Sustainable innovation

 
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Sustainable Innovation in BMW's Business Model Canvas

“Think ahead” is the statement claimed by the BMW Group for their holistic approach of sustainable mobility. With the launch of Project i, BMW addresses its business strategy from a different perspective, since it defines sustainability as the next premium for products and services for individual mobility. The 4 Actions Framework can be used to determine which actions have been taken by BMW to reconstruct their Business Model Canvas towards a more sustainable one.
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More Plastic Than Fish in Oceans by 2050. Join Our BeakFest to Help!

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.
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Chemicals and Circular Economy: Materiality in Material Science

According to chemical industry association Cefic, the EU chemical industry’s share of world markets has seriously declined in the past 20 years. In 1995 EU industry sales were €326 billion representing 32.3% of worldwide chemicals sales. Two decades on, the EU chemicals sales have grown almost 60% but the market share has dropped to a meagre 14.7% in 2015. This “dilution effect” looks set to continue. Demand for chemicals is growing strongly in China, India and other emerging countries but slowly in Europe and North America, where Europe sells most of its chemicals. What can sustainable innovation contribute to this challenge?
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6 Ingredients to Leapfrog Sustainable Innovation

The urgency to create systemic change is steadily increasing, and so are live cases that prove that sustainable agriculture is building its momentum. One of the convincing cases is Sundrop Farms, an innovative leader in sustainable agriculture, growing fresh fruits and vegetables using renewable inputs to create a circular economy business model.
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Novozymes: Value Capture from LCA’s

It takes a lot of effort to get non-financial reporting right. And with the ever emerging new legislation and frameworks, this effort is not getting any less. The example of Novozymes shows that companies can turn this burden into a business opportunity by capturing the value that is harnessed in the abundance of data. Through big data techniques, peer-comparisons are made and the non-financial data is harvested and combined with market information resulting in clear prospects.
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Circular Crustaceans: Learning from a Frontrunner Failure

At increasing speed, the world is currently undergoing the energy transition. For businesses around the globe, this means new challenges and possibilities for innovation and transformation towards circular economy business models are emerging. So are businesses cashing in on those opportunities? Doubtful: research suggests that 84% of executives agree that innovation is important to the growth strategy of their company. Unfortunately, only 6% of executives were pleased with the innovation performance of their company. What can we learn from fail-often start-ups to help address those new possibilities for innovation?
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June 13, 2017

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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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.
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Finch & Beak

Finch & Beak is a consulting agency that helps companies accelerate their performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. In 1997, we launched our business as Between-us: a boutique consultancy that worked on bringing sustainability into the mainstream. During this 20 year period, we have serviced over 100 corporate clients throughout Europe, trained more than 5000 executives and worked with top level business schools from around the globe.
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