Entry Points to a Sustainable Supply Chain

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. The recent emergence of sustainable supply chain management provides the opportunity to review processes,...

How Social Media Transforms Sustainability Messages from Logic to Heartfelt Connections

Many people are confused as to what sustainability means and how it applies to business.  To some, they hear sustainability and it means renewable energy to them.  To others it may mean organic farming practices; however, to another person,...

How to Take Your Sustainable Supply Chain to the Next Level

“The perception of Procurement's capabilities is often limited to savings. Procurement leadership at Clorox created a simple and memorable framework that expands both how business partners view Procurement and how Procurement staff engage with the...

What Does Being Inauthentic on Social Media Mean?

Many question the common mistakes that business make in social media marketing.  There are a host of problems that you read about in blog posts and books - as in common problems - and there are a ton of them.  Some include: Ignoring social...

Little Known Ways Energy Management Can Offer a Competitive Advantage

Companies have long been committed to reducing their energy consumption and/or emissions as part of environmental or risk management policies.  However, these policies have typically been disconnected from traditional economic incentives and business ...

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...

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...

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...

Key Questions for Sustainable End-Customer Engagement

With the shift in consumer preferences over the past few years, executives are beginning to realize the growing need to engage a broader set of stakeholders in their product development and design.  However, many questions still remain once...

Seven Guiding Principles to Creating Sustainability Partnerships

In an Environmental Leader article, How to Create Successful Sustainability Partnerships, our sustainability consulting practice finds an interesting discussion on business alliances.  Similar to traditional professional partnerships of this...

Are You Matching Your Business Sustainability Passions with the Right Skills?

To compete and differentiate in today’s multi-skilled economy, a company must have the right mix of talent.  However, sourcing these needed competencies can come at a considerable cost, especially in what many believe to be a turning point in...

What are the Trends to Watch in Sustainable Transportation?

“What will transportation be like in 2050? Will we all be stuck in one giant traffic jam? Flying to our appointments in personal airborne delivery systems? Teleporting ourselves and our stuff around? Or not going anywhere at all?” These are the...

How Infographics Add Meaning to Sustainability Communications

Infographics, "data visualizations that present complex information quickly and clearly”  have been included in communications for a while now but recently, they’ve been embraced in social media for sustainability communications.   Infographics are...

What are your Top Business Sustainability Priorities?

A 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 values, goals, and...

From Risk to Opportunity - Why Start with the Supply Chain?

External forces are usually culprits when a debate about business failure arises. Technology, competitors, and emerging markets pose a lot of threats on the organizational development and sustainability.  As a result, most organizations have put in...

How Much Visibility Do You Have Into Your Supply Chain?

Companies around the world are beginning to recognize the value of sustainable supply chain management.  However, many of the executives quick to make sustainability commitments are now searching for the next steps in their business...

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...

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...

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...

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...