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Corporate Sustainability

Sustainable Entrepreneurship: The MBA of the Future [An Interview with UVM Dean Sanjay Sharma]

FIXCapitalism | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education

By Christian Sarkar How do you scrap a traditional 38-year-old MBA program and replace it with an entirely new model that addresses 21st-century bus...

Exxon's Handling of Climate Change Raises Questions About Board Oversight at Oil Giant

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 11.17.2015 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Corporate boards need to move from being reactive on sustainability issues, to proactively and systematically thinking about how environmental and social challenges factor into corporate strategies and performance.

Trade-offs in the Adoption of Sustainability Standards

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

How sustainable is sustainability? Some people might ask this question ironically, drawing attention to the lack of a standard definition of a word. It can mean quite different things to different people in different industry sectors and geographies.

Mainstreaming Sustainability: Business Imperatives for Making Sustainability Matter

Lisa Xia | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Lisa Xia

One of the toughest things I've had to consider is whether sustainability really matters to companies in a fundamental way. Not too long ago, an e...

How Corporate Governance Affects Corporate Sustainability and Why It Matters

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Corporate governance is increasingly applied to an extended form of monitoring corporate activities that include the impact on society and the natural environment. This additional agenda can create tension and conflicting priorities among the traditional roles of shareholders.

5 Big Ideas for Building Philanthropy Into Your Company's DNA

Naomi Morenzoni | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Naomi Morenzoni

We're incredibly proud of these efforts and what we can accomplish as a community when we come together. But perhaps what's even more exciting is how many of our partners and customers have been inspired to build giving back into their own culture through the Pledge 1% movement.

Corporate Stewardship

Ed Lawler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Ed Lawler

Despite pockets of progress, the world is slipping further behind on many social, economic and environmental dimensions. While some forward looking companies have spearheaded excellent social and environmental initiatives, it is clear that global sustainability cannot be achieved one company at a time.

Greening Corporate Value Chains Lowers Environmental Impact and Lifts Competitiveness

FOMIN | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business

So what aspects should multinational corporations focus on to address increasing stakeholder pressures and improve their operational sustainability? One important area is the management of natural resources and environmental impacts, both in the corporations' own operations and also in their "value chains."

Unlikely Coalition Forms To Back Renewable Energy

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business

Nine of the country's biggest companies just helped set a new standard for corporate sustainability. Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Nike,...

Size Matters? How the Business Case for CSR Can Apply to Any Company, No Matter the Size

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

MEs have many of the same reasons for engaging in CSR that large companies have, both in avoiding downside risk and in exploiting upside opportunities. In many cases, they may also be more intrinsically, if not better motivated, to give CSR attention.

Do Investors Care About Green Ratings?

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

The programs that produce this environmental information may be inexpensive, politically expedient, far-reaching and especially flexible ways to influence environmental outcomes in a constrained and complicated world. But do environmental transparency programs work? Do they achieve program goals? Do they affect firms' bottom lines enough to motivate change?

Rethinking Corporate Purpose

Ed Lawler | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Ed Lawler

The recognition that talent is one of the most important, if not the most important, determinants of corporate performance represents a step forward. In the past, all too often talent has been thought of and treated as a maintenance item, not a critical determinant of performance.

Reframing Corporate Sustainability

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

One of the most famous frames related to corporate sustainability is the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line separates the way we think about business into three broad areas: economic, social and environmental.

Use Existing Business Systems To Create Shared Value Strategy

Rhod Ellis-Jones | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Rhod Ellis-Jones

It's often not the risk of change that stops us from evolving, it's the specter of shifting systems and processes; it's finding enough time in everyone's diaries. Like moving mountains.

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet -- and Lead a Joyous Life

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder -- use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

Focusing Corporate Sustainability Ratings on What Matters

Jean Rogers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Money
Jean Rogers

Investors need strong signals on sustainability performance--signals that cut through the noise. Toward this end, corporate sustainability ratings must focus on what really matters, not just quantity of corporate ESG disclosure, but quality and materiality.

Why Sustainable Engagement Is Built on Purpose

Karin Volo | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Karin Volo

Engagement seems to be the latest corporate "buzz word" -- but is it really? Or have we come to understand the significance of having employees that truly love their jobs?

Business Takes a Decisive Leap: Breakthrough in Collaborating for Good

Vince DiBianca | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Vince DiBianca

If Planet Earth were a business, no executive could look at the metrics -- whether melting glaciers or widening income disparity, whether disappearing rainforests or the global economic crisis -- and not come to the same conclusion: we need a turnaround.

Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

Brian Kennell | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Recycling is critically important, but it's only one part of a larger, globally emergent environmental paradigm known as the Circular Economy. As we look forward to America Recycles Day, we are reminded that we have so much more to do.

How Natural Capital Is Shaping the Future of Business

Tensie Whelan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Tensie Whelan

In my last blog I described the trend toward businesses reexamining and accounting for "natural capital" -- idea that natural resources, ecosystems, c...

Hunter Stuart

Activism Or Greenwashing? Giant Companies Bankroll New Social Good Platform | Hunter Stuart | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business

A recently launched news site wants to rally millennials to save the planet. But first, it has to find a way to reconcile its mission with the massive...

Keep Good Companies

Michael Brune | Posted 07.13.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

The Koch brothers won't be happy to hear it, but economic success in the future will require a commitment to sustainability -- whether you're talking about clean energy, clean water, or fair labor practices. Companies that haven't figured that out by now are already falling behind, whether they know it or not.

Gaining Enough Ground

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Julie Fox Gorte

If we are going to pass on to our children a world that provides at least as many opportunities for enrichment and fulfillment as our forebears did, these companies are the enablers.

Sustainability and Corporate Consciousness: The Facts Are In

Kyle Dowling | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Kyle Dowling

I asked financial advisor Rebecca True about her take on the idea of sustainability, after reading her thoughts in Chapter 8 of Organizational Survival, "Does Corporate Sustainability Create Measurable Value?"

Just in Time for Christmas, a Carbon Study That Will Knock Your Stockings off

Mike Bellamente | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Mike Bellamente

If a company claims that it plans to reduce its carbon footprint 15 percent by 2020, is that good? Better yet, is it enough?