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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 […]

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Car Talk That Saves Lives

How connectivity can make self-driving cars safer on the road.
Huei Peng | University of California

The death of a person earlier this year while driving with Autopilot in a Tesla sedan, along with news of more crashes involving Teslas operating in Autopilot, has triggered a torrent of concerns about the safety of self-driving cars. But there is a way to improve safety across a rapidly evolving range of advanced mobility technologies […]

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What is Next for Refugees Seeking Asylum in Europe?

Activists, volunteer groups and corporations are helping refugees settle into their new environments, but it’s not easy.
Jill Hilbrenner | The Guardian

“They didn’t go out in public at all,” says Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, an emergency response coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), recalling a Syrian couple she met in Berlin in February. The young parents of three children – a 4 year old and infant twins – had tried to wait out the bloody […]

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Rough Trade: The Global Economy Needs a Jumpstart To Benefit All

Can the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other new pacts get the flow of goods and business relationships going again?
Andy Meek | The Guardian

The global economy has expanded greatly since the early 1980s, thanks to technology breakthroughs, the opening of markets and trade being more accessible. Today, trade generates $15 trillion annually. Nearly $5 trillion in goods and services flows in and out of the U.S. alone each year. This development has affected people across socioeconomic classes.  Former […]

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The Circle of Trust in 5 Steps

In a "circular economy," a manufactured product creates zero waste and boosts profits. Which companies are in the loop?
Tom Huston | The Guardian

On Feb. 7, 2005, Ellen MacArthur’s sailing prowess peaked, as she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the Earth. After speeding through the sea for 71 days, surviving only on limited rations of food, water, medicine and fuel, she was suddenly struck by the reality of what it meant to live […]

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Paving the Road for the Future of Transportation

Driving sustainable transportation forward.
Andy Meek | The Guardian

Mark Frohnmayer had a pretty specific checklist when he was looking to buy an electric car a decade ago. He wanted a vehicle that suited his travel needs, boasted a premium build quality and helped move the needle in terms of climate change. Frohnmayer couldn’t find such an automobile, so he took matters into his […]

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Cheers to the Little Guy: Small Businesses Go Global

These businesses have discovered a magic formula that is helping them grow.
Vickie An | The Guardian

You could say that Cynthia Salim’s small business sprung from a “clothes call”. Five years ago Salim was working for an NGO doing policy advocacy at the United Nations. Attending meetings and business formal events with diplomats was a routine part of her job, and that meant having to dress the part. There was just […]

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Keeping Up With the Customers (Sustainably)

Online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores are trying to hit all of the fulfillment channels. How will sustainability fare?
Todd Wasserman | HPE Matter

A few years ago, “showrooming” – in which a customer checks out a product at a physical store and then buys it from a different business online – looked like the harbinger of doom for brick-and-mortar retailers. Then shoppers flip-flopped that behavior, engaging in what’s dubbed “webrooming.” Now it’s common for customers to research items […]

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How Joplin Came Back from Tornado Devastation

In 2011, one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history ripped through Joplin, Missouri. Thanks to rebuilding efforts, the city now thrives.
Sachin Shenolikar | The Guardian & UPS

Jerrod Hogan treaded slowly, taking one careful step after another. The scene around him was akin to a post-apocalyptic tale set in the future, yet this was reality on May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Missouri. Cars and school buses were flipped upside down. Uprooted trees lay on the ground alongside fallen power lines. Streams shot […]

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Megacities Provide New Benefits to Humanity – and Pose Unique Challenges

As the world’s biggest cities get bigger, logistics and transportation networks in them aren’t keeping pace.
Andy Meek | The Guardian

Christopher Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto, has one suggestion for how the world can start to solve the problem of climate change: transform the world’s megacities. Megacities are teeming metropolises that have populations of at least 10 million people. They include Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi, where transportation […]