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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define a world that promises a flourishing future for human civilization on spaceship Earth. Some companies already embrace the SDGs as their aspirational environmental and social goals. Other companies hesitate, in case attaining some or all the goals’ 169 associated targets by 2030 would be at the expense of company success. There are 12 trillion reasons why their hesitation is unjustified.
Posted: Mar 27, 2017 – 07:00 AM EST
Sustainability training such as the foundation course offered by the Sustainability Academy offers these benefits and more. Training is of special interest to professionals who want to improve their skills and update their knowledge in Corporate Social Responsibility with practical information on the business case for sustainability; the importance of stakeholder engagement; the use of standards and guidelines to design and implement successful sustainability strategies organization-wide.
Posted: Mar 01, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
While talking on “The Daily Show,” the former President of Maldives Mr. Muhammad Nousheed, said:
"If carbon emissions were to stop today, the planet would not see a difference for 60 to 70 years. If carbon emissions continue at the rate they are climbing today, my country will be under water in seven years.”
Posted: Feb 22, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Gone are the days when sustainability was a small part of Corporate Social Responsibility for business. Globally, sustainability challenges are becoming extremely material, reaching thresholds of importance to companies’ long-term strategies, to their customers, and external stakeholders. From increasing demand for natural resources to economic disparity to climate change, companies are facing a more complex array of trade-offs and risks across their value chains.
Posted: Feb 15, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Public Health and Healthcare organizations have recently started a long but fruitful journey into to the world of sustainability. Discovery of the wonders of sustainability, such as energy efficiency, reduced waste and lean systems, has been slower in the health sector than some other industries. However, since The Lancet declared climate change “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”, health organizations from small businesses to international NGOs have started to take notice.
Posted: Feb 06, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
I wrote a piece for Virgin.com just before Christmas; a sort of 2016 round up piece. And I used it to have a bit of a rant about the UK version of The Apprentice, the very popular TV show that plays out in the run up to Christmas every year.
Posted: Feb 03, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Interface’s ‘Mission Zero’ is arguably the most well known example of a bold move towards radical circularity. When Ray Anderson sought to undertake the journey to heal and overturn his petroleum-intensive carpet company he experienced important realizations – ones which have turned Interface into the archetypal carpet manufacturer in today’s world markets.
Posted: Jan 04, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The nation’s first privately-run electric bus fleet will begin service in Chicago this December, and its not run by the City of Chicago—it’s run by the owners of Aon Center and Prudential Plaza. The Fleet, as the buses will be known, represents how building owners are going beyond the walls of their properties to address the goals of their tenants’ corporate social responsibility platforms.
Posted: Dec 19, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Today, the majority of our savings leave the local community, with the general exception of businesses we own directly. While we may sometimes avoid shopping at big-box stores that work to out-compete our local independent favorites, our savings, our retirement accounts, and our mutual funds often directly underwrite the growth and expansion of these mega-corporates. While we likely want more financing to be available for local businesses, sustainable innovations, and community infrastructure, our investments often speak otherwise. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The cornerstone in this context is the integration of sustainability criteria into investment decisions.
Posted: Nov 28, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Corporate responsibility (or its sister concepts such as sustainability, corporate citizenship, and the like) may have won “the battle of ideas”, being awarded with the status of its own in business schools and having dedicated departments in the world largest companies, it still remains a tucked away exotic island compared to well established continents of other management disciplines, such as strategy or marketing.
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