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12 Industry Leaders Unveil Methodology for Assessing Social Impacts of Products
Published Sustainable Brands  8/29/2014
A group of companies united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics today announces the publication of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a practical tool for assessing a product’s social impacts throughout its life cycle. The handbook is the result of a unique collaborative
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20 Semi-Finalists Announced for Socially Responsible Designs Highest Award
Published Sustainable Brands  8/28/2014
The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced the semi-finalists for the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Named "Socially Responsible Design’s Highest Award," the Fuller Challenge invites scientists, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit their
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Hyatt Unveils 2020 Sustainability Strategy
Published Sustainable Brands  8/29/2014
In conjunction with the release of its 2013-2014 Corporate Responsibility Report and hot on the heels of a new commitment to sustainable seafood, Hyatt Hotels has unveiled a set of the ever-popular 2020 environmental goals — the hotel chain says the goals are “designed to strengthen Hyatt’s
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IBM’s Watson Helping Researchers Make Data-Driven Discoveries
Published Sustainable Brands  8/29/2014
IBM has announced significant advances in its artificially intelligent computer system, Watson's, cognitive computing capabilities that are enabling researchers to accelerate the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.Available now as a cloud
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Grocery Industry Initiative Promoting Food Ingredient Transparency
Published Sustainable Brands  8/29/2014
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has announced it is launching a modernization initiative that will improve the process and increase transparency for making Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) determinations of ingredients added to food.GMA will take the lead in defining a standard that
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Where Consumption Meets Sustainability: How Generation World Makes Purchase Decisions
Published Sustainable Brands  8/27/2014
Last month my colleague, Trish Wheaton, made a case for why the Sustainability conversation needs to shift from the typical “eco-babble” — high-minded and preachy — into something more relatable and consumer-driven. She describes “a new global vanguard of consumers with co-existing values and traits
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Nespresso Investing $550 Million to Achieve Carbon Neutrality, Responsible Supply Chain
Published Sustainable Brands  8/28/2014
Nespresso has announced it will invest nearly $550 million USD over the next six years to implement a new sustainability strategy aimed at achieving carbon neutrality, as well as 100 percent responsibly sourced coffee and managed aluminium.Dubbed “The Positive Cup”, Nespresso says the strategy is
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FedEx May Pay for Millions For Misclassifying Workers
Published Sustainable Brands  8/28/2014
FedEx could be liable for hundreds of millions of dollars in drivers’ operating expenses and wages after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.As a result, FedEx
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Farmers in Central America Generating Energy From Coffee Wastewater
Published Sustainable Brands  8/28/2014
UTZ Certified’s Energy from Coffee Wastewater project has proven that it is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing environmental and health problems caused by the
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Bank of America Investing in Further Water-Saving Initiatives During California Drought
Published Sustainable Brands  8/28/2014
Bank of America has announced two new initiatives in its efforts to help address California’s severe drought conditions - a $250,000 grant to the Pacific Institute, which will go towards the Institute’s drought research and response effort; and the expansion of xeriscaping, or drought-tolerant
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