By Sarah Cahan
Americans generated more than 250 million tons of trash in 2012, according to the EPA’s most recent information. That’s nearly 4.5 pounds of trash per person, per day.
But we’re only recycling about a third (35 percent) of the waste we generate.
There’s no doubt about it – America should recycle more, and it seems consumers are trying to do their part. In fact, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans recycle consistently at home, accordi...
By Jayne Johnson, Vice President, Talent, Learning and Organizational Development
This is the third and final installment of a three-part blog series to take readers behind the scenes of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.’s sustainability commitments. The series coincides with the launch of Keurig Green Mountain’s fiscal 2013 Sustainability Report and its 2020 sustainability targets. Today’s post is authored by Jayne Johnson, Vice President of Talent, Learning and Organizational D...
By Jane C. Luxton
If your social media circle hasn’t favored you with a less than glamorous photo of your face pasted atop some ridiculous character and posted online using the faceinhole app or website, count yourself lucky. Maybe it’s the crowd I hang around with, but trust me, some people find this hilarious, and it never seems to get old.
Businesses that are addressing conflict minerals issues don’t have to worry that they will look silly on Facebook with their corpora...
By John Perkins
The Ukraine-Crimea crisis marks the official beginning of a new period in geopolitics. The reign of one solitary superpower is over. The era we are entering is closer to the old Cold War than that of US hegemony that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.
After Détente, Corporatocracy?
People in the US and most of Western Europe welcomed détente as a time of tranquility, but the corporatocracy saw it as an opportunity to expand its empire. Much of the worl...
By Rahul Mitra
At a recent talk I gave on sustainable organizing, someone in the audience asked me – predictably enough – that given the preponderance of cultural, structural and moral obstacles both in the U.S. and worldwide, what hope did I have for meaningful systemic change?
My response hinged around the very communicative concept of translation.
Going Back to Basics
I don’t mean translation in the sense of “dumbing down” the complicated scientific facts ...
By Ron Schultz
In Creating Good Work: The World's Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy, I brought together some of the world’s foremost social innovators to share with others how to make social entrepreneurship work. Needless to say, I was unable to include a whole cast of remarkable people and their extraordinary work.
There was one exclusion, however, that was inexcusable.
My stepsister Shari Levine has been running one of the finest examples of social e...
By Ryan Gerlach, Stakeholder Engagement Analyst, Future 500
Today’s business climate lauds “disruptive technology.” However, it is wise to keep in mind who and what we’re disrupting.
A case in point is the energy and utility sector. If you follow developments in renewable energy, you’re likely well aware that technological advancements, coupled with innovative financing and dramatic reductions in costs, are changing the future of power generation. This is maki...
By Susan Kamper, General Mills senior technology manager and Partners in Food Solutions volunteer
Last January, I traveled 10,000 miles, crossed eight time zones and encountered a 110 degree warm-up going from Minneapolis (-24F) to Blantyre (+86F) in the hopes that I could make a difference in the lives of expectant mothers in southern Malawi as a volunteer with nonprofit Partners in Food Solutions (PFS).
I’ve been a volunteer nearly all of my life.
As a child, I volunteered with my ...
By Kara Hurst, CEO, The Sustainability Consortium
Over the past four and a half years, The Sustainability Consortium has, like many entrepreneurial and fast-growing initiatives, changed course more than once. However, our overall goal of creating tools that drive a new generation of sustainable products continues to be our core purpose and mission.
Luckily, the companies, NGOs, government regulators and academic researchers we partner with are working in lockstep with us. They constantly ch...
By Laura Musikanski, Executive Director, The Happiness Initiative
April 2, 2014, was a big day at the United Nations. It was a day for the for-cause/non-profits (“NGOs”) to gather together and explain who they are and what they do for governments at the UN. They call it the CoNGO.
It was also the day a small group of UN-affiliated NGOs came together in the heart of Manhattan to change the world.
The meeting was held by my friend Ken Kitatani, who leads an international spiritua...
By Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea
Since 1993, when I was at the Yale School of Management, to my work with the Calvert Funds and Foundation and now with my company Honest Tea, I’ve been a part of hundreds of discussions and debates about how to evaluate the return on an impact investment.
Centuries of academic work and millions of billable hours have been dedicated to refining the metrics of financial investments so that investors have a clear picture of ...
By Aman Singh
How do you continually increase your positive social and environmental impact while growing your economic bottom line?
It's a question that has many sustainability professionals preoccupied as global business returns to some sense of stability amid a rising urgency to curtail its footprint and address critical issues like climate change.
For technology companies, which are targeting emerging markets for growth and increasingly touting the efficacy of the cloud as a solution, ...
By Jackie Norris, Executive Director and Sarah Boison, Marketing Manager, Points of Light Corporate Institute
This is part three in a seven-part blog series exploring the practices of winning companies in The Civic 50, an initiative launched in 2012 by Points of Light, the National Conference on Citizenship and Bloomberg. The Civic 50 identifies the top 50 community-minded S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communitie...
By Francesca Rheannon
There's an investment crisis in this country. The main job engine – small to medium businesses – can't obtain the capital to expand. That’s because banks are sitting like the dragons of yore on an enormous hoard of cash. They’ve been roosting on it ever since the federal government bailed them out from the financial meltdown of 2008—and have continued to do so through the years of “quantitative easing.”
The Real Job Creators
By Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of Waste Management's Sustainability Services @CarpenterWMSS
Thank you to everyone who participated in our #DesignIntent Twitter chat on February 25th. I appreciated the opportunity and it was fantastic to see so many people engaged and taking active interest in improved sustainability. We received a lot of great questions so here's a little more insight into the #DesignIntent concept and some context for some of the questions answered during the ch...