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Consumers More Likely To Trust Peers, Experts Than Companies, Edelman Says

LEADERSHIP - Fewer than 20 percent of consumers believe business leaders tell the truth when confronted with difficult issues, and they are twice as likely to trust academics, technical experts or even their peers, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer.This may come as no surprise following several high-profile scandals in 2012 involving CEOs and government officials, including former McKinsey managing partner Rajat Gupta, Chinese government official Bo Xilai and Lance Armstrong, former chairman of the Livestrong Foundation.

Sears Automotive on Its Way to Zero Waste with Multiple Recycling, Recovery, Reuse Programs

WASTE NOT - Sears Holdings Corporation (SHC), which operates over 2,600 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada under the Sears and Kmart brand formats, is taking significant steps to reduce its waste stream in specific areas of its enterprise. The company’s commitment is reflected in its participation in the EPA’s WasteWise program, which started in 2010.

How Are Circular Economic Models Driving Innovation and Social Good?

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Calling all innovators and implementers! In March 2013, Sustainable Brands will launch a new “Issues in Focus” editorial package, including daily features, interviews and case studies on the circular economy as a driver of business model innovation and social good.The Issue in FocusYou can't get a soy latte these days without hearing the words collaborative consumption, the circular economy, crade-to-cradle or the sharing economy. But how are these quasi-utopian concepts becoming real? What implications could they have for the future of business and the economy?

UK Retailer John Lewis Closing Loop on Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - This post first appeared on 2degrees on January 21, 2013.The John Lewis Partnership has committed to developing a 'closed loop' waste plastics strategy in what is claimed to be a first for a UK retailer.

Dell named as a top company for executive women

PRESS RELEASE - By Lisa Mink, executive director of global diversity and inclusion, Dell I’m thrilled to announce that Dell has made its debut among the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives, which recognizes U.S. companies for commitment to female leadership.

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Kendall-Jackson Goes Green with Renewable Energy Purchase

PRESS RELEASE - January 25, 2013 - The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) announced Wednesday that Kendall-Jackson and parent company Jackson Family Wines, based in Santa Rosa, CA, have joined Green-e® Marketplace after purchasing 36,000 megawatt-hours of Green‑e Energy-Certified renewable energy certificates from NativeEnergy.

Oregon's New '2050 Vision' Plan Goes Beyond Managing Waste to Managing Materials

WASTE NOT - In December 2012, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, which is the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) policy and rulemaking board, voted unanimously to adopt Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

Power Down: How Competition Drove Energy Savings at the University of Pennsylvania

WASTE NOT - Higher education can play a leadership role in advancing environmental sustainability. Through its research, teaching, and operational practices, The University of Pennsylvania is dedicated to promoting a sustainable culture. This is not surprising given the current trend in higher education to adopt climate action plans and examine campus footprints.

Social entrepreneurship for students, by students

PRESS RELEASE - By Deb Bauer, director of giving, Dell

Herman Miller Ups the Sustainable Ante with Design for Environment 2.0

WASTE NOT - When Herman Miller engineers began using Cradle to Cradle thinking as part of their Design for Environment (DfE) process in 2001, the world of green design was less complicated than today.

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Greenhouse Gas Regulations: Reframing Risk Management as Opportunity Realization

BUSINESS CASE - With a number of greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations emerging — including California’s AB32 — many companies are beginning to develop internal departments and strategies to manage the risk of impending climate regulation. Looking at emissions reductions solely from a risk-management perspective, however, can cost companies the opportunity to realize additional business value from their investments. Emerging compliance markets

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Aims To Create $10B of Value by 2015 With New Global Business Alliance

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation today launched the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), a three-year program aimed at bringing together a network of 100 leading companies globally to facilitate development and commitment to new circular economy projects. The CE100 will provide executive education on key themes and emerging trends, share knowledge and new learnings, and identify and develop solutions to common challenges. The objective is that by 2015 participating companies will have triggered circular initiatives that will result in an aggregated economic benefit of $10bn for the businesses involved.

BASF Corporation named to ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list by Corporate Knights

PRESS RELEASE - BASF Corporation named to ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ list by Corporate Knights

Extended Producer Responsibility: A Win-Win for Business and Governments

WASTE NOT - As both a natural resources and packaged goods company, Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) is always looking for ways to reduce our footprint while producing superior products that meet consumer demand. When it comes to our packaging, we are constantly seeking methods to increase our use of recycled PET (rPET) in our bottles.

Aspirational Consumers Unite Style, Sustainability To Shape Market Trends

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Is there such a thing as sustainable consumption? A new study by BBMG, GlobeScan and SustainAbility finds that a majority of consumers across six international markets are seeking to reconcile their desire for shopping and style with responsibility to the environment and society through their purchases.

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EPR in Healthcare: Yesterday’s Waste Is Today’s Business Opportunity

WASTE NOT - Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is gaining notoriety as a smart production and marketing strategy, as product take-back programs emerge as a major consumer trend.

Waste Not: Innovative Solutions from Cradle to Cradle and Beyond

WASTE NOT - The overarching principle for this month’s Issue in Focus is the insight that in nature there is no waste.For centuries, human industry has ignored this simple lesson. But today, a convergence of environmental and resource concerns is driving the recovery of all sorts of valuable materials.

Goodwill: Saving the Waste in Men and Things

WASTE NOT - At Goodwill, we were excited to be invited to co-edit this issue dedicated to highlighting innovative solutions for eliminating and reutilizing waste streams in operations. As individuals continue to consume products and companies continue to expand, finding waste stream solutions that keep these products from stacking up in landfills has become an urgent priority.The companies we’re highlighting this month demonstrate the opportunities organizations have taken at every step of the product life cycle to limit the negative impact they have on the environment. From innovations in how products are packaged to post-use recovery efforts to partnerships that maximize both environmental and financial impact, these agencies are truly leading the way in achieving net positivity.

NSF International and Wilsonart LLC Developing Science–Based Product Category Rule (PCR) for Residential Countertops to Enable Reporting and Comparison of Environmental Attributes

PRESS RELEASE - ANN ARBOR, Mich. (January 21, 2013) – NSF International, in cooperation with Texas-based decorative surfacing product producer Wilsonart LLC, is developing a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops.

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