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NGOs Urge Insurers to Address COVID, Climate Responses in Tandem

BUSINESS CASE - A letter signed by 25 NGOs says the industry was aware of the risks of a global pandemic years ago but failed to help governments prepare effectively; the groups warn it not to make the same mistake again now that insurers recognize the climate emergency is the world’s greatest threat.

Shelter from the Storm: Overcoming Challenges to Build a Resilient, Sustainable Society

WALKING THE TALK - In a recent conversation about the role of his company in ensuring a sustainable future in times of increasing uncertainty, MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings’ Shiro Fujii said, “We don’t see ourselves simply as an insurance provider, but as a risk solutions expert.”

MSC Report Shows Sustainable Tuna Success as Global Demand Soars

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - As demand for canned tuna soars during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marine Stewardship Council urges consumers to continue to choose sustainably.

CaterCow Cares: The COVID-Sparked Pivot That Really Puts People Before Profit

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - In what could end up being a swan song for the company, CaterCow has truly put altruism ahead of self-preservation during the ongoing pandemic.

12 More Brands Using Their Powers for Good During the Pandemic

WALKING THE TALK - As the COVID crisis wears on, we wanted to applaud 10 more of our Sustainable Brands community members that have donated their time, money and products and/or pivoted their business models to get people in need what they need, fast.

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26 World-Changing Ideas: Improving Everything from Food to Health to Materials to Transport

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - How nice to stop thinking about COVID for a minute and revel in the potential of some truly groundbreaking creations! Here are some of Fast Company’s most recent list of 26 World-Changing Ideas that we’re especially excited about …

DuPont™ Sorona® Brand Launches Fabric Certification Program and New Branded Fabric Collections

PRESS RELEASE - To enhance traceability and transparency across the textile industry, the DuPont™ Sorona® brand now offers five certified fabric collections that demonstrate the signature performance attributes across the portfolio.

It’s Time to Listen: What Rural Agricultural Communities Need During COVID-19

SUPPLY CHAIN - As the pandemic continues, rural agricultural producers and their communities will need renewed levels of support and commitments from supply chain partners, to ensure their continued health and stability.

How Can Boards Successfully Guide a Transition to Sustainable Business?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A well-structured sustainability committee not only serves a critical coordinating function, but also steers sustainability right to the heart of the company and the company’s strategy. Let’s take a look at how boards at some of the world’s leading companies have tackled this.

Predictions About the New Normal in Sustainable Investing Post-COVID-19

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Many investment firms are modifying their strategies and valuation models over the long term in the wake of the pandemic. Over the next 12 to 36 months, the following six mega-trends promise to reshape the business practices and investing.

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SB’20 Yokohama: Collaboration, Co-Creation Tackling the Challenges Facing Japan and the World

COLLABORATION - On the theme of “Delivering the Good Life,” SB'20 Yokohama was held on February 19–20 in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo. The fourth SB conference in Japan attracted 231 speakers and more than 3,300 attendees, making it the largest-scale event in the global Sustainable Brands community.

New Concept Jacket Designed to Illustrate Viability of Fully Recyclable, Circular Garments

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - DuPont Biomaterials teamed up with Youngone to design a jacket comprised of recycled and plant-based fabrics that can be mechanically recycled at end of life — providing a glimpse into a circular future for textiles.

4 Ways Smaller, Sustainable Brands Are Adapting to COVID-19

WALKING THE TALK - These four Fairtrade-certified brands show that during times of crisis, brands can support their communities — near or far — with some creativity and hard work, regardless of size.

Rooted in Real Food: Our 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

PRESS RELEASE - As a food company, we strive to build a more resilient food system that improves the world we all share. The crisis we find ourselves in brings into focus why we’re committed to our corporate responsibility goals.

Q&A: How Companies Can Benefit from the AFF’s Family Forest Carbon Program

COLLABORATION - The American Forest Foundation’s new program harnesses the collective potential of smaller US landowners to help them participate in carbon markets and carbon-credit schemes — not only benefiting them, but helping the companies that support them fuel the fight against climate change.

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How to Uplevel Your Reporting for a Post-COVID-19 World

MARKETING AND COMMS - While it’s still too early to tell how significantly COVID-19 will alter our way of life, we’ve learned to challenge many of our preconceived notions about how to best do business — and solidifying your company’s place within this new order is critical. The true test is going to be whether we are capable of dramatic positive change even when not spurred by a global pandemic.

BASF manufactures and donates hand sanitizer to support the fight against COVID-19 in Canada

PRESS RELEASE - With the goal of helping overcome current and future bottlenecks for hand sanitizer resulting from a significant increase in demand, BASF has started production of hand sanitizers in Canada.

Alaska Airlines Foundation grants awarded to address critical community needs

PRESS RELEASE - The Alaska Airlines Foundation is awarding $315,000 to 23 nonprofits in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. These LIFT grants, the first round of 2020, are in response to urgent needs of food insecurity, shelter, remote educational support and other needs of families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trending: Virus, Be Damned — Fashion Industry Charges Ahead Toward Sustainable Future

BUSINESS CASE - Even as COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines and the global consciousness, the 7th annual Fashion Revolution Week sees news and moves from Jeans Redesign, Vivienne Westwood and Fair Trade USA, to name a few.

Scotland’s Circular Ambitions Take (Hopefully Temporary) Back Seat During Pandemic

WASTE NOT - COVID-19 has delayed both the Scottish Climate Change Plan update and the Scottish Circular Economy Bill. While it’s unclear now whether the latter will ever see the light of day, stakeholders agree that the delay is a welcome opportunity to reassess and strengthen the Bill.

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