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4 hours 48 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In a linear economy, inputs and manufacturing process move in a single direction, and end products ultimately end up in landfills and oceans. Some of the leading companies are abandoning this traditional economy model and are gravitating toward the circular economy. The circular economy model is based on the recovery, reuse, and regeneration of materials.


2 days 7 hours ago

Getting packages and documents delivered on time creates a big environmental footprint, but FedEx wants to change that. The company avoided over two million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) with fuel and energy saving initiatives. That amount of CO2e is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 1.9 million acres of U.S. forest in a year.


2 days 18 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide not only a vision for the world, but from a business perspective, they are also a roadmap to shareholder value. SDG engagement is therefore part of all of future business models in one way or another. Policy-makers need to support them and create an enabling environment where they can incorporate global sustainability goals locally.


2 days 21 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - German automaker Daimler is keenly aware that the future of driving is electric. In order to pave the way for this new era of sustainable transport, the company is investing in battery technology and​ has a pipeline of new battery electric vehicles to prepare for a new era of ​clean driving.​


3 days 7 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — At the onset of Day Two of SB17 Detroit, the thinking behind the conference title, “Redefining the Good Life,” began to reveal itself. A subtext running through the event, like an underground spring, has been the notion that the polarization of our society has become a major barrier to the achievement of a sustainable, flourishing future. That’s why a number of workshops on topics such as “Breaking Through Gridlock,” and “ How to Have Difficult Conversations: Building Bridges in a Divided Country,” are being presented, acknowledging and attempting to address this challenge. The data presented by Solitaire Townsend of Futerra, and later by others, offered some hope that this challenge could  potentially yield.


According to Harris poll data, taken across generations and political parties, all people essentially agree on the fundamental constituents of the good life. These consist of the following four elements: balanced simplicity, meaningful connections, financial independence, and personal goals. If we all want the same things, it will be far easier to come up with a plan that we can all agree on—it’s only the “how do we get there” part that needs to be resolved. That’s not exactly a walk in the park, but its far easier than if we’d all wanted different things.


Solitaire also shared a pertinent quote from the Bard, “All things are ready if our minds be so,” and an invocation of what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Erica Parker of Harris, carried the story forward with the thought that “If you are not disrupting, you will be disrupted.”
Sharing more data, Parker said that 71% of adults today said that their lives were different than their parents, while 45% said it would be different for their children. As consumers, 51% believe that companies care, though 65% feel that products do , to contribute to a better life. At the same time, while 65% feel that they, as consumers, can influence companies, only 28% say that they have actually tried.


Chris Coulter of GlobeScan and Raphael Bemporad of  BBMG shared results of another survey in which 16,000 people from around the world said that these were the four primary elements of a good life: health & well-being, financial security, meaningful relationships,  and a sense of purpose. Note the similarities to the other poll.  So what’s the problem? For starters massive income inequality, lack of access, and a disconnect between, “aspirations and capacity.”
Oxfam reported that the wealthiest eight people on the planet own as much as the  lowest 3.4 billion people. Trust in institutions is very low. So what to do?


3 days 16 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Since 2006, when the UN released its Livestock's Long Shadow report, the world has become aware of the impact that ​animal agriculture​​​ has on ​the planet's ​climate a​nd the environment in general​.


4 days 2 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Rapid technological advances and the digitization of the workplace are making it harder for workers to match their skill sets with the needs of employers. Worryingly, 90% of organisations currently have an IT skills shortage, while 75% of educators and students feel there is a gap in their ability to meet the skills needs of the IT workforce.


4 days 17 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Impact investing now accounts for about $150 billion of assets under management and is doubling approximately every two years. This increased scale has moved impact investing beyond a niche practice confined to the activities of foundations and philanthropists, to a broader range of asset classes and a wider group of investors than ever before.


4 days 17 hours ago

Where there is a wheel, there is a way...

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The natural rubber market has in automakers its biggest customers as 75 percent of this raw material is used to manufacture tires. For that reason, automakers have the power to help ensure the supply chain is sustainable and socially responsible.


5 days 5 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The COP21 Agreement in Paris and the conclusions of the COP22 in Marrakesh clearly indicated the degree of awareness reached in relation to the average global temperature increase. The global business community is now increasingly inclined to develop less carbon intensive business development strategies in order to support the fight against climate change.


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