André Gonçalves

André Gonçalves

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Editor-in-chief & Sustainability Expert

CSR Strategy: The 9 Benefits Of Business Buildings With Vertical Green Walls

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Do you want to further develop the CSR strategy of your company? What if installing green walls helped you improve the environmental impact of urban areas and local biodiversity, while improving employee productivity and well-being and reducing energy costs? In this piece we take a closer look at how companies can adopt green walls as a CSR solution that’s able to…

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Automation And Robots Are Coming – How Likely Is Your Job To Survive?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Robots are growing and impacting the way society, economy and the world are organized. Areas with the lowest income, usually rural regions, are more vulnerable to the progress of automation. The permanent loss of jobs will be softened by new jobs that’ll be created and demand new skills from people. Automation is likely to increase economic growth and boost productivity but…

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Examples Of Eco Friendly Actions To Fight Climate Change? Consume Less Streaming, Porn And Videos

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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The impact of digital technologies (responsible for 4% of greenhouse gases) is approximately split in the production and consumption stages. At the consumption phase, 80% of its impact comes from video, which has a huge carbon footprint. But how polluting can video really be? What types of video is being consumed the most? And how can video be regulated in order…

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What’s More Ecological? Not Flying? Recycling? Not Driving? Bamboo Toothbrushes?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Maybe not so radically. But indeed, we’re often not truly aware of the contribution our daily actions have to the overall CO2 emissions. How much driving our cars or switching to LED lights affects global warming, leading to events such as permafrost melting or ocean acidification? For instance, committing to a one-year plant-based diet saves around 4x more GHG emissions per…

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Energy Transition: Can Nuclear Energy Be The Clean, Zero Emissions And Ecological Solution?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Is nuclear energy ecological? Is nuclear energy clean? Does it really have zero carbon emissions? What pollution does it generate? How dangerous is a nuclear waste? Let’s find out. The Ongoing Debate On Nuclear Energy 4,4% of primary energy consumed worldwide is nuclear energy, with countries such as the US, France, Russia, China or South Korea having energy grids that highly…

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Are Microalgae The Missing Solution To Fight Climate Change?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Microalgae grow fast using little space and water. They can be used as a carbon dioxide transformer, biofuel or food. They’re highly nutritious and can be produced in different ways. Some say they can even be a way of fighting climate change. Let’s find out more about the potential of algae. The Unbelievable Powers Of Algae That Brought Us There Algae…

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Consumers Are Increasingly Buying Sustainable Products, Research Shows

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Sustainable soap. Sustainable toothbrush. Sustainable wood. Sustainable avocados. Sustainable coffee. Sustainable palm oil. Sustainable plastic. Sustainable jeans. Sometimes, in the middle of all this sustainability mood, comes the question: how is this sustainable hype progressing? Chances are you’ve probably seen new products labeled as sustainable in your usual supermarket, because the segment of sustainably packaged products is indeed growing, according to…

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Ocean Protection: 8 Things You Can Do To Help Protect The Oceans

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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The oceans need our protection. From finding the causes that worry us the most to moving away from plastic or choosing sustainable food: there are 8 tips we’d like to share with you on how we can protect our oceans.  The Basic Kit For Ocean Protection Advocates Are you’re thinking about doing something regarding the ocean problems and committed to helping…

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Carbon Offsets And The CSR Strategy That’ll Increase Business Reputation

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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How can companies develop their corporate reputation (CSR) strategy? Yes, they can pay fair wages, bet on gender diversity, work with responsible suppliers, offer a flexible working environment, organize volunteering activities, become paperless or develop conscious leadership practices. But there’s something else they can proactively do, at least until regulations come – offsetting their carbon footprint and start moving in the…

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Universal Basic Income: Is It Utopian Giving Free Money To Everyone?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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What is the definition of universal basic income? Why did it become so popular all of a sudden? How realistic is it? Won’t people stop working once they get paid for no reason? Let’s find out. Universal Basic Income: How It Became Mainstream The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting was held in Davos in January this year. The purpose of this…

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It Was Bad And It’s Getting Worse: Melting Permafrost Is Contributing To Climate Change Too

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

permafrost climate change

Permafrost is not so perma(nent) anymore. It is melting in an irreversible process at a human time-scale. And it’s increasing global warming and causing economic, human and environmental damage. Permafrost – From Creation To Destruction If you’re not familiar with extreme latitudes, chances are you’re not used to seeing or thinking about permafrost. But rest assured, it is still there, though…

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The Expectations Of The Millennial Generation – How Can Organizations Attract And Retain Them?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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A lot is said about the Millennial generation. They’re the smartest. They’re the laziest. They’re the most proactive too – all at once. They’re digital natives with selfish traits. Business people wearing flip-flops. Entrepreneurs with a taste for social impact. Avocado lovers addicted to Netflix. Great at making virtual connections. Not so good at building meaningful relationships. In the midst of…

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Developing A CSR Strategy: Letting Employees Share Their Skills (And Time) For Free

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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hr Are you wondering how your company could improve its CSR strategy and its commitment towards people & planet? Good, because we’ve wondered about it too and we’re sharing 6 reasons why letting employees share their skills and time for free might be a good idea, both for society and for the business itself.  A Wise CSR Approach – Why Should…

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Is Conscious Leadership The Missing Link For A Sustainable World?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Our planet is far from being ok. And there’s still a lot of inequality and poverty to fight. What kind of leaders do we need to build a better future? What role can more conscious leaders play? And what is conscious leadership? The Need To Reinvent Our World “We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical…

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Earth Overshoot Day: It’s More About Carbon Emissions Than Consuming Resources

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Has humanity exhausted the stock of natural resources available for a year? Not exactly. Let us explain. The Earth Overshoot Day – What Does It Mean? In 2019, the Earth Overshoot Day fell on the 10th of May for the average European citizen, according to a report from WWF and the Global Footprint Network. Globally, this day takes place on the…

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CO2 Emissions And GHG: Understanding The Basics About Who’s Polluting and How

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

How much greenhouse gas (GHG) is actually released worldwide? And what are its main sources? Has humankind been successful at reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases? How harmful is the meat industry and how much do our cars and plane journeys pollute? Are electric cars really a more eco-friendly option than fossil-fuel-powered cars? Let’s find out. A Changing Planet With Too…

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Hydrogen Cars Vs Electric Cars: Which Is More Sustainable?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Are hydrogen cars greener than electric cars? Are hydrogen cars the best mobility alternative for the future? They don’t emit CO2 during the driving journey – does this mean they’re not polluting? Find out the basics about hydrogen-powered cars and what’s the best option to protect the environment today. How Hydrogen And Electric Cars Work A hydrogen fuel cell car has…

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5 Simple Ideas For Your Company To Be More Sustainable Every Day

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

What if you tried to make your company more sustainable and responsible? Here are 5 gestures to help you with this transformation. The Importance Of CSR And Sustainability In Companies Today Companies have been increasingly realizing the importance of betting on CSR practices. Among the many benefits that developing a sustainability strategy brings, one of them has to with improving a…

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Why Are Forests So Important And What Can You Do To Protect Them?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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People living in the countryside and others from yogic or tribal traditions people look at forests with respect, seeing them as ancient, sacred and mysterious.  Others support themselves on the laws of science, recognizing forests as incredible biodiversity hotspots and the best “technology” we have to fight climate change. Yet, in the stressed and sometimes far way urban life it’s easy…

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19 Business Leaders Will Answer Your Sustainability Questions At Sustainable Brands Hot Seats!

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

Sustainable Brands Paris Hot Seat

What if you asked your questions about sustainable development to the leaders of the largest international organizations? This is precisely what Sustainable Brands offers you with Hot Seats on April 23 and 24. More and more consumers and citizens expect brands to engage in sustainable development, ecology, and the circular economy. They are waiting for brands to commit to building a…

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What Are Innovators Made Of? 5 Traits To Figure Out If You’re An Innovator

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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The world needs innovators. It always has. People living during the time of the industrial revolution, in the late 18th century would probably think of flying machines that can take pictures and film as a fantasy. Yet, drones seem to be a normal average gadget nowadays. It’s because of men and woman that went further than everyone else that today most…

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How To Use Laptops In An Eco-Friendly Way And Make Batteries Last Longer

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

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Should laptops be left plugged in or unplugged while being used? What is the best way of saving more energy? Let’s find out about this and the importance of taking good care of batteries. Running Laptops On Mains Or Using The Battery Whether its best to leave laptops running on battery power or keep them plugged in is a common question…

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How To Be Happy? 4 Ways To Be Happy Every Day

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

world happiness day

Happier people have better mental and physical health, more meaningful relationships and are more productive at work. But are we being taught how to live a happier life? We’re sharing 4 steps to help you live happier every day. World Happiness Day: Are You Feeling Happy? Happy Happiness Day! Today works as an excuse to remind us of what we sometimes…

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Supply Chains Cause 90% Of Companies’ Environmental Impacts. How Can They Be Improved?

by André Gonçalves André Gonçalves

sustainability supply chain

Sustainability is a growing concern in companies and it’s changing the way business is done. For many different reasons, from consumer demand to cost savings or risk avoidance, the number of companies developing CSR and sustainability strategies is growing. However, in many industries, the challenges to sustainability are external and dependant on suppliers across the supply chain. In fact, McKinsey says…

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Tesla, Hyperloop, Impossible Foods, Climeworks : “fake industries” in ecology.

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

Tesla, Climeworks, Impossible Foods: and if all the companies supposedly revolutionizing ecology were actually fake industries, unable to be viable in the long run and solve our ecological problems? Explanations. In recent years, a real craze has attracted start-ups in the field of ecology. The number of companies that offer a product or service with the idea of serving ecological interests,…

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10 actions that companies can put in place to fight climate change

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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As we saw in our previous article in COP21, many companies are and will be in the future, greatly affected by climate change. Yet, many do not know what they can do to fight it. Here are 10 actions that all companies could put in place to do their part in the fight against global warming. 1 – Measure and analyze…

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Vegetarian, Omnivore, Organic, Locavore: The Environmental Impact Of Your Food Decrypted

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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The first episode of our special issue dedicated to responsible eating! What is the environmental impact of our diet? Global warming, soil pollution, water contamination… Agriculture and food production have enormous impacts on our planet. But how can we reduce the carbon footprint of our diet? Which diet is the most “eco-friendly”? Which protects the environment and the planet the most?…

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How Generation Y Is (Maybe) Going To Save The Business World ?

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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What if Generation Y was capable of transforming global business and getting it “on the right side”? How will the new expectations of these young and digital consumers influence companies and move them towards more responsible, fairer, more environmentally and socially responsible business models? Decryption. Generation Y will soon take power. They are arriving slowly in the labor market, returning to…

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Sweden wants to lower taxes for those who repair instead of throwing away

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

Sweden is about to pass a law allowing consumers who choose to repair rather than throw away, to earn money and benefit from tax cuts. Is this a way to encourage more responsible and ecological consumption? As we know, our buying methods are leading us towards an ecological dead end. We buy too much, we consume too much, and as a…

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Are Shorter Working Days The Secret To A Happier, Healthier And More Productive Life?

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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What if we got out of work a little earlier? What if our work schedules were shorter on a daily basis? Can this be the secret to a healthier, more productive life? And can it make companies more efficient? Today, the professional world is reinventing its organizational principles. Companies and employees are increasingly finding that businesses’ traditional organizational methods are not…

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6 Arguments For More Gender Equality At Work

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

gender workplace equality

Improving gender equality in the workplace could bring companies many benefits. Do you want your employer to promote gender equality at work? We’re sharing 6 good arguments to help you build up your pitch on why your company should have more equality between men and women. What Is Happening With Gender Equality And How Is Women’s Corporate Situation Today? Despite accounting…

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The Top 100 Companies With The Best CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Reputation

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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[box] NEW ARTICLE: Discover The New 2019 Ranking Of The Companies With The Best CSR Reputation. [/box] Which companies have the strongest CSR reputation in the world? Which are perceived as the most responsible? Back to the “CSR Rep Track” ranking, published by the renowned Reputation Institute. The importance of CSR for the reputation of brands The links between CSR and…

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Agri-Ecological Small Farms: The Solution to World Hunger and Sustainable Food?

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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Should we change our agricultural system for a more sustainable, equitable food supply that will feed the entire world population? This is, in any case, what is suggested by the major study carried out by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food (IPES Food), who advocate the transition to a diversified agro-ecology made up of smaller, less intensive farms with…

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10 of the most popular foods are also the worst for the environment

par Clément Fournier Clément Fournier

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It is common knowledge now that our diet has a very strong impact on the environment. Agriculture contributes nearly 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and pesticides and fertilizers used to grow our food are largely responsible for pollution and havoc on ecosystems. But just what are the worst foods in environmental terms? At the risk of scaring you, most of…

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