sustainable practices

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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 […]

What Will Healthcare Look Like in 2030?

Our healthcare systems aren't sustainable. What is the next evolution of patient treatment?
Andre Goy | Hackensack University Medical Center

With so many novel therapies in development, there has never been a more exciting time to practice medicine, says Dr. Andre Goy, Chairman and Director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. However, rising costs, an aging population and an increase in non-communicable diseases showcase why global healthcare needs to be “fundamentally reinvented,” […]

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 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 […]

Smashing the Glass Ceiling: 6 Davos Leaders Explain How They Did It

How to successfully move past stereotypes in the workplace.
Stéphanie Thomson | World Economic Forum

When it comes to closing the gender gap, we’ve made an immense amount of progress in a relatively short amount of time. But we’re nowhere near where we need to be. According to the latest Gender Gap Report, worldwide we’ve managed to close only 59 percent economic participation and 23 percent in politics. In some regions, it could take […]

Global Trade and Conservation Can Work Together

Countries can be competitive in global trade without racing to the bottom in their environmental standards.
Matt Burgess | University of California

Rob Williams | University of St. Andrews

The United States is the world’s largest seafood importer, purchasing about $20 billion worth every year. It is also a global leader in seafood sustainability, with some of the world’s strongest laws and policies designed to prevent both overfishing of target species and incidental harms to other species. One of the major global challenges to harvesting […]

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 […]

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 Giving (WiFi) Tree

How do you tackle air pollution in cities? With WiFi-emitting birdhouses, of course.
Rachel Hallett | Formative Content

It may be one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, but Amsterdam could do more to improve its air quality, according to a report that grades efforts by European cities to cut transport emissions. The study gave Amsterdam a D+ rating last year. This was partly because, unlike other European cities, the Dutch capital has […]

Will the Shipping-Container Home Meet the Masses?

In recent years, converting heavy steel units into homes has surged in popularity.
Kim O’Connell | Redshift

A few years ago, architect Sean Burke, LEED AP, was working as a consultant in Seattle’s industrial SoDo District when he had an epiphany. He’d spent part of his days staring out the window at stacks of shipping containers and also thinking about small living spaces. At some point, the lightbulb clicked on, and he […]

Are Cities Ready for Electric Cars?

Electric cars can help the environment, but how will we keep up with their electrical demands?
Gareth Wynn | FTI Consulting

Mark Esposito | Harvard University

Terence Tse | ESCP Europe Business School

Our research on megatrends has shown that more and more people are living in cities. For instance, roughly half of China’s population lives in cities and the government plans to push that to 70 percent by 2025. This is not only happening in emerging countries; cities in developed economies are also growing. London is a […]

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 […]

From “Nice to Have” to Business Critical

Small businesses are discovering that making sustainability a cost-effective priority is within their reach.
Tom Bihn | TOM BIHN, INC.

When I was a kid, I was a gear geek: I eagerly poured over the catalogs from outdoor equipment companies, dreaming of the adventures I might have with a backpack, tent and sleeping bag. Being 10 years old, I couldn’t afford to buy any of that hi-tech stuff made of nylon and aluminum, so my […]

These Next-Generation Batteries Could End Energy Poverty

How newly-designed batteries can deliver enough energy to serve rural areas.
Jeff Carbeck | Deloitte Consulting

Solar and wind power capacity have been growing at double-digit rates, but the sun sets, and the wind can be capricious. Although every year wind farms get larger and solar cells get more efficient, thanks to advances in materials such as perovskites, these renewable sources of energy still satisfy less than five percent (<3.7 percent in 2013, […]

Doing Your Part as a Company

What's holding you back from being a good corporate citizen?
Curt Moreno | Redshift

The concept that businesses should both self-regulate and benefit their communities goes back to before the 1800s. In America, at the time, states had the right to invalidate a business’s license to operate should the business act irresponsibly. Shortly thereafter, in 1819, the Supreme Court ruling that corporations were legal persons (citizens) protected by the […]

Making Sustainability Go

Welcome to Sustainability Week on Longitudes.
Jenn Garner | UPS

Yes, the climate is changing. Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise. And cities are becoming more crowded every day, among a litany of other urgent global issues. But this is also a moment of tremendous opportunity. Consumers, businesses and governments are putting their minds together to change how we power our increasingly connected world. […]

3D-Printed Food: Curious Cuisine or Fleeting Fad?

Technology's latest target: the human palate.
Michael Petch | Redshift

Food and technology have a long and sometimes strained relationship. On one hand, harnessing fire led to human evolution. But other technologies, from frivolous “unitasker” gadgets to overprocessed and nutritionally bereft convenience foods, have offered much less in the way of benefits. Now, a new technology is targeting the palate: 3D-printed food. If the plethora […]

The Rise of the RoboBees

Engineers have created RoboBees that could pollinate crops and ultimately save disaster victims.
Jenny Soffel | World Economic Forum

Einstein famously said that man would only have four years left to live if the bees disappeared. Populations of bees, butterflies and other agricultural pollinators have been declining at alarming rates in recent years, putting global food supplies at risk. Inspired by nature, engineers at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory in collaboration with Northeastern University have created RoboBees, miniature flying […]

Trucking’s New Era of Sustainability

Truck platooning can reduce CO2 emissions and offer other benefits. But what will it take to make this more sustainable option a reality . . . and when?
Peter Harris | UPS

It was the start of a new era in mobility. Earlier this spring, six convoys of wirelessly connected trucks, linked closely together in sets of two and three, embarked from three different European countries bound for the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In each convoy, the trucks were lined up in platoons, one behind […]

The Team Approach to Earth Friendly Innovation

We need sustainable solutions to big problems. But no one can do it alone.
Peter Harris | UPS

For more than four decades, World Environment Day has symbolized the need for global action to protect our planet. At UPS, we are constantly working on ways to operate in a more sustainable manner and help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. World Environment Day is symbolic of our commitment to balance the risks associated […]