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Corporate Sustainability

Why Sustainable Engagement Is Built on Purpose

Karin Volo | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 10.23.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Business and Government Must Come Together for Strong Climate Action

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

It's time for businesses and governments to step up to the climate challenge and match words to actions.

Building a Research Base for Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The practice of sustainability management requires rigorous analysis, the development of more effective public policies and the evolution of new organizational routines.

U.S. Brands Failing the Sustainable Grade Just a Little Bit

Robert Hii | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

I read over the plea from the Marshall Islands asking citizens of the world, corporations and other governments to help stop global warming before their island nation goes underwater and wondered: Is it OK if we fail them just a little bit?

Q&A With Sir Richard Branson: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"It started with a phone call from Al Gore while I was in the bath. He wanted to show me An Inconvenient Truth, and his poignant and elegant reduction of these issues really struck a chord with myself as an interested non-expert."

Q&A With Matt Arnold: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

In this ongoing series, I talk with thought leaders about ideas in my book Nature's Fortune and trends in the environmental movement. Next in the s...

Seeking Sustainability

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Ralph Nader

There's little to debate about the enormous impact our commercial culture has had on our planet. But there is much to debate about how our culture of excess consumerism and materialism can be transitioned into one of more efficient restraint and responsibility.

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.

Oil Giant Citgo Criminally Convicted in Bird Deaths (remind you of something?)

Kevin Grandia | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Here's a rule of thumb: if something is so toxic that birds die when they land on it, it's probably a good idea to put a cover on it.

What the Marshmallow Experiment Teaches Us About Corporate Sustainability

Brent Schulkin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Brent Schulkin

In the test of corporate sustainability, companies often act in the same way as the children. They understand that sustainability is important, just as children understand that two marshmallows are better than one. But how long can they wait before giving in to temptation?

Chief Execs Say Future of Business Depends on Going Green

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Chief executives of the world's biggest companies have long boasted about going green to help woo more consumers. But some now warn their businesses will only continue to grow if their operations become increasingly sustainable.

Course Correction

Don Reed | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business
Don Reed

By the sheer number of initiatives in this arena and the degree to which other efforts are trying to hitch their wagon to the trend, it is clear that something important is afoot. Will merely knowing more about these impacts necessarily lead to dramatically better sustainability outcomes?

What Are Boards Thinking About as They Go Back to the Boardroom?

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 11.10.2012 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

I worked with a number of boards and board chairs over the summer, and here are the things on their minds and the things they'll be grappling with this autumn, above and beyond the usual business of the year.

Intel: Making the World Better for Every Person on Earth, That's All

Ryan Scott | Posted 10.24.2012 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Employee volunteer programs make employees feel good and, as such, evidence suggests that such programs lead to greater employee engagement. But what good does a corporate social responsibility program do for the rest of us?

GRI4 Increases Emphasis on Ethics, Emissions, Utility and Compatibility

John Friedman | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
John Friedman

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is preparing the latest version of their international sustainability and CSR Reporting Guidelines (G4).

Sustainability -- Finally Mainstream?

Anca Novacovici | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Anca Novacovici

Is sustainability mainstream? Although the buzz around it may have us thinking it is, organizations in the U.S. still have a ways to go to internalize sustainable business practices.

Unsung Heroes: Corporate Sustainability Officers

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business
Mark Tercek

Today, the drivers of environmental action go deeper than philanthropic motives, or doing the right thing. For a growing number of companies, "going green" is now a core business strategy.