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Water Tower Breda

Making a Splash instead of Going with the Flow

Earlier this summer, Finch & Beak’s team in the Netherlands moved into a new office, located in a 1930s water tower in the Belcrum area of Breda. While the Dutch have a complex history with water, the ongoing drought across Europe is putting water scarcity on the collective agenda, even in areas where it was thought to be abundant.
Barry Callebaut 2025 Goals

How Barry Callebaut Is Saving Chocolate with Bold 2025 Goals

Ten years ago, newcomer Tony’s Chocolonely disrupted the chocolate industry with its purpose of making chocolate 100% free of child labor and slavery. Today, big players have started to follow suit. Barry Callebaut, the world's leading supplier of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has set and is working towards very ambitious sustainability goals. Barry Callebaut’s forward-looking approach is an example of inevitable action if we are to have chocolate in the future at all.
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The Nike Circular Innovation Challenge: Design with Grind

Nike and OpenIDEO challenge you to come up with the next great circular innovation. To help Nike transform its waste into value streams, submit your idea by May 1st.
Paying for Climate Change

Paying for Climate Change: Expensive Externalities

New York City is suing five major oil companies for their contribution to climate change. This new lawsuit highlights that the time for companies to pay for previously unaccounted externalities may come faster than expected. So it is increasingly important for companies to perform impact valuations in order to gain insights on their negative and positive externalities, and learn how to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities.
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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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The Netherlands behind in Clean Tech

In a recent report by the World Wildlife Fund the performance of countries based on the sales of their clean technology were compared with each other in an international ranking. The performance of the Netherlands in this field is disappointing. Below is a short overview of the most important results of the report:
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Winning the Game of Making Waterless Dyeing Mainstream

With the prediction that the global apparel business is to generate double digit growth between 2014 and 2020, substantial societal pressures are mounting on the way clothing retailers manufacture their garments. At current, the global textile industry is responsible for 10 percent of global CO2 emissions, and 25 percent of the world's pesticides is used for growing cotton.
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Closing Coal Plants Important Signal for COP21 Summit

The Netherlands is the worst performing country in Europe in terms of energy and climate policy, according to recent research by the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen. When it comes to renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions and primary energy consumption, the Netherlands scores bottom of the list in Europe. In order to start taking action on this, 64 professors wrote a letter to the Dutch government saying: shut down all coal plants.
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New Friends in Fashion: Nike + DyeCoo = ColorDry

Early December 2013, Nike celebrated the opening of a waterfree dyeing facility featuring high-tech equipment to eliminate the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Far Eastern New Century Corp. Nike has named this sustainable innovation “ColorDry” to highlight the environmental benefits and unprecedented coloring achieved with the technology.
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Sailors for Sustainability: Darwin’s Beagle Voyage Inspiration Source

Sailors for Sustainability (SfS) is formed by Dutch sailors Ivar Smits and Floris van Hees who will chronicle their sailing trip around the world in search of sustainable solutions and examples of circular economy thinking. The goal is to inspire their followers with positive cases while raising awareness of the urgency of sustainable change. Using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy, they will travel sustainably. Finch & Beak is involved as a partner of the project to share the insights gained by SfS to inspire sustainable business transformation.
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