Deep Time Walk: Helping Brands to Engage with the SDGs

The idea of the Deep Time Walk is simple but incredibly powerful: When dealing with the vast dimensions of time and space, we are often unable to grasp the magnitude quantitatively, just through studying the numbers. A Deep Time Walk allows us to walk the timeline of the history of the Earth and also universe,

Q&A: How TD Is Living Its Purpose, Driving SDGs with The Ready Commitment

TD Bank Group recently launched its corporate citizenship strategy to center on a new multi-year program, The Ready Commitment. Guided by the bank’s purpose, focus on creating shared value and desire to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) toward community giving by 2030 in The Ready Commitment’s four focus areas: Financial Security – Increase access to the opportunities people need to help improve their financial security, over the short, medium and long-term, ranging from access to affordable

How Driscoll’s Is Creating Shared Value in Berry Supply Chains

The buyer-supplier relationship is changing in more ways than you might imagine. Consumers and retailers are increasingly demanding that suppliers demonstrate their sustainability: How are buyers and suppliers collectively adapting to changes in the market, as well as labor and environmental pressures? My conversation with Kelley Bell, VP of social and environmental impact at Driscoll’s, provided insight into how large food brands are approaching these challenges and what the conversation is like

Why we can’t keep the environment separate from economics

This article is by Kirk Hamilton, Cameron Hepburn, Alexander Teytelboym, Frank Sperling and Francois Cohen, the authors of Wealth of Nature, published by the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, in partnership with Green Economy Coalition. George Monbiot doesn’t have a reputation for pulling his punches, and his recent

A new springboard for women working in the energy sector

As a policy assistant at Green Alliance, and a woman in her mid-twenties starting my career in energy, I am usually in the minority at meetings. My experience so far of the energy sector is that men are nearly always over-representated at meetings and panels, unless the organisers have made a conscious effort to include female speakers and panellists. And some

Ten years on: reflections from the Grantham Institute on a decade of climate change research

This post is by Martin Siegert, co-director of the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. He reflects on a decade of research and education in climate change and the environment as the institute celebrates its tenth anniversary.  With a climate sceptic in the White House, record sea ice loss and atmospheric carbon dioxide at

Just how independent will the new independent green watchdog be?

This post was first published by Business Green. It’s by now becoming a familiar refrain: we will consult on establishing a new, independent watchdog to hold the government to account. This commitment was first proposed by environment secretary Michael Gove in November, has been repeated many times since and was encapsulated in the Defra consultation document on environmental principles and

Dynamic sustainability teams do these three things

Jarami Bond, a 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 honoree, shares three insightful lessons after three years in corporate sustainability.

Let business lead the way

Consumers, especially millennials, expect Corporate America to point the way in the absence of federal leadership on solutions for climate change.

Episode 126: United’s biofuels mission, why it’s time to bone up on ’emissionality’

In this episode, we check in with Interface executive Jarami Bond, one of our 2017 30 Under 30 honorees. Plus, why it might be time to overhaul the LEED sustainable buildings certification framework.

A wave of electric vehicle charging investment is here

California and New York are moving forward on close to $1 billion, collectively, in EV charging infrastructure.

Behind those iconic golden arches, a commitment to sustainability

McDonald’s committed to making 100 percent of its packaging sustainable by 2025.

3 books to get you through the end of winter

Here are three books Conservation International (CI) staff can’t put down.

Nat Geo’s ‘Planet or Plastic?’ Initiative Latest Attempt to Save the Oceans from Plastic

As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. On Wednesday, the media giant launched Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans. As a global brand with a rich history of scientific

Trending: Global Beauty Industry Joins Forces to Drive Sustainability in Products, Packaging

Collaborative efforts are advancing sustainability in the beauty industry. Supported by contributions from major brands and retailers, Forum for the Future and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have produced a draft assessment tool for evaluating the sustainability of beauty and personal care products, with the goal of simplifying and aligning the wide array of product assessment criteria in use today. Participating organizations included Sustainable Brands members CVS Health, Procter & Gamble, Target, Eastman Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and Unilever, as well as other leading industry players such as Burt’s Bees, Colgate, Method, Sephora, Seventh Generation, Walgreens, and

Why the government’s watchdog consultation is so disappointing

At long last, the government has published its environmental watchdog and principles consultation. As stubbornly technical as it sounds, the consultation is significant. In fact, despite all the positive announcements on plastic, it is probably the most significant moment yet in the government’s recent environment drive. In outlining a plan for how laws and policy will be enforced after we

Resource efficiency is the UK’s missing climate policy

As the UK government lobbies to host crucial UN climate talks in 2020, it can rightly claim to have demonstrated leadership on this pressing global issue. We were the first country in the world to set legally binding budgets for carbon. We have shown it’s possible to grow our economy while reducing emissions to meet the first three legally binding

7 ways cities can encourage better energy performance in rentals

Looking at you, Boulder, Colorado.

In good company: How Obvious Ventures is disrupting venture capital

Impact investing isn’t about being”cute.”

What on Earth is the ‘blue economy’?

On the first day of the Economist World Ocean Summit, we break down the “blue economy.”

Recent op-ed misses the forest for the trees

A recent op-ed published in Yale Environment 360, missed the mark in its criticisms of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

SoulBuffalo Gets Execs Out from Behind Desks to See Their Impacts on the World

As we at Sustainable Brands — and anyone working to rectify the damage people have done to the planet — are well aware, it’s all too easy to ignore pressing social and environmental issues if their effects can’t be seen or felt in our daily lives. After a life-altering excursion across three continents,

Wales Aims to Become First ‘Refill Nation,’ Teach Residents ‘Value of Tap Water’

The Welsh Government and City to Sea, a group campaigning against single-use plastics, are collaborating on the development of campaigns to encourage refills and change residents’ behavior to make tap water their first choice for hydration. While the campaigns will help people ‘see the value of water,’ the government has also announced an additional £15 million of capital funding to further improve Local Authority recycling collection systems and infrastructure, including for plastics. The Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn made the announcement, highlighting Wales waste reduction achievements to date, including a recycling rate “well over” 60 percent. By comparison, Scotland and England each