What Everybody Ought to Know About Sustainability and Small Business

Owning a small business has never been for the faint of heart, and over the past decade radical shifts in government policy, the financial world, and technology (particularly how we communicate) have presented even more challenges — and opportunities...

How Social Media Engagement is Advancing Sustainable Leadership

In addition to executive management playing a critical role in the success of a company, business sustainability requires leadership across the entire organization.  While management may ultimately carry the responsibility of sustainable...

Sustainable Supply Chain Benefits of Third Party Logistics

Traditionally two major factors have been at odds when companies discuss the potential for outsourced logistics. This decision has been torn between the value of integrating business operations with logistics providers and business risk of ‘vendor...

Tips for Improving Business Sustainability Implementation

It probably goes without saying that business leaders are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve their businesses.  One of the most dramatic exercises to reshape the entire company, from top to bottom, is to examine the processes that...

How Social Media Engagement Increases Employee Engagement

How Much is a Disengaged Workforce Costing You?  Is there a reason to do employee engagement right?  In fact, are there dangers of a disengaged workforce?  Absolutely! Many would argue low employee morale, broken culture, loss of productivity and...

Finding Your True North Star for Sustainability Communications

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

Tips to Enhance Your Sustainable Innovation Strategies

“Ideation is on the agenda because high performing procurement teams do it. Generating bigger and better ideas calls for CPOs to coach and mentor their staff to be bold and more. Simple techniques do work but only long term planning ensure teams...

5 Green Books Worth a Read

The road to sustainability is paved with multiple small decisions, as well as, big, larger commitments.  The small choices are the ones we make every day. To support sustainable development in business, life, and the environment, you've got to get...

Social Media Policies and Roles: Working For or Against Your Company?

Corporate policies are put in place to maintain consistency and drive efficiency within an organization. But sometimes, a lack of policy cohesion can undermine the corporate sustainability goals leaving both employees and stakeholders disenchanted. ...

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...