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Collaborative SourceUp Platform to Accelerate Sustainability of Entire Sourcing Regions

SUPPLY CHAIN - IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative and brand partners including Mars, PepsiCo and Unilever have developed the platform to enable a landscape approach to sustainable commodity sourcing.

Trending: Brands, Investors Show They’re Banking on Net-Zero Transition

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - As 2020 finally winds down; a number of investor, brand and banking initiatives shows that this year’s many challenges haven’t derailed major global efforts to achieve, at minimum, a net-zero future.

Supply Chain Partnership to Aid Small Ag Businesses Impacted by COVID

SUPPLY CHAIN - Root Capital, Keurig Dr Pepper, USAID and Ezrah Charitable Trust will help 150,000 farmers across Africa, Latin America and Indonesia; to withstand the current pandemic and build their resiliency for years to come.

Purpose Governance: A New Role for Boards

LEADERSHIP - Boards and the executives and advisors they hire need to be proficient in Purpose Governance, which will put their organizations on a viable path that creates value for the company and the society on which it depends.

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New PANGAIA Partnership Aims to Scale Industry Adoption of Sustainable Synthetic Textiles

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - With an investment in Kintra Fibers, a material science company that makes 100% bio-based and compostable yarns, PANGAIA aims to raise industry standards for synthetic materials.

A Return to Atlantis, Part I: Infrastructure on the Brink

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Every aspect of coastal infrastructure will be impacted by sea level rise; and the sheer size of the problem is difficult to comprehend. We can’t just turn Venice, California into Venice, Italy; but there are things we can do to protect our coastal communities and infrastructure.

Rally Around One Purpose. Millions of Customers at a Time.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Only 38% of companies self-report as being customer-committed; and therein lies the problem: The challenge isn’t *having* a purpose, but *living* that purpose. Here are four ways to ensure a customer-centered purpose impacts the very people it was intended to.

Danone North America Expands the Most Comprehensive Regenerative Agriculture Program in the Dairy Industry

PRESS RELEASE - Company furthers its commitment to farming practices that help mitigate climate change

Consumer Goods Giants Unite to Support Vulnerable Communities Impacted by COVID-19

COLLABORATION - Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, L'Oréal, Tesco, Unilever and 40 more of the world’s largest food and personal care brands, retailers and manufacturers will provide local aid to communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

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Please Hold the Packaging: Creating a No-Landfill Meal Kit

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Meal kits are synonymous with excessive packaging, but they have a crucial redeeming feature — they reduce food waste. At Just Salad, that got us thinking: Could we drastically reduce packaging to make meal kits an unambiguous environmental win?

Chicago-Area Communities See Benefits of Biodiesel

CLEANTECH - Biodiesel blends of 20%, also known as B20, are growing in popularity. Here are stories of three suburban Chicago communities that have committed to B20, and the many benefits they’ve received.

Why Brands Need Purpose to Survive, Now More Than Ever

WALKING THE TALK - We believe there is a purpose-profit loop, where conscious companies have better odds of actually creating more impact *and* more profit. Here is why brands need steadfast purpose to not just survive, but thrive, in a society where change is the only constant.

New Campaign Supports Mental Health, Tells 2020 How We Really Feel About It

MARKETING AND COMMS - Social impact agency Public Inc. has launched a digital campaign in support of mental health — and a bitingly funny, cathartic send-off to acknowledge the dumpster fire of a year we've all had.

How Seiko Epson Is Using Digital Technology to Transform the Textile Industry

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Through its cutting-edge inkjet textile-printing technology, Seiko Epson is aiming to not only transform the textile industry, but to help solve an array of social issues caused by analog printing in a range of fields.

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The Next Frontier for Fairtrade: Living Incomes in Cocoa

SUPPLY CHAIN - Two forward-thinking brands have deepened their Fairtrade partnerships by making additional financial commitments to cocoa farmers in their supply chains.

Meeting of the Minds: 3 Reasons to Align Corporate Sustainability and Finance Teams

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Last month, PMI moved its global sustainability team under the leadership of CFO Emmanuel Babeau. It may be one of the first global companies to make this prescient move; but here are three reasons why we believe this trend is only just beginning.

S’well Partners with New Chapter to Launch Its First, Reusable Vitamin Case

PRESS RELEASE - New Product Developed through Sustainability as a Service Program, GroundS’well™

Visa and Visa Foundation Extend Support of Minority-led Small Businesses

PRESS RELEASE - The new initiatives build on Visa’s commitment to small businesses and Visa Foundation’s $200 million Equitable Access Initiative

Protect What’s Good: How Tetra Pak Doubled Down on Its Brand Promise in 2020

WALKING THE TALK - Jeff Fielkow, President and CEO of Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, discusses his experience at the helm of a major corporation during a global health crisis; and the critical elements of effective leadership.

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