As more companies commit to innovative circular economy and sustainability strategies and investments, there is an increased need to learn the best practices for successfully communicating these decisions externally. This publication, Messaging the Circular Economy, showcases (1) tactics companies are taking to educate customers on their circular products, ambitions, or service offerings, and the opportunity the circular economy represents in the United States; (2) perspective pieces from nonprofit organizations, communications and advisory firms, academia, and trade associations on how to communicate to external stakeholders about circularity; and (3) research on what messages resonate with which audiences.
World leaders are meeting in Cornwall this week (11-13 June) as part of the G7 Summit. The climate crisis is a key theme for policymakers going into the event, but how much prominence will it have as the world’s largest economies attempt to respond to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? The UK Government has confirmed that the Summit will take place between 11-13 June in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. World leaders, protestors, thinktanks and businesses alike are gearing up for the G7 Summit this week. Here, edie looks at who is involved with the key event, what will be discussed, and why Cornwall was chosen to host these prestigious discussions.
The jury of nine experts are currently selecting the global prize winners in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. The 33 finalist projects from 25 countries are displayed as a poster exhibition in Zurich and are also made available via an online platform for jury members who were unable to travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Head of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Marilyne Andersen, provided a “virtual tour” of the exhibition for the jury members unable to travel to Zurich.
Bain & Company announced today the launch of FurtherSM, its integrated suite of ESG capabilities to deliver the firm’s collective ambition of creating a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive world. This announcement builds on Bain’s decades of industry leadership, working to create transformative impact against the world’s most pressing challenges, including the sweeping effects of climate change, structural inequities and environmental degradation.
Soot particles from oil and wood heating systems as well as road traffic can pollute the air in Europe on a much larger scale than previously assumed. This is what researchers from the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) conclude from a measurement campaign in the Thuringian Forest in Germany. The evaluation of the sources showed that about half of the soot particles came from the surrounding area and the other half from long distances.
The proof was on the shovel. The darkest, most porous soil Derek Axten had ever seen was on the land of a North Dakota rancher in roughly 2010. It was nothing like the dry and lumpy, light brown soil on his farm near Minton. Axten says he had one question: “What do I got to do? What management changes do I got to make?”
The Alpha Wolf and Wolf+ (Wolf Plus) have yet to make it to production, but the California-based startup is already working on an overlanding version of its first all-electric small truck. Alpha Motor Corporation (AMC) has collaborated with German outdoor specialist Heimplanet in creating a bespoke Cloudbreak tent that neatly integrates into the truck bed.
The Treasury will issue its first sovereign green bond “in the second half of this year,” as announced by Pablo de Ramón-Laca, Director General of the Treasury and Financial Policy. He revealed this in his opening speech at the Ofiso 2021 Annual Meeting on Sustainable Finance, which was recently held in virtual format. De Ramón-Laca explained that this first bond will form part of the Treasury’s Green Bond Issuance Programme, which aims to be a “structural component of the Treasury’s financing policy.” He also announced a National Sustainable Finance Plan, on which an inter-ministerial working group chaired by the Vice-President and Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, is already working.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has started a new green initiative where it has partnered with RBH E-Waste Recycle Hub Pvt. Ltd. to dispose off old and unserviceable IT equipment from the offices, citizens, RWAs, markets etc. The corporation has launched an application for submitting the online request for collecting the e-waste. The citizens can visit the website ewaste.mcdservices.online and create an account. They can then raise the request on this portal and the vendor will collect the e-waste from their doorsteps within seven days.
Policymakers worldwide have woken up to the costs that climate change will inflict and are trying to smoothen the transition to a green economy. Environmental scientists believe 2020 to 2030 is the decisive decade for climate change action. But there is another factor that could push businesses into changing their ways even more urgently – consumers and investors may shun them if they do not.
Australian capital city Canberra has topped a new study of the world’s most sustainable cities. The study, conducted by UK price comparison site Uswitch, calculated an index score based on seven sustainability factors which were: energy; transportation infrastructure; affordability; pollution; air quality; CO2 emissions; and percentage of green space available.
Many industries, especially those that have operated for 100+ years, have to work to overcome legacy issues and negative consumer perceptions of the past and ensure they aren’t causing harm to the people, planet and communities they serve today. Brands must dissect their supply chain to make sure they are being purposeful and sustainable every step of the way. Look at the diamond industry for example.
The last few years have been tumultuous for manufacturers, with demand swings, supply chain disruptions and increasing costs. New emerging imperatives for manufacturers are agility to meet customer demand, supply chain resilience, increased productivity and sustainability. In this webinar learn how AVEVA’s model-driven MES approach combines the benefits of a manufacturing execution system with digital workflow management technology to bring people and processes together for increased operational efficiency and intelligence. Hear how it is transforming the way manufacturers digitize operational processes to enable efficiency, standardize global best practices for a consistent approach to compliance and operations, and continuously improve operational processes to adapt to changing business needs.
The regional LafargeHolcim Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) and Acknowledgement prize winning projects will be announced in a hybrid event on November 13, 2021, as part of the 17th international Biennale of Architecture in Venice, Italy. The Global LafargeHolcim Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be announced at the same event by Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Biennale and Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury 2021. Representatives of the 33 Main Category winning teams are invited to attend this event in person and receive the Awards and Acknowledgement prize trophies.
Celebrating individuality, diversity, and embodiment, the third edition of Rio Ethical Fashion took place last week. Leading voices stirred up conversations about impending challenges and opportunities in the sustainable fashion industry. A spicy debate focused on the future of fashion upon the expansion of the Metaverse—the so-called “new, persistent virtual world.” Metaverse will host an increasing number of people throughout 2021. Currently, digital fashion is mostly restricted to video games (think of Gucci’s digital tennis).
Carbon labels and digital passport for clothing, accessories and shoes may quickly become fashions hottest new trend. Telling end users how to wash or take care of their wares is no longer enough to appease today’s green-led consumers. Weary of greenwashing (only 20 Percent of consumers actually trust brand sustainability claims), consumers are looking for hard facts before giving up their dollars. I’ve spoken before about the heavy impacts of fast fashion and how the revolving of trends with every season has snowballed into widespread pollution, a waste crisis, and the exploitation of workers. And yet, there are few signs of change.
Until recently, most HR professionals have stayed on the sidelines of corporate sustainability and their firm’s ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment activity. But with increasing pressure from investors, employees, and other key stakeholders, HR executives are leaning in to the strategic opportunity of a sustainability lens and sustainable Human Capital Management (HCM) practices. For the past year, our Human Capital Investment and Reporting Council (HC IRC) has explored ways to bring sustainable business practices into people management.
More great news from the European Parliament! The newly adopted Biodiversity Strategy text includes: “Encourages the EU and the Member States to promote the recognition of ecocide as an international crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC)” Stop Ecocide fully support all the European parliamentarians who are hugely committed in their unstinting work campaigning for an international law of Ecocide.
Vilnius’ abundance of nature, old forests and picturesque hills make it one of the greenest capitals in Europe. But Vilnius is also going greener and becoming more sustainable, making it easier to preserve the environment and leave a smaller footprint. Even if you don’t think about it every day, the smallest of actions can make a difference. Try buying fresh produce from local farmers, shopping at bulk stores, raising your kids in an eco-friendly way, making friends with like-minded people, exchanging various household items and participating in clean-ups. To make it even easier, check out this list of great sustainable stores and environmental events in Vilnius.
Situated in a rural forest, the new Torvbråten primary school has become Norway’s second school to achieve the highly-regarded Nordic Swan Eco-label. This accreditation is a voluntary license system demonstrating environmental excellence, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 1989. With a gross area of 6,700m², the school caters to 470 students and 46 permanent employees and consists of two wings and a multi-purpose hall. Large-scale glass windows create a flow of daylight inside and foster an important connection with the surrounding natural landscape forest, which provides a natural home for an array of outdoor activities, including a mountain bike track and a light trail for skiing and walking to benefit the pupils as well as the local community.