Funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Programme, CIRPASS brings together a core network of leading organizations to build the European vision for a unified Digital Product Passport (DPP) approach across multiple value chains. It is a collaborative initiative in preparation for the gradual piloting and deployment of a standards-based DPP aligned with the requirements of the Proposal for Ecodesign for Sustainable Product Regulations (ESPR), with an initial focus on the electronics, batteries, and textile sectors. This article shares more about DPPs, elaborates on the CIRPASS project, and includes a downloadable factsheet with extensive information and contact details.
On the 18th of March 2021, S&P Global conducted a webinar zooming into the criterion of Packaging, which was thoroughly updated in the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The 2020 CSA revealed that stronger commitments towards the removal of unnecessary packaging and packaging reduction are needed. Download our free summary of the highlights in the attachment of the article.
As part of their round-the-world sailing trip in search of sustainable solutions, the Sailors for Sustainability have moored their boat in Portugal's Algarve region. It's not only popular among tourists, but also where the cork oak tree thrives. Their omnipresence has turned the country into the number one cork producer: it accounts for more than 52 percent of the global annual production of 350,000 tons of cork per year.
In order to better understand customer requirements and to encourage firms to generate Many Alternative Sustainable Solutions (MASS) in developing sustainable innovations, Explore Your Customore was created; a toolbox with a set of inspirational cards with proven innovation methodologies.
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.
Chocolate is globally perceived as a scrumptious product and often reminds people of joyful moments. But the conditions under which the main 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.
In an era where global awareness for climate change and its impacts is more increasing than ever, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement seems to conflict with recent global trends. Rather than following Trump’s withdrawal, national leaders from different continents are accelerating their efforts. One of the main focus areas to counter climate change is the roll out of renewable energy, with offshore wind as one of the sleeping giants.
Plastic pollution is widespread. An estimated 10 million tons of plastic waste is added to the oceans each year; the equivalent of emptying one garbage truck of plastic into the oceans every minute. The situation might get worse: advocate for the circular economy Ellen McArthur predicts that in an unchanged scenario, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
Global fashion retailer C&A, together with its C&A Foundation, is looking to transform the fashion industry. Through financial support, sharing expertise and providing access to specialists, the Foundation aims to support changemakers and drive the sector’s transition to a circular economy.
Finch & Beak wrote a case for IMD about Happy Shrimp: a tropical shrimp farm in the Rotterdam harbor. In November 2007, 40 MBAs were introduced to a course on stakeholder management and product innovation. The case illustrates how successful sustainable entrepreneurship can be, the experiences of a young enterprise in terms of fast growth, and the role that stakeholder management can play.