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...

New Tips for a Sustainable Waste Management Program

Did you know that the average American throws out 550 pounds of paper, 318 pounds of food, and 90 pounds of glass per year?  About 80 percent of that garbage ends up in landfills.  One way to avoid garbage ending up in landfills is to reduce waste.  ...

Navigating Through Sustainable Business Investment

Today business leaders and entrepreneurs are presented with the unique opportunity to increase profitability through expanded eco awareness and a more proactive response to changing market expectations.  In fact, our sustainability consulting...

How Do You Track Sustainable Supply Chain Innovation Potential?

There has always been a business sustainability need to build risk management, monitoring and surveillance into a comprehensive plan.  However, business innovation has become more of a priority with business executives who have become...

How Unusual Business Pairings are Advancing Business Sustainability

Business sustainability is noted as providing solutions to complex problems.  It can create solutions sparked by unusual pairings.   As in industry competitors working together to create industry wide best practices or in this particular...

Exploring Advanced Sustainable Supply Chain Metrics

“Outside of certain industries such as high tech and retail, procurement organizations haven’t universally defined and adopted sustainability key performance indicators (KPIs), according to research by EcoVadis and A.T. Kearney.” This was the lead-in...

Building a Sustainable Supply Chain – Where to Begin?

“Most procurement executives believe investing in functional maturity—people, processes, and systems—is the best way to get the organization to work on transformative projects, but our research indicates that Procurement should be investing in...

How Sustainability and Social Media Are Creating a Competitive Advantage for Business

Building trust through social media for sustainability is more critical than ever.   Consider these statistics - building trust on social media matters. 92% of consumers say they trust earned media, such as social media, word of mouth, recommendation...

Lean Business Practices are Enhancing Business Sustainability

Experience has shown that the business world too often approaches sustainable development with traditional structured implementation processes.  In contrast, our professional consulting practice has observed that those who excel are those who step ...

Exploring the Foundation of Sustainable Stakeholder Engagement

“Company leaders must get back to basics when dealing with complex issues affecting purchasing and supply logistics.  Companies must focus on empowering leadership teams, exchanging information in real time, and installing reliable, adaptable...

Exploring a Multi-Stage Approach to Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Over the years, businesses and professional consulting firms have focused their procurement and supply chain management efforts on efficiency, particularly actions to reduce costs and to drive out inefficiencies within the supply chain.  While these...