From Competition to Collaboration: The “New” Likes Company

BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up to build high-speed public charging stations for EVs on the East and West coasts. This follows news that Pepsico, Coca-Cola, and Dr. Pepper Snapple are sharing previously proprietary data about their truck fleets to drive better fuel efficiency. In the pharma industry, GlaxoSmithKline is working with Pfizer on the development of new HIV medications. There are more examples, but you get the idea: business archrivals are forming innovative collaborations, driven by disruptive technologies. Such peer partnerships make sense to share the risk of the large investment of resources required to launch new products and services, but also to accelerate the speed of development in a time of rapid change. Look for more unprecedented partnerships in the future.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The cleaning products market in the U.S. stands at $30 billion a year. One of the key differences between soaps, detergents and other cleaning products and foods, beverages, cosmetics and personal care products is that cleaning products are not required by federal law to carry a list of ingredients. In absence of full disclosure, consumers do not know whether a cleaning product is produced with safer and sustainable ingredients.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies are increasingly recognizing the importance of women’s inclusion and empowerment in business. Many women today are playing a vital role in the business value chain, and their financial inclusion brings significant benefits to the wider community. Women employ their earnings and bargaining power to invest in the promotion of families and communities, thereby building a virtuous cycle and supporting sustainable economic growth.

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - The moving image can make us laugh, make us cry, make us thoughtful and even terrified. It can also make us better people. The moving image has the power to change the world and foster values and paradigms to take humanity to a higher level of civilization.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - This is a good news story about the wild Indian tiger. As according to the latest tiger figures released in a report by India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority the population is rising! In 2014 tigers increased to 2,226 from 1,706 in 2010.  In 2006 there numbers were meagre, at only 1,411. However, the current tiger population is a fraction of the 45,000 that roamed India a century ago.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week, I wrote about my visit to the Shams-1 hybrid thermal solar-natural gas plant in Abu Dhabi. This 100MW plant, which combines concentrated solar power (CSP) with natural gas, is capable of generating power around the clock. The plant’s technical support manager, Abdulazoz Al Obaidli, said that it was unclear whether more plants like this one would be built, seeing as how new solar photovoltaic plants were challenging this technology on both price and...

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Guest blog by Network for Business Sustainability

Canadian businesses play a critical role in building resilient economies and communities. Our latest report, From Challenges to Opportunities: The 7 Sustainability Opportunities for Canadian Business in 2015, highlights opportunities for business to take decisive action towards positive change.