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Meet the Innovators Ensuring the COVID Plastic Boom Doesn't Last Forever

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - With health concerns momentarily outweighing mindful consumption, global efforts to wean the world off of single-use plastics have ground to a halt — and suddenly, in the race to protect citizens, plastic is everywhere. Thankfully, lockdown has also triggered radical innovation and ingenuity.

Tetra Laval Group Donates $734,000 Towards U.S. COVID-19 Relief Efforts

PRESS RELEASE - The global COVID-19 outbreak has brought about never-before seen challenges in our daily lives, and we remain deeply concerned for all those affected by the pandemic.

Sisters’ Social Enterprise Breaking the Cycle of Limited Personal Mobility in the UAE

WASTE NOT - Meet Charicycles — the upcycled cycles that are helping improve mobility and air quality in Dubai, while improving the wellbeing and motivation of children in refugee camps.

SDGs Key to (Re)Building Tourism with an Eye Toward the Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The travel industry has done a poor job integrating the SDGs into business operations and reporting on them. But the Goals offer guidance on how to develop destinations that can appropriately manage tourism’s footprint and minimize environmental impact while benefiting local communities.

Fairtrade America Calls for Democratization of Data Across Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Farmers working within complex supply chains require democracy in data to obtain a living wage. If the goal is supply chain sustainability, then data needs to be shared among all stakeholders. 

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Israeli Startup Looks to Nature for Concrete Solution for Marine Infrastructure

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - ECOncrete has created a unique line of concrete solutions that enhance the biological and ecological value of urban, coastal and marine infrastructure; while increasing their strength and durability.

Brands Speak Out to Support Black Lives Matter, But Actions Speak Louder

MARKETING AND COMMS - Brands are more willing than ever to take public stands in support of important issues. But while many aren’t much more than social media sound bytes, others go beyond lip service to action.

Financial Future for Factory Farms Looks Grim, Post-COVID

SUPPLY CHAIN - New ‘Pandemic Ranking’ from $20T investor network warns that, with over 70% of animal agriculture firms at ‘high risk’ of creating future pandemics, COVID-19 could be the “straw that breaks the meat industry’s back.”

How to Future-Proof Brands and Create Culture Change in Challenging Times

MARKETING AND COMMS - Day 2 of the SB Leadership Summit saw a host of intimate discussions on the power of teamwork to drive change toward a better future — as seen in the relationships between top brands’ CMOs and CSOs, the many brand partners fueling SB’s Brands for Good initiative, and making “what people need” a core brand focus.

Pandora Commits to 100% Circular Silver, Gold by 2025

WASTE NOT - The company says it will also work with suppliers to increase the availability of recycled silver — its most used material — and improve production standards.

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‘Quality of Life’ Economists Reveal Planning Tool for Values-Driven Entrepreneurs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Happonomy’s Leap Model is a step-by-step plan that helps startups, businesses and organizations strengthen their foundations, evaluate resources and move ideas forward while staying true to their sustainability principles.

Learning from Leadership: How to Create a Climate-Positive, Post-Pandemic Future

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Embracing serendipity, climate positivity and wisdom from the natural world are just a few pertinent principles from the host of inspiring discussions on day 1 of the SB Leadership Summit — along with a shift in focus to being “known for what we allocate, not what we accumulate.”

What Role Will Shaming Play in a Post-Pandemic World?

MARKETING AND COMMS - Myriad opportunities exist to create a new “business as usual,” post-pandemic: People won’t need to be shamed into being more thoughtful or responsible if sustainable practices become the default in society and in business.

Carbon-Negative Avocado Green Mattress Supports Dreams of Regeneration

SUPPLY CHAIN - As co-founder Mark Abrials explains, the company went from idealistic startup to carbon-negativity thanks to strategic partnerships, supplier co-ownership, and setting small but ambitious goals.

UPS To Mark World Environment Day By Matching Offsets Of Carbon Neutral Shipments In June

PRESS RELEASE - UPS today announced the company will commemorate World Environment Day on June 5 by matching the carbon offsets of all packages shipped via its carbon neutral program during the month of June.

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Indigo Ag, Anheuser-Busch Rice-Growing Partnership a Major Win for Growers, Environment

SUPPLY CHAIN - After a successful pilot year, the two companies report GHG emissions and water savings well beyond their original targets — growers saved over 2 billion gallons of water and reduced emissions over 26%.

Lest We Forget: We Already Have a Blueprint for Safe, Healthy, Post-COVID Future

BUSINESS CASE - This pandemic throws a spotlight on the interdependences between business, nature and society. It may be tempting right now, when it is hard to see beyond the next few weeks, to dismiss the SDGs as a distraction. But they have been described as a “crowd-sourced purchase order from the future” *precisely because* they offer a tremendous business opportunity.

Trending: Brands Continue Work to Build Traceable, Regenerative Ag Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - In the name of continued improvement for the benefit and sustainability of their respective industries and the agricultural communities that supply them, Timberland and Hershey unveil new measures to ensure ethical supply chains for leather and cocoa, respectively.

Biomimetic Cooling, Housing Solutions Take Top Honors in Youth Design Challenge

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Biomimicry Institute’s third annual Youth Design Challenge engaged 6,000 students across the US; and yielded ingenious designs for solutions to problems in cities and nature alike.

BASF highlights simplified and personalized beauty with its North American spring 2020 launches

PRESS RELEASE - BASF has launched new personal care ingredients and concepts under the theme “YOUR BEAUTY: Simplified, Inclusive, Personalized.”

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