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Sustainable Travel Leadership Network Releases Tool To Help Destinations Assess, Improve Sustainability

MARKETING AND COMMS - Last week, the Sustainable Travel Leadership Network (STLN), a group of leading companies from major travel industry sectors united to share knowledge on responsible tourism, unveiled a new tool to help the travel industry make informed decisions on investments in destination development.

PulpWorks Set To Revolutionize Blister Packaging, Rid the World of PVC

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - PulpWorks, based in San Rafael, CA, designs and manufactures sustainable packaging, molded from 100% post-consumer waste paper, for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. The company has created a compostable and biodegradable alternative to toxic and harmful plastic (PVC) blister packaging.

Sustainable Brands Expands Corporate Member Group with Addition of Disney, Del Monte, SAP, Mattel, L’Oréal, BASF as Newest Members

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO – Sustainable Brands® announces the addition of six new members to its Corporate Member Group. Disney, Del Monte, SAP, Mattel, L’Oréal and BASF join over two dozen companies already committed to leveraging their unique role in business and society by aligning multiple stakeholders along a path towards a sustainable future.

Report: Companies Increasingly Viewing Sustainability Reporting as Core Business Practice

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Firms around the world are increasingly treating sustainability reporting as a core business practice because it can provide advantages over competitors, according to a recent joint report by Ernst & Young and Boston College. Other motivations include transparency, risk management and stakeholder pressure, the report says.Value of Sustainability Reporting offers insights on the benefits of sustainability reporting, assuring sustainability reports and the risks of not reporting. The study claims there is strong evidence that transparency offers a number of financial and social advantages that make sustainability reporting more than worth its costs.

The Two Deficits, Part Three: The Root of the Conflict

MARKETING AND COMMS - This is the third in a series of posts that comprise Future 500 founder Bill Shireman's insightful essay, The Two Deficits, from the book Towards a New Agenda for America:

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BMW i Poised to Redefine Sustainable Mobility

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The BMW brand arguably defines automobile performance, engineering and technology.

Efficiency Exchange Leading 'Charge' To Improve Supply Chain Sustainability from the Ground Up

SUPPLY CHAIN - In the final week leading up to the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) finals on June 5th, where the runner-up will be decided via live online public vote, we will feature daily articles introducing our semi-finalists. Today, meet Efficiency Exchange.

Report: CSR No Longer Optional, Now a Reputational Imperative

MARKETING AND COMMS - Consumers now expect companies to be an active participant — if not a driving force — in solving the most pressing social and environmental issues, according to the 2013 Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study.

Starbucks Is in a Unique Position To Push Consumers To Waste Less. Will It?

WASTE NOT - Starbucks is one of America’s most iconic brands for many reasons. The company transformed coffee culture and taught U.S. consumers to appreciate better coffee beans and traditional coffee beverages long on the menu in Europe.

G4 Revamps Materiality While Staying True to Its Roots

NEW METRICS - If the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) created a semantic “heat map” of the most-used terms at its Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting this week, Materiality would win hands-down.

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How Plastics Packaging Can Exemplify Sustainability

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The rapid adoption of plastics in innumerable applications over the years stems from their overall benefits versus other materials; in particular, their reliability, ease of manufacturing, lighter weight and affordability.

Kroger Converting Food Waste to Clean Energy To Power Compton Distribution Center

WASTE NOT - The Kroger Co. this month unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton.

New Research Finds UK Consumers Earning and Saving £4.6 Billion Through the Sharing Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - New research commissioned by The People Who Share shows that 65% of adults in the UK are already part of the sharing economy, and a further 28% would consider taking part, if they don’t already. Conducted by Opinium, The State of the Sharing Economy polled 2,005 adults in the UK to demonstrate the growing consumer appetite for the sharing economy, just in time for Global Sharing Day 2013 on Sunday, June 2nd.

Run Up to SB '13: Nick Miller on Startups in the Sharing Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Nick Miller is the CEO of Parking Panda — a service that enables parking space owners (both individuals and commercial lots) to capitalize on underutilized parking spaces by renting them to a community of drivers. On the flip side, drivers can save time and money by reserving a spot in advance and paying online.

Sustainable Packaging Innovation Case Study: Pfeiffer Lab Wine Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Today there are three ways to ship wine in the mail: cardboard, molded pulp or expanded polystyrene (EPS). Pfeiffer Lab, a Bay Area design firm, has been working on a design strategy project to re-envision wine packaging using new bio-based materials developed by Malama C

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Report Finds Peers, Consumer Reviews Now as Trusted as Certifications for Sustainability Claims

MARKETING AND COMMS - A recent study by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility claims social sources such as consumer reviews, blogs and message boards as well as friends, family and co-workers now rival traditional sources such as certifications and media reports as consumers’ most trusted sources for determining whether a product is socially and environmentally responsible.

Nestlé USA Commits to Sourcing 100% Certified Cocoa Beans For Its Crunch Bars

SUPPLY CHAIN - Socially conscious Nestlé® Crunch® lovers can soon enjoy their favorite chocolate bar even more. At the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago today, Nestlé USA announced that it will source 100% certified, Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa beans for the entire line of Nestlé Crunch bars.

Crowdsourcing a Sustainable Packaging Strategy: Learning from Unilever's Sustainable Living Lab

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Companies crowdsourcing their sustainability strategies is a growing trend, and I was lucky enough to experience this first-hand last month, through a Unilever Sustainable Living Lab session, as a guest speaker discussing sustainable packaging design (interest declared: they’re a Seymourpowell cl

Three Squares Inc. Named Sustainability Certification Partner for Sustainable Brands® 2013

PRESS RELEASE - SAN DIEGO -- As the first event organizer in North America to achieve conformity to the ISO 20121 Standard, environmental consulting firm Three Squares Inc. will deploy a comprehensive event sustainability management system for this year’s Sustainable Brands® Conference taking place June 3-6, 2013 in San Diego, California.  

Greater Good Science Center Conducts Compassionate Organizations Quiz

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - The Greater Good Science Center, based at the University of California, Berkeley, has launched an online Compassionate Organizations Quiz, co-developed by CompassionLab and based on more than 10 years of research by CompassionLab and Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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