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COP25: Business Persists While Governments Fail

LEADERSHIP - While the countries represented at COP25 failed to make significant strides in the fight against climate change, the business community continued to show leadership.

Collaboration: A Catalyst for Cutting-Edge Change

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It takes a village of visionaries and specialists to galvanize innovative ideas and bring them to fruition. In a recent webinar, Shaw examined a case study in organizations coming together to take a “people-centric approach to sustainability.”

Building, Heal Thyself: Welcome to the Era of Truly Smart Buildings

CLEANTECH - Smart building features once seemed like nice-to-haves, but they’re rapidly becoming need-to-haves. Facilities that are at a competitive disadvantage are not going to catch up by making operators smarter. The operators are already smart, and they don’t have time to deal with dumb buildings.

Q&A: thinkPARALLAX Demystifies Effective ESG Communication

MARKETING AND COMMS - thinkPARALLAX is helping brands master storytelling around ESG issues to engage stakeholders. CEO and co-founder Guusje Bendeler told us more about the agency’s approach to creating a new ROI — Return on Impact.

What 1,000 CEOs Really Think About Climate Change and Inequality

LEADERSHIP - To buy into a new vision of business, CEOs need to connect to it as people and write it into their own personal narrative of how their work fits into the world. They need to ask: What’s my legacy?

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Meet the Team Reconnecting Communities to Oceans, While Cleaning Them Up

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The Ocean Legacy Foundation's new EPIC Program gives communities a four-step program for dealing with plastic pollution — education, policy interventions, improved infrastructure and ongoing clean-up efforts.

Better Resource Management Is the Key to Achieving All SDGs

WASTE NOT - Whether the eradication of poverty, or the support of climate positivity, all of the SDGs are about creating a balance of resource flows. Responsible production and consumption are essential to this — and achievable through connection, community and a bit of creativity.

The 5 Purpose Trends Set to Lead the Way in 2020

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Ben Hayman — Managing Partner at Given London — predicts the biggest brand purpose trends in the year ahead. For brands getting it right in 2020, purpose will be viewed as a comprehensive and systemic approach to change, rather than simply a marketing platform.

How the World’s Best Workplaces™ Keep Employees Happy

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - 3.4M employees across 90 countries told us at Great Place to Work how they experience their workplaces. In this pool, we found that while there are common threads that make a workplace great, there are 4 factors seem to define the best experiences by region.

Why Outsourcing Customer Service Kills Purpose-Driven Brands

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In 2013, TOMS made a terrible mistake: We outsourced Customer Service. If you’re building a purpose-driven business and considering a major “cost-cutting” decision, please learn from our mistakes. The “soul” of your brand may be at stake!

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Give More, and Better, This Season: The 2019 SB Holiday Gift Guide

WASTE NOT - What better way to celebrate and participate in the season of giving than with gifts that truly keep on giving? Here are just a few of our favorite discoveries this year of products we'd be thrilled to give and receive.

Inside the 2019 CSR Risk and Performance Index: Regional and Sector Comparisons

WALKING THE TALK - Despite overall sustainability performance remaining mostly steady, EcoVadis’ latest CSR Risk and Performance Index shows significant differences between regions and industries.

Bank of the West BNP Paribas First U.S. Bank to Team with Doconomy to Enable Customers to Track CO2 Impact of Purchases

PRESS RELEASE - Announced at UN Climate Change Conference COP25 as Part of Efforts to Raise Awareness and Help Combat Climate Crisis

Unilever Scored 89 On ESG Evaluation, With Best-In-Class Preparedness

PRESS RELEASE - S&P Global Ratings said today that Unilever PLC/NV scored 89 in its Environmental, Social, And Governance (ESG) Evaluation

Trending: The Latest and Greatest Ways to Imbibe More Sustainably

WASTE NOT - Or, how to expand your conscious consumerism to include anti-waste cocktails, carbon-negative nightcaps and a hard kombucha that’s easy on the environment.

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Net Zero Emissions: Why We Can’t Tackle the Climate Crisis Without Addressing Global Inequality

CLEANTECH - As we enter 2020, we face a trilemma of global warming, growing inequality and rising nationalism — so, a well-designed net-zero strategy must tackle the climate crisis and promote economic opportunities for the less privileged at the same time.

Air, Water and Earth: Reducing Environmental Impacts Across the Three Elements

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - With goals to achieve carbon-neutral factories by 2030, to reduce CO2 emissions in its supply chain, combat deforestation and step up its efforts to tackle littering, PMI is working to reduce its environmental impacts, end to end.

CDP: Supply Chains Hold Key to 1GT of Emissions Savings

SUPPLY CHAIN - New report finds that over a billion metric tons (equal to emissions of Brazil and Mexico combined) of emissions would be saved if suppliers to just 125 multinationals increased their renewable electricity by 20%.

New Roadmap Outlines Best Practice in Corporate Transparency

MARKETING AND COMMS - A rise in stakeholder interest, especially investors, in greater alignment between sustainability and financial transparency has spurred companies to more clearly communicate their purpose and how it creates long-term value across all their communication channels.

Biomimicry Institute Seeks Nature-Inspired Innovations for $100K Ray of Hope Prize®

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Ray of Hope Prize competition gives startups a chance to get their biomimetic innovations to market; entrepreneurs with nature-inspired design solutions for climate mitigation, carbon sequestration or the SDGs have until December 31 to apply.

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