Mountain Khakis Partners with Fair Trade USA on Responsible Manufacturing Program

Mountain Khakis, a leading mountain-inspired lifestyle apparel brand, announces today that it will offer Fair Trade Certified™ apparel beginning with its Spring 2016 collections for men and women.

Mountain Khakis joins an elite group of outdoor and apparel brands partnering with Fair Trade USA, including Patagonia® and PrAna®.  The partnership gives workers a voice, and ensures rigorous standards that improve worker […]

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 […]

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 […]

Want To Create Real Change? Start By Making Sustainability Cool

For decades sustainability has been sold on better for planet, for people and for close-to-extinction tree frogs. The problem: The only ones to listen are the already converted.

Because the masses want better lives for themselves and a better world that they can experience: value to them, not to the tree frogs. The good news is that this can align with […]

5 Steps To Create Meaning and Purpose At Your Company

Often I hear people say, “Oh, I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve.

But social workers, teachers or philanthropists don’t corner the market on meaning. If you want to create meaning and a core purpose at your company, here are the top five inspiring — and practical […]

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 […]

Skills Gap: 80% of Small Businesses Can’t Find Qualified Staff

While no business is immune from these hiring difficulties, small companies often find the mismatch between openings and applicants especially troublesome. Across industries, therefore, many of these enterprises are tackling the problem by finding creative ways to approach recruiting, hiring and training. At the same time, collaborations between business, government, and community groups are helping to lay the groundwork for […]

The World’s Most Beautiful Power Plant?

An extraordinary heart-shaped solar farm is set to be built on the Pacific island of New Caledonia.

The 2MW “Heart of New Caledonia” is being built by solar company Conergy and should start producing power for 750 homes from early next year. The plant, comissioned by local beverage company Froico SA, is expected to save around 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide […]

How Sustainable Is 3-D Printing?

Although 3-D printing brings with it the promise to make manufacturing ‘cleaner and greener,’ the enabling technologies don’t boast those qualities yet.

Even as we extol 3-D printing, all of its advantages need to be taken with a grain of salt – at least until the time we see more sustainable solutions to bypass the following problems:

Source: Harmful emissions call for […]

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  […]

Cracks Appear in The Climate Change Deniers’ Defenses

While Exxon Mobil did not sign the letter, its stance has also evolved. For years, the company poured millions of dollars into organizations promoting climate change denial. However, in a report to shareholders last year, an Exxon Mobil vice president said , “The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action.” To that end, Exxon Mobil has […]

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 […]

How To Monetize Forest Conservation

Like many highly prized hardwood trees, Hawaii’s mighty Koas have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Sought-after for furniture and guitar-making, boats, and housing, there are said now to be only 10% of the Koas that there were 200 years ago. At the current pace of replanting, the species could be virtually wiped out in a decade or two.

That’s where […]

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, […]

5 Ways To Make Sustainability Sexy for Millennials

We need to transform the way we consume.
That’s why it’s more important than ever for companies to get consumers to start thinking about sustainability – whether that’s the food they eat, clothes they wear or means of transportation – it’s time for us to harness the forces that influence consumer buying habits to change the world.

A big opportunity awaits for […]

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 […]