Impact Sourcing is Microsoft's preferred sourcing strategy that aligns the company's mission with its procurement strategy. To execute on this strategy, Microsoft seeks to engage and learn from social enterprise impact sourcing service providers, while extending their model to the large multi-national suppliers. As a result, Microsoft's suppliers have committed to create thousands of Impact Employment jobs.
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Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas a joint UN RBA project [AFFILIATED]
It aims to improve food security and income generation of small farmers in food deficit areas through reduction of post-harvest food losses in targeted value chains. By mobilizing the individual strengths of the three agencies, the joint project will have significant impact and influence in stimulating Member Countries to take action to reduce food losses. It will contribute both to the Agenda 2030 and to the Zero Hunger Challenge and supports countries to achieve the Malabo Declaration goal.
COOLANT - An energy efficient alternative outdoor air cooling system derived from natural materials that works on the principle of evaporative cooling without using any harmful refrigerants
An innovative alternative cooling solution that is made from natural materials designed for diverse environments which consumes very less energy and is capable of tapping cooling properties of water to cool warm moisture laden air. The system works on age old basic evaporative cooling technique. Coolant is a robust eco-friendly system that requires minimum maintenance, by combining air, earth and water - three natural resources we can g.It is a biomimetic design inspired by the form of beehive.
Whey recovery and valorization in SMEs in the Argentine dairy basin, through public private partnership
Whey is the main subproduct from cheese production. Discharged by SMEs as an industrial effluent without previous treatment causes a relevant impact in water bodies. Its high water usage makes transport, concentration, drying and fractioning very expensive in small scale and have been neither feasible nor profitable. The project offers technologically sound, economically feasible and environmentally sustainable tool for SMEs to process whey to a nutritious product and develop its trade chain.
The main objective is the sustainability assessment and subsequent improvement of the Master Plan of the Smart Integrated Development pilot project Nabta Town to be implemented in Borg El Arab, Egypt, and the different building types it will contain. This should be done in line with the recommendations and findings of the recently concluded "EcoNBC Feasibility Study". Another objective is the development of a sustainable urban model that can be locally adapted and replicated in other countries.
On its website, FSC informs public procurers how sourcing certified wood/paper products contributes to sustainable development, biodiversity and climate policies. It advises how do procure FSC-certification properly and what follow up activities are needed. It contains publications focusing on the construction sector, on WTO and EU Directive alignments, on LCA limitations, and on how to find more information and indeed, certified products.
ICENECDEV,XminY Netherlands and partners are Combating Marine Plastic Litter and Micro Plastic along the west Coast of Cameroon (Isobe –Idenau Coastline) contributing to the UN Clean Seas Campaign to reduce marine litter and improve on health.
Litter in the seas and water bodies are a major global environmental problem.ICENECDEV and its Partners is joining the Clean Seas Campaign, a global UN Environment initiative to reduce marine litter
ModulusTech aims on revolutionizing the affordable housing sector through its innovative flat-packed housing design, making it possible to set up houses in as little as 3 hours. These houses provide proper living conditions and come with integrated utilities and cost as low as $3000 with a lifespan of 30 years.
Measurement and management of fruit and vegetable losses in the production stage at the national level in Chile
Chile is part of the Regional Strategy for Prevention and Reduction of Food Loss and waste (FLW) for Latin America and the Caribbean, facilitated by FAO. Accordingly, Chile established a FLW National Committee conformed by government, civil society and academia. This initiative responds to the pritorities set by the committee related to identify methodologies for the quantification of FLW in order to contribute to target 12.3 (2030 Agenda) and practices for prevention and reduction.
The Birdhouse El Nido is one of few examples for eco-hotels in El Nido. To further its eco-credentials this hotel will be used as a business case for solar energy. To leverage the influence of The Birdhouse, ESTEL Magazine will be used as a platform to market the business case for solar energy and will create other campaigns using the solar case as a model. ESTEL seeks to be a voice for Eco-Sustainable Tourism in El Nido but given the current status of El Nido sits as Eat, Sleep Tour El Nido.
Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) Responsible Sourcing System Implementation in Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama
The project aims to empower small and medium-sized concrete producers in Latin America to make concrete more sustainable by training, implementing practical tools to help suppliers, contractors, governments and stakeholders. We aim to make it practical to move forward on key topics of sustainability in the production chain of concrete through a step by step implementation of a certification system for Responsible Sourcing.
Workshop on Education for Sustainable Living: Advancing teaching and learning for responsible consumption
The Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development at Inland Norway University of applied Sciences in collaboration with Earth Charter International Secretariat and the EC Center for ESD, will hold a workshop on Education for Sustainable Living: Advancing teaching and learning for responsible consumption. The workshop will examine how education can support progress towards SDG 12, and it will consider how policy, pedagogy and practice of education for sustainable living.