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Sharing Strength and Sowing Seeds

Posted May 12, 2010 | 17:20:26 (EST)


I traveled to Haiti a few weeks ago for the second time since January's earthquake. I'm not so naive that I thought I'd find miraculous progress had taken place, but I was, just the same, unprepared to witness despair that wasn't only not...

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Copenhagen's Missing Piece

Posted December 11, 2009 | 14:33:50 (EST)

The crowd gathered in Copenhagen this week is fairly elite ... the best and brightest experts, powerful leaders of nations ... a group selected, no doubt, with careful consideration for the task at hand and their unparalleled ability to address it. Yet here we are, halfway through a landmark opportunity...

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Cap and Trade, Meet the Opposition

Posted October 27, 2009 | 15:53:19 (EST)

The shoe business was different in my grandfather's day...

First came 65,000 friendly email blasts to my mailbox in a week, certain that Timberland could do a better job preventing global warming by helping to end deforestation of the rainforest in Brazil. Two days ago--a quiet Sunday on the calendar--became...

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China's Reforestation Commitment: Imperfect, Important Progress

Posted October 5, 2009 | 16:48:59 (EST)

So China goes to the UN and declares their commitment to greater environmental responsibility. Isn't this what ordinary citizens like you and me have been demanding from world leaders? That nations come together with common desire to create greater good; that effort and innovation and resources are brought to bear...

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I Fought the Law and the Law Won

Posted July 30, 2009 | 13:30:16 (EST)

Talk about a brave new world: when my grandfather started this company more than 30 years ago, he was concerned about making a profit, not making headlines ... "sustainability" meant staying in business, not saving the environment.

The challenges I face as a third generation bootmaker are very different ......

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Lessons Learned and Leading Change

Posted June 24, 2009 | 17:20:35 (EST)

Ten years ago, we didn't think it was possible to have standards around human rights. There was no regulation, little leadership, a lack of conviction that human rights was an issue people cared about. But the activists cared -- enough to make human rights violations the stuff of magazine covers...

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Empowering Consumers, One Square at a Time

Posted May 6, 2009 | 17:03:09 (EST)

Last week, UK retailer Tesco added toilet paper to its list of more than 100 own-brand products bearing carbon labels. Toilet paper joins the likes of orange juice, laundry detergent and light bulbs as household items Tesco has carbon-calculated, and represents another step forward in the company's ongoing effort to...

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The Power of Collaboration

Posted March 26, 2009 | 19:27:30 (EST)

Collaboration is a familiar concept to anyone in the business arena; you have a problem, need a plan, your best bet is often to throw together a group of disparate but talented individuals and let their collective creative energy go to work. The reason collaboration works so well is a...

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