Tonight, we hosted our monthly “Stories & Beer” Fireside Chat at the Impact Hub, and online via webcam.
Solar energy is hotter than ever, but it’s still only a small percentage of our overall electricity production. What’s being done to speed it along?
We learned from experts in innovation, from both the grassroots and major-scale utility level, about the current state of solar adoption and what various players are doing to advance it.
HERE’S THE RECAP VIDEO FROM THE FIRESIDE CHAT:
Today, TriplePundit, PwC, PwC Foundation and Campbell Soup Company came together for a special Twitter Chat about sustainability and CR trends for 2015.
This chat explored the big issues in corporate responsibility that are bubbling up in the year ahead.
We took the conversation from basic issues like compliance, reporting and philanthropy to more evolved topics like integrated reporting, B Corps, and triple bottom line philosophy. We covered hot button issues for 2015 such as what we predict will captivate the CR community and what we think will challenge CR practitioners in the year ahead. And, we were happy to have the opportunity to address many of your questions!
So, what will the “hot button” issues be this year?
- Rebecca Caplan: Director of PwC Charitable Foundation, predicts that 2015 will bring pervasive digitization to the social economy, and nonprofits will be challenged to redefine themselves. Rebecca says that new types of socially-minded organizations will become the norm, and therefore, foundations need to articulate how their value is unique from other CR activities.
And, what will captivate the CR community in 2015?
- Shannon Schuyler: Principal, CR Leader & President of PwC Charitable Foundation, believes government action around anticipated immigration reform and disaster preparedness will take center stage, along with the sharing economy’s new tools and apps that are changing consumer expectations and interactions.
- Dave Stangis: VP of Public Affairs & CR at Campbell Soup Company and President of Campbell Soup Foundation, believes shared that he is energized by the integration of CSR and sustainability across the business from R&D, to innovation, operations and marketing.
Rebecca, Shannon, and Dave surely spent an exciting and insightful hour with us at #pwcCR15.
Click below for the “Storify” summary to learn much more from these three – and to see some of your questions and comments, too!
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Now’s your chance to travel to Abu Dhabi to see what’s happening!
As a lead-up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Jan. 17-24, 2015, Masdar is sponsoring a blogging contest called “Describe the ideal city in 2030” The winner will be invited to Abu Dhabi as VIP media to cover the week’s high-profile events. In 2014, ADSW welcomed over 32,000 participants from 170 countries to high-level panels, plenaries and events. This week in 2015 promises to be an equally exciting and busy one – and Masdar wants you to be there blogging and tweeting about all the action!
This year’s blogging contest is all about creativity and forecasting the future. Describe the ideal city in 2030.
The world’s urban centers are now firmly on the frontline of sustainability and innovation. Cities are confronted with maintaining a trajectory of economic growth, while reducing resource demand and addressing climate risk. With the rise of urbanization, the world’s cities must also offer complete communities – a place to live, work and play – while being pillars of sustainability. Creating growth, while minimizing their impact, is a tremendous opportunity for cities – they offer numerous opportunities to spur new ideas, develop more innovative technologies, strengthen industry and enhance our lifestyle. Based on what you see occurring in urban planning, along with developments in water, waste, energy, food production and transportation, what will your city look like in 2030?
We hosted another monthly “Stories and Beer Fireside Chat” on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. PST at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via web cam.
How can creativity and design thinking solve problems of sustainability?
It might seem obvious that creativity is part of any problem-solving process, but it’s not always obvious how to create the conditions wherein creativity can thrive. How can these conditions be stoked? More importantly, how can sustainability be injected into the creative process so that any problem solving design is thinking about the long-term sustainability challenges of our world and society?
On Dec. 17, TriplePundit’s founder, Nick Aster, engaged in conversation with Joe Speicher, executive director of the Autodesk Foundation. They took an up-close look at the connection between creativity and sustainability. After the dialogue, the floor opened up for audience questions and participation.
We hosted our monthly Stories and Beer Fireside Chat on November 18th at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via web cam.
Few things short of religion capture as many people’s attention as major sporting events – with the National Football League’s Super Bowl being amongst the greatest spectacles of them all. In 2016, the Super Bowl will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and the team is already preparing to celebrate. A well thought-out strategy to “green” the event is underway and, perhaps more importantly, fans are now invited into a sustainability conversation like never before.
Our special guest at this Fireside Chat, Neill Duffy was Co-Chair of the Sustainability Sub Committee and Sustainability Advisor to the Super Bowl 50 host committee! Here’s a recap of our conversation.
On Thursday, October 23rd at 9am PDT / Noon EST, TriplePundit and SAP led a Twitter Chat on millennials and social entrepreneurship at #SAPsocent.
This facilitated discussion examined how millennial entrepreneurs are transforming their industries and communities with new social enterprises. We spoke with experts and millennial entrepreneurs themselves about how the younger generation approaches bringing meaning to their daily work and building sustainable businesses from the ground up – and SAP shared its approach to supporting these young leaders. Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, even stopped in to give his two cents!
Stepped out of CEO Summit to check out the convo here. We are talking about social contract between generations wCEOs. #SAPsocent
— Bill McDermott (@BillRMcDermott) October 23, 2014
Our guest speakers comprised a diverse, global panel of entrepreneurs and practitioners. The four agreed that the millennial generation is a different breed, and that the traditional workplace is changing as a result of technology and their desires to make an impact in the world.
- Tiago Dalvi, Founder and CEO of Solidarium, which markets products made by impoverished artisans to retailers such as WalMart:
- @dalvitiago: We’re focused in building businesses with cause. It’s possible to make money and change the world at the same time.
- Jacob Rosenbloom, Co-Founder and CEO of Emprego Ligado, a mobile-based job-matching platform focused on the massive “blue-collar” workforce in Brazil:
- @JacobRosenbloom: ‘Just a job’ challenge is not big enough. #Millennials want to get paid to change the world.
- Adam Smiley Poswolsky, Author of The Quarter Life Breakthrough, a career guide for twenty- (and thirty) somethings to get unstuck, pursue work that matters and change the world:
- @whatsupsmiley: #Millennials are innovative and fearless. Whether entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs, they want do the impossible.
- Nicolette van Exel, Director of CSR at SAP – responsible for social enterprise development, including the Emerging Entrepreneurship Initiative:
- @nvanexel: #Millennial generation is connected, everywhere, all the time. Technology must #RunSimple, experience must be seamless
For the Storify summary and additional information — keep reading.
The “sharing economy” describes a type of business built on the sharing of resources – allowing customers to access goods when needed. Think AirBnb or Zipcar. While sharing goods has always been a common practice among friends, family and neighbors, in recent years, the concept of sharing has moved from a community practice into a profitable business model. But is “sharing” really the right word to describe these new companies?
Now that many sharing economy companies are maturing, is sustainability still at the core of their philosophy? Is “sharing economy” still the right term to describe these companies, and have their benefits been truly triple bottom line?
TriplePundit hosted a conversation on the sharing economy with folks from AirBnB, Lyft and Yerdle on October 22nd at the Impact Hub in San Francisco! We had a great evening of discussion and answered many questions from the audience.
WATCH A RECAP OF OUR CONVERSATION RIGHT HERE:
- 6:30 – 7:00 – beers and networking
- 7:00 – 8:00 – fireside chat and Q&A
- 8:00 – 8:30 – networking
TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, led the discussion with Molly Turner, Rachel Barge and Emily Castor.
On October 7th, TriplePundit and HP hosted a live Twitter Chat from #SXSWeco, at the hashtag #livingprogress.
During this year’s SXSWEco conference, Nick Aster, Founder and Publisher of Triple Pundit, and Chris Librie, Senior Director of Strategy and Communications at HP Corporate Affairs, came together at the HP Living Progress Exchange to bring the dialogue to you via Twitter!
The conversation covered some of the big challenges facing us today, including a rapidly growing population, effects of climate change, economic instability and global health crises.
Since challenges present opportunities for forward-thinking individuals and companies, HP is using the Living Progress framework for thinking about how it does business to create a better future for everyone through its actions and innovations. Through HP Living Progress, HP brings together people and technology to solve the world’s toughest challenges.
TriplePundit led the dialogue while HP provided facts and highlights of its past, present, and future work in sustainability. Topics covered in the discussion on HP’s Living Progress plan included the goals and successes of its supply chain, operations, collaborations, and more.
A few breakthroughs in HP’s innovations include:
- HP has developed a liquid-cooled supercomputer which can help companies eliminate up to 3,800 tons of CO2 waste from data centers per year.
- HP has a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of our product portfolio, 40% by 2020 compared to 2010.
- HP is the only global IT company to set carbon reduction goals for all 3 parts of its value chain – across operations, supply chain and its product portfolio.
- One Living Progress example is HP’s Africa take-back & recycling program that creates jobs and a healthier environment.
- HP’s eHealth Center initiative provides quality care in rural underserved areas.
Missed the chat or want to learn more? Here’s the Storify summary:
Stories & Beer is a monthly “Fireside Chat” hosted by TriplePundit in San Francisco — BUT, this month, we’re taking it on the road to Philadelphia and New York City! Join us here in person – or online!
TriplePundit is continuing our focus on sustainability in the fashion and apparel industry for the rest of 2014. We have explored sustainability trends in fashion throughout the lifecycle: from the cotton fields all the way to the landfill. Water, is one of the most important and overlooked ingredients in fashion. How are fashion brands looking to work with the challenges of water conservation? With cotton and other crops? What are some of the ways companies are reducing, exploring less water-intensive textiles and working within a circular economy?
What could companies do better when it comes to diversity in the workplace, and how can we address the skills gap happening across certain industries like tech?
On Thursday, September 18th, TriplePundit addressed these issues as we hosted “Bridging the Workforce and Diversity Gaps” on Twitter at #diversity.
We engaged corporate responsibility thought leaders in conversation around affirmative action, gender gaps, transnational human rights issues, and much more.
Symantec panelists included:
- Cecily Joseph, VP of Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer at Symantec Corporation.
- Marian Merritt, Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs for Symantec Corporation.
Guests participants included:
- Meghan Ennes, Community Coordinator at the Shared Value Initiative.
- Susan McPherson, passionate cause marketer, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert.
During the course of this hour-long chat, we reached over a million Twitter accounts and generated millions of Twitter impressions across the social media site! Just a few of your distinguished participants included Seth Leitman, David Connor, John Friedman, Milinda Martin, and Henk Campher.
TriplePundit hosted a special “Stories and Beer” on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via webcam. We deviated from our usual format to bring you a series of presentations on positive tourism in honor of World Tourism Day (WTD).
- Rodney Fong; Commission VP, San Francisco Planning Commission
- John Picard; Founder and CEO, John Picard and Associates
- Malia Everette; Founder and CEO, Altruvistas
World Tourism Day (WTD) was created by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. This year’s WTD was headquartered in Guadalajara, Mexico, with complementary events all over the globe.
Our event was volunteer-driven and benefited ECPAT, the leading global anti-child trafficking in tourism organization. We raffled off tours and giveaways to support this wonderful organization, with prizes from Hotwire, Russian River Adventures, Incredible Adventures, Localite Tours, Magic Bus Savor Oakland and more.
Join the WTD conversation on social media at #WTD2014, and join our conversation at #3pChat.
Join TriplePundit on Wednesday, October 1st at 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST for a Google Hangout on “Creating Resilient Cities!”
The world is rapidly urbanizing and the majority of the global population will experience the effects of climate change in urban cities. Yet while cities are vulnerable, they are also uniquely positioned to lead the efforts of mitigating and adopting to climate change. How do we ensure that our cities will remain attractive places for people and businesses against a backdrop of increasing climate risk? Join TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, live on Google’s hangout platform to discuss how cities may be able to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Our featured panelists are:
- Michael Stevns, Project Manager of the Toolkit for Resilient Cities, Siemens
- Stephen Cook, Associate Director, Energy and Climate Change Consulting, Arup
The conversation will cover how to future-proof our cities; resilience in the fields of technology, finance, and risk management; and global best practices for creating resilient cities.
Let us know you’re coming! RSVP HERE.
The event will stream live here and on Google on October 1st. We hope you’ll join us there!
TriplePundit hosted a Stories and Beer Fireside Chat on Thursday, August 28 at 6:30pm Pacific (9:30 Eastern) at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via web cam.
If you missed the live event, watch it here:
What do deforestation and labor rights have in common? What does your old mobile phone have to do with either? It turns out, a lot. Three innovative organizations came to August’s “Stories and Beer” to talk about how mobile technologies, including discarded phones, are being used to address a myriad of social and environmental problems.
Better World Wireless is a one-to-one wireless provider that gives a person in need a free mobile device loaded with content to help break the cycle of poverty and empower his or her life. Rainforest Connection transforms recycled cell phones into solar-powered listening devices that can monitor and pinpoint chainsaw activity at great distance – and contact authorities who can stop illegal logging. LaborVoices provides a warning system for labor violations based on direct feedback from workers by repeatedly polling workers through their mobile phones.
TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, led a conversation with Better World’s Matt Bauer, Rainforest Connection’s Nishant Bagadia and Labor Voices’ Kohl Gill. They talked about each of their enterprises but also about the intersection of mobile services and sustainability. Most of the time was spent in an open Q&A with the audience!
We had such a great Twitter chat with Heineken a few months ago, that we brought the experts together again for Round 2!
Today on Twitter, we learned about what “local sourcing” means to Heineken by hosting a Twitter Chat at the hashtag: #BaBF.
A cornerstone of the Heineken sustainability strategy, Brewing a Better Future (#BaBF), is focused on growing the percentage of locally-sourced ingredients in its raw material supplies. The company wants to operate in a way that improves the quality of life for local individuals and communities; helps drive inclusive growth particularly in economies in Africa; and helps the environment and ensures a consistent supply of raw materials.
CSR Expert Aman Singh and TriplePundit led an hour-long conversation with Heineken’s sustainability leadership team, including:
- Michael Dickstein (MD) – Director, Global Sustainable Development
- Paul Stanger (PS) – Local Sourcing Director, Africa & Middle East Region
- Edwin Zuidema (EZ) – Global Category Director, Raw Materials
Here’s the Storify summary of the conversation:
Five years ago, Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace established a framework to work toward long-term solutions to conserve forest resources. On their “wood” anniversary, they hosted a first-of-its-kind Twitter chat at #ForestSolutions to discuss how they worked past their tensions towards a productive and meaningful partnership.
The chat’s distinguished leaders included:
- Peggy Ward (@PeggyatKC), Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability strategy leader for North America consumer tissue
- Richard Brooks (@RBGreenpeace), forest campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Canada
- Rolf Skar (@RolfSkarGP), forest campaign director for Greenpeace USA
The hour-long Twitter chat addressed many questions raised by our participants, but time was still too short! Here are your remaining questions, answered by the panelists themselves.