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Patagonia Converts to Fair Trade

(3BL Media and Just Means) - October marks pumpkin lattes, apple picking and most importantly, fair trade month. And this year, there’s big news and major cause for celebration: Patagonia’s Fair Trade line is officially available.

Transition500 Alliance: A Radical Approach to Sustainability Consulting

(3BL Media and Just Means) - I get the sense that when it comes down to it, they are a group of no bull, get it done, hardliners, albeit their charming accents might suggest otherwise. Don’t be fooled.  Sustainability isn’t fluffy, and neither is a newly formed alliance of the world’s leading sustainability consultancies, Transition500. They call it radicalism.

Fair Trade Movement Celebrates 25 Years

(3BL Media and Just Means)- It's been several months since I've written anything about the fair trade movement, but that's not because things aren't happening. In fact, it's the 25th anniversary of fair trade! A lot of positive things have changed and from my refreshed perspective, the fair trade movement seems to be collaborating, perhaps finally finding more common ground. Perhaps.

Are You Part of the Pro Bono Movement?

Guest blog by Taproot Foundation

Sustainable Brands Detroit 2017 Sets Out to Redefine the Good Life


(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Sustainable Brands kicked off their 2017 event in downtown Detroit with a record crowd of over 2,000 attendees.  After a day filled with extended interactive workshops, the official welcome ceremony featured a who’s who of sustainability thought leaders. Koann Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, welcomed the crowd that packed the Cobo Center’s main hall. She set a somewhat sober tone for the event, citing that we live in an age of unintended consequences, and that we have clearly gotten off track in our pursuit of happiness. “Our push for productivity and efficiency has inclined us to forget how inextricably connected we are.”
But, she said, “Businesses are uniquely equipped…to help us shape our collective future.” Describing the decision to move from San Diego to Detroit, she called the actively rejuvenating Motor City, ‘a fantastic living lab.” Indeed Detroit could be the poster child for a place where the industrial age has run its course and is now ready for what comes next. Citing Harris poll data, she said that a clear shift is happening across the US in the definition of the good life.


Next, Kim Patel Ford’s VP of Sustainability spoke. Quoting her boss, Bill Ford, who she was standing in for, she said, “You can do good work for the planet and for the company.” Describing the company’s shifting commitment to mobility, she quoted Mayor Mike Dugan, who said, “Great if you have a good job, but if you can’t get there, what’s the point.” 

 
Cradle to Cradle originator Will McDonough made a number of terse, but punchy points.   
How do we make the world better because we are here?
Being less bad is not being good.
We need to think differently about carbon. There are three types: Fugitive carbon, Durable Carbon, and Living Carbon  We need less of the first one and more of the other two
By 2050, the weight of plastics in the ocean will be equal to the weight of all the fish.
As a roadmap for making things better he suggested five goods, to take the place of the numerous less bads.
Good Materials are safe, healthy, biological.
A Good Economy is circular, sharing, and shared
Good Energy is clean and renewable.
Good Water is clean and available.
A Good Life is creative and dignified.
What’s next is what’s now.
How much can we give for all that we get?  
Goodness is a living things.
It’s going to take forever, but that’s the point.

Palladium Announces Summit: "Shaping the Future Through Positive Impact"

Palladium, the project management, consulting and impact investing company, is hosting their 2017 global Summit, “Shaping the Future through Positive Impact,” in London on March 21-22.  The Summit brings together panels of leading global speakers from the private and public sector to discuss how all stakeholders can work better together to deliver real, sustainable social and economic change in developing and developed markets.

Beverage Industry Presents Results On Water and Energy Sustainability

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - ​ Manufacturing drinks can be water and energy intensive. According to the Water Footprint Network, it can take around 300 liters of water to make one liter of beer for example and other beverages are similarly thirsty.

Raising the Bar on CSR

Guest blog by Tina Hodges

When I was young, my parents taught me that helping other people is a part of life—if you’re fortunate enough to have, you should give to people who don’t. That’s why I believe that as business owners, it’s our responsibility to give back to our communities. But, managing corporate giving can be a full-time job, and that may mean that it’s time to create a separate entity to facilitate it.

Raising the Voices of Sustainability Thought Leadership

Interview with Tim Gnatek, President and Co-founder, Blue Practice

Sustainability thought leaders are seeking experienced communications organizations to help get their vision and mission communicated both internally and externally, along with promoting new trends.

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