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SB’19 Montevideo: The Road to a Healthy World Is Paved with ‘Transformative Promises’

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In the first gathering of the SB community in Uruguay, change agents from a wide swath of perspectives shared their visions of what’s necessary to course-correct our way to a healthy, flourishing future — and where the power really lies in driving change.

A 10-Step Plan for Halving Food Loss and Waste by 2030

WASTE NOT - The **UN** set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains. The size of the prize is huge. So, too, must be the action to seize it.

Amsterdam’s Creative Industry Rising to Challenge to Take on the Climate Crisis

MARKETING AND COMMS - Extinction Rebellion and The Humblebrag call upon Dutch creative industries to take a collective stand for the climate. Amsterdam’s first Creatives for Climate summit will take place on 18 September at Patagonia HQ.

LENZING™ fibers are fully biodegradable in water, soil and compost

PRESS RELEASE - The Lenzing Group received confirmation of the full biodegradability of its fibers in fresh water by the independent research laboratory Organic Waste Systems (OWS).

As Amazon Burns, VF Corp Says No to Brazilian Leather

WALKING THE TALK - As fires continue to ravage parts of the Amazon, the apparel giant says no more leather from Brazil until “we have the confidence and assurance that the materials used in our products do not contribute to environmental harm in the country.”

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How Dow Is Helping Global Communities Tackle Plastic Waste

WASTE NOT - By helping to incentivize, develop and scale circular and environmentally beneficial projects, we can maximize the value of waste, empower communities and create a more sustainable future.

What the CEO ‘Purpose of Business’ Declaration Is — and What It Isn’t

WALKING THE TALK - 181 CEOs have signed on to broader purpose — skepticism is warranted, but this is potentially a BFD. Now, let’s see if these companies deliver, and help them when they do — and challenge them when they don’t.

A Designer Fix to Our Current State of 'Broken'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - From alternative materials to circular production methods, sustainable design continues on a viable path forward; it is an approach that I hope other manufacturers embrace as the ultimate design challenge.

New Alliance Creating Metric for Assessing Companies’ Real Value to Society

NEW METRICS - Alliance founded by eight international companies — including BASF, Deutsche Bank and SAP — to create a standard for measuring and disclosing the real value companies provide to society.

Increasing the Number of Women in STEM: A Tool to Help Companies Get Started

PRESS RELEASE - On Women's Equality Day, Abbott is publishing a blueprint for creating a high school STEM internship aimed at exposing young people, particularly girls, to STEM early; and empowering other companies to download and use it.

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The Ocean Cleanup: Into the Twilight Zone

WASTE NOT - As the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to fragment into microplastics, it is key that we reach proven technology status as soon as possible; we are closer than ever to having a tool capable of cleaning up the oceans for good.

BASF Joins Coalition for Inclusive Growth: 34 Leading Global Firms Commit to Tackling Inequality by Joining G7 Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) Coalition Powered by the OECD

PRESS RELEASE - Companies joining forces are investing a combined total of over 1 billion USD in more than 50 current and future initiatives, benefiting 100 million people to date

EcoVadis, Avery Dennison Shortlisted for Innovation in Sustainability Award 2019

PRESS RELEASE - EcoVadis and Avery Dennison have been shortlisted for the Future of Sourcing Awards, sponsored by the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG).

32 Fashion, Textile Giants Make Pact to Transform Fashion Industry

COLLABORATION - The companies have signed a Fashion Pact, committing to practical targets together in climate, biodiversity and oceans. The Pact will be presented to heads of state during the G7 meeting this weekend in Biarritz.

Trending: Sustainability Concerns Turning the Tide on Sunscreens

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Through CVS’ elimination of coral-damaging compounds and research pointing to cashew shells as a non-toxic alternative, tomorrow’s sunscreens could end up protecting more than our skin.

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Rebbl Documentary a Case Study on Benefits of Ethical Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - Rebbl’s approach shows that creating value through an ethical supply chain is possible — but it requires companies to really understand the situation on the ground, listen to local communities and create win-win solutions.

Purpose at Work: How Brandless Creates Community by Making Better Stuff Available to All

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Communicating your brand’s purpose is vital to creating emotional connections with your customers. But it must be done authentically and in line with your overall brand positioning, story and tone of voice.

Diversey: Incorporating Sustainability Into Your Retail Cleaning Program

CORPORATE MEMBER UPDATE - Retail store cleanliness is increasingly important given the strong impact that online reviews and word-of-mouth can have on a business. Yet so too is sustainability.

Sustainable Brands Community Explores Next-Generation Goals, Impact Metrics and Reporting Methods

PRESS RELEASE - Sustainable Brands recently unveiled program highlights for New Metrics ‘19: Next-Generation Goals & Reporting, scheduled for November 18-20 in Philadelphia, PA.

In Era of Employee Activism, Is It Time to Give Your Staff Full Control?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - After a year as an employee-owned company, a “new sense of pride and unity” across the business has resulted in a 10% sales uplift for Riverford, and the best sales year recorded in its 30-year history.

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