Sustainable Supply Chain Management – What Are You Measuring?

One of the areas of focus in which our sustainability consulting practice continuously monitors are details of sustainable improvements in the supply chain.  At first glance inbound supply and outbound product distribution efficiencies jump out...

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...

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...

Is Resource Management Incorporated in Your Sustainability Plan?

Increasing conversations around business sustainability risk and value creation has raised corporate eco awareness. Business leaders are now seeking new strategies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability issues through information...

Adding Sustainable Business Value through Enhanced Engagement

What does it mean to be a sustainable business?  Does it mean a company produces a ‘green’ product or service from a sustainable supply chain?   Does it mean the company must also maintain sustainable internal business process?  What about the...

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...

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...

Continuing to Shift the Business Sustainability Value Conversation

Today’s discussion of business sustainability is no longer a sidebar conversation.  In fact, our sustainability consulting practice finds that it is in fact, it is quickly becoming a primary focus in executive boardroom discussions and...

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...

Focusing on the Front-End of Sustainable Talent Management

For every discussion of business sustainability there is always an equally important side conversation around people.  To compete and differentiate in today’s multi-skilled economy, a company must have the right mix of talent.  However, sourcing...

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 Can We Learn from Sustainable Retail Communications?

With sustainability concepts and definitions subject to interpretation, the same business sustainability programs claimed as "sustainable" are also subject to negative commentary from various forms of media.  A strong reputation is a...

Capture Low Hanging Sustainability Fruit: The Green Office

You're running a business and you want to do it right. That means bringing your environmental and social performance in line for a healthier bottom line.  You are asking questions such as, "Are we taking advantage of the sustainable business...

Where Is the Voice of the Supplier in the Sustainable Supply Chain?

Servicing the customer is not a new concept to business sustainability.  Neither is incorporating consumer insights directly into product and service development.  However, where does the supply chain and voice of the customer factor into...

Business Sustainability as a Pivot Point

Green or sustainable business practices are rapidly becoming mainstream in the day-to-day business world. Companies both large and small are learning first-hand the value of integrating eco awareness into their operations and business strategies. ...

Where is Business Sustainability Taking You in 2014 and Beyond?

For every company, the business plan is a map that leads an organization on one of an endless number of possible journeys.  It provides a common understanding to internal stakeholders and is a communication tool to the external world of company’s...