3p Contributor: Marissa Rosen

Marissa Rosen Marissa is the Director of Social Media for TriplePundit. She has a passion for educating stakeholders and the public on sustainability and enjoys utilizing social media to bring online communities together to create business synergies. Marissa has a background in Communications and a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Connect with her on Twitter at @MarissaR1 or via email at marissa@triplepundit.com.

Recent Articles

Follow Up: Twitter Chat with Mars, Inc. – #MarsSusty

Marissa Rosen
| Friday July 25th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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In keeping with its commitment to transparency and stakeholder engagement, on July 24, 2014, Mars, Incorporated held a live Twitter chat in collaboration with Aman Singh and TriplePundit to offer an in-depth discussion about sustainability at the food manufacturer.

Mars, Inc. published its fourth annual Principles in Action Summary this month, which details the company’s approach to business, its progress, and the shared challenges facing both its business and society.  The Principles in Action Summary underscores its commitment to put Mars’ Five Principles into action to make a difference to people and the planet through its performance.  Mars remains a private, family-owned business dedicated to the objective first expressed by Forrest E. Mars, Sr. in 1947 – to create a mutuality of benefits for all its stakeholders through its operations.

The Summary outlines the particular challenges and accomplishments associated with manufacturing food across a number of global iconic brands such as M&M’S, Snickers, Pedigree, Wrigley’s EXTRA, Uncle Ben’s, Whiskas and more.

In partnership with TriplePundit, Mars discussed via Twitter chat how it, as one of the world’s leading food manufacturers with more than 130 manufacturing sites, handles sustainability. Attendees learned about the company’s biggest goals, challenges and accomplishments in meeting milestones and plans for the years to come.

In case you missed it, here’s the Storify summary of the conversation along with additional follow up on questions that we couldn’t get to in time! 

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“Stories & Beer” Chat with David Gottfried; Founder, USGBC & World GBC

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday June 19th, 2014 | 0 Comments

storiesandbeerlogoIt’s time for another Stories and Beer Fireside Chat on Thursday, June 19th at 6:30pm PST (9:30 EST) at the Impact HUB San Francisco – and online via web cam.

At this month’s “Stories & Beer”, TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, will be chatting with David Gottfried, Founder of the USGBC. 

David’s work has impacted the global building industry more than almost any other individual, having founded both the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Council, with GBCs in 100 countries.

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Interview Today: Scott Nichols; Director, Verlasso Salmon

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday May 29th, 2014 | 2 Comments

unnamed-4Every week, we chat with an interesting leader in the sustainable business movement. These chats are broadcast on our Google+ channel and embedded via YouTube right here on 3p.

On Thursday, May 29 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, spoke with Scott Nichols, Director of Verlasso: Sustainable Premium Farmed Salmon.

Verlasso is the first and only ocean-raised farmed Atlantic salmon to receive the “Good Alternative” buy ranking from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program. Verlasso offers premium salmon raised in harmony with the natural environment, and is leading the way to a new environmental stewardship.

Scott and Nick discussed a range of sustainable seafood topics including:

  • Are our oceans “tapped out”? It has been reported that more than 85% of our wild fish are harvested at or above their sustainable limits.  What does the future hold?
  • The world’s population is growing. How will we continue to serve everyone? 
  • Verlasso believes that when food is raised really well, it tastes great. How exactly should fish be raised? 

If you have remaining questions, please tweet us @triplepundit and use the hashtag #3pChat.

If you missed the conversation, you can watch it right here or on our YouTube channel.

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June 4: HP Live Twitter Chat from #SB14sd

Marissa Rosen
| Tuesday May 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Join us at #livingprogress on June 4, 2014 at 8am PT/11am ET.

How does a company that has been practicing responsible citizenship for 75 years drive even more impact for people, the economy and the environment? By making its citizenship efforts and business strategy fully and inextricably intertwined.

HP calls it Living Progress—the way the company is creating a better future for everyone through its actions and innovations. The framework helps the company, which has evolved nimbly as technology and consumer preferences shift, think about how they do business and how their people and technology come together to solve society’s toughest challenges. In fact, Living Progress for HP today is a wholly integrated approach to business that simultaneously drives human, economic, and environmental progress. It’s how the company advances the overall health and well-being of people, helps businesses and economies thrive, and works to strengthen the environment as they grow.

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There are big challenges facing our world today, including a rapidly growing population, effects of climate change, economic instability, and global health crises. But challenges present opportunities for action and innovation by companies. And with the talent and resources at their disposal, businesses can make a positive impact in a more scalable—and often innovative—manner than other institutions.

During the week of June 2, 2014, HP will explore how best to address some of these challenges with other leading companies and thought leaders gathered in the HP Living Progress Exchange at Sustainable Brands 14, in San Diego, California. Each day, the group will explore key issues and brainstorm solutions to help advance human, economic and environmental progress.

You can have a seat at the table at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET on June 4 by joining Aman Singh, CSRwire’s Editorial Director and Nick Aster, Founder and Publisher of TriplePundit, in conversation with Chris Librie, Senior Director, Strategy and Communications, HP Corporate Affairs, live from the HP Living Progress Exchange at Sustainable Brands.

Among the issues we will explore:

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Stories & Beer on Zero Deforestation

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday May 22nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

At last night’s “Stories & Beer Fireside Chat”, TriplePundit’s Founder, Nick Aster, talked with Sara Santiago, Phil Covington, and Miriam Swaffer about the issue of deforestation, and how companies and NGOs are working together to end it.

In the past two years, we’ve seen rapid and unanticipated changes in the forestry sector, as prominent pulp, paper, and palm oil suppliers have committed to zero-deforestation policies. These commitments were made, in large part, due to years of strategic campaigning by international and local NGOs. In 2014, many brands have in turn adopted zero-deforestation policies. As a result, we are seeing a new norm of zero-deforestation in supply chains, launching us into a global movement toward protecting the rainforests of Southeast Asia.

In this month’s “Stories and Beer”, we discussed the implications of these policies, the critical partnerships of NGOs and companies to uphold them, and the road ahead.

Schedule:

6:30 – 7:00 – beers and networking
7:00 – 8:00 – fireside chat and Q&A
8:00 – 8:30 – networking

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McDonald’s Twitter Chat Recap: #McDsustainability

Marissa Rosen
| Friday May 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

mcdonaldsOur lively #McDsustainability chat with the McDonalds Corporation took place on May 7, 2014.  

For the fast food giant, which restructured its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability team in 2012 to focus on developing a strategic framework, the process was, shall we say, meaty. Like a well-balanced meal, McDonald’s has put five portions on its CSR plate: Food, Sourcing, Planet, People and Community.

When a multi-national like McDonald’s with a worldwide presence and a complex network of stakeholders creates a CSR strategy, you expect flavor, complexity and challenges. And lots of discussion about the “right” approach.

“Our new CSR framework demonstrates our intent to grow the business while having a positive impact on society,” said Bob Langert, VP of Sustainability at McDonald’s. “Now, more than ever, customers care about their food and where it comes from. They want to know what companies like McDonald’s are doing to improve the world in which they live. Because of our size and scale, we can influence change for the better.”

Here are the Storify highlights from the #McDsustainability Twitter chat with Bob Langert, CSRwire, and our 227 chat participants:

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SAP, BSR and CDP Respond to Remaining Questions from #SustyBiz Twitter Chat

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday May 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

SustyBiz-CSR-Pick An ongoing debate amongst corporate leaders is the conundrum between sustainability goals and economic growth. Are the two diametrically opposed?

In April, we worked with the CSRwire team to turn this debate into a live Twitter conversation. We chatted at #SustyBiz with SAP‘s Sustainability Chief Peter Graf, BSR‘s CEO Aron Cramer, and CDP‘s Executive Director Nigel Topping. For one hour, we discussed the trials and tribulations of pursuing sustainability, in a dialogue that featured 232 participants contributing 1,388 tweets and more than 9 million impressions.

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Recap: #3pChat on Sustainable Seafood

Marissa Rosen
| Sunday May 11th, 2014 | 1 Comment

3931139398_45a91aa9fd_z On Thursday, May 8, we hosted a series-focused Tweet Jam, which was one of our highest-impact, and most well-attended online chats to date. If you haven’t yet seen our ongoing sustainable seafood series, please check it out.

Our sponsors Future of Fish, Bell AquacultureVerlasso Salmon, Fish Choice and Seafood Watch, along with TriplePundit’s writing staff, have been contributing their insights on the subject, and this Twitter Chat allowed us to expand upon and explore the issues in more detail.

Participating organizations included Oceana, Ocean Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, Blue Ocean Institute, BlueYou Consulting, Upwell, Sea to Table, Chefs Collaborative, The Terramar Project, and numerous others. Our four distinguished panelists were:

  • George H. Leonard – Chief Scientist, Ocean Conservancy - @GeorgeHLeonard
  • Tim Fitzgerald – Environmental Defense Fund Oceans Program, Senior Advisor - @hawaiifitz 
  • Jason Simas – iPura Foods, Director of Communications – @iPura
  • Clare Leschin-Hoar – Independent Food Writer / Journalist – @c_leschin 

Instead of sharing a recap of the larger conversation, we’ve decided to narrow this Storify down to “further reading” links shared in the chat for your continued learning. To see the full conversation, please follow the #3pChat hashtag on Twitter. 

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Follow Along Live on our #3pChat Tweet Jam: Sustainable Seafood

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday May 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

3p-tweet-jamIn March, we hosted our first #3pChat Tweet Jam on sustainable fashion, featuring prominent sustainable designers and merchandisers from around the world.

Now, on Thursday, May 8th; 12 Noon PST / 3pm EST, we’re bringing you our second large “Tweet Jam” on sustainable seafood. We have been running a special sponsored series on the topic for the past several weeks, and now it’s time to invite a few experts in for a live conversation, in which you can participate!

Questions of discussion will include:

  • The future of “wild” fish, and aquaculture as a solution?
  • The efficiency of labeling and consumer responses?
  • Do diners care? Can the restaurant industry play a part?
  • What is the role of businesses? NGOs? Government?

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TODAY: Join Us for a Twitter Chat with McDonald’s Corporation

Marissa Rosen
| Wednesday May 7th, 2014 | 2 Comments

McDonald's Journey for Good#McDSustainability will take place on May 7, 2014 at 10am PST / 1pm EST. Join us for a lively discussion with McDonald’s! 

When a company like McDonald’s with a worldwide presence and a complex network of stakeholders creates a corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, you expect flavor, complexity and challenges. And lots of discussion about the “right” approach.

For the fast food giant, which restructured its CSR and sustainability team in 2012 to focus on developing a strategic framework, the process was, shall we say, meaty. Like a well-balanced meal, McDonald’s has put five portions on its CSR plate: Food, Sourcing, Planet, People and Community.

The company’s aspirational goals for 2020 include:

  • Supporting sustainable beef production by collaborating to develop global principles and criteria
  • Increasing the amount of in-restaurant recycling by 50% at company-owned restaurants
  • Developing goals to reduce sodium, sugar, saturated fat or calories across the menu

“Our new CSR framework demonstrates our intent to grow the business while having a positive impact on society,” said Bob Langert, VP of Sustainability at McDonald’s. “Now, more than ever, customers care about their food and where it comes from. They want to know what companies like McDonald’s are doing to improve the world in which they live. Because of our size and scale, we can influence change for the better.”

Using the 2012-2013 CSR and Sustainability Report as a foundation, TriplePundit’s Nick Aster and CSRwire’s Aman Singh will host a live conversation on May 7, 2014, with Bob Langert, a 30-year McDonald’s veteran and passionate proponent of context and materiality.

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Twitter Chat Recap: #GenMillsSusty with General Mills

Marissa Rosen
| Thursday May 1st, 2014 | 0 Comments

GenMillsSustyWhat does sustainable sourcing involve for a global company like General Mills, and how can food companies source their ingredients most sustainably to protect the resources and communities upon which their businesses depend?

These commitments and goals are what we discussed with General Mills Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch and General Mills Sourcing Director Steve Peterson in a joint TriplePundit and CSRwire live Twitter chat on April 23, 2014.

The conversation explored upstream impacts, water usage in the supply chain and operations, and how supply chains spread across the developed and developing world shift General Mills’ sustainable sourcing approach. 

Didn’t have a chance to participate? We’ve got the bulk of the chat re-capped here in Storify:

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3p Interview: Brad Molotsky, Executive Vice President, Brandywine Realty Trust

Marissa Rosen
| Wednesday April 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Brad Twitter PicEvery Wednesday, TriplePundit takes 30 minutes or so to chat with an interesting leader in the sustainable business movement. These chats are broadcast on our Google+ channel and embedded via YouTube right here on 3p.

On Wednesday, April 30th, Nick Aster hosted a live Google Chat with Brad Molotsky. Brad is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Brandywine Realty Trust, a NYSE listed real estate investment trust, and is the co-creator of the Brandywine Environments sustainability initiative. Brandywine specializes in the ownership, management, leasing and development of class-A commercial office properties in selected markets throughout the United States, owning and managing over 36 million square feet of office product.

During this Google Chat interview, Brad told us about the specific ways he’s incorporating Brandywine’s sustainability goals into the business and how this work pays off. We learned about industry-wide organizations like the Real Estate Roundtable, what can be accomplished by partnering with others, what’s been achieved, and what the future holds.

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TODAY: Twitter Chat with Heineken: What Does It Mean to Brew a Better Future?

Marissa Rosen
| Wednesday April 30th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Join TriplePundit and CSRwire at #BaBF for a live Twitter Chat with HEINEKEN on April 30, 2014 at 8am PST / 11am EST / 5pm CETtwitter-heineken

We’re thrilled to announce another live twitter chat in partnership with CSRwire on April 30 featuring Heineken in conjunction with the release of the company’s latest sustainability report.

Heineken proclaims that sustainability has been an integral part of business operations throughout its 150-year history. Now, in 2014, the beer giant’s commitments are coming to life through its Brewing a Better Future (BaBF) Program and its long-term approach to creating shared, sustainable value in four areas that it can impact directly: protecting water resources, reducing carbon emissions, sourcing sustainably and advocating responsible consumption.

Heineken recently published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the company’s progress on the way to meet its 2020 sustainability commitments. The full 2013 report can be viewed at sustainabilityreport.heineken.com. A summary of the details can be seen on TriplePundit’s Podium.

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Thanks for Recognizing Your Favorite B Corps in TriplePundit’s #BtheChange Contest

Marissa Rosen
| Wednesday April 30th, 2014 | 0 Comments

b-corp_logosHere at TriplePundit, we’ve certainly written a lot about Certified B Corps over the years, and we recently became a member of the community ourselves - joining more than 950 other forward-thinking companies that are working to create positive impacts across the triple bottom line.

Last week, we put out a social media challenge asking you to tell us about your favorite #BCorp for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Indigenous Designs. We were overwhelmed with the overall response! Here is just a sampling of the businesses that were nominated by you:

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TODAY – Twitter Chat: General Mills with TriplePundit and CSRwire

Marissa Rosen
| Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Join #GenMillsSusty on Apr. 23, 2014 at 12pm PST.

How can food companies source their ingredients most sustainably – and protect the resources and communities upon which their businesses depend?

On April 16th, General Mills marked its 44th anniversary with the release of its 2014 CSR report – voluntarily disclosing progress on its social and environmental goals – including sustainably sourcing 100 percent of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020. That represents more than 50 percent of the company’s annual raw material purchases and includes oats, wheat, dairy, palm oil, cocoa and vanilla, among others.

The challenge ahead is significant. From finding the right partners to improving farmers’ profitability and the sustainability of their farming techniques, General Mills will need to not only focus on immediate social and environmental impact but also on sustaining its business for the long-term?

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