SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

 
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Value Proposition Design for the Circular Economy: Adidas & Parley

Born as a spin-off of the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik founded in 1924, the world’s second largest sportswear manufacturer needs no introduction. Throughout the decades, the Adidas brand has become synonymous with top athletic performance as well as iconic, personal style with its Adidas Originals line. How does the almost 100 year old company stay fresh? One way is through innovating for a sustainable future.
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Chocolate Passion for the Entire Value Chain

Chocolate is globally perceived as a scrumptious product and often reminds people of joyful moments. But the conditions under which the key ingredient of chocolate, cocoa, is produced are still less joyful. To help develop a sustainable cocoa supply chain, a consortium of 13 banks has renewed market leader Barry Callebaut’s banking credit facility, increasing it from EUR 600 million to EUR 750 million. Surprisingly, the interest rate will be coupled with the company’s sustainability performance and rating.
Peer partnerships for circular economy business models

Collaboration with Competition: Peer Partnerships for Society

Traditionally, value chain partnerships are set up between companies with complementary capabilities, resources, products and services. To increase the impact of their sustainability efforts, companies increasingly find that collaboration with competitors can be a useful approach. These partnerships typically lead to synergies for all parties involved, including an increased scalability of their sustainability efforts, cost savings and improved performance. In addition, peer partnerships can fuel new business models and, thus, new revenue streams.
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Empowering Smallholder Farmers within the Value Chain

What do the Rana Plaza clothing factory disaster and the Chinese food safety scandal that, according to Reuters, caused a 4.2 percent share price decrease for Yum Brands have on common? They are two of the many examples of the costs and risks that companies can incur when a sustainable and integrated supply chain management is not in place. On the other hand, responsible management comes with many benefits, including greater access to capital and new markets, reducing the cost of material input, energy and transportation, and spurring innovation in order to meet evolving customer and business partner requirements. The business case is clear.
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FReSH: 25 Partners in Global Platform for Food Reform

At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, a brand new platform was launched with the aim to achieve healthy, enjoyable diets for all, that are produced responsibly within planetary boundaries. A total of 25 global companies such as Givaudan, Solvay, Unilever and FrieslandCampina joined together to launch FReSH (the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health program) under the leadership of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the EAT Foundation.
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EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2017

On 12 and 13 June 2017, EAT will once again gather 500 of the brightest minds from the fields of science, politics, business and civil society in Stockholm, Sweden. Together, they will discuss progress on implementing solutions in an interconnected way to solve climate, sustainability and health challenges by transforming the food system.
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Sustainable Apparel Forum in Amsterdam

Today’s apparel industry has been moulded by the fast fashion model, creating an industry worth $3 trillion, with mass demand for clothes where an item of clothing is worn an average of just seven times. During the Sustainable Apparel Forum in Amsterdam, participants will debate the biggest business opportunities for the apparel sector in developing more sustainable supply chains. The event will also tackle the major social and environmental risks associated with apparel production, whilst taking a look at the latest innovations throughout the supply chain.
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Meet the global industry experts on Circular Economy in Barcelona

Join us at the Circular Economy European Summit 2016

The Circular Economy European Summit (CEES) on 15-17 November in Barcelona brings together global industry experts and professionals from different backgrounds, for keynotes, panel sessions and stakeholder dialogues delivering much needed constructive discussion and provocative debate.
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OpenIDEO Challenge: Crowdsourcing for Food Waste Solutions

If global food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Production and distribution is responsible for two-thirds of the food that is wasted. The final third of food waste happens at the consumer level. This is the framing of OpenIDEO’s Food Waste Challenge kicked off on 19th July, generating 457 concrete ideas to combat food waste. OpenIDEO is a global community working together with leading organizations to drive collaboration and innovation leading to the design of solutions for the world’s biggest challenges.
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What a Lemon! Majorcan Food Waste Innovation

"There are currently a lot of "lemons" being produced by the business model innovation process – but it doesn’t have to be that way": a statement from the recent MIT Sloan article by Professor Clay Christensen. Nothing wrong with the circular economy business model of Pep Lemón, an innovative and refreshing bittersweet lemonade from the beautiful island of Mallorca. But other things can go sour as well…
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