Sustainability Pollinators: Are you One?

Pollination.  Our world and our food depends on pollination.  In fact, did you know that approximately 80 percent of pollination by insects is carried out by bees?  Maybe that's why the call them busy bees.   Perhaps, but curiously, what would our...

Cultivating Sustainability Talent

In order to meet the growing demands of business sustainability and maintain a competitive advantage over the competition, companies are encouraged to take a hard look at their talent pool.  Our own sustainability consulting often asks executives:...

Why Leading Sustainability Companies Encourage Failing Fast

“The idea of failing fast isn’t new or innovative, but it’s difficult to put into practice as team members or even executives get attached to their ideas and want to see them through.”   This quote was captured from the Research &...

Four Things Every Business Needs to Consider in Sustainability Strategy

In what seems like an almost unrecognizable business environment from just a few years ago, our sustainability consulting practice finds executives are seeking action plans to capitalize on the positive economic growth outlook. Focused on strategic...

Earth Day Karma - What are You Creating?

What is Karma?   Karma is a Sanskrit word that means "action." Karma has commonly been considered a punishment for past bad actions, but karma is neither judge nor jury. Rather, it is simply the universal law of cause and effect that says...

5 Quick Resources for 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...

Assessing Your Sustainable Supply Chain Maturity

Over the years, our sustainability consulting has observed many business improvement programs focused on supply chain management in both large and small companies.  Commonly a large portion of the supply chain management efforts have targeted...

Personal Sustainability Reflections for the Holiday Weekend

The exploration of personal value in the ‘sustainability journey’ is a powerful motivator and it is the easiest entry point for the exploration of sustainability concepts. By focusing on personal value, the door opens to a wide range of...

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...

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...

Actions Speak Louder than Words for Earth Day 2014

Do you know your Earth Day Eco Facts?  What about Fun Facts about Forests and Taiga?  And how about your knowledge of Water Facts and Eco Actions?  There are a ton of sustainability concepts and facts to know, share, and act upon.  With Earth Day...

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. ...

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...

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,...

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...

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...