Alain Imboden

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Ellen MacArthur and the New Plastic Economy initiative are determined to make a real difference in tackling the terrible problem of our plastic-polluted oceans<p>Last summer Adidas released a good-looking trainer with uppers made using plastic recovered from the ocean. Everyone was very excited, but …

Sustainability

An Italian Coffee Giant On The Future Of Sustainability

The chairman of the coffee roaster Illy talks about the future of business and why corporations need to care about sustainability.<p>Illy is perhaps one of the most recognized coffee businesses in the world. The Italian roaster has become synonymous with European espresso. It’s been family-run since …

Climate change could make future flights a lot rougher

Airplane rides could get extra bumpy in the future thanks to climate change. Turbulence could become two to three times more common because of it, according to a new study from the University of Reading.<p>The study, published in <i>Advances in Atmospheric Sciences</i>, is the first to investigate turbulence …

Greenpeace and iFixit slam smartphone companies over e-waste

Greenpeace likes to keep tabs on tech companies, highlighting where they're going wrong when it comes to clean technology and how they can improve. Earlier this year, the organization released its report on how the IT sector consumes energy and they ranked a number of companies on both their energy …

Social Sustainability: Integrating Measurements of the Intangible

Related:<p>In part one of this two-part series, I wrote about the complexity of sustainability data and the challenges associated with organizing, …

Five Steps To Building A Corporate Social Responsibility Program

<i>Photo via Craig Whitehead</i><p>Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) may seem like a daunting undertaking. But, with a tangible action plan, large and …

Swiss Re is moving its €130 billion portfolio into ethical investments

One of Europe’s biggest insurers is shifting its investments towards socially responsible companies.<p>Swiss Re, a strategic partner of the World …

How to Attract Mainstream Investors to Green Companies

Readers of these pages hardly need to be told that leading businesses are shifting their perceptions of sustainability from compliance and …

Disney World's biogas facility: a model for converting food waste into energy

Millions of people a year visit Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, the world’s most popular theme park. These days, some of the food that they don’t eat – as well as some of the food they do – ends up being used to make electricity for the resort’s theme parks and hotels.<p>How? Food waste – …

B Corps' success about businesses being the best for everyone

"It demonstrates to employees that the business walks its talk, and gives them tools to set goals for improvement. I speak happily for Gen Y in …

Why Is Goldman Sachs Advocating For Sustainability?

Even consulting firms and investment banking firms think that better corporate social responsibility equals more money.<p>One of the most persuasive arguments for increasing a company’s social and environmental performance is that it will save money, enhance profitability, and generate more business …

Dubai Is Building the World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

They like to do things big in Dubai, including a newly-approved concentrated solar power project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by …

Renewable Energy

What Sustainable Development is Really About

Current conversations and dialogues relating to sustainable development are often congested with variations of words relating to the environment. Phrases such as "green energy", "green technology", "green solutions" or "environmentally-friendly", have permeated global dialogues on sustainability …

7 Ways to Make Your Business More Socially Conscious

Adding charity and service to what your company values will pay dividends in the employees you attract and the customers you keep.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being a more socially conscious business will help you in more ways than merely receiving a tax deduction …

When Buildings Go Green, Property Owners Find Increased Value

Eco-friendly features are cropping up on buildings around the country. In addition to green roofs and solar panels, private-public partnerships are increasingly building more efficient and cost-effective stormwater systems. And owners are reaping major monetary rewards for their efforts.<p>Green …

Real Estate

Why mobility tech could be $600 billion boon for cities

Ridesharing apps, autonomous vehicles, electric cars, bicycles. It's easy to feel your wheels are spinning when it comes to keeping up with the …

Sustainable Business

It's Not Easy, But Aspen Moves Toward 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Since President Trump announced his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, hundreds of U.S. mayors have said they're committed to significantly cutting their cities' carbon emissions. More than 30 cities, including Atlanta and San Diego, have declared 100 percent renewable energy goals …

Renewable Energy

Social sustainability bond to debut on SGX

SINGAPORE - A new bond to debut on the Singapore Exchange, called the Women's Livelihood Bond, said to be the world's first social sustainability …

Tesla is going to build the world's largest lithium ion battery in Australia

Telsa will build the world's largest lithium ion battery for South Australia under a historic agreement between French renewable energy provider Neoen, the South Australian government, and Elon Musk's company.<p>The partnership is the result of a bet taken by Tesla's founder and CEO, Musk, in March, …

This Coffee Company Wants to Pay Farmers a 50 Percent Premium

Levanta Coffee describes itself as a “socially-innovative start-up” that can spark much better economic opportunities for the coffee farmers in …

Why Going Green Is Good for the Environment and Your Business | Inc.com

As an entrepreneur, aspiring entrepreneur, or small business owner you surely are aware of how important sustainability, operating in an environmentally friendly manner, and keeping up to date on these issues are. The reality, however, is that between juggling the many demands and requirements of …

Small Business

The world’s largest floating solar farm

How China Floated to the Top in Solar<p><i>A boat navigates the Huainan solar farm.</i><p>By <b>CHARLIE CAMPBELL</b> | Photographs by <b>KEVIN FRAYER</b>—Getty Images<p>When Sang …

EU mulls green finance labels to boost market, tackle 'greenwashing' | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is considering the introduction of new labels to classify green financial products in an attempt to boost investment in the sector as it seeks to take the global lead in the fight against climate change.<p>The move would be part of a wider plan to promote EU …

Blockchain will blow Uber-style disruption out of the water, says analyst

Could geeky, nichey blockchain be the sleeper hit of the Digital Age, ushering in a new internet era?<p>Don Tapscott (pictured), chief executive officer …

The 1 Mistake That Causes Most Innovators to Fail, According to a Brilliant Harvard Professor | Inc.com

You've created an innovative product. Customers love it and pay you quite well for it. You plow your profits back into R&D, making your product ever better, more powerful, and more useful to your customers. This may sound like a formula for success but it's actually the opposite, according to …

Innovation

How Chatbots Will Transform Customer Experience: An Infographic

Life is not what it once was. It’s normal for most of us to interact with technology in our daily lives. Companies lean on technologies to engage with customers, to help them with customer service, or enhance their customer experience through technology. Sometimes we call this “digital …

Chatbots

Turn To A Chatbot - Your Customer Service Companion

In this age of ever-changing tech, consumers want a quicker, easier and more personal experience when dealing with brands.<p>Now, consumers are enjoying …

Starbucks has big plans for artificial intelligence

Starbucks also led the way with Mobile Order & Pay. That technology allows people to skip the line, creating a better experience for regular customers while offering shorter lines for casual visitors. That system, which has since been copied by rivals Dunkin' Brands, and Panera Bread (along with …

The AI Takeover Is Coming. Let’s Embrace It. | Backchannel

<b>On Tuesday,</b> the White House released a chilling report on AI and the economy. It began by positing that “it is to be expected that machines will …