Member-Run Consulting Collective Launches To Help Mission-Driven Businesses and Business-Savvy Organizations Do Well By Doing Good

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Social Intrapreneurs was founded this month by a consortium of social-venture contractors, consulting firms and investor members across the United States and Canada, who are improving their services to social entrepreneurs end expanding their reach globally by banding together and sharing resources and creative synergy. From legal structuring to launch, the collective […]

11 things we learned about social enterprise in international development

1. The scale of social enterprises varies globally

2. Social enterprise is about impacts

Positive impacts can be seen in a number of ways: in what a social enterprise produces or sells, for example, or by the way it does business. “Most of our work is agricultural so we are particularly interested in enterprises that go out of their way to include […]

Adidas Created A Shoe That Is Literally Made Out Of Trash

German apparel giant Adidas has created a prototype for a sustainable new shoe made almost entirely from recycled garbage pulled from the ocean, the company announced on Monday. The upper shoe is made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed from illegal deep-sea gillnets and other ocean waste, while the base is made from sustainable cushioning material.

The new kicks are the […]

A Seven Step Guide To “Net Positive”

Net positive is far more transformative and ambitious than corporate social responsibility.

It’s not just about reducing impacts here and there, rather it requires a systems-based approach and the involvement of the entire business.
1. Net positive is about giving more than you take
2. Boundaries are important
3. It isn’t just repackaged CSR
It also allows businesses to engage employees and customers with a […]

Chipotle Helps Refugees Replant Their Roots

Chipotle, primarily known for its Food with Integrity campaign, has been a quiet supporter of refugees who are creating new roots in the U.S. For the past few years, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation has provided grants to support the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) New Roots Program, and is currently in the midst of a two-year commitment to finance the program’s […]

Who’d A Thunk Ben & Jerry’s Could Save the World through Ice Cream?

41 percent of Ben & Jerry’s carbon footprint came from cows.

Here’s the breakdown of the culprits, which CoClear shared at this year’s Sustainable Brands conference:

Growing and producing ingredients: 54 percent (aka, mostly cows)
Transporting ice cream from the plant to the distribution centers: 14 percent
Freezing product at the stores: 10 percent
All packaging throughout the production process: 10 percent
Factory operation: 7 percent

Ben […]

Five Ways to Embed Sustainability into The Core of Your Company

The process begins in house, and it starts by weaving sustainability into a corporation’s core values. At Tetra Pak, communication is the key ingredient for translating environmental sustainability into actionable business imperatives.  This involves aligning strategic agendas and key priorities across all functions while building momentum for change through information, understanding and engagement.

The approach aims to develop sustainability champions–employees who […]

Unleashing The Greatest Period of Economic Growth with Gender Equality

The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, the first U.S. mutual fund focused solely on investing in the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women. He is the recipient of the United Nations’ 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award – Business Case for Action.

Why is it important for companies to take gender equality issues into account when directing resources and […]

Lego Saying ‘No’ To Plastic, Invests Millions Into Search For ‘Sustainable’ Material

The toy company announced this week that it plans to invest 1 billion Danish Krone (or about $150 million) over the next 15 years in a program to develop new “sustainable” materials which will eventually replace the plastic currently used to make its iconic building blocks. Lego also plans to make its packaging more environmentally-friendly.

The move is a testament to […]

Know These Three Vs of Sustainability Communication

The company’s sustainable sourcing story, in its totality, is an example of what I call the three Vs of effective sustainability communications: Value; Viewpoint; and Vehicle.

1. Value

2. Viewpoint

3. Vehicle

To create trust, the conversation must extend beyond consumers to all relevant stakeholders, including employees or recruits, investors and environmental groups. The messaging for these other audiences might include different vehicles (such […]

Four Multinationals Shifting Their Business Models for Sustainability

Although NRG’s portfolio still includes 30% coal-generated power, it is repositioning itself and its business model to guide energy users from a grid-based power system to a distributed generation system. It’s also developing products and services related to electric vehicles, rooftop solar and home energy efficiency.

As business leaders begin to see themselves as part of a larger system that is […]

Three Sustainability Trends That Have Companies on Their Toes

As a hospitality company that happens to have wings, customer expectations lead to our constant innovation. Listening to hundreds of other sustainability-focused leaders gathered at the 2015 Sustainable Brands Conference, some exciting trends are emerging. Here are my predictions about what we will see more of on the sustainability front:

Be bold, disrupt, innovate and start a revolution  […]

White House Says $4 Billion in Clean-Energy Commitments Secured

The White House has secured at least $4 billion in commitments from private companies and foundations to invest in clean energy technology, double the goal it set in February.

Encouraging private investment in clean energy is part of President Barack Obama’s attempt to promote “a low-carbon energy future,” Brian Deese, a senior adviser to Obama, said.

Source: Bloomberg.com […]

10 Socially-Responsible Ways To Make Your Business More Profitable

The trend towards social responsibility in the workplace is driving many successful businesses to rethink their processes and products to ensure they are as ethical and sustainable as possible.

One business leading the way in this sector is Patagonia. The adventure wear retailer has been exploring new ways to build a more responsible supply chain for more than 25 years.

Jill Dumain, […]

How Men Can Help Women Flourish As Business Leaders

Although women make up nearly half of the workforce, several metrics indicate that a gender gap persists, but is narrowing over time. Qualified women are often passed up for promotions and make 84 cents on average for every dollar a man earns.

“There are many talented women from diverse backgrounds and experiences that have a great deal to contribute,” says Alice […]

California Prepares for Net-Zero Energy Residential Buildings

In an unanimous vote, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved energy efficiency standards for buildings that set the stage for big changes on the horizon.

In California, all new residential buildings must be net-zero energy starting in 2020, and new commercial buildings by 2030.

50% of new state buildings beginning design in 2020 must be net-zero energy, and all new state buildings […]

Giant Floating Solar Power Stations Are Japan’s Newest Power Source

According to Kyocera, the electronics manufacturer behind the floating solar systems, the two new stations in Kato City are expected to generate 3,300 megawatt hours annually, providing enough electricity to power about 920 typical households. The company is also behind another floating solar farm just east of Tokyo, slated to open next March, that will be even larger, powering almost […]

Recognising Sustainability in The Foodservice Sector

From food miles to food waste, the out of home foodservice sector has a myriad of sustainability challenges to contend with at every stage in the supply chain, starting from the way in which ingredients are grown or sourced, right through to the way that produce is served to customers or packaged for takeaway, and how the inevitable waste is […]

Massachusettes’ ‘Food Rescue’ Distributes Discarded Produce To Charities

At a time when so much perfectly edible food is wasted, more and more efforts are being made to address the issue – but the question remains of how to get “rescued” food that would have otherwise been discarded to the people who need it most.

That’s where a group like Food For Free, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based nonprofit, steps in.

Through its […]

We’re Edging Toward A Local, Organic Food Revolution

With years of extreme drought in California and the Midwest bread basket, we’re beginning to see how climate change can have a devastating impact on food supplies and prices.

The silver lining is this could lead us to a more sustainable food system, one that relies on locally produced food and that doesn’t depend on transporting it huge distances (which would […]