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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

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.  

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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.

Former Recyclebank Executive Preston Read Joins Earth911, Inc. Advisory Board

PRESS RELEASE - Focus is on a recycling communication pilot program for cities

Indigenous Helps 75% of Artisans in Its Fashion Supply Chain Escape Poverty

SUPPLY CHAIN - Fashion company Indigenous says some 75 percent of the artisans in its supply chain are no longer at risk of poverty and many have achieved milestones of financial security, with some even starting their own artisan workshops.

#BetheStart Campaign - Week 4: Smarter Travel

MARKETING AND COMMS - With transport now the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, sustainable travel can make a significant contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change.

How To Unstick the Leader in You

LEADERSHIP - As a leader, at one point or another, you may have felt trapped by circumstance. Maybe you felt bound by red tape, frozen inside a political battle or constrained by the past. When all you can see are limitations, chances are you’re not able to lead anybody.So how can you lead when you feel trapped? How can you create your own path and step into a place of possibilities and promise?

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How To Use an Awards Scheme To Engage Your Stakeholders

MARKETING AND COMMS - At 2degrees, we’re all about engagement.

'Fresher for Longer' Campaign Hopes To Reduce UK Food Waste by Highlighting Importance of Packaging

WASTE NOT - In a recent report from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), researchers determined that consumer attitudes and behaviors surrounding food packaging could help reduce household food waste.

Sustainable Brands Announces First Look at 2013 Innovation Open Finalists

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2013 – Sustainable Brands® recently announced the twelve semi-finalists selected from over 100 entries received from across the globe to compete at the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) business plan competition.

Walmart Partners with LaborVoices To Ensure Factory Safety in Bangladesh

SUPPLY CHAIN - LaborVoices has announced a new partnership with Walmart that will provide visibility into the retail giant's supply chain through real-time, anonymized worker feedback, to help Walmart ensure safe factory working conditions throughout its Bangladeshi supply chain.

UK Retailers Increase Efforts To Decrease Food Waste

WASTE NOT - Coca-Cola Enterprises, Unilever, AB InBev, Nestlé, and 45 other retailers, manufacturers and brands have all recommitted to a joint reduction of food and drink waste by 1.1 million metric tons by 2015.

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Swoosh and Sustainability: Nike's Emergence as a Global Sustainable Brand

SUPPLY CHAIN - The current controversy over supply chain practices of global corporations such as Disney, Walmart and Sears in Bangladesh reminded me of Nike’s past and its subsequent corporate sustainability evolution. Fifteen years ago, Nike underwent arguably more intense scrutiny and brutal attacks for its global supply chain management policies and priorities.

SAP Advances Business Case for Integrated Reporting

MARKETING AND COMMS - SAP is using its integrated sustainability and annual report to promote more deeply embedded sustainability in its operations, the software company’s chief sustainability officer, Dr.

The Two Deficits, Part Two: What's Exceptional About America?

MARKETING AND COMMS - This is the second in a multi-part 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:

Sustainability: Understand, Adapt, Then Signal

MARKETING AND COMMS - Engagement with sustainability offers many perks to a company: It improves brand reputation, it helps raise prices, it maintains one’s position in the market long term and it can open doors to better investment packages. Signals are one way that companies communicate that sustainability is vital to their corporate strategy and brand development.

How Might We Re:Imagine Consumption? Conditions for Success and a Call for Collaboration

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Consumption (noun); the action of using a resource. We know consumption is a primary driver of the inherent unsustainability of modern living. For those yet to be convinced that our way of life is not sustainable (adjective — able to be maintained at a certain level), reflect on the fact that last Friday, May 10th, levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere peaked at 400 ppm. Also reflect on the fact that the desire for a $1 T-shirt has driven the most appalling standards in many apparel supply chains and the recent deaths of over 1000 garment workers in Bangladesh.

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