By Silvia Schmid
William McDonough at the Sustainable Brands Conference “From Revolution to Renaissance” in San Diego (Courtesy of Sustainable Brands)
Sustainable Brands’ 2013 Conference “From Revolution to Renaissance” took place this past week in San Diego, bringing together hundreds of professionals and thought leaders in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Sustainable Brands is a supporting member of the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (Wharton IGEL).
Though many topics were addressed, three of the most salient themes from the conference were:
- Transitioning towards transparency and full disclosure
- Maintaining initial values while navigating through big data
- Changing perspectives on sustainability
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