Value Chain Collaboration

 
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The Chemical Industry Has No Time to Waste

In response to the global threat imposed by resource scarcity and climate change, circular economy is highly regarded as a way to secure a sustainable future and to enable businesses and society to thrive.
Corporate Accelerators for Sustainable Innovation

Corporate Accelerators Spark Sustainable Innovation

Instead of innovating in isolation, multinationals are opening their doors and partner with startups to design solutions for their most pressing challenges. Coca-Cola, Google and Disney are only a few of the companies that have captured value of initiating these corporate accelerators. These accelerators increasingly focus on sustainability issues. One of the latest companies entering the stage is Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The global beer company has announced its 100+ Accelerator, aiming to address global challenges in line with the group’s 2025 Sustainability Goals.
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Will Animal Protein Still Be on the Menu in 2050?

The world population is projected to rise to 9 billion people in 2050. In order to be able to feed the world by then, food production will need to increase intensely. However, this intensification needs to be carefully balanced since environmental impacts are major. The livestock sector in particular is under scrutiny, since it is the world’s largest user of natural resources with 80% of all agricultural land accounts for grazing or animal feed production, and 8% for global water use. With the introduction of different future scenarios to fulfil future protein need such as alternative diets, insects as a protein source and stem cell grown meat, the livestock value chain has to get serious about its sustainability approach.
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Kraftwerk: SDG Solutions for Today’s Biggest Challenges

On Friday October 6th 2017, Kraftwerk Zürich opened its doors. The building, which formerly belonged to the Swiss energy provider ewz, has been transformed into an inspiring place for innovation and collaboration. By offering spaces for meetings, workshops and events, Kraftwerk aims to unleash collaboration between a broad range of unlikely allies. In changing times, teaming up with others often proves to be the best way to create the highest mutual impact.
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Circular Economy Training in Barcelona in Review

On 11 October, Finch & Beak hosted the first Accelerating Your Circular Economy Game Plan executive training in Barcelona. Participants included representatives from a wide range of industries across Europe, including food, energy and chemicals. Using established business tools, and a real-life case from circular frontrunner Interface, participants were challenged to develop business cases for the circular economy.
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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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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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Putting Strawberries on a Water Diet without Losing Their Weight

In May 2016, Innocent Drinks was rewarded as the winner of the water category of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards with its Irri-fresa app. This application supports strawberry farmers in Southern Spain to drastically reduce their water usage. In order to scale up Irri-fresa’s impact, the company has embarked on a journey for which partnering is key.
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Together Forever: Building Partnerships for the Goals

If you want to go far, go together: unleashing the power of partnerships is key to accelerate performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. The Sustainable Development Goals provide an excellent opportunity to identify key issues and align organizations that are working towards the same objectives. Successful examples of how to develop impactful partnerships with value chain partners and other stakeholders are set by a range of different chemical companies.
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