Seizing an opportunity to conserve resources, reduce environmental impact, and create jobs, the city of San Francisco set a goal in 2002 to achieve zero waste by 2020. Is it working? At what cost?
Author: Nayelli Gonzalez
With headline-making historic droughts in California, Taiwan and other parts of the world, there’s no denying our current global water crisis. Yet, when it comes to how corporations are mitigating their water risks, some industries are quicker to respond than others.
Reading the startling fact that socks are the most requested items in homeless shelters was the catalyst that inspired David Heath and Randy Goldberg to found Bombas, a New York City-based sock company that has taken the one-for-one donation model to a new level.
Consider this: Less than 15 percent of electronic products are recycled each year. Dell hopes to improve these numbers with its design-for-environment-inspired OptiPlex 3030 and closed loop plastic recycling initiative.
For two years following the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, filmmaker Andrew Morgan devoted himself to documenting the untold story of the people and places that pay the price for the clothes we wear – the result of which is the documentary film “The True Cost,” which premiers worldwide today.
The Cannes red carpet is more about glitz than sustainable fashion. Kering, the official fashion partner of the annual international film festival, might change that. Parent to brands such as Volcom, Stella McCartney and Gucci, Kering is the first multinational company to publicly estimate the environmental costs of activities across its entire supply chain.
Levis Strauss & Co. is teaming up with Project WET Foundation to develop custom water education curriculum and train Levi’s employees to teach young students about water conservation. Called “water ambassadors,” Levi’s employees from San Francisco, Shanghai and Singapore were trained by Project WET to go into classrooms and teach students about their water footprints, all while promoting water literacy and awareness.
By 2040, one in four Americans will be of Hispanic/Latino origin. If you peer into most Silicon Valley tech companies today (or most Fortune 500 companies, for that matter), the workforce you will see does not at all match current or projected demographic realities. According to organizations such as Code2040, this disparity is not only a business risk – it’s the greatest economic opportunity of our time.
We spoke with expert networker and professional development facilitator Sarah Michel, the creator of the NetWORTHing process and author of “Perfecting Connecting: A Personal Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace,” who shared valuable insights on what it means to be a leader – for oneself and others.
Given The Coca-Cola Company’s role in our nation’s obesity debate, you may be surprised that the world’s biggest seller of sugar water is behind innovative programs that support health and wellness around the globe.
Ask anyone who’s led corporate environmental or social responsibility initiatives and they will tell you that employees can make or break any sustainability program. The success of other aspects of the business – from internal innovation to customer satisfaction – can also hinge upon how well a company engages its employees.
In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy “to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry.”
Launched in 2014, Fashion Positive aims to retool the entire global fashion supply chain and help create more sustainable materials, processes and products. Already, the initiative is collaborating with brands such as Stella McCartney, G-Star RAW, Bionic Yarn, Loomstate and Belk department stores. While most of the sustainability conversation in the fashion industry focuses on going to zero – zero waste, zero water, zero energy, zero toxins – Fashion Positive wants to create more good instead of just less bad.
Fashion designer Natalia Allen has created a new model for sustainable fashion that has made the fashion world take notice. 3p spoke with Allen to learn more about what drives her purposefully-created clothes and how her approach to sustainability is to do more with less.
A brief look into the industry’s storied past illuminates how corporate style-setters have responded to shifting consumer demands, market trends and natural resource constraints over the years – signaling what the future of sustainable fashion might hold.