Supply Chain & the Circular Economy CSR News

Delivering Clean Water Through Circular Thinking


[Editor’s Note: This case study will be featured in our upcoming circular economy case study report, released at our 2017 Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit June 26-28 in Washington, DC. Click here to learn more about the summit, including featured speakers and discussion topics.]

Five North American Companies Leading the Circular Economy Transition


The circular economy promises big opportunities for companies to drive growth, performance, and innovation. It represents a reward of $4.5 trillion in additional economic growth by 2030, according to research from Accenture. However, taking the vision of a circular economy in which everything is reused and nothing is wasted, and translating that into tangible business best practices can be challenging.

Protecting Worker Bees Around the World

by Florian Trohay

Every third bite we take of food is the work of pollinators. Yet increasing stress on bee hives and habitat impacts agriculture as earth’s population keeps growing.

The health of our food chain is at stake without the work of pollinators. As a food company, we rely on Mother Nature and her creatures to thrive.

Enabling a Science-Driven Supply Chain

by Lara Birkes, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, HPE

Existing systems and technologies that power our supply chains are evolving at a highly accelerated rate. When we think manufacturing, our minds recall the revolutionary Ford assembly line, or the Toyota production system a century later. Now, we are already at the next overhaul of not only transforming manufacturing, but also our entire supply chain. As the amount of data available for collection increases exponentially, technology is advancing our ability to compile, analyze, and learn from this data at a deeper level than ever before.

MetLife Foundation | Lean for the Social Sector

Applying Corporate Lean Management Expertise to Power Nonprofit Organizations

High-quality products and services, minimal cost, minimal waste. Every organization strives for this combination.

Unreasonable Impact | Democratizing Manufacturing by 3D Printing From Trash: Q&A with re:3D


Hundreds of millions of people still live in poverty without access to resources that would improve their livelihoods. Often, they have no choice but to rely on sporadic donations from aid agencies that may or may not actually address their needs.

What if every household could act as its own factory and personally manufacture exactly what it needed to thrive?

VIDEO: World Environment Center Summary from WEC Chairman

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The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to share a new video from its chairman of the board, Francisco Suárez, in which he outlines WEC’s main corporate sustainability initiatives and progress from the past year.

Key points from Mr. Suárez are: 

  • Announcing WEC’s new strategic plan
  • Thought leadership on sustainability and issues such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainability reporting, marketing, and the circular economy 
  • Welcoming 3 new WEC member companies
  • WEC’s vision for 2017 and beyond

Celebrating World Environment Day – Today and Every Day


Today marks the United Nations’ 43rd World Environment Day – a global awareness day intended to encourage people to reconnect with nature and remind us why keeping our planet healthy is so important. It’s a day to encourage action for environmental protection, something that remains top of mind for Ingersoll Rand as we seek to reduce the environmental impacts of our operations and product portfolio.

Announcing Factor10: Delivering Innovative, Scalable Solutions for the Circular Economy


Helsinki, Finland - 6 June: Today at the World Circular Economy Forum, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) announced its new circular economy initiative, Factor10.

Factor10 brings companies together to reinvent how business finds, uses and disposes of the materials that make up global trade. It’s an initiative that will help to identify and remove the barriers that exist, while creating solutions that businesses all around the world can implement.

WBCSD Releases CEO Guide to the Circular Economy

Press Release

HELSINKI, Finland, June 5, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Today at the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) released its CEO Guide to the Circular Economy.

The Guide – developed in cooperation with Accenture and signed by 14 CEOs from companies including Unilever, Danone and Tata – aims to give CEOs and business leaders the tools they need to implement circular economy principles.


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