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Corporate Sustainability

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.

The Audaciousness of Hope: Reasons for Optimism at the Ceres Conference 2012

Janet Ranganathan | Posted 05.01.2012 | Green
Janet Ranganathan

Ultimately we need all companies, not just the leaders, to make sustainability part of their corporate fabric. That will require changing the rules of the game.

Earth Day: Act One

Michael Zacka | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

Earth Day was a powerful first act to what could be a wonderful stage production by drawing worldwide attention to universal environmental issues and setting the stage for changes needed in our own consumption patterns.

Are You Being a 'Muppet'?

John Friedman | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
John Friedman

The most famous Muppet of all, Kermit the frog, famously stated, "It's not easy being green." Turns out, it's not easy as being an empowered investor either.

Sticking With Your New Year's Resolutions? Time to Think Bigger

Eddie Fernandez | Posted 04.04.2012 | San Francisco
Eddie Fernandez

In a year where the election and global economic crisis are at the forefront of our minds, let's also think outside our personal bubbles to some global trends that, when applied to key sustainability issues, are definitely resolution-worthy.

Top Corporate Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012

Patti Prairie | Posted 02.26.2012 | Green
Patti Prairie

As the volume of enterprise data skyrockets, an industry is growing up around using this flood of information to help companies operate more efficiently and sustainably.

What Do Employees Think Of Corporate Sustainability?

Posted 09.06.2012 | Green

Do employees support and engage with corporate sustainability strategies? According to a new report, it depends. Brighter Planet, an organization w...

Which Companies Are Doing The Most To Combat Climate Change?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

Which companies are doing the most to combat climate change? Climate Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing "consumers and compan...