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Can product design save the world?

Like cost cleansheets, resource cleansheets can help identify savings opportunities—in this case, CO2 reductions. When we analyzed an ordinary painkiller’s packaging, we found that raw materials had a larger CO2 footprint than the production process for the packaging. This suggested opportunities to reduce emissions—and costs.

To read more, see “Design cost-effective, carbon-abated products with resource cleansheets,” September 28, 2020.

Employees give virtual learning an A for effectiveness

Virtual workshops … work. Almost 90 % of participants said the experience was equally or more effective than an in-person event. Nearly 80 % built collaborative relationships with their colleagues.

To read the article, see “Closing the capability gap in the time of COVID-19,” November 13, 2020.