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GreenBiz 2019 Highlights – Greening Supply Chains

by | Feb 28, 2019

Shelton Stat

While 77% of consumer goods supply chain decision-makers have a clear vision for sustainability, only 8% have achieved their plan because of perceived time and effort (EDF Supply Chain Solutions Center).
Sustainability Win of the Week
Each year, over 1,000 of the world’s brightest minds come together to network and collaborate at GreenBiz, the premier conference for business and nonprofit leaders in the sustainability space. This year we’re especially excited about GreenBiz because it means the launch of a major collaboration between Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Shelton Group: the EDF Supply Chain Solutions Center. The Supply Chain Solutions Center is a new website created by Shelton Group and EDF, and created for supply chain professionals to help them accelerate their sustainability goals. Affectionately dubbed the “Spotify for Supply Chains,” the platform removes the complexity of keeping up with sustainability and supply chain best practices by curating hundreds of articles, reports, guides, templates, case studies and other materials based on level of experience and areas of interest. In minutes, users can create their own tailored profile, select the issues most applicable to their business from among six key areas – agriculture, energy, chemicals, waste, forests and freight – and receive a steady stream of supply chain news, sustainability solutions, connections to expert organizations and templates for building the path forward. Studies show supply chains are the biggest environmental problem for companies nowadays – particularly in the consumer packaged goods industry. More than ever, sustainability professionals recognize that meeting corporate sustainability goals requires reducing impact across entire value chains. EDF’s Supply Chain Solutions Center streamlines the process of information collection so that you can better achieve your supply chain sustainability goals – no matter where you are on the journey. See it for yourself! Go to supplychain.edf.org.
News of the Week
12 winners of NextGen Cup Challenge reimagining the future of the to-go cup – Sustainable Brands Congratulations to the winners of the NextGen Cup Challenge – a “pre-competitive collaboration to drive sustainable design and find innovative cup solutions” for to-go beverages. The 12 winners (out of nearly 500 applicants) demonstrate the future of to-go cups. Several major brands supported the initiative, including Starbucks and McDonald’s (founding members), and The Coca-Cola Company, Yum! Brands, Nestlé and Wendy’s (supporting partners). Read more about the winners and next steps to scale up their inventions.
Green power: the quest to harness energy from leaves – Wall Street Journal In other news: some major innovations in renewable energy. Researchers contend that plants may someday be the key to renewable (and biodegradable) energy production – by adapting the leaves of a plant to capture and convert wind energy into usable electricity. Such technology, though still in its infancy, may someday hold the capacity to transform renewable wind energy initiatives for utilities and business.

A Period of Change

Once upon a time, feminine hygiene was a topic simply not mentioned in polite society – and options were limited to an aisle of single-use products. Now, times are changing, and the options have grown. What once seemed like a segment of the consumer packaged goods industry impervious to change is now undergoing profound transformation. New, reusable choices are flooding the market – choices that are better for the environment and, in most cases, work better too. Fifty-nine percent of women have used or considered using them – what will that do to your business?

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Suzanne Shelton

Suzanne Shelton

Where Suzanne sees opportunity, you can bet results will follow. Drawing on her extensive knowledge of both the advertising world and the energy and environment arena, Suzanne provides unparalleled strategic insights to our clients and to audiences around North America. Suzanne is a guest columnist in multiple publications and websites, such as GreenBiz, and she speaks at around 20 conferences a year, including Sustainable Brands, Fortune Brainstorm E and Green Build.

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