Search Continues for the Greenest Coffee Cup

Search Continues for the Greenest Coffee Cup

April 14, 2019

Most current disposable coffee cups are not “green.”  Many contain liners that will not easily recycle or decompose.  Considering that over 250 billion are used each year by restaurants and cafés, this presents a serious environmental problem.  In 2018, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and several other organizations got together for the NextGen Cup Challenge (see our previous post about the contest).

The objective: to find environmentally friendly coffee cups.

The approach: to either make the disposable coffee cup easier to recycle by developing better liners, use new materials, or to develop a reusable cup model.

Four hundred eighty teams attempted the contest.  Twelve winners were selected.  They will be receiving a portion of up to one million dollars in funding to further develop their ideas. See this OpenIDEO post for summaries of the winning products.

This post is based on the Nation’s Restaurant News article, Big Chains Offer $1M For Greener Cup: Winning Solution Gets Funding and Business Acceleration support, by Lisa Jennings, March 22, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Slava_kovtun

Discussion Questions:

1. Why use a competition to find the new approach?

Guidance: This is a big problem.  To find a Continue reading

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Estee Lauder’s Newest Shade: Green

Estee Lauder’s Newest Shade: Green

Estée Lauder is integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals into every aspect of its business operations.  The ESG goals that Estée Lauder plans to achieve by 2025 include responsible sourcing, net zero carbon emissions, green packaging, ingredient transparency, employee safety, social investment and employee engagement.

This post is based on the Duty Free News International article, Estée Lauder announces its 2020-2025 environmental, social and governance goals by Kapila Irland, March 16, 2019. Image source: © McGraw-Hill Education/Stephen Frisch

Discussion Questions:

1. How does Estée Lauder’s business operations contribute to advancing its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals?

Guidance: By embedding sustainable principles and purpose in every aspects of its business operations, Estée Lauder is set to achieve the following ESG goals by 2025: (1) responsible sourcing of certified sustainable palm oil ingredient; (2) net zero carbon emissions commitment; (3) recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable packaging; (4) online posting of descriptions and purposes of key ingredients; (5) employee training on sustainability and corporate social impact programs; and (6) support of social or environmental causes.

2. Why does Estée Lauder want to build a legacy of responsible corporate citizenship?

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Sustainable Sourcing in the Cocoa Supply Chain

Sustainable Sourcing in the Cocoa Supply Chain

October 13, 2018

Mars Wrigley Confectionery is planning to spend $1 billion over 10 years to ensure responsible sourcing of its cocoa supply by 2025.  Mars and eleven other cocoa buyers are working to increase  sustainable business practices for cocoa farmers in a responsible manner.

The plan is to use GPS mapping to insure cocoa supplies do not come from protected rain forests and to work directly with farmers to increase productivity and find ways to increase their income.

Fifty percent of Mars’ cocoa is currently certified by Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade.  Mars wants to do more to improve the lives of farmers by paying more for responsibly sourced cocoa.  The company will also work with communities and governments to combat child labor practices.

A key issue is that cocoa production has been dwindling over the last decade in part due to farmers’ low income. Cocoa buyers fear that farmers will turn to more lucrative cash crops and further reduce the supply of cocoa.

This post was co-authored by David Little, Ph.D., and Anita Lee-Post, Ph.D.  It is based on the Supply Chain Dive article, Mars will invest $1B to fix ‘broken’ cocoa supply chain, by Continue reading

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