Haley Lowry explains, this didn’t happen overnight. - 6 months ago

Microgrids Could Be a Secret Weapon in the Corporate Race Towards Net Zero
Microgrids Could Be a Secret Weapon in the Corporate Race Towards Net Zero

Cleantech / Reining in energy emissions is top of mind for companies; so having more control of how, where and when energy is produced makes good business sense. Here, Shell Energy’s Matt Baker explains why microgrids are an increasingly popular solution. - 7 months ago

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Marci Zaroff: Regenerative Ag Can Heal the Textile Industry — and the Planet
Marci Zaroff: Regenerative Ag Can Heal the Textile Industry — and the Planet

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Entrepreneur and author Marci Zaroff coined the term ‘eco-fashion’ back in the mid-‘90s. Here, we discuss why sustainable fashion has taken so long to have its ‘moment’ and how regenerative ag could heal the planet along with the damaging textile industry. - 8 months ago

Leading Brands Share Mix of Success Stories, Cautionary Tales at SB’21 Madrid
Leading Brands Share Mix of Success Stories, Cautionary Tales at SB’21 Madrid

Walking the Talk / While showcasing brands leading the charge toward sustainability — including Interface and Tony’s Chocolonely — SB’21 Madrid gave equal weight to just how much work we have left to do: Only 13% of companies can accurately deem themselves “sustainable.” - 1 year ago

How Brands Can Help Reshape Post-COVID Public Life to Maximize People, Planet Health
How Brands Can Help Reshape Post-COVID Public Life to Maximize People, Planet Health

The Next Economy / In a recent webinar, representatives from PepsiCo, Vail Resorts and William & Mary shared lessons learned from preparing for our 'next normal.' - 1 year ago

Second Life: Are Consumers Really Ready for a Circular Shopping Economy?
Second Life: Are Consumers Really Ready for a Circular Shopping Economy?

Behavior Change / In GlobeScan’s 2020 survey of global consumers, 74% said they agree that they need to consume less to preserve the environment for future generations. But opinions are mixed when it comes to shopping secondhand, renting or leasing items — pointing to the persistence of that pesky intention-action gap. - 1 year ago

Are 3D-Printed Buildings the Sustainable Future of Construction?
Are 3D-Printed Buildings the Sustainable Future of Construction?

Product, Service & Design Innovation / The construction industry must adopt technologies that increase productivity while mitigating the impact of our growing housing needs on the climate crisis. Mighty Buildings’ technology may be ‘one of the only in existence’ that could unlock the needed productivity alongside reduced emissions. - 1 year ago

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Just Brands ’21: Where the Rubber Meets the Long, Bumpy Road to Truly Equitable Workplaces
Just Brands ’21: Where the Rubber Meets the Long, Bumpy Road to Truly Equitable Workplaces

Organizational Change / At Sustainable Brands’ latest Just Brands event, experts from across the spectrum of business discussed corporate efforts to support diversity, equity, inclusion and justice issues — and how stakeholders will no longer tolerate a gap between commitments and actions. - 1 year ago

Businesses Must Understand the Intersections of Mental Health, Sustainability
Businesses Must Understand the Intersections of Mental Health, Sustainability

The Next Economy / As we emerge from COVID-19 and mental health rises up the corporate agenda, how can businesses incorporate the subject into their core sustainability agenda, rather than treat it as a separate issue? - 1 year ago

Not All Carbon Credits Are Created Equal
Not All Carbon Credits Are Created Equal

Walking the Talk / While the majority of projects that generate carbon credits focus solely on carbon abatement, an increasing number also achieve other environmental, economic, social and cultural co-benefits — which increase impact ROI for companies. - 1 year ago

Giving Up Meat = Healthy Living = Healthy Planet. Are We at a Dietary Inflection Point?
Giving Up Meat = Healthy Living = Healthy Planet. Are We at a Dietary Inflection Point?

Behavior Change / The growing appetite for a shift away from meat-based diets is good news for addressing a range of health and climate issues. But business has a critical role to play in making the transition as affordable, accessible and delicious as possible. - 1 year ago

Complementary Studies Provide Glimpses into Consumers’ Minds During Most Difficult Year in Modern History
Complementary Studies Provide Glimpses into Consumers’ Minds During Most Difficult Year in Modern History

Marketing and Comms / Amidst the uncertainty of the world in a global pandemic, two key pieces of 2020 research offered hope and optimism about what purpose-driven brands can achieve in 2021 — buoyed by new attitudes, opinions, and desires from consumers. - 1 year ago

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Is Black Friday Dying? Consumers Say They Want to Spend Less This Holiday Season
Is Black Friday Dying? Consumers Say They Want to Spend Less This Holiday Season

Behavior Change / New GlobeScan research found that 77% of consumers are interested in choosing products that last longer, and 53% said they were interested in buying fewer things, in general. But there remains a gap between intention and action. - 1 year ago

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