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Stronger Together: How Collaboration Is Propelling Keurig’s Sustainability Agenda

COLLABORATION - One of the greatest aspects of the corporate sustainability movement has to be the paradigm shift that has encouraged companies to collaborate to solve common issues – joining forces across industries and sectors, and even with direct competitors has allowed companies to pool resources and expertise to tackle everything from sourcing, labor, materials, communications, conservation issues and more in holistic and more effective ways. We spoke with Chief Sustainability Officer Monique Oxender to learn more about how strategic partnerships are helping propel Keurig’s sustainability agenda forward.

Startup Allows Neighbors to Generate Returns Through Investments in Their Community

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - “A lot of people want to participate in Detroit’s recovery, but unfortunately, they feel that because they’re not a billionaire, millionaire, celebrity or politician, they feel they can’t,” Kwaku Osei told Fast Company.

3 Approaches to Building Customer Trust Through Transparency

MARKETING AND COMMS - In February, KFC in the United Kingdom had a bit of an issue — it ran out of chicken.

As Starbucks Seeks Sustainable Cup Solutions, Shareholders Demand More Ambitious Action

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Ahead of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders this week, Starbucks has announced it is committing $10M in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for the Circular Economy to develop a more sustainable coffee cup. Together, the organizations will establish a new consortium to launch the NextGen Cup Challenge, which will award accelerator grants to entrepreneurs working on potential cup solutions and encourage industry collaboration.

A ‘Unicorn’ in Business: Lessons from BrewDog on Truly Authentic Engagement

WALKING THE TALK - Sustainable Brands has recently reported on a range of really interesting, wide-range of initiatives coming out of the beer industry, including innovative packaging solutions, the use of renewable energy and efforts to address climate change and water scarcity.

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Dell’s ‘Closed-Loop’ Jewellery a Circular Economy Success, But a Drop in the Sustainability Bucket

WASTE NOT - Earlier this year, tech giant Dell announced an innovative partnership with actress Nikki Reed’s jewellery company, Bayou with Love, which spawned a new line of fine jewellery made using recycled gold from the motherboards of end-of-life Dell computers. The juxtaposition of fine, intricate jewels with old computers has driven media interest and raised the issue and importance of sustainability within the tech sector. ‘The Circular Collection’ has been positioned as an example of circular economy success, but how deep does this move go?

How to Coach Employees on Purpose

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This is the fifth in a series of articles examining how business leaders and companies can transform their corporate culture in order to succeed in the midst of the impending Purpose Revolution. Find links to the full series below.

Circular Economy 101: Waste Not, Get More

WASTE NOT - Across the globe, about 50 percent of CO2 emissions are tied to materials — goods that often produce a significant amount of physical and financial waste.

Garment Worker Diaries Reveal Working Conditions, Wages in Bangladesh, India, Cambodia

MARKETING AND COMMS - A first-of-its-kind research project led by Microfinance Opportunities (MFO) in partnership with Fashion Revolution and C&A Foundation gives the most comprehensive picture yet of the living and working conditions faced by female garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India.

Blockchain Will Revolutionize Marketing — Are You Prepared?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - "We want to create "radical impact", as we like to call it: create access to better quality coffee than the one sold by the leading multinationals and make sure that the people growing our coffee make a better living by bringing value-adding activities back to their countries. But how do we measure and show what we actually do with Moyee?” said Guido van Staveren van Dijk, CEO of Moyee Coffee, describing one of the key challenges his company is facing.

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Tesco, Nestlé Poised to Benefit Most from Impending Plant-Based Protein Surge

THE NEXT ECONOMY - A shift in consumer awareness around sustainability is causing a surge in demand for plant-based proteins — an emerging market opportunity that global food companies won’t want to miss.

Winning Over the Purpose-Focused Employee

MARKETING AND COMMS - This is the second in a series of articles examining how business leaders and companies can transform their corporate culture in order to succeed in the midst of the impending Purpose Revolution. Find links to the full series below.

450 Business Leaders, Investors Create Roadmap to Low-Carbon Future

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - More than 450 investor, company and capital market leaders convened at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk last week to map out the next steps for increased action on climate change.

9 Companies Fighting Climate Change Through Biomimicry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - We know that carbon emissions, particularly carbon dioxide and methane, are a major contributor to global climate change trends, and that the challenge of mitigating and even reversing this trend is highly complex. We also know that — like so many other sustainability challenges we face — managing carbon is a challenge faced by the natural world and solved through its own adaptive strategies that have evolved over 3.8 billion years. In short: Nature sees carbon as a building block — and we can, too.

Circularity, Sustainability Take Hold in Toy Industry

WASTE NOT - The closed-loop conversation is often one that focuses on e-waste, fashion and single-use plastics, but LEGO Group and Antwerp-based design furniture brand ecoBirdy are aiming to change that by bringing the concept of circularity and sustainability to the toy front. Supported by the EU’s program for the competitiveness of SMEs (COSME), ecoBirdy has launched its first collection of design furniture for kids made entirely from recycled plastic toys. The launch follows two years of research exploring how to sustainably recycle plastic toys.

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Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid Project to Accelerate Decarbonization of UK Energy System

CLEANTECH - Nissan is driving the future of mobility forward with a vehicle-to-grid (VG2) demonstrator project that could prove instrumental in helping the UK transition to low-carbon transportation and a smart energy system. The £9.8 million e4Futures project will allow drivers to feed energy back into the electricity grid during peak times.

5 Hacks to Activate Purpose in the Workplace

MARKETING AND COMMS - It should come as no surprise that purpose — defined as your company’s aspirational reason for being beyond profit — plays a key role in the direction of your business on multiple levels. Purpose is an overarching “north star” that serves as a guidepost for decision making.

Trending: Blackrock, Citi Respond to Turning Tide by Embracing Social Responsibility

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Environmental and social issues are increasingly being used to shape business practice as companies recognize the link between strong ESG performance and profit. But for those that continue to put up resistance, investors and financial institutions are playing an important role in driving change.

Philip Morris Is Giving Up Cigarettes — and Asking UK Consumers to Do the Same

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A notorious company with a controversial product is attempting to pivot its business model to be more socially responsible — and marketing directly to consumers during this transition.

Networking and Collaboration: What We Can Learn from Zimbabwe’s Anti-Poaching Movement

COLLABORATION - It’s never been more important to bring the poaching and wildlife conservation story to life, while also bringing together local and international stakeholders to build sustainable solutions to what has become a global issue. Recent developments, such as the US lifting bans on certain elephant trophy imports and changes to the Mugabe government in Zimbabwe, add to the intrigue of what is already a fascinating place.

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