How to Think Differently for Sustainable Leadership

How attached are you to your ideas?  To your business plan? Let's get more specific.  Are you attached to results - whether that is growth or profit or are you attached to how you get there?  Does it matter? As Glen Beaman said, "Stubbornness does...

Can Consumer Behavior Change be Directly Tied to Sustainability?

Ask any one of the thousands of companies in the consumer products industries and they will tell you that Consumer Experience Management (CEM) is by no means dead.  Shifting expectations and online self-service has simply altered the consumer...

Steps to Implementing Sustainable Supply Chain Processes

Emphasis on environmental awareness, social responsibility, and business sustainability actions within the supply chain has incentivized more progressive companies to begin to evaluate more than just their inbound supply. We've discovered within...

What Is at the Heart of Sustainable Organizational Communication?

“Managers have a large part to play in making sure workers understand the change and how it will affect their day-to-day work. In fact, managers who communicate change effectively can improve their direct reports’ performance by as much as 29.2%.”...

Stakeholder Collaboration = Business Success

Attempting to seize new opportunities and improve competitive positions, sustainable businesses are seeking out innovative solutions.   In fact, research shows that innovation will be essential to both short-tem opportunistic value capture...

Taking Business Sustainability Measurement to the Next Level

“Most of what passes for mainstream sustainability measurement reporting fails to express sustainability performance in any literal or authentic way…the fact that so many companies are focusing on this and putting out reports, few of these...

Navigating the Waves of Business Sustainability Change

"Changes are inevitable for any organization. And while some are planned (efficiency initiatives or organization restructuring) and others unexpected (layoffs), you must prepare in advance to help your employees quickly digest and internalize the...

Energy Efficiency - Connect the Dots Between CSR and Employees

Connecting the dots between stakeholder engagement and social responsibility is no longer the "wave of the future." It's what companies need to be doing now to get ahead. Aligning your employees around a common cause that transcends...

Engagement Tips for Sustainable Business Leaders

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...

Exploring The Sustainability Balancing Act

In one of our very early posts, Defining Where You Are on the Sustainability Continuum, our sustainability consulting practice introduced the concept of business sustainability maturity as a differentiator for assessment and development.  The thought...

Key Points For Brands to Consider When Building a Sustainable Business Message

Many progressive companies and professional consulting firms are actively addressing the gap between executive stated business sustainability goals, the organization’s actual business sustainability actions, and what is actually communicated...

Sustainable Packaging 101

We all know that sustainable packaging practices benefit the environment by reducing waste, recycling materials into new packaging and controlling the energy costs of production. Many of us also recognize there are social benefits to...

Creating Aligned Corporate Sustainability Incentives

In a recent GreenBiz post, Does High CEO Pay Matter to Sustainability, our sustainability consulting practice finds an interesting discussion aligned personal and business sustainability incentives.  Focusing specifically on executive pay,...

10 FAQ on Social Media for Sustainability Communications

Is the sustainability movement here to stay?  What about social media?  Many argue that sustainable business strategies, as well as, social media are just passing trends.  Yet, within our sustainability consulting practice, we argue, profitable...

Sustainable Engagement: A Mid-Year Review

Do you consider your employees to be among your key business sustainability stakeholders?  If so, how do they directly contribute to your business’s success?  Who is ultimately responsible for their engagement?  These are the questions many...

Getting to the Heart of Business Sustainability Engagement

As the global expectation for sustainable business practices and corporate action continues to grow, many leading organizations are embracing business sustainability as a means to gain a long-term competitive advantage.  These organizations are...

How Social Media for Sustainability is Revolutionizing Communications

Remember when the iPad came out?  People didn’t really know what it was.  As in, many thought it was a replacement for a computer.  Others thought, no, it was like a really big phone.  No one was really clear as to its uses and many continually tried...

Where Does Consumer Engagement Fit Within Sustainable Development?

With the shift in consumer preferences over the past few decades, the business world has been aggressive to respond to the growing ‘green’ value opportunity.  However, lifecycle questions remain on company responsibilities once the products are in...

Employee Engagements Critical Role in Business Sustainability

When building business sustainability concepts into an organization, it is important to ask, Where do employees rank among business sustainability stakeholders? Who is ultimately responsible for increasing employee engagement?  And how do employees...

Exploring New Sustainable Innovation Frameworks

Although they are shifting investments toward growth opportunities, a majority of R&D executives are concerned about the pipeline of ideas feeding their portfolios…companies have been missing opportunities to increase business acceptance of...