Innovations

431 Innovations
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    BrightFarms, Inc. is an agricultural company based out of New York City that finances, builds, and manages hydropon...
      United States
    Goal 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo Great example of a business model that aligns directly with a number of the UN Sustainable Development goals.
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter Food waste is a huge problem in our society and I love how this business innovation is working towards eliminating food waste and making people healthier.
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    A regional grocer in the US is helping make its communities healthier by changing the perspective of how their customers...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A food grocer that is innovating its business model to incorporate wellness consultants who assist shoppers is making healthier eating choices by informing them of healthier alternatives and by creating shopping plans for people with specific dietary needs....  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter This is a really nice example of "doing well by doing good" - customers are very loyal to Heinen's grocery stores and Heinen's is making a huge effort to be able to provide customers with many opportunities to be as healthy as they can be.
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    Forus Health is Bangalore based health care enterprise that is redefining the medical device industr...
      India
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo An innovation to combat a threatening complication from eye injuries, in the form of affordable eye care equipment that costs a fraction of what similar products go for as marketed by major multinationals. This innovation solves three keys challenges –...  more
    • Andrew Himes
      Andrew Himes Health care innovations like this often have an impact beyond the lives of the individuals immediately affected. Increasing the availability of good health care also increases the general well-being of a population, while decreasing infant disease and mortality...  more
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    Mevion expanded the use of proton therapy for cancer treatment. Their innovation of super conducting magnet has inc...
      Worldwide
    Goal 3. Good Health and Well-Being
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A superb example of technological innovation using proton therapy for cancer treatment. The innovation uses a superconducting magnet to increase efficiencies in proton therapy while making it more compact and cost effective, ultimately making cancer treatment...  more
    • Barbara Leary
      Barbara Leary A fascinating and encouraging story of a promising innovation in the treatment of cancer.
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    Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland is supporting upcoming brewers by providing access to their infrastructure and providing ...
      United States
    Goal 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fun example of a free collaborative service aimed at helping prospective new entrants that reinforces customer loyalty and provides a sense of community that brings ample business benefits. This innovative business model highlights the value of mutualism...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter I love that this brewery is helping other brewers fulfill their dreams and in turn, people in Cleveland know the mission of this brewery and it helps drive business!
    • Roberta Baskin
      Roberta Baskin Platform Beer Co. is inspirational for its community oriented advocacy to support hobbyist brewers and encouraging business opportunities for those with bigger brewing dreams. I'm so intrigued by the collaborative, rather than competitive, mindset!
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    Tunnel Vision Hoops designs and manufactures greenhouse structures with offerings that are unique to city and ...
      United States Exemplar
    Goal 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • Chris Laszlo
      Chris Laszlo A fascinating example of a greenhouse design innovation that takes advantage of a growing market demand in urban farming while adapting to regional needs for improved performance in inclement weather. This innovation showcases the maturing of "green" products...  more
    • Megan Buchter
      Megan Buchter The use of these hoop houses in "food deserts" has great potential to radically change communities. This innovation not only helps farmers maintain their livelihood, but it helps change the way people obtain food in urban neighborhoods.
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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 15. Life on Land
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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
    • Dina Fajardo
      Dina Fajardo Congratulations to the team for this great story, I'm sure you enjoyed learning a bit more about this important company. I'm glad you found this story in the Global Goal Number 12 since we know is a key goal that many companies should engage with.
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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
    • Ekaterina Ivanova
      Ekaterina Ivanova What a fascinating story! This is a great example of how insider technical knowledge could be transferred into a business case with social appeal and environmental impact! Would love to taste this Coffee Flour, too))
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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!