Innovations

285 Innovations
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    Elithis is a consulting and engineering group that is dedicated to delivering energy efficiency solutions to all buildin...
      France Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation in residential building design & construction deserves to be recognized. It was one of the the first positive energy residential buildings in the world, meeting the "net positive" standard at a lower cost than a comparably designed conventional...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This innovation is a big step forward in creating sustainable cities all over the world.
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    SunCulture aims to create a new investment class by empowering poor farmers to increase their annual crop yield by ...
      Kenya Exemplar
    Goal 2. Zero Hunger
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An outstanding example multi-part business solutions that combine to alleviate one of the world's most pressing problems: the plight of farmers who face low yields due to poor irrigation practices. The AgroSolar Irrigation Kit offers farmers multiple business...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd An innovative and sustainable way to increase crop yields and reduce poverty for African farmers by providing an affordable and reliable irrigation system.
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    Watermelon Water, WTRMLN WTR, founded by Jody Levi and Harlan Berger in 2013, is a company which collects blemished yet ...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fantastic illustration of turning lemons into lemonade, except in this case it involves watermelons. The innovation takes damaged (also know as "ugly fruit") watermelons to profitably produce watermelon juice that is good for business and good for our health....  more
    • Pernille Hippe Brun
      Pernille Hippe Brun This story exemplifies how a frustrating thing like meaningless food waste can be turned into a profitable business. By using the "ugly" leftover watermelons in a healthy drink to the public, not only do we as consumers benefit - but the farmers are also...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter I love this innovation! It's good for the farmers, for the business, for people's health...what an ingenious way to help eliminate food waste!
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    Naturepedic produces healthy, hand-made, organic mattresses. They have eliminated all potential hazardous materials...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An innovation that provides healthy, hand-made, organic mattresses for children. Given the high percentage of their lives spent sleeping, children (and their parents) are the beneficiaries of this innovation that reduces or eliminates toxic chemicals present...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter The author really sums it up when he writes "More and more people are realizing exactly how many harmful chemicals we surround ourselves with on a daily basis." This innovation is one more way we can protect ourselves and our children from putting toxins...  more
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    General Electric (GE) Healthcare, a subsidiary of GE, has collaborated with a multitude of organizations to create ...
      United States
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A healthcare innovation designed to address a sports injury (football game related concussions) that has the potential to address a much broader set of injuries related to traffic accidents and other head injuries. Part of GE's early recognition of product...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This innovation has the potential to help so many more lives than just the NFL. I love the collaboration that took place to help solve the problem of concussions and to create a new solution.
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    Zhizun liquid laundry is the most innovative and most hyper-concentrated liquid laundry detergent of China Blu...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo The power of this hyper-concentrated liquid detergent innovation comes from its application to the Chinese market. Reducing energy, CO2 emissions, and water while saving money for the consumer can make a huge difference in this market. The introduction of...  more
    • Laura M. Johnson
      Laura M. Johnson The net impact of this innovation in terms of the scale is profound and far-reaching. If 1.4 billion people in China make a switch to using more environmentally-friendly detergents, that means mutual benefits to all parties involved. Saving the environment,...  more
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    The Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma HEINEKEN brewing company boosts synergies within i...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Patricia  Garcia saenz
      Patricia Garcia saenz AS A PHOENIX IN THE INDUSTRY, we can't explain better, lets inspire others.
    • Eliza Somsel
      Eliza Somsel It's great to see the importance of employees being involved in the change process highlighted in this innovation story! The company would not have had such success without such strong employee engagement.
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    Book & Plow believes strongly in long-term sustainability of the land and farm. For the past three years the Book and Pl...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell The Book and Plow farm touches on a number of the SDG's and is making a significant impact.
    • Muyiwa Oni
      Muyiwa Oni The Book and Plow farm develop its innovative waste diversion program that has helped feed its farm and promote ecological literacy within its community. Its collaboration with stakeholders in the community – university administrators and students, regional...  more
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    Coffee Flour is creating a new product life-cycle by taking coffee fruit by-product and turning it into cooking flour. ...
      Worldwide Exemplar
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A clever innovation to take the normally rejected portion of the coffee cherry that remains after the coffee beans are picked, and to convert it into a nutrient-packed flour for baking. Reduces waste, creates jobs, and provides a nutritious and delicious...  more
    • Ellen Boyd
      Ellen Boyd An ingenious way to “convert waste into benefit” while improving the lives of coffee farmers around the world and having a substantial positive environmental impact. I am so intrigued by this story that I can’t wait to try Coffee Flour for myself!
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter I love this story! What an amazing innovation - eliminating waste, creating jobs, nutritious flour - good for business and society in so many ways.
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    Happy Harvest is a Hydroponic Greenhouse, growing plants without the use of soil, in Denville, New Jersey. They use nutr...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • April Patrick
      April Patrick What an exciting innovation that really shows the passion behind such work! It's great to see how you built a relationship with the founders as you learned about their business.
    • Jim Trengrove
      Jim Trengrove This is a well researched, well explained report with emphasis on the details of hydroponic farming. The prospects for "growth" on this industry are very encouraging.
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    Global Prairie is a Marketing Agency with a goal of creating sustainability through their innovative business model. Thi...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 17. Partnerships for the Goals
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fabulous example of a service provider profitably differentiating itself in a rapidly growing market for sustainability solutions. The underlying purpose of this marketing agency is to create value for its customers, community, environment and the employees...  more
    • Laura M. Johnson
      Laura M. Johnson A company that recognizes that its employees must truly live and act on its value proposition for it to succeed has already won half the battle. Global Prairie's approach and business model demonstrate that for-profit businesses can be effective and impactful...  more
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    Since Fuji Xerox executed their "Zero Landfill Product Initiative" program in 2004, 99.5% of their products are being re...
      Taiwan
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An innovation in the flow of manufacturing, the "Zero Landfill Product Initiative" program has led to 99.5% of Fuji Xerox's products being recycled or reused. A pioneer in reducing its negative environmental footprint, the company has successfully documented...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's amazing how this company has been able to recycle 99.5% of all of their products. This is really important for society and the environment!
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    Stemming the tide of brain drain requires a deep commitment on many parts — a talented national having a promising...
      Morocco
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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    Diverse toys for boys of color. The company says that it is "Celebrating brown boyhood with diverse toy dolls." The idea...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 10. Reduced Inequalities
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner I think that this company has found an important niche. As they so rightly mention, girls have fictional role models which empower them but our society s sorely lacking in positive role models and initiation rites and ceremonies which empower boys and especially...  more
    • Florence Snyder
      Florence Snyder This is an idea whose time should have come long ago. Bravo, Ms. Pierre, and best wishes!
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    With the increased demand in the world for energy, the need for clean and sustainable energy is more urgent than ever be...
      Japan
    Goal 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
    • Nurete Brenner
      Nurete Brenner Although, I do not understand the technicalities of this innovation, I understand that it is potentially a breakthrough in the move towards eliminating fossil fuels from the supply chain and replacing it with renewable energy. This has the potential, therefore,...  more
    • Stephanie Hagen
      Stephanie Hagen A great innovation to move toward creating renewable energy with zero emissions.
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    An electric car network piloted at the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marakech, Morocco as a corporate strate...
      Morocco
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville A corporate partnership hoping to influence consumers to make green choices turns my perceptions of activism upside down. I have only considered how individuals and communities influence corporate behavior. Now, this example shows that corporations can try...  more
    • Kevin Payne
      Kevin Payne I share Mary's insight on the role corporations can play as community activists. A great partnership that spreads awareness on the importance of green technology that will hopefully shift consumer behavior towards green cars.
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    Healthy work environments have procedural transparency. Good leaders role model desired behaviors and values within...
      Morocco
    Goal 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
    • Mary Grace Neville
      Mary Grace Neville I am as moved by Mr. Lakhadari's courage and conduct as I am moved by Anass' discovery and retelling of such inspiring leadership. For people and in places where injustice feels normal, Mr. Lakhardari's commitment to fairness and social justice indeed brings...  more
    • George Dionne
      George Dionne This story illustrates how one person's integrity and care can overflow into a way of being among co-workers and with clients and stakeholders. It reminds me of a book title, "Peace is every step".
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    The innovation of SF Express China is named "Green Delivery," which makes every step of the package-delivery process env...
      Worldwide
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo This innovation involves the entire business model of package delivery: from electronic receipts to reusable canvas bags to electric vehicles. Based in China where the volume of courier deliveries is the highest in the world, a radically greener supply chain...  more
    • Rose Folsom
      Rose Folsom It's worth repeating the author's observation that making a slight shift in the way a business does things can become an industry-changing innovation that inspires other companies.
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    Create a demand for high quality silk products in the Western world. Support local silk weavers in Varanasi, India wh...
      India Exemplar
    Goal 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • Stacie Chappell
      Stacie Chappell Naughty Sun has an ambitious vision that harnesses the power of the market to support and preserve an ancient craft.
    • Ashley Stanley
      Ashley Stanley Naughty Sun is doing amazing work to help keep a traditional art form strong and economically viable. I look forward to hearing more about this company as it grows.
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    Bureo is a company that recycles plastic waste from the ocean and fashions them into skateboards and sunglasses. Their p...
      Chile Exemplar
    Goal 14. Life Below Water
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A powerful story of taking plastic trash (primarily discarded fishing nets) in the oceans to profitably produce consumer products (primarily skateboards), while creating jobs and educating fishing communities and local communities about the value of sustainability...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter It's amazing how big of a difference recycling can make to the ecosystem and to society. What this company has done is truly inspiring.