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Sex, Food & Our Shared Environment

“What sex is to interpersonal relationships, eating is to the human-environment relationship. Treating our relationship with food as a series of one-off sensual encounters is like having random sex with a blindfold on: it may be fun, but it is also full of nasty surprises.” — David Waltner-Toews, in Food, Sex and Salmonella I grew up envying the fluffy white store-bought bread …

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Water: Where is Business’s Thirst for Action?

“What we really need is more leadership by the business and agricultural communities— major users of water—to raise awareness, take action in their own operations, and lobby governments for better water stewardship regulations.”   As World Water Day reminds us, the state of the world’s water is in a deplorable state. California, where one-third of America’s fruits and vegetables are …

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Best practices for communicating social impact

Social impact evaluation is now mandatory for your brand to be credible. Some form of social impact performance monitoring and measurement is a mandatory activity for any company that wants to credibly claim that social benefits result from its business activities.  Performance monitoring for improvement in operations is not a new idea in business management – but it is largely …

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Parched: Strategy & Policy in a World with Less Water

It’s World Water Day, a United Nations-driven initiative that aims to increase global awareness of sustainable development. Among the many consequences of climate change, few are so frightening as the consequences of a future when water is a rationed, scarce resource. The myriad issues are contentious and alarming. Global news agencies have for decades covered the devastating droughts of eastern …

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Strategy On Purpose: Pet Projects to Corporate Social Returns

It seems everyone loves cats and dogs. Banks, insurers, recruitment and storage companies are all keen supporters of dog and cat charities. Some of this is very worthy and important. And of course we all recognize the power of a cute pet to mobilize action: millions of social media shares attest to this! Engaging staff in a fund-raising effort for …

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Ten Things to Include in Your Sustainability Report

At Junxion, we believe sustainability reports should be mandatory. But what should be included? From our experience working with brands like adidas, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels and many others, here’s our list of the top ten things to include in your report: A statement from your CEO, ideally with genuine personal commitment, to drive the business to being more sustainable. …

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CSR Reporting: A Great Lever for Change

On April 1, 2014, the Indian government introduced the world’s most comprehensive CSR law. In a nutshell, it requires companies that meet certain criteria to spend two percent of a rolling three-year average of their profits on various CSR activities. This may include measures relating to hunger, nutrition, sanitation, education and training, environment, women’s empowerment, national heritage, arts and culture, …

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Innovation is Overrated

Today’s obsession with innovation is causing as many problems for entrepreneurs as it solves. And it’s definitely not the only way to solve challenges or build a thriving enterprise. When I was a boy, I remember my father having a massive collection of neckties. There must have been over a hundred of them, their knots slacked off, not quite undone, …

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Social Ventured, Social Gains

As we look toward the close of another year, it’s timely to reflect on the connections, experiences, and insights of the year that was, and to carry the best lessons learned into the year ahead. While December is always a ripe time for reflection, this year has been particularly full…. Between attending, designing and organizing conferences on three continents—all focused …