Circular Economy

 
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Opportunities from the New Plastics Economy

Plastics have become one of the omnipresent materials in today’s economy. Its usage has skyrocketed in the past half-century, and is predicted to double again in the upcoming two decades. While plastics, and particularly plastic packaging, can have a prominent role in a more sustainable society by increasing efficiency, the current plastics economy has important drawbacks. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has therefore launched the ‘New Plastics Economy’ initiative to turn these drawbacks into opportunities – in alignment with the principles of the circular economy.
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Future-Proof and Sustainable Cities in the Making

Not only companies are integrating sustainability into the core of their strategy, also cities nowadays are more and more concerned about becoming sustainable. With our worldwide population set to grow towards 9 billion by 2050 and strong urbanization, cities have to prepare for the future. This topic is the central challenge of Urban-X and accelerator created by HAX, an existing hardware investment company, together with MINI.
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IMD Cloud Programs: Leveraging Strategic Partnerships

With the increasing challenge of climate change and transition towards a circular economy, companies are increasingly looking for substitute business models and innovations. How to best respond? In many cases, companies cannot rely on their own capacity to address the challenge and obtain a competitive advantage. Rather, companies need to look at their ecosystem of strategic partners who can help them along the way.
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Global 500 in Oil, Automotive, and Coal to Rethink Their Carbon Strategy

This latest report “Carbon Pricing on the Horizon” from Finch & Beak partner BSD Consulting and Thomson Reuters illustrates that the emissions of greenhouse gases from Global 500 continue to grow. For these companies to reduce emissions in the long term, monetary incentives are required. Three examples from the oil, automotive, and coal industries complete the report and show how a Carbon Price may affect the business models and the environment.
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Fueling Your Circular Economy Business Model Canvas

Circular economy is seen as a demanding change. Due to natural resource constraints, corporations are more inclined to move from a traditional, linear approach towards a circular one. But, as with all business transformation processes, not design or theory but execution is the hardest part. How can one move from an existing linear business model to a more circular one?
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Masterclass "Jump-starting the Circular Economy"

On 18 February 2016, Finch & Beak & PRé Sustainability team up to host a Masterclass aimed at discovering how to transform the circular economy into a mainstream practice for sustainable innovation.
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Biobased Coffee Capsules Are the Answer to Nespresso's "What Else?"

Global coffee consumption is still moving more and more towards specialty coffees and single-serve pod machines. The Nespresso coffee capsule system has become the worldwide standard for single served capsule systems. Every year around 15 billion of capsules are sold. Although the single served capsules are really convenient, it has one drawback: the aluminum and plastic they are made of, create a lot of waste.
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Sekisui Inspires Youngsters to Drive Sustainable Change

Sekisui Chemical Company, the Japanese manufacturer of high quality polyolefin foams is very active in the field of sustainability. In 2007, when Sekisui celebrated its 60-year anniversary, it organized the first Global Children’s Eco Summit in Japan with children from all over the world, followed by regional events in Europe, North-America and Asia.The big idea behind the involvement of this specific stakeholder group is that they are very well equipped to be change agents for a sustainable future.
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Sustainable Brands 2015: Three Key Takeaways

Last April, the premier global community of brand innovators, Sustainable Brands, organized its first live event in Spain, Barcelona. During a two-day conference international and national brands came together to share their challenges and successes in the journey towards delivering deeper customer value through sustainability. In case you were not able to attend the conference, here are our three key takeaways.
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24 Ways to X-ray Your Customers in a Sustainable Fashion

Many companies around the globe are gradually evolving from CSR centered around communication and philanthropy towards a form of business integrated sustainability. As a result, more and more companies are making an effort to capture the hidden market opportunities in this new vicinity. Unfortunately, the opportunities do not present themselves that readily. Moreover, many organizations are using old maps to find new land by applying traditional market research methods that fail to focus on uncovering the correct sustainability drivers. But how can companies better research and unlock the innovation potential from material issues?
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