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Posted: Apr 29, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Despite popular belief and the outcome of Loch’s study, the construction industry is making great strides toward sustainability and green building. Here are five ways these companies are showing their commitment to more eco-friendly building practices in 2016.
Posted: Apr 27, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
For many of us, it's possible when we think of 'Crowdsourcing' that what comes to mind is the Kickstarter of an exciting cause or product that we recently contributed financially to (often to support a friend who’s involved in it) after seeing it promoted on social media. Crowdfunding, whilst the highest profile aspect, is, however, only part of a burgeoning ecosystem of crowdsourcing.
Posted: Apr 20, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The urgency to address climate change and other environmental challenges has never been greater. And encouragingly, there seems to be a constant and increasing beat of corporate commitments that range from pledging to use more renewable energy to making products that are more environmentally responsible. These wide-ranging commitments provide a clear indication to who is leading, who is partnering, and who may be lagging. What may not be as clear though is the degree to which businesses as a collective force are taking action.
Posted: Apr 06, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
IKEA Sustainability Officer Steve Howard practically shook the earth when he announced early this year that the home furniture market had reached “peak stuff.” New product sales, he said, had already seen their heyday and were now entering a decline. And he wasn’t just speaking off the cuff—IKEA is currently positioning their business towards a circular economy while still hoping to double sales by 2020.
That would undoubtedly represent a watershed moment in sustainability—producing goods like home furnishings shrinks the world’s resources considerably. But the public’s desire for disposable, fashionable goods is what grew IKEA into the massive furniture provider it is today. So why would the company be considering such a sharp deviation from that business model?
Posted: Feb 29, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The growth of corporate sustainability (CSR) over the past decades, along with its positioning as a central element of corporate strategy, has given birth to a new category of professionals, the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) professionals. Sustainability professionals are those within companies and organizations that spend most of their time designing and performing activities related to environmental, economic and social aspects. CSE Research from various sources* has shown that since the introduction of the term of sustainable development in the late 1980s, there has been a constant growth to the number of companies with full-time sustainability managers. Especially since 2000 the number of such companies has increased by 400%. This is evident also in the fact that more than 60% of sustainability professionals have been in the field for less than 10 years.
Posted: Feb 19, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Larry Fink is Chief Executive of BlackRock. BlackRock’s portfolio weighs in at a cool US $4.6 trillion. So when he speaks it’s wise to listen. He has spoken. And what he has said, in a letter to top US and European CEOs, is the single most significant intervention ever made by an investor on CSR issues.
Posted: Feb 17, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
After so many complaints that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs and its 169 targets are unwieldly and unlikely to be effective it seems preposterous to suggest that another Goal may be needed. But yes, there is a glaring omission in those goals and targets.
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Thomson Reuters wants investors to know that corporate responsibility, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion are drivers that support strong financial performance. Combining these function areas into one global department has allowed the team to strengthen its purpose and work closer with business units to achieve measurable objectives and drive financial growth.
Posted: Feb 12, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
It’s been eleven years since I began writing about the business of sustainability. And, of course, in that time everything has changed. The world has a global deal to tackle climate change; CEO’s are thinking beyond their five-year tenures. We have new business models that favour the leasing and sharing of goods and services. We have enlightened businesses aiming to be ‘net positive’ or ‘circular’. Some of them are even putting a cash value on natural assets.
Posted: Feb 11, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Integrating sustainability into a company’s core business model enables the business to create more value, manage risk and address today’s global environmental, social and financial challenges.
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