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Recently, Framework brought together accomplished members of Seattle’s sustainability, business, and civic community to celebrate the opening of our office in the city. Guests mingled on a rooftop deck sampling sustainable foods and wines provided by Hitchcock Café and the Eleven and Amelia Wynn wineries while enjoying lively conversation backed by a vibrant salsa band and surrounded by expansive Puget Sound views.

The rich conversations taking place during the evening ranged from how the scientific community can engage the public on climate matters, to avoiding bias within artificial intelligence applications, to ideas for how companies can leverage and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

While Framework has long had ties to the Seattle community, this year marks our first formal office in the area, an epicenter of sustainability leadership.
The launch opens many new strategic opportunities for the firm in the country’s fastest-growing city, and we look forward to being a resource for the… More >

The Hershey Company issued its latest annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report in June 2017, outlining progress made during 2016 toward the company’s commitment to “Shared Goodness.”
Hershey continues to advance its corporate responsibility leadership by unveiling new environmental sustainability goals, strengthening local communities, providing children with the nutrition they need to learn and grow, responding to consumers’ desire for greater transparency and simple ingredients, and offering an engaging and flexible workplace for its employees.
This year, Hershey also took a refreshed approach to updating content and engaging new audiences by:

conducting a new priority issue analysis that guided report content by the issues that are most important to the business;
emphasizing audience relevance by creating a short, story-driven report and a comprehensive, data-rich supplement to allow stakeholders from consumers to employees to professional analysts to easily choose the depth… More >

 

“He stared at his hot chocolate like it held the secret to the universe.” — Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels

 

Deep in the tropical forests of the Amazon basin and across the foothills of the Andes, Theobroma cacao trees rustle and grow, as they have since their origin here more than 20,000 years ago. Derived from the Greek for “food of the gods,” Theobroma is fittingly named. Ancient lore has it the plumed serpent god Kukulcan gave the Mayans the divine cacao bean, which in time gained its own deity, Ek Chauj, along with elaborate ceremonial rituals.

Since this long-ago first cultivation, cacao has spread far and wide, becoming a favorite indulgence the world over and being produced in even greater quantities in West Africa and other tropical zones than in its home region. And, where it was once reserved for the royalty of ancient empires, its rituals are… More >