SB London Conference: Where Sustainability, Brand, and Design Come together to Shape the Future

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In order for our planet to support the 9 billion people we expect by 2050, it is essential that our corporate leaders set ambitious sustainability goals, particularly around their sourcing commitments. Supply chains, however, are intricate, complex and confusing, and many companies are struggling to find the right solutions to ensure their commitments become a reality.
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EV Project Retailers See Increased Customer Loyalty
Retailers that have installed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are seeing a greater number of return visits and longer visits from EV drivers, according to ECOtality, the company managing the Department of Energy-funded EV Project. Participating retailers includes Best Buy, Ikea, Macy's, Sears, Walmart, Kohl's, Fred Meyer and Cracker Barrel.
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Small Is Beautiful #2: Elvis & Kresse
Elvis & Kresse create "stunning life-style accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless wastes." They are essentially serial diverters for the good of people, planet and their business. An hour of chatting to Kresse Wesling and I wanted to run off and set up shop based exactly on their model. It totally rocks.
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Driving Sustainability Through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
More often than not, multiple stakeholders in sustainable business practices share common goals, but they haven't typically worked together to alleviate them. Which is why business presence at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress presented such a unique opportunity for learning.
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