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How Australia’s New Forests measures the sustainability of its forests

Climate Finance In its latest sustainability report, New Forests details how it is deploying technology and R&D to enhance sustainability and track productivity on the 840,000 hectares of forestland in its portfolio. For example, the company uses LiDAR technology to use “short wavelengths of light in the electromagnetic spectrum” to remotely measure the dimensions of

Apple says it will make all products from renewable or recycled resources

Climate Finance Three years ago, Apple said it planned to make its facilities 100 percent run on renewable energy. It’s 96 percent of the way there, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of environmental and social initiatives told Vice (in a video clip) last week. Apple says it will source materials for its products from recycled and renewable

Small farmers, big impact; measuring forest sustainability; IKEA goes social, Apple goes recycled

#Featured: Open Mic Small farmers are the future of global food security. Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. Now, larger buyers of agricultural

Danone to create a public benefit corporation to hold WhiteWave

The French multinational food company signaled it wants to preserve WhiteWave’s healthy vibe after completing its $10 billion acquisition of the U.S. dairy company. Danone Dairy and WhiteWave’s health-focused brands (including Horizon Organic, Silk and Earthbound Farm) will combine under the name DanoneWave, which will become one of the largest “public benefit corporations” to date. Benefit corporations,

Scotland strengthens European social enterprise ties for the Brexit era

As the U.K. begins its two-year process to leave the E.U., Scotland is seeking ways to stay connected. The Scottish government’s three-year Social Enterprise Action Plan aims to “maintain the strongest possible relationship with European partners.” Scotland is looking to “frame, lead and accelerate global developments in the social enterprise movement,” and will host the2018

New MOOCs teach the language of social finance

Social finance classes are not just for MBA students anymore. At Wharton, Berkeley, Columbia, Duke and other business schools, impact investing and social finance classes are packed. Now, the Social Finance Academy, a project of the German consulting firm Roots of Impact, promises to guide “social entrepreneurs through the entire journey of attracting impact investment” — online and

And a Skoll Award goes to…Babban Gona, for boosting incomes of Nigerian farmers

And a Skoll Award goes to…Kola Masha of Babban Gona, for boosting incomes of Nigerian farmers. The six-year-old agriculture startup is the first for-profit company to receive a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which were announced ahead of next week’s Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. Based in Lagos, Babban Gona has helped more than 13,000 smallholder