Reframing Our Thoughts to Embrace Sustainability

The bigger the dream, the more you aspire to become.  Dreams are great - they inspire us. However, inspiration without eco action is only good intent.  A question to ponder is, what do you expect from yourself?  "We tend to live up to our...

What is the Benchmark for Sustainable Supply Chain Management?

Reviewing sustainable supply chain management progress over the past few years has revealed a growing emphasis on environmental awareness, social responsibility, and business sustainability actions in the supply chain.  Progressive companies, like...

Sustainable Easter Ideas to Inspire Sustainability

While not everyone celebrates the Easter religious holiday, the day is often associated with renewal and Spring.  As a sustainability consultant, I like to use the positive anticipation of holidays, family gatherings, and meaningful celebrations as...

Seven Steps to Sustainable Business Innovation

“The traditional view of creativity is that it is unstructured and doesn't follow rules or patterns. Would-be innovators are told to ‘think outside the box’…We advocate a radically different approach: thinking inside the proverbial box, not outside...

How Social Media Engagement Inspires a Business Sustainability Culture Change

To build an effective plan for long-term sustainability, one must first understand that this activity involves more than just defining a vision, creating a strategy, implementing sustainability concepts, and managing the on-going processes. ...

Be Your Best Green Self

Today’s business organizations are presented with the unique opportunity to increase profitability through greater eco awareness and the pursuit of a more sustainable business. To gain and maintain a competitive advantage over the competition,...

Maximizing Virtual and Eco Friendly Conferences for Sustainability Gains

Bringing people together for meetings, often for multiple days at a time, can create a "host" of environmental impacts—from the smog and greenhouse gas emissions associated with air and ground travel to the paper, plastic, and food waste associated...

10 Ways Social Media Promotes Innovation and Knowledge Sharing with Stakeholders

Social media engagement, executed successfully, can be a powerful vehicle to build sustainable business communications by engaging with stakeholders.  With new tools and strategies changing the way the business world communicates and exchanges...

Who Has the Most ‘Sustainability’ Potential in Your Business?

Now more than ever, business sustainability minded organizations and their leadership understand the value in managing their human capital.  These fast movers realize that a quality workforce, aligned with the goals of the organization, is essential...

Sustainable Supply Chain: Benefits, Best Practices, and Supplier Alignment Criteria

Supply Chain Management (SCM) over the past few decades has proven there to be opportunity to reduce cost and add value in the supply chain.  However, traditional supply chain management has focused primarily on cost, with professional consulting...

Entry Points to a Sustainable Supply Chain

In today’s global business environment, it is extremely rare for a company to own an entire product or service value chain.  Business operations now rely heavily on external supply and resources.  This has made the supply chain a critical component...

Building a Framework to Mitigate Sustainable Supply Chain Risk

In the business world, unforeseen yet sometimes preventable circumstances can sometimes put supply chains relationships at risk.  It is these situations that prompt our sustainability consulting practice to ask: Are you aware of how your...

3 Ways to Master Business Sustainability

As the business world evaluates the range of possible futures emerging from these economic times, business sustainability is defining itself as leading edge strategic business approach. Many businesses are now acting to address what are believed to...

Key Elements in Successful Business and Community Relationships

Most companies today recognize, at least at a the high-level, the consequences and negative impacts of their choices on the communities in which they conduct their day-to-day business.  Some also employ corporate social outreach programs designed...

How Social Media Engagement for Green Business can Attract Investors

Many CFOs and their organizations are ignoring new social-media technologies and networks because they’re not comfortable with them.  Granted, CFOs have a plethora of concerns that cause them to resist making a wholehearted, structured commitment to...

How the Supply Chain Powers Responsible Investment Recovery

What is investment recovery?  Does investment recovery have a role in corporate sustainability plans ?   Join me next week at the 80th Investment Recovery Association Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona.   In my speech, I’l share how the supply chain...

Taking Sustainable Supplier Management to the Next Level

Traditionally businesses and professional consulting firms have focused their procurement and supply chain management efforts on efficiency, particularly actions to reduce costs. While these practices provide great insight into spend control, the...

Where Does Innovation Fit in Your Business Sustainability Model?

Although the concept of business sustainability has gained mainstream momentum, the application of sustainability concepts and their practical applications to specific business value still remain just out of reach for many companies.  The balance ...

What Role does Social Media Play in Knowledge Management?

What exactly is knowledge management?  According to the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC),  knowledge management as a mindset that extends beyond the flow of traditional business process.  It focuses on the dissemination of information,...

How Can Leadership Communications Impact the Adoption of Sustainability using Social Media?

In business, every function has a purpose and every job requires a unique set of skills in order to fulfill on that purpose.  When it comes to defining roles for a sustainable business future, what skills and leadership qualities will your business...