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Black Travel Alliance Holding Industry Accountable on Its DEI Commitments

Black Travel Alliance Holding Industry Accountable on Its DEI Commitments

Recognizing the urgent need to hold travel brands and destinations accountable for their lack of diversity in travel marketing and storytelling, the Black Travel Alliance was formed practically overnight to support Black content creators and increase representation in the industry.

Nimble Nonprofit Pivots to Fulfill Its Purpose During the Pandemic

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Desai Foundation’s advice to purpose-driven organizations dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is to look beyond the immediate practicalities and be open to new ways to deliver on end goals.

Illinois City’s Success with Biodiesel Influences Neighboring Communities

CLEANTECH - By selling B20 biodiesel to neighboring municipal agencies and organizations, Moline has expanded its impact on air quality across the Quad Cities region — and shown the community that improving air quality is a collaborative effort.

Slowly But Surely, Fairphone Paving the Way to a More Ethical Electronics Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - Latest Fairphone Impact Report reveals benefits of social and environmental programs; while LCA of the Fairphone 3 shows that using a smartphone for over 5 years can reduce CO2 emissions by about 40%.

New Data Demonstrate the Progress of Farmer-Led Stewardship in the Chesapeake Bay Region

PRESS RELEASE - Insights from 10,000 cropland acres in Maryland and Pennsylvania indicate that net on-farm greenhouse gas emissions were near-zero.

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New Lending Industry Alliance to Bolster Underserved Communities

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Two longtime players in small-business lending and empowering low-income communities are joining forces to scale up equitable wealth creation in communities of color.

The Social Ripple Effect: The Reach of Business Decisions in the Time of COVID-19

LEADERSHIP - Organizations will be defined by the decisions they make during the pandemic. Now, companies with a social purpose — or those which aspire to have one — have a tool that can inform their day-to-day decisions in ways that build and sustain a better society.

How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Zipper giant YKK Group has used recycled PET yarns in the woven tape of its Natulon® zippers since 1994. But when it wanted to help address the challenge of ocean plastic, the company saw it as an opportunity to get creative.

Kendall-Jackson Commits to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing

PRESS RELEASE - Kendall-Jackson, one of America’s most beloved family-owned and operated wineries, is proud to announce its commitment to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) and will add the CCSW logo to the Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, the #1-selling wine in America.

Kolster to Brands: Tout Not How Great Your Product Is, But What It Can Help People Become

MARKETING AND COMMS - In his new book, The Hero Trap, Thomas Kolster says rather than promoting what’s good about their company or products, brands need to shift their focus to their customers — specifically, their brand’s role in helping its customers transform their lives.

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Global Maker Challenge Finalists Tackling Food, Trade, Justice, Circularity

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This year’s global challenges centered around four themes: Sustainable and Healthy Food for All, Climate Change/Circular Economy, Innovation for Inclusive Trade, and Innovation for Peace and Justice.

Illinois Soybean Farmers Sowing Seeds of a Sustainable Future

CLEANTECH - Illinois has maintained its leadership in US soybean production for nearly a century, thanks to its climate and ongoing commitment to sustainable agriculture and conservation best practices.

BASF to Release Carbon Footprint Data for Its 45K Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The chemical giant has been a leader in innovative approaches to quantifying the impacts of its diverse product portfolio.

Q&A: Meet the Team Helping Brands Stay ‘Grounded’ in Their Purpose

MARKETING AND COMMS - NYC-based brand strategy agency Grounded is on a mission to help brands, retailers and nonprofits activate their purpose and close the stubborn consumer intent-to-action gap.

Global Public Thinks GDP Should Include Health, Education, Environmental Data

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The 2020 GlobeScan-Ethical Markets “Beyond GDP” survey finds that an average of 72% of people across 11 countries would prefer to broaden GDP to incorporate these additional data.

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6 Tips for Avoiding Recycled Materials Supply Chain Disruptions

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Don’t wait until a breakdown happens to explore alternatives. Start evaluating your supply chain today and expand your recycled plastic sources to keep things humming no matter what the world throws at you.

New Guide to Help Travel Businesses Decarbonize During the Pandemic

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Carbon-neutral travel giant Intrepid Travel aims to assist others in rebuilding responsibly, for a more sustainable return to tourism.

Doconomy's 2030 Calculator Democratizes Product Carbon Footprint Labeling

NEW METRICS - Swedish impact-tech startup Doconomy has launched a new, free tool that enables fast and reliable product carbon footprint calculations for brands and manufacturers.

Greenpeace Canada Supports FSC Responsible Forestry Standard

MARKETING AND COMMS - In June, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Canada celebrated the first anniversary of its new responsible forest management standard — which has received strong support from industry and NGOs alike.

Viola Brands: A Case Study in Cultivating Racial Equity

WALKING THE TALK - Cannabis producer Viola Brands is determined to increase minority representation in the industry. Its Viola Cares program provides education, employment and other resources; in order to create 10,000 jobs within the cannabis industry for Black people.

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