Raising the Purpose Banner (Again) Is Only the Start

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - It's great to see my partners, MartinJenkins, and their clients in New Zealand making strides forward. It is progress when communications and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) teams unite under the purpose banner*. But to deliver sustainable success for all, it is critical that executive teams and their Boards grasp the initiative and hot-wire purpose into the core of their business strategy. When that happens, purpose is elevated and given the status it … [Read more...]

10 Breakthrough Technologies That Can Help Feed the World Without Destroying It

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - It won’t be easy and will require major new efforts, but it can be done. Our new World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future — co-issued by the World Bank, UN Environment Programme and UN Development Programme — recommends a menu of 22 solutions served over five courses: Reduce growth in demand; Increase food production without expanding agricultural land; Increase fish supply; Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from agricultural … [Read more...]

New Film Highlights South Africa’s Unsung Plastic Waste Heroes

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - For anyone who has cruised the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, the site of the city’s ‘street surfers’ is as much a part of the landscape as is that of the high-rise metropolitan skyline. In director Arthur Neumeier’s new short documentary, Street Surfers, Frank Solomon — a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town — traveled to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of … [Read more...]

Treasure8: The Systemic, Tech-Driven Solution to Food Waste

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - San Francisco, California-based regenerative food tech company Treasure8 is seeking funds to help propel it on its mission — to revolutionize how food is managed along supply chains, and address the global challenges of food waste, nutrition and climate change along the way. “The world is waking up to the fact that we’re cooking ourselves — there is a need for solutions that are not some incremental growth, year after year; they need to come right out the gate … [Read more...]

What If We Could Geo-Locate the Next Deadly Outbreak — Months Before It Happened?

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The Zika virus that ravaged its way through South America, and up into parts of Florida and Texas, in 2016 had a devastating social and economic impact. The virus was linked to birth defects in thousands of Brazilian newborns, whose mothers were infected while pregnant. World Health Organization estimates suggest up to four million people were infected in Latin America and the Caribbean by early 2017. Other figures argue that up to 117 million people, including … [Read more...]

Recent op-ed misses the forest for the trees

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - A recent op-ed published in Yale Environment 360, missed the mark in its criticisms of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

McDonald’s to take a bite out of carbon emissions

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - McDonald's announced it would eliminate deforestation from its supply chain while reducing its carbon emissions by 36 percent by 2030. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Why B Corp Certification Was Non-Negotiable for Our Brand

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Napkin story When my wife and I bought our first home together, we had the goal of renovating our fixer-upper just in time for our first daughter, Audrey, to be born. While I still cringe at the fact that Mallory was up on ladders painting at eight months pregnant, we got enough of the home completed to move in and be ready for our baby’s arrival. It was an important time for me, because it triggered in me a desire to think more seriously about our future and … [Read more...]

To tackle environmental challenges, start with students

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - A new partnership between Conservation International (CI) and Arizona State University (ASU) forges a new approach to conservation and sustainable development. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Conservationist to corporate leaders: ‘Just doing the right thing is not enough’

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Major companies have committed to ending deforestation, but global progress has been slow. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

One Degree Organics: The Case for Glyphosate-Free Certification

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Roundup, is the world’s most widely used herbicide — in the US alone, the use of glyphosate on crops increased from 13.9 million pounds in 1992 to 287 million pounds in 2016, according to estimates by the US Geological Survey. Labelled a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization, glyphosate has been making headlines around the globe, thanks to a recent series of high-profile court cases alleging that … [Read more...]

Trending: Brands Leveraging Tomorrow’s Greatest Minds to Solve Today’s Problems

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - 3M, Discovery Education announce finalists in 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge Image credit: 3M 3M and Discovery Education have announced 10 finalists from across the US as part of its annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The nation’s premier middle school science competition recognizes scientific thinking, communication and curiosity in students grades 5-8 who demonstrate a passion for solving everyday problems that could ultimately improve lives around the … [Read more...]

Conservationist named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

On anniversary of Trump’s Paris withdrawal, 3 reasons for hope

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - President Donald Trump’s decision has spurred much more climate action than what would have been activated by the Paris Agreement alone. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Trending: Fashion Giants Lining Up with Science-Based Targets

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Levi Strauss partners with IFC to reduce emissions, water use in textile factories In 2018, Levi Strauss set a high bar for the fashion industry when it announced a new climate action strategy, complete with aggressive science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions throughout its entire global supply chain, not just its owned-and-operated facilities, by 2025. Now, the apparel brand has announced the latest step in the strategy — a cooperation agreement with … [Read more...]

Eyes Wide Shut? It’s Time to Wake Up: Join the Creative Climate Disclosure

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Business as a force for good is not a “nice concept” for “good brands” — it’s a necessary shift if we are going to save our planet. If this altruistic fact isn’t enough to convince you to start taking action, consider your bottom line: This is what consumers (otherwise known as people) are calling for.  There’s no business on a dead planet. A recent open letter addressed from Extinction Rebellion to the advertising industry reads: “If you don’t make this … [Read more...]

Coffee giant changing the sustainability game, report shows

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - A Starbucks ethical sourcing program is brewing larger-than-expected changes across the coffee sector. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Why you should be watching California in September

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - At the Global Climate Action Summit in California, non-state actors will work to make the commitments necessary to avert the worst effects of climate change. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Trending: G-Star Raw, Gap Dyeing to Make Better Jeans

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - G-Star Raw launches latest collection ‘Dyed by Nature’ collection Image credit: G-Star Raw G-Star Raw — which has long been at the forefront of sustainable fashion, having released its first “Renewed” collection, made from recycled jeans, in 2012; releasing one of the industry’s first line of jeans incorporating upcycled marine plastic, in 2014; and releasing the world’s first Cradle to Cradle certified gold denim in 2017 — has announced the latest product of … [Read more...]

Trending: Ratcheting Up to Sustainable Activewear, Inside and Out

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - The outdoor apparel industry has apparently taken its role as stewards of the environment in which it plays to heart, as illustrated by a series of remarkable recent moves on the sustainability front — including the release of an industry-first transparency report from Icebreaker; and the textile sector’s first-ever Planetary Boundaries Assessment, from Houdini Sportswear; as well as the world's first climate-positive outdoor footwear, from Icebug. And the … [Read more...]

Companies largely blind to magnitude of climate change risks, new study finds

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - A new study found companies are largely underreporting the financial implications of climate risks to investors. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Best of 2018: 3 things you didn’t know trees did for you

Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Human Nature looks into some of the benefits of forests that you might not know about. (c) Business – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Small Decision, Big Impact: New Campaign Highlights Ripple Effects of Drinking Honest Beverages

Sustainable Brands - Latest News - Choosing an Honest beverage may seem like a relatively simple decision. But the seemingly small action can actually make a big impact — not only in the wellbeing of those who enjoy these delicious lower- or no-sugar organic beverages, but also in the lives and communities of the supplier farmers who help produce them. That’s the message behind the Honest brand’s new “small decision. BIG impact” campaign, which showcases the brand’s purpose-driven DNA and … [Read more...]