Food and water scarcity have been a global problem for as long as we can remember. Today, new factors—like the COVID-19 pandemic, upheaval in the supply chain, and an uptick in natural disasters caused by climate change, just to name a few—are bringing to light new concerns for food shortages across the globe and here in the United States.
Everyone is so focused on the COVID-19 disruptions to the supply chain—and rightfully so—but what if there is something that could pose a greater threat to our supply chain? Climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent—and it could have a devasting impact on our supply chain.
Could our waste soon be regulated? Will we have more ESG (environmental, social, and governance) policy in the future? Will we have government mandates and sustainable material regulations? A new report gives analysis of past regulatory practices and a newly developed predictive framework.
Can we achieve a circular economy in the fashion industry? One new report says yes. Moving away from a linear take-make-waste model is critical. Clothes can be made with limited impact; be recycled and refurbished; and be long-lasting and ultimately, be kept in use for extended periods of time. Quite simply, clothing can be worn again and again, and again. Now that is what we have been aspiring too for some time now.
Are our roads and transportation systems ready for the mass return to office? A new study says probably not—and I would agree. Let’s take a closer look.
Many companies are demanding employees go back to the office rather than giving them a transition time or work-from-home option. And it’s not surprising that just as many executives are grappling with the challenge that is front and center: employees don’t want to go back to the office. But are we really asking the right questions?
Tim Linsenmeyer, CTO, Clover Imaging Group, and Michael Walton, industry solution executive, manufacturing industry, Microsoft, talk about how Clover Imaging is leveraging Microsoft Azure technology to advance artificial intelligence and machine learning to help disabled adults gain meaningful employment. More specifically, they discuss the benefits of a machine-learning sales forecasting system that has helped right-size inventory and labor all while reducing multiple job functions in the warehouse to just one.
Generational trends are impacting nearly every industry—such is the case for our homes. Here’s the question at hand: If the Baby Boomers are not downsizing from the big homes and Millennials and younger buyers want to buy a home, where are we going to find the land? And how will we ultimately make these structures more sustainable.
A circular economy enables us to restore natural ecosystems while still accelerating business and financial objectives. With 90% of CEOs seeing sustainability as important to success and 66% of consumers paying more for sustainable brands, the circular economy might be closer than we think—and it often starts in the supply chain.
We need sustainable and resilient cities—we need the technology and intelligence to enable them. But we also need to be thinking about building cities with materials that can be reused. Let’s look at what this really means for the planet.
Is the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act too little too late? Is the push by President Joe Biden’s administration to “Buy American” enough to revitalize America’s manufacturing industry? Are these initiatives from Washington enough to essentially change our culture in America and in manufacturing? I sure do hope so, but I am not so sure.
Peggy and Anne Munaretto, senior manager of climate change and sustainability services, Ernst & Young, discuss sustainability and ESG (environmental, social, and governance). Munaretto says ESG is an umbrella term—and they all are nonfinancial issues but do in time drive financial value for an organization. They also discuss the key drivers for how we get people to rethink being a make-take-waste society and how the younger generation fits into the equation.
I have declared this the decade of sustainability—as enterprises, cities, and everyone in between hurries to meet carbon neutrality and net zero goals by the elusive 2030 target many have set. But is there one subset that is hurdling toward this faster than others? If so, then how can we get everyone on the same page? A recent survey looks to provide some insights.
Cyberattacks are on the rise—something I predicted years ago would happen. Now, with a large amount of people working remotely, the COVID-19 pandemic has sped this up a bit. We are seeing what some might call an alarming surge phishing and ransomware attacks. Let’s look at some of the numbers, and break this down by vertical.