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Posted: Jun 08, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Aware that the sustainability movement might be in danger of extinction as it remains largely co-opted by outmoded paradigms, founder of CSR International, Wayne Visser, sets himself to the task of rescuing business from an obsolete image – one painted in the name of endless extraction and one-dimensional short-termism. At the heart of his endeavour is presenting an alternative (and rather vivid) picture of what the business community should strive for.
Posted: Jun 04, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Approximately 12 million tons of textile waste go into landfills each year in the U.S. With its recently expanded program called Clothes the Loop, The North Face is making great strides to reduce textile waste by setting an ambitious goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of apparel and footwear in the year 2015.
Posted: May 29, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Compliance by definition means to conform or come to an agreement. However, mere compliance is not fully aligned with JetBlue’s mission of inspiring humanity or its core values of safety, caring, integrity, passion and fun.
Posted: May 27, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
As sustainability professionals, we're always telling people why doing good is good for business. But sometimes we forget that the same logic applies in our own lives too: doing good is good for our careers. Through mentoring others we can enhance our own job satisfaction and invigorate our sense of impact, we can advance our own personal development by honing our listening and interpersonal skills, and we can benefit the organisations we work for by opening to new insights and ideas from younger or fresher minds.
Posted: May 22, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
What are our customers really after when they do business with us, what is the feeling they crave? What purpose does our business serve beyond profit (our “Why”) and how we can translate that into a mobilizing manifesto for our people? It’s about problem solving through good design, and this demands we change our thinking.
Posted: May 20, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
It’s easy to think the battle for LGBT rights is almost over in this country.
Public opinion has changed rapidly over the past decade, and the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states when it rules this June. But it’s premature to declare LGBT rights a settled issue. Much like the civil rights movement after the passage of major legislation, many issues in the struggle for equality remain unsettled.
In fact, businesses may find the latest battlefront on their doorstep.
Posted: May 19, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
The latest call for Talkback article submissions wants to get to the very core of the sustainability challenge - energy.
Posted: May 18, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Most experts agree that global population growth—expected to rise an estimated three billion over the next 20 years—and increased consumer consumption is putting more of a strain than ever on natural resources. For industry, stability and sustainability of these natural resources is necessary to help secure business growth, better manage and mitigate against geopolitical threats to supply, build brand equity and more. Sustainable sourcing and management of natural capital via a greener supply chain is increasingly not just a nice to have, but a must do.
Posted: May 14, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Our history and our experience should teach us that what we’ve been doing isn’t working. When it’s clear that the status quo, the normal, the “way it’s always been,” isn’t good for the planet or we humans who live on her, we must look for new ways to thrive. If we value the world that we will give to our children and grandchildren, then we must innovate not only in areas such as energy and fuel efficiency but also in our perspective, our mindsets, and our consciousness.
Posted: May 13, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Earlier this week, two FedEx charter flights delivered 178,000 pounds of relief supplies to the people of Nepal. Aid on those flights included water treatment systems, water chlorinators and storage tanks designed to serve 430,000 people a day, three daily meals for almost 1,700 people for a month and maternity/infant supplies for 5,000 expectant mothers.
The following interview with Paul Tronsor, managing director for FedEx Express global operations control (GOC), describes how FedEx, along with global aid organizations, managed through the shifting landscape to get the right supplies to the right place, at the right time.
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