Collective Responsibility’s News Roundup: Communicating Bad News, Plastic Bans Don’t Work, and LEGO Windmills

With so much going on in the realm of sustainability, leadership, and innovation, and only a limited amount of bandwidth for professionals in this space, we have created this weekly news to highlight articles that we feel are (1) important, (2) relevant, and (3) interesting in the areas of business sustainability.

If you have an article that you feel needs to be mentioned, please let us know in the comments section below!


Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news – Washington Post

One of the most difficult challenges that we believe sustainability, and sustainability professionals, face is the challenge to communicate complicated and heavy topics to stakeholders in way that inspires action. This article speaks to that challenge, and why a shift in approach is needed.


Plastic bans—the least effective way to solve Southeast Asia’s plastic pollution problem, food industry study finds

While governments, and brands, around the world have take up plastic bag, bottle, and straw bans recently, a new study by the Food Industry Asia looks at whether or not these bans are the best step towards addressing the issue of ocean plastic. It is an article that will may evoke an emotional response, however the view point is an important one as it offers insight into the true breadth of the challenge and the need to get beyond consumer pleasing bans.


The coming evaluation revolution in corporate responsibility – Devex

A couple weeks ago when we asked Is CSR Dead, we looked at a few areas for where CSR needs to innovate, adapt, and align differently to remain relevant. This article picks up on those points nicely to highlight a number of critical areas where this should be done, and why.


Food Service Giant Sodexo Announces Vegan Menu

While vegetarianism and veganism were seen as fringe markets for many years, the market has grown large enough for “Big Food” to not only pay attention, but to make investments into the movement.


LEGO launches functioning wind turbine model to promote sustainability

Wrapping up this week’s news, we thought we would throw in a fun one. At 200USD, it is a bit pricey, but it would certainly make for a nice addition to desk or book shelf of any sustainability professional!

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