Episode 130: London calling with Ellen MacArthur, the CSOs of Unilever, Marks & Spencer
Week in Review
Tune in around 4:16 for a roundup of news.
Ellen MacArthur: Momentum for circular economy initiatives is growing (16:25)
More companies are moving toward systemic transformations of their production models, especially when it comes to plastics. "The energy in the room is elevating every year," Ellen MacArthur, founder of the waste-tackling foundation that bears her name, observes in this segment with GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower.
What makes a city circular? (22:56)
Ashima Sukhdev, government and cities lead for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, offers perspective on how moving to systems that prioritize zero waste could transform urban communities. European cities may be embracing these ideas more quickly than their U.S. counterparts, but places like Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina, are not far behind.
Marks & Spencer makes its mark (28:26)
More than 100 separate commitments are part of the British retailer's "Plan A" sustainability mandate, launched back in 2007 — making it one of the longest standing agendas in the UK. So far, Marks & Spencer has applied these principles to 83 percent of the products it carries (everything from lingerie to flowers). Mike Barry, director of Plan A and sustainable business for the company, talks about what's next.
Unilever CSO: Let's pick up the pace (37:00)
Chief Sustainability Officer Jeff Seabright reflects on the "piecemeal" progress that companies are making when it comes to embracing sustainable agricultural practices, addressing the global plastics crisis, embracing inclusive growth — and more. "I think it hasn't been as transformational as the situation requires," he notes. That's why Unilever is doubling down on behavior change programs.
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