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Posted: Jul 10, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
I just left the Astana (Kazakhstan) Economic Forum. I had the opportunity to continue the discussions begun in St Petersburg at the conference there that included Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary General António Guterres on the need to end old, exploitative, unsustainable systems and replace them with ones that are just beginning to evolve.
Posted: Jul 06, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
What are your reasons for supporting or withholding support from specific companies?
Does Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sound familiar? Whether you’re aware of it or not, people often align with an organization's values or implementation of social responsibility in the workplace or community — locally and globally.
Posted: Jul 03, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
At the Paris Climate Conference in 2015 (COP 21), most countries agreed to reach net zero greenhouse emissions by the second half of this century. It is an ambitious, but achievable target. It also represents an opportunity for businesses to prepare for a low carbon future with simple determination, and by leveraging their innovation and expertise.
Posted: Jun 28, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Communication comes up again and again in analyses of key competencies for sustainability leadership. Being able to build bridges between science and business, between the finance department and the sales department, between NGO concerns and board-level strategy, and then, get everyone moving forward across the bridge in sync. These are the tasks of a Sustainability Influencer, and they don’t come easily!
Posted: Jun 27, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
A paradigm shift is needed in business. Whole system thinking shows that two foundational business ideas are reductionistic, irrational and unintentionally destructive. The first is that it is acceptable for businesses to focus primarily on their own financial well-being without regard for the larger economic, social and environmental systems that enable business existence and success.
Posted: Jun 09, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Business leaders across all sectors are feeling the tug, the dip and pull of something deep beneath their feet. A future so uncertain they can no longer ignore it. It is not the erratic, unpredictable and irascible vagaries of the new US president, a resurgent Russia, a fractured European Union or the growth of disaffected communities around the world. It is the quaking of our earth on the brink of exhaustion.
Posted: Jun 05, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The reason innovations fail is not because of technology. It’s never about the technology. Innovations fail because of people. The people who might employ a new technology may not be sold on it. Or they might be afraid of it. Or they might feel threatened by. Welcome to the dark side of innovation.
Posted: May 25, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
The food and beverage industry is evolving rapidly, as are available packaging options. Innovation and adaptation have become a top priority as companies strive to provide greater product value and meet consumers’ evolving demands for packaging that is convenient to use, fit for purpose, and environmentally friendly. Some of the expected packaging trends and innovation we can expect to see in 2017 are described below.
Posted: May 23, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
President Trump promised in his campaign to rebuild America’s infrastructure by investing $1 trillion in the nation’s roads, bridges and airports. Although the Trump administration has yet to release the proposal, construction companies and others who may be contracted for this work are already anticipating it.
Posted: May 18, 2017 – 06:00 AM EST
Volunteering on behalf of good causes has a long and honorable history: people committing their time and energy on something that is important and relevant to them and their communities. What began as an individual and community impulse eventually spread to the corporate world, where volunteerism has been rightly seen as a win-win-win. It’s a win for the cause being supported, for obvious reasons. It’s a win for the employee, allowing them the opportunity to “give back.” And it’s a win for the employer because it helps the enterprise meet its corporate social responsibility goals (the company’s strategy for giving back).
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