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The real-world challenges of doing business for good

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The burden of reporting
“If money comes with a need to report on the activity, and that reporting is about satisfying the expectations of donors, it can create more burden and cost. Anyone who's donating in a business capacity needs to be really thinking about what extra pressures they're putting on the recipients of that funding. The focus should always be on impact, with accountability."

What is The Business Pickle?

Wising up to the business of good

Using business as a force for good can be quite the pickle. While you want to balance profit with purpose, real-world challenges get in the way. We don’t have all the answers at The Business Pickle, but we sure have fun seeking them out.

No lectures or silver bullets. Just lessons learned, research uncovered, and experiences shared by some of the world’s brightest voices on making an impact through business.

Season 1

In our first research release, we delve into three sticky problems for businesses: the complexity of corporate giving, the distortions in our food system creating mind-boggling waste, and the evolving challenges and opportunities of packaging our products.

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EPISODE 9

The great packaging pileup: finding better ways to wrap up our goods

This is part two of our series on the great packaging pileup: finding better ways to wrap up our goods. How can businesses improve their approach to packaging, maximising its value and eliminating waste? In this episode, we take a closer look at the claims and terms that we see often written on packaging or said about packaging, like recyclable, recycled content, reusable, biodegradable... and try to demystify  what they mean in practice. We give some advice to businesses around how they can tell customers what to do with packaging once it's in their hands. We also share another framework to help businesses improve their packaging approach from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, with an example about the world's largest cosmetics company, L'Oreal.

Research Reports

Report cover page - The billion dollar question of corporate giving.

Avoiding the next funder-created roadblock

Businesses give billions to nonprofits every year. But what if the way you donate hurts instead of helps?

  • Look to impacts over activities or outputs.
  • Prioritise grantee centric funding.
  • Giving is not a substitute or trade-off.
  • Bring customers and other stakeholders on the journey.
Report cover: We waste a third of our food. What can businesses do about it?

Putting value back into our food system

With our population set to reach over 9 billion by 2040, can businesses feed people not at the cost of our planet?

  • Think about redistribution to prioritise food for people
  • Look to repurposing to add value and extend shelf life
  • Apply technology to valorise food waste
Report cover: the great packaging pileup; finding better ways to wrap up our goods

Unwrapping our options for better packaging

How can businesses improve their approach to packaging, maximising its value and eliminating waste?

  • Start with the parts you can solve, now
  • Find your framework
  • Get your packaging system working in practice

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Housing

Designing for inclusion in housing

The housing industry is incentivised to build small, cookie-cutter apartments that do not support people's quality of life. What are the levers that would create a profitable housing market built on principles of universal design?

Environment
Industry & manufacturing
Infrastructure
In progress

Fashion

Environmental responsibility in fashion

Over-production of clothing, the messiness of reverse logistics… is environmentally responsible fashion at scale possible?

Environment
Fashion
Consumerism
In progress

Carbon reduction

Carbon neutral / reduction

Should making your business carbon neutral be top of your list? Is it impactful? Are carbon offsets greenwashing?

Environment
Carbon emissions
Supply chain

Research in progress

Every Pickle starts somewhere. What speaks to you? Explore our upcoming topics, get a heads up when they'll land, or give us your two cents. Check out all Pickles upcoming, in progress or published.

In progress

Housing

Designing for inclusion in housing

The housing industry is incentivised to build small, cookie-cutter apartments that do not support people's quality of life. What are the levers that would create a profitable housing market built on principles of universal design?

Environment
Industry & manufacturing
Infrastructure
In progress

Fashion

Environmental responsibility in fashion

Over-production of clothing, the messiness of reverse logistics… is environmentally responsible fashion at scale possible?

Environment
Fashion
Consumerism
In progress

Carbon reduction

Carbon neutral / reduction

Should making your business carbon neutral be top of your list? Is it impactful? Are carbon offsets greenwashing?

Environment
Carbon emissions
Supply chain

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