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Target, ADM Join Food Giants Rising to Ceres' AgWater Challenge

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, Ceres and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announce the addition of Target and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, to the AgWater Challenge. The two companies’ new water stewardship commitments were shared today at the Financial Times Water Summit in London.

`Materiality Is Broken. But It Doesn’t Have to Be.

NEW METRICS - In formulating strategy, shaping communications and improving their impact in the world, companies, and their sustainability teams, must answer two big questions: "What is important to our business?” and "What is important to our stakeholders?” (Sometimes as a proxy for the larger question: “What is important to the world?")

10 Burning Questions: PMI on How It Will Create a Smoke-Free Future

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Jennifer Motles and her colleagues at Philip Morris International (PMI) are on a crusade to end smoking. They know many of us probably won’t believe them. And they are OK with that; they just want the chance to prove it.

Investors Can Now Compare ESG Scores on New ESGHub™ App

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Responsible investing has been an overriding theme of the past two weeks, with a proliferation of new initiatives, campaigns and reports joining a growing list of recently released resources for sustainable and impact investors to increase the quality of their investments emerging during last week’s Global Climate Action Summit and this week at Climate Week.

Seoul Spearheads Global Efforts to Promote Sustainable Urban Tourism

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - “Tourists, go home.” “Tourists: Your luxury trip, my daily misery.” “Your tourism kills my neighborhood.” These kinds of sentiments have likely been heard in travel destinations that have become victims of their own success and attractiveness. Indeed, for many residents living in popular landmarks, tourism can often be a nightmare rather than a dream. While many cities have been overwhelmed by mass tourism and what is now called “overtourism,” Seoul has been striving to promote alternative forms of tourism that do not put pressure on destinations and offer quality experiences to citizens as well as visitors.

The Ocean Cleanup, Story of Stuff Set Their Sights on San Francisco's Marine Plastic Pollution

WASTE NOT - The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization that made waves in 2015 with its grand plans and new approach to ridding the oceans of plastic, last weekend launched the world’s first ocean cleanup system from the San Francisco Bay. “System 001” headed to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before continuing its journey toward the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 1,200 nautical miles offshore, to start the cleanup. System 001 is being towed from the San Francisco Bay by the vessel Maersk Launcher, which has been made available to the project by A.P.

KPMG, Textile Exchange Develop SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile Sector

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer many business opportunities for companies while addressing critical operational risks, according to a new report produced by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP; in partnership with the non-profit organization, Textile Exchange: Threading the Needle: Weaving the Sustainable Development Goals into the Textile, Retail and Apparel Industry.

But What Happens If You Use Up All the Plastic?

WASTE NOT - One of the most frequently asked questions I get when pitching Thread is “what happens if you run out of plastic to recycle?”

Survey: US Consumers Doubt Their Ability to Impact Climate Change, Look to Companies to Lead

WALKING THE TALK - The majority of US citizens (62 percent) say they believe climate change is a problem but feel unempowered to address it, according to the 2018 Cone/Porter Novelli Climate Change Snapshot — instead, they are looking to companies to take the lead. Yet, even as individuals may feel personally powerless — less than four-in-10 (38 percent) feel their actions can make a real difference — they do see companies as critical players in progress against climate change. 58 percent say that in the absence of government progress, companies should take the lead.

GIIN to Impact Investors: SDGs in Dire Need of Capital Infusion

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - A new GIIN report reiterates the need for impact investors to raise and direct new capital to help meet the UN SDGs by 2030.

Life-changing Tech Meets Sustainability

CORPORATE MEMBER UPDATE - Sustainability isn't just a buzzword — it's an integral part of everything we do.

Your Stakeholders Are Listening, So What Are You Saying?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Understanding who your business affects and how they affect your business is key to long-term success. If you only focus on customers, you are falling way short. To truly take your business from local to national and on to global levels, you have to consider all the ways your company interacts with the world around it and, most importantly, what stories you are telling.

Tips from Dr. Bronner’s, Sun World, Wrangler on Advancing Regenerative Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - The winds are changing. Companies that have operated many steps removed from the farms and people that produce their raw materials are building stronger connections to their agricultural supply chains. This shift stems from interest to replenish soil and water supplies, and boost overall resilience and output through regenerative and thriving agriculture. Pure Strategies’ latest report, Connecting to the Farm, points to the best practices companies are using to get closer to the farm while advancing these critical sustainability aims and gaining valuable business benefits.

Q&A: DuPont Sorona and the Evolution, and Revolution, of Biomaterials

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Over his more than 30 years in the business, Mike Saltzberg has seen firsthand how sustainability has grown to be of equal consideration with technical performance and cost in the development of new biomaterials. Saltzberg is the Global Business Director for Biomaterials at DuPont Industrial Biosciences, the team that ideates and develops products derived from bio-based materials. Among their innovations is DuPont™ Sorona®, a partially plant-based fiber increasingly used in apparel and carpet.

Study Reveals How Tax Havens Are Subsidizing Environmental Destruction

WALKING THE TALK - The release of classified documents such as the so-called Panama and Paradise papers in recent years has provided a glimpse into the opaque world of tax havens and their role in the global economy.

Global Investors Urge RSPO for Stronger Standards

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - More than 90 institutional investors, representing more than $6.7T in assets, have voiced their concerns over the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s relevance and effectiveness, and the current disconnect between its criteria and corporate policy commitments.

adidas, Neste Bolstering Markets for Recycled Plastics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Amidst the anti-plastic frenzy dominating corporate sustainability news lately, adidas and Neste have announced plans to increase their efforts to utilize more waste plastic.

Microsoft, Tiffany & Co Lead Global Agreement on Responsible Industrial-Scale Mining

SUPPLY CHAIN - After a full decade of consultation among large numbers of stakeholders from the mining industry, organized labor, nonprofits, impacted communities and businesses — a global Standard for Responsible Mining was released today.

How a Practical Guide to Sourcing Sustainable Cotton Could Help Transform the Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - ‘I would like to source more sustainable cotton, but I’m not quite sure where to start. There seems to be an awful lot of standards out there, and I’m not quite sure what the differences are between them.’ ‘I’d like to increase the volumes of sustainable cotton I buy, but I’m worried about sourcing different types of sustainable cotton — does a portfolio approach work?’ ‘I want to source sustainable cotton. I just want this to be easy. I wonder how other brands are doing it.’

Fashion for Good Adds PVH - Parent of Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein - as Latest Partner

COLLABORATION - Fashion for Good and PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world that owns brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, today announced their partnership to accelerate the transition towards a good fashion industry.