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Interior Design Firm’s Product Exchange Minimizes Construction & Demolition Waste

WASTE NOT - Schott Design’s product exchange program, SchottXchange, goes beyond its carpet reclamation and recycling efforts on its projects to facilitate the reuse of items within or between buildings, diverting materials from the landfill.

Coalition of CEOs Endorses Economic Roadmap for Sustainable Post-COVID Recovery

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In an open letter, the group of 14 CEOs calls on governments to accelerate such a transition by recognizing and supporting purpose-first business as an emerging fourth sector of the economy.

Visa Expands Commitment to Sustainability Through Inaugural $500 Million Green Bond Issuance and Appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer Role

PRESS RELEASE - Visa, a leading global payments technology company, today announced that yesterday it successfully priced its inaugural green bond offering, totaling $500 million, paying a semi-annual coupon of 0.75% and maturing August 15, 2027.

BASF partners with The Estée Lauder Companies and Solidaridad to provide COVID-19 support to sustainable palm farmers in Indonesia

PRESS RELEASE - BASF and The Estée Lauder Companies partnered with the civil society organization Solidaridad Network to provide COVID-19 hygiene kits to more than 1,000 smallholder farmers and their families in the Way Kanan District in Lampung, Indonesia.

Going Green (and Blue): Three Lessons Learned from a Circular Partnership

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - As CHEP and Ice River Springs have worked together in pursuit of a stronger circular economy, we’ve learned a number of lessons. We want to share a few with you, in hopes that they’ll spark inspiration for your own operations.

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$16T Investor Network Develops First-Ever Framework for Net-Zero Investing

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - The Net Zero Investment Framework aims to maximize investor contribution to decarbonization of global economy, helping keep rise in global temperatures below 1.5°C.

Black Travel Alliance Holding Industry Accountable on Its DEI Commitments

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Recognizing the urgent need to hold travel brands and destinations accountable for their lack of diversity in travel marketing and storytelling, the Black Travel Alliance was formed practically overnight to support Black content creators and increase representation in the industry.

Nimble Nonprofit Pivots to Fulfill Its Purpose During the Pandemic

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Desai Foundation’s advice to purpose-driven organizations dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is to look beyond the immediate practicalities and be open to new ways to deliver on end goals.

Illinois City’s Success with Biodiesel Influences Neighboring Communities

CLEANTECH - By selling B20 biodiesel to neighboring municipal agencies and organizations, Moline has expanded its impact on air quality across the Quad Cities region — and shown the community that improving air quality is a collaborative effort.

Slowly But Surely, Fairphone Paving the Way to a More Ethical Electronics Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - Latest Fairphone Impact Report reveals benefits of social and environmental programs; while LCA of the Fairphone 3 shows that using a smartphone for over 5 years can reduce CO2 emissions by about 40%.

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New Data Demonstrate the Progress of Farmer-Led Stewardship in the Chesapeake Bay Region

PRESS RELEASE - Insights from 10,000 cropland acres in Maryland and Pennsylvania indicate that net on-farm greenhouse gas emissions were near-zero.

New Lending Industry Alliance to Bolster Underserved Communities

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Two longtime players in small-business lending and empowering low-income communities are joining forces to scale up equitable wealth creation in communities of color.

The Social Ripple Effect: The Reach of Business Decisions in the Time of COVID-19

LEADERSHIP - Organizations will be defined by the decisions they make during the pandemic. Now, companies with a social purpose — or those which aspire to have one — have a tool that can inform their day-to-day decisions in ways that build and sustain a better society.

How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Zipper giant YKK Group has used recycled PET yarns in the woven tape of its Natulon® zippers since 1994. But when it wanted to help address the challenge of ocean plastic, the company saw it as an opportunity to get creative.

Kolster to Brands: Tout Not How Great Your Product Is, But What It Can Help People Become

MARKETING AND COMMS - In his new book, The Hero Trap, Thomas Kolster says rather than promoting what’s good about their company or products, brands need to shift their focus to their customers — specifically, their brand’s role in helping its customers transform their lives.

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Kendall-Jackson Commits to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing

PRESS RELEASE - Kendall-Jackson, one of America’s most beloved family-owned and operated wineries, is proud to announce its commitment to Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) and will add the CCSW logo to the Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, the #1-selling wine in America.

Global Maker Challenge Finalists Tackling Food, Trade, Justice, Circularity

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This year’s global challenges centered around four themes: Sustainable and Healthy Food for All, Climate Change/Circular Economy, Innovation for Inclusive Trade, and Innovation for Peace and Justice.

Illinois Soybean Farmers Sowing Seeds of a Sustainable Future

CLEANTECH - Illinois has maintained its leadership in US soybean production for nearly a century, thanks to its climate and ongoing commitment to sustainable agriculture and conservation best practices.

BASF to Release Carbon Footprint Data for Its 45K Products

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The chemical giant has been a leader in innovative approaches to quantifying the impacts of its diverse product portfolio.

Q&A: Meet the Team Helping Brands Stay ‘Grounded’ in Their Purpose

MARKETING AND COMMS - NYC-based brand strategy agency Grounded is on a mission to help brands, retailers and nonprofits activate their purpose and close the stubborn consumer intent-to-action gap.

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