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Is Sustainable Business ‘Complicit,’ a ‘Distraction,’ and ‘Duplicitous’? A Response, Part 2

WALKING THE TALK - Schendler is clearly most right in his assertion that sustainable business has not achieved its potential. But I believe it is still possible for the field to become the hero we need more than ever, along with other complementary and synergistic changes from others.

Mattel PlayBack to Give Old Toys New Life

WASTE NOT - With new takeback program, families can now send old toys back to Mattel, which will recover and reuse materials for use in future Mattel products.

Trending: Fashion Industry Advancing Transparency, Circularity – Thread by Thread

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Two new initiatives leveraging connected products and scaling recycled polyester aim to accelerate industry transparency and circular materials and business models.

Just Brands ’21: Where the Rubber Meets the Long, Bumpy Road to Truly Equitable Workplaces

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - At Sustainable Brands’ latest Just Brands event, experts from across the spectrum of business discussed corporate efforts to support diversity, equity, inclusion and justice issues — and how stakeholders will no longer tolerate a gap between commitments and actions.

Decoding Ocean Plastic for Brands: Small Details, Big Impacts

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - While the terminology soup of recycled plastic sourcing is daunting, at the end of the day every ton of plastic recycled and put back into a circular economy is part of the solution. The key for brands is to be clear and honest in communications with customers.

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‘Moms Deserve More’ Flower Store Quantifies What Moms Really Deserve This Mother's Day

MARKETING AND COMMS - The online flower shop’s bouquets — which include The Unpaid Work Bouquet and The Lack of Childcare Bouquet — cost up to $800B, reflecting the true value of mothers' work and the true economic cost of adequately thanking them.

Pandora Nixes Mined Diamonds for Lab-Grown

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The world’s largest jewelry company aims to make diamond jewelry accessible to a wider audience. Its new Pandora Brilliance collection marks its first collection without mined diamonds.

Iron Mountain Announces 20 New Sustainability Focused Goals as Part of Their Commitment to Secure A Sustainable Future

PRESS RELEASE - The release of the company’s eighth annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report includes ambitious new goals focused on making a positive impact

PepsiCo Recycling Launches BottleLoop Program to Streamline Recycling

PRESS RELEASE - PepsiCo Recycling has announced the introduction of PepsiCo BottleLoop – a new program offering easy and accessible recycling to PepsiCo customers to address logistical challenges and reduce plastic packaging waste.

Corporate Treasurers Get Serious About Shifting Cash to Communities

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - There’s been some skepticism regarding the announcements of big corporate investments in CDFIs and minority deposit institutions — are these one-offs just to generate a press release or first steps on long-term commitments?

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Is Sustainable Business ‘Complicit,’ a ‘Distraction’ and ‘Duplicitous’? A Response, Part 1

WALKING THE TALK - It will take many things to address society’s many immense problems. But there’s no reason an elevated sustainable business sector (or better, someday, a sustainable business-centric economy) can’t play a disproportionately positive and critical role.

NaturPak Pet Ramps Up Operations as First US Pet Food Co-Packer to Offer Tetra Pak® Cartons

PRESS RELEASE - New Facility is Dedicated to Formulating, Producing and Packaging High-Quality Wet Pet Food in Tetra Recart® Cartons

Alaska Airlines® Announces Partnership with Boxed Water™ to reduce plastic waste and take another step toward more sustainable food and beverage offerings

PRESS RELEASE - Alaska Airlines becomes first airline to shift from single-use plastic to this more sustainable replacement

2021’s 'World-Changing Ideas' Cutting Waste and Emissions, Correcting Societal Imbalances

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - It’s that time of year again, when Fast Company calls out its favorite World-Changing Ideas. Here are a few of that we’re especially keen to keep an eye on.

Reimagine Gender: Helping Corporate America Create Truly Inclusive Workplace Cultures

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - We caught up with Reimagine Gender CEO Lisa Kenney, to discuss why it's critical for businesses to embrace a broader understanding of gender.

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Epicurious Chops Beef to ‘Encourage More Sustainable Cooking’

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - The web's most award-winning food site is encouraging home cooks to expand their culinary repertoires and embrace less resource-intensive menu options.

The Mountain Ahead: Surveying the Path to Carbon Negative

THE NEXT ECONOMY - We are at the very beginning of the most challenging leg of the climate journey; many companies have yet to commit to zeroing out their emissions. Still, a few at the cutting edge are responding to the call for a higher bar to be set and are staking their reputations on achieving it. 

In a COVID-19 World, What’s the Future of Organisational Purpose?

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - As immense disruption continues around the globe, the spotlight on the role of business in tackling social and environmental challenges is intensifying. Here, Dr Sally Uren, Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, outlines why now is the time to re-evaluate corporate purpose.

How Able Made’s Circular Products Are Fueling Healthier Communities

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Able Made is a purpose-driven lifestyle brand created to help empower city youth and support nonprofits with its sustainably made apparel and accessories, and programming aimed at a creating healthier communities through the power of design and sport.

How the Washington Nationals Will Avoid Using 5M Ketchup Packets This Season

WASTE NOT - A smart, win-win, local partnership will enable the team to provide a combination of sustainable tech and healthier condiment options for a sustainable and COVID-safe solution.

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