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Digesting Davos: Actionable Insights

The 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) has once again shown promising sustainability developments, with multinationals, governmental representatives and academics emphasizing rapid change is needed to meet the requirements from the Paris Agreement. However, now that everyone is back to work, the question remains how these nice words become reality and how companies will initiate change. Pricing negative impacts and designing them out through circular innovations could provide solutions.
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Accelerating Sustainability After Your Holidays

The Finch & Beak team wishes you a great Christmas and all the best for the new year ahead of us! Our first full year as Finch & Beak was a productive one, where we worked for great companies across nine European countries, and welcomed many others to our trainings in Amsterdam, Zurich and Barcelona. We are proud to have supported them to increase their impact, and we look forward to continuing on our mission to accelerate sustainability in 2018.
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Sunglasses That Help Save the Oceans in Style

With the recent UN resolution on marine litter and microplastics adopted by all 193 member states and studies claiming that our oceans will contain more plastics than fish by 2050, ocean plastics is en vogue. Roughly 13% of these ocean plastics are accounted for by abandoned fishing nets. Not only do these nets contaminate our waters, before disintegrating they lead to “ghost fishing”: entangling and killing hundreds of thousands of sea animals. With fishermen as obvious key stakeholders in this global challenge, entrepreneur François van den Abeele found a way to truly engage them: making stylish sunglasses from plastic waste such as retrieved fishing nets.
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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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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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How Interface Makes the Circular Economy Come to Life

As one of the world’s sustainable business pioneers, Interface knows what it’s like to change a company’s strategy from a traditional approach towards a focus on sustainability without sacrificing business goals. In the mid 1990’s, the company pivoted away from the traditional industrial model of modular carpet production towards a business model focused on sustainability. By 2017, Interface focuses on innovation in circular business models by closing the loops in its business operations. High time to take a closer look.
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Executive training in Barcelona on 10 & 11 October 2017

Training: Accelerating Your Circular Economy Game Plan

Breaking down the $4.5 trillion potential of the circular economy and capture company-specific value remains a vital challenge for many organizations. The circular economy is very broad as a concept – at Finch & Beak, we found that companies have trouble finding a concrete starting point to identify tangible business opportunities within their business and are lacking a common understanding of the topic.
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In-House Circular Economy Accelerator

The circular economy has an overwhelming potential of $4.5 trillion – but what does that mean for your company? Finch & Beak's Circular Economy Sprint is designed specifically for companies looking to unleash the massive potential of the circular economy by downsizing it to a tangible and specific action plan. As a self-liquidating project investment, after 7 weeks you know the most valuable CE business opportunities and how to achieve them.
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Change Agents for Circular Economy Business Modelling

Nowadays global sustainability professionals are thinking big. For instance, at the recent World Circular Economy Forum the gigantic €4.5 trillion business opportunity that the circular economy represents was addressed by presenters from organisations such as Sitra, WBCSD, IKEA and Novozymes. Nevertheless, making big ideas small enough to implement them into our daily business routine remains a sizable challenge – especially since circular economy success largely depends on a high degree of value chain collaboration.
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