Transforming Global Risk into Sustainability Opportunities

For years and even decades, when faced with the realities of increased business risk, increased cost or the lost revenue, the business world has inevitably responded.  Such has been the case with water, carbon, and energy management becoming...

How to Train Your Brain for Business Sustainability

The ability to remain open to test new ideas and innovative frameworks has already proven to be a successful business sustainability strategy.  Organizations that continuously assess and reassess the needs of their internal and external stakeholders...

Building Sustainable Innovation Bench Strength

To meet the challenges of a competitive job market, progressive business leaders are focused on retaining their organization’s existing sustainable competencies rather than simply acquiring new skills.  Our sustainability consulting practice finds...

Finding the Ideal Balance in Business Sustainability Decision

Countless examples across almost every industry reveal that sustainable business practices are finding their way into traditional company offerings.  These forward-looking organizations are focusing on more than just the low-hanging fruit, like cost...

How Can Your Company Capitalize on Business Sustainability Indicators?

“Having the right metrics isn’t enough; it’s what you do with them that counts. Leading companies are better at understanding the interrelationships between different metrics, knowing when to trade-off metric precision for credibility, and using...

Three Strategies to Enhance Business Sustainability Alignment

Within our business sustainability programs we find that those who excel are those who step outside the traditional business structures to add collaboration strategies to their long-term sustainability strategies.  We further believe...

Rethinking the Traditional Definitions of Sustainable Leadership

“Sustainability is one of those big openings that hold enormous promise. It requires teams to know not only what it means and why it’s important, but also how it can be actualized in a business. And as always, it takes excellent leadership skills to...

Key Considerations for Managing a Sustainable Workforce

“When it comes to choosing what company to work for, many R&D workers are looking for work-life balance. In fact, when R&D workers rank their five most important job attributes work-life balance is second only to compensation (39% of the total...

How is Sustainability Merging Business Strategies?

“We see a false dichotomy between ‘sustainability strategy’ and ‘business strategy’.  If you think it would be good if your business were still here in 2030, then you are aiming for a sustainable business. In that sense these two types of...

Developing Strategic and Sustainable Resource Plans

Having the right people in place has always been a critical component to business sustainability success; however, a recovering job market has made it increasingly important to protect the valuable knowledge and required skills to respond to...

How Do Sustainability Leaders Drive Responsibility Across the Value Chain?

“There’s no denying that corporate social responsibility is now part of the mainstream. Senior executives at hundreds of multinationals are taking into account the environmental and human rights implications of their operations.” This was the lead-in...

Sustainability Quotes to Inspire Eco Action

"The earth is what we all have in common."  ~ Wendell Barry Since we are all in the same boat (on the same planet), doesn't it make sense that we should all be interested in making this world into a better one?  If we only knew how.  Actually, we do. ...

Capturing the Value of Business Sustainability Action

“At the core of this challenge is finding the sweet spot between providing investors with the quantitative demonstration of the direct link between sustainability initiatives and value creation, while authentically telling consumers the company's...

Tips For Building Your Business Sustainability Roadmap

Implementing business sustainability in today’s environment can be a delicate balance between planning for today and planning for the future. While many organizations are taking more conservative action, our sustainability consulting practice...

What Are Executives Saying About Sustainability In Practice?

In a recent Environmental Leader article, Executive Survey: Sustainability Important, But More Needs to Be Done, our sustainability consulting practice finds and interesting discussion on business sustainability action in today’s climate. ...

What Small Business Owners Think About Sustainability and What to Do About It

While service industries don't have smokestacks and may have less environmental impacts than a manufacturing facility, they too can benefit from sustainable business strategies to mitigate risks and capture new business opportunities.  It is...

How Companies are Becoming Business Sustainability Leaders

To improve business processes, minimize risk, and capitalize on a recovering economy, business executives are looking across the entire value chain for business sustainability answers. This leads us to two key questions: Where can we find...

What is the Role of Knowledge Management in Business Sustainability?

The ability to define, implement and manage future business opportunities depends largely on the availability and quality of information. Knowledge Management is a process that extends beyond the flow of traditional business process.  It focuses on...

Building Skills for a Sustainable Innovation Culture

“When it comes to setting performance objectives, most R&D organizations use technical activities related to their workers’ day-to-day responsibilities.  But if you want your direct reports to develop the behavioral competencies that...

ReThinking is Key to Creating Receptivity to Sustainability

We tend to assume that people behave in accordance with their attitudes. However, social psychologists have found that attitudes and actual behavior are not always perfectly aligned.  As we've shared in earlier posts, the gap between eco awareness...