Sustainability

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A Greener Fashion Industry – and a Brighter Future

This is what a sustainability makeover looks like.
JK Rha | UPS

Sustainability is a buzzword in today’s business world. That’s because it’s no longer a choice – but a requirement – for remaining competitive in the retail industry. But what does sustainability actually mean for businesses? Sustainability is often about creating or doing less throughout the product lifecycle: less waste, lower emissions and fewer impacts. It also means […]

Now is the Time to Invent Cleaner Technology

Improving today’s energy technologies can provide a healthier and more secure future.
David Danielson | Breakthrough Energy Ventures

The extent to which we support energy innovation today will determine the world our children and grandchildren inherit in 2050. It takes 30 years or more to successfully commercialize and deploy transformative new energy technologies at scale, so the investments we choose to make over just the next five years – or indeed those we don’t […]

Turning the Linear Circular: The Future of the Global Economy

When circular-economy models are combined with IoT, efficiency skyrockets.
Mark Esposito | Harvard University

Institutions, both in the private and public sector, can always reap the benefits of doing good, even while still accomplishing their goals. As resources become scarcer, a major way to enhance social performance is through resource conservation, which is being underutilized. Although the traditional model of the linear economy has worked forever and will never […]

Plastic Opportunities for Change

We need practical and scalable solutions to tackle plastic challenges.
Douglas Woodring | Ocean Recovery Alliance

Creating a perfect world of circulating resources is an enormous challenge, but the benefits of resource recovery and reuse are both exciting and imperative if our global community is to function with an improving quality of life. When evaluating our main waste streams and material categories, we know that virtually everything has value and can […]

Living in a Materiality World

Here are four guiding principles for companies embarking on their first materiality assessment.
Ed Rogers | UPS

While mega-trends such as urbanization, the digital economy, population growth and a rising global middle class have become a focal point for companies seeking to develop sustainable growth strategies, in reality the world is far more nuanced and complex than most companies are prepared to admit. Many large companies use an enterprise risk-management process to […]

The Future Looks Clean

The Sustainable Fuel Buyers' Principles will ensure progress toward an array of new fuel options.

When it comes to predicting the future, even the best forecasters rarely provide the crisp detail most of us need to make confident decisions in the present. Nowhere is this more true than in sustainable fuels for road freight. We know we’re heading toward a low-emission future where different fuels — compressed natural gas, liquefied natural […]

Baby Steps to Entrepreneurship: A Mompreneur’s Guide

Solving a societal need, one invention at a time.
Colleen Dyck | The Great Gorp Project

Wendy Armbruster Bell | Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear

Entrepreneurs are creative innovators and trend-setters who tap into their passions to help solve the world’s largest problems. Wendy Armbruster Bell, founder of Snugabell, and Colleen Dyck, founder of GORP, are Mompreneurs: entrepreneurs and mothers that have established businesses while keeping family life at the forefront of their business plans. Ahead of Mother’s Day, check […]

New Supply Chain Sustainability

Here's how a company's financial and sustainability goals can align.
Kelly Barner | Buyers Meeting Point

The Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation defines sustainable supply chain management as “integrating environmentally and financially viable practices into the complete supply chain lifecycle, from product design and development to material selection (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal.” Here’s how we often look at supply chain […]

How Safe Stoves Are Lifting Millions of Women Out of Poverty

A new life can begin with a simple stove.
Lauren Carter | World Food Program USA

For Insaf, a mother of seven displaced by violence in Darfur, a stove not only transformed the way her family eats — but how they put food on the table. For most of her life, Insaf had to walk on foot to search and collect firewood to cook for her family – a daily task […]

How Business Can Lead Sustainable Growth

Now is the time for companies to set the tone on sustainability leadership.

Today the private sector is uniquely positioned to step forward and assume a higher level of sustainability leadership. The changing policy landscape around the world presents an opportunity for companies to create a consumer-driven marketplace that is better for the environment and better for business. Companies and brands that have engaged consumers with innovative sustainability […]

Podcast: What’s Next for Green Energy?

Here’s why diversity is the best path forward for alternative fuels.

Click here to play podcast Today’s infrastructure, with its aging roads, bridges and ports, is arguably the largest hurdle for alternative fuels and the energy sources of tomorrow. Efficiency, technology and scale are also major barriers to the wider adoption of green energy. So what is the path forward? And how do we take an […]

Sustainability: A Brand’s Secret Weapon

Learn how a sustainable approach can unleash other pro-growth strategies.

Business leaders possess a singularly powerful tool to build the world we all want to live in: their corporate brands. We witnessed this recently through a handful of remarkable Super Bowl 50 commercials. Brands such as Airbnb, Budweiser and Coca-Cola aired politically charged commercials celebrating multiculturalism. It’s well-researched that brands capture consumers’ hearts and minds […]

Environmental Sustainability Is Hiding Within Your Business

Here's a road map to unlocking value while reducing your carbon footprint.

For decades, supply chain specialists focused on wringing every ounce of value or saving the most amount of time by optimizing the movement of goods. At the same time, sustainability specialists focused on reducing carbon emissions and environmental impact. In some cases, these two very different goals were aligned. But all too often, the objectives […]

Investing in Innovative Technology Can Drive Sustainable Growth

The private sector now has a greater responsibility and opportunity to advance social and environmental agendas.
Peter Harris | UPS

The last few years have been transformational for climate diplomacy. In 2015, we witnessed the first legally binding global climate deal with the Paris Agreement, and last year’s COP22 conference saw governments and businesses reaffirm their commitments to sustainable growth. These events, coupled with a groundswell of public pressure, leave no doubt that working toward […]

Disruption at the Edge: IoT Transforming Energy Grids

Utilizing the power of the Internet of Things would enhance sustainable practices.
Thierry Godart | Intel Corporation

Digital disruption is here to stay. Much like the electronic revolution that led to PCs, mobile phones and smart devices, energy grids are on the verge of a major change. Consider the network of power plants, utilities and power lines comprising energy grids, for a moment. What you effectively have is the largest machine in […]

Carbon Neutrality and the Next Phase of Business Sustainability

Can businesses take the lead on transforming our society into a more sustainable environment?
Andrew J. Hoffman | University of Michigan

Solutions to climate change require new types of aggressive thinking. While global treaties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are important, they are not enough. Eventually society has to go carbon neutral, and then it has to go carbon negative. Consider Kevin Butt, regional environmental sustainability director for Toyota Motor North America, and his charge to […]

How to Embed Sustainability Into U.S. Infrastructure

Public-private partnerships could hold the key to a chronic problem in the United States.
John Hodges | BSR

Since the U.S. election, there has been a lot of discussion about rebuilding America’s infrastructure — namely, its electricity, transportation and water and sewage systems. Elected officials of both parties, academics, industry associations and other experts agree that the United States has underspent on infrastructure for decades, leading to a slow deterioration. According to the […]

How Good Is Your Sustainable Supply Chain Program?

Why climbing up the supply chain ladder can only benefit your company.
Meghan Ryan | BSR

Tara Norton | BSR

Many blogs in 2017 are going to start with some play on this obvious theme: We are living in uncertain times. For supply chains, you could argue that this is nothing new, as the complexities of global supply chains have always incorporated a high degree of uncertainty. BSR member companies know they need to manage […]

How Solar Energy Will Power the Future

A Q&A with UPS Director of Facilities Procurement Bill Moir.
Bill Moir | UPS

UPS recently announced plans to invest $18 million in solar power for eight facilities across the United States, part of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and alternative energy sources. The Longitudes team sat down with UPS solar expert Bill Moir to discuss the investment and solar power’s potential for the future: First off, what is solar […]

Does Your Supply Chain Strategy Hold Water?

How conserving water can slow supply chain disruption and garner future rewards.

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step up their efforts in one key area: water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total of 607 of the […]

Q&A: How One Leading Company Supports the Circle of Life

The CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund points to the future of sustainability.
Guillaume Le Cunff | Nespresso

The circular economy is a shift from the current take-make-waste approach to a more resource-friendly, use-recover-regenerate model. Here, Guillaume Le Cunff, president of Nespresso USA and CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund, explains why sustainability is important to the company and how UPS helps contribute to the movement. Why did Nespresso choose to be […]

Can E-Commerce and Sustainability Co-Exist?

A successful company is a sustainable company, which also allows it to keep up with the e-commerce boom.
Greg Brown | UPS

Technology is transforming the retail landscape as we know it. According to Forrester, U.S. online retail sales are anticipated to exceed $520 billion by 2020. Globally, online sales are growing three times faster than GDP. Increasingly, online shopping is being combined with traditional shopping trips to brick-and-mortar stores. According to the 2016 UPS Pulse of the […]

Sustainable Production Could Take Us to Mars

Sustainable thinking could open the door to a new world.
Wayne Visser | University of Cambridge

In September 2016, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that we could have human missions to Mars as soon as 2022. One side effect – apart from pushing the frontiers of space travel – is that such missions will challenge us to design and perfect various systems of sustainable production. The reason is quite simple: Mars […]

A Call For Responsive and Responsible Leadership

Why trust, sensitivity and empathy are the leadership qualities of the future.
Klaus Schwab | World Economic Forum

Leaders have to be responsive and responsible. They must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes. Many people are living in precarious situations and searching for identity and meaning in a fast-changing world. They want to regain their sense of purpose. It requires courage and commitment […]

4 Steps Toward Sustainability

Improving your company’s sustainability goals requires delving into the unknown.
Mark Wallace | UPS

Picture a 9-month-old baby attempting to walk. She toddles a few steps, stumbles and falls. If she’s ready, curious and committed, she hoists herself up again. And again. This process takes time and effort. In the same way, companies are finding their way in environmental sustainability. As consumers increasingly seek sustainable products and services, many […]

How Asking ‘What If?’ Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations

Today's leaders should encourage their teams to journey into the unknown.

We often talk about how technology – and more specifically, how the Internet – has changed business, but we don’t often discuss how the Internet has changed leadership. The style of leadership we need today is very different from what worked 50, 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Just as the Internet enabled […]

A Brave New World for Sustainability Professionals

Corporate social responsibility is hardly an empty cause. Leaders investing in a greener planet are also growing their business.
Mary Mazzoni | TriplePundit

Earlier this month, three business leaders sat on a panel to discuss corporate climate commitments at the 2016 BSR conference. But they kept coming back to a broader topic: the rise of the sustainability professional. Gone are the days when sustainability executives serve as mere figureheads for uninspired corporate philanthropy.  Corporate responsibility leaders are no longer typecast […]

The Essential Role of Logistics in a Growing Circular Economy

How resource scarcity and price volatility are causing companies to move to a more circular strategy.

In today’s world, the basic model for the production of goods is linear: Natural resources are extracted and turned into products that are used for a limited time. While some of these products are recycled, most eventually end up in the world’s landfills.  This model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and expensive for businesses. Commodity prices […]

The Business Case for Sustainability

Companies like Nespresso are using sustainability in competitive ways. Is yours?
Brian Becker | UPS


Greg Fischer | UPS

Myth: You can’t afford to be sustainable unless you’re a big company. Fact: It’s good business to be sustainable – for companies big and small. We’ve made the case for sustainability all week here on Longitudes, sharing stories of how leaders in government and business are finding innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Now […]

Energy for All

Access to cheap, sustainable energy for developing countries is a critical global goal. Which stakeholders are on board?

In the past decade, renewable energy growth has broken records year after year, and 2015 was a remarkable one for developing countries. For the first time in history, according to the United Nations Environmental Program, total investment in renewables exceeded that in developed economies, driven in part by national policies and the improving cost-competitiveness of […]