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Cure Violence was launched in 2000 by epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, as an attack against the contagious epidemic of violence. The organization has had amazing results from their community involvement techniques, and is continuing to discover new ways that they can “interrupt” the spread of this disease. Read the full story and check out the award winning film The Interrupters, based on Cure Violence’s work in the neighborhoods of Chicago.
Patagonia is launching $20 Million & Change, a campaign to help build and grow start-ups with sustainable goals in the area of food, water, clothing, energy, and waste. They hope to use their 40 years of experience to develop more companies who are aiming to make the world a better place. Read the full story to see how founder Yvon Chouinard is continuing to establish sustainable practices in his hugely successful company.
Leadership Qualities What characteristics distinguish a successful leader? Check out this infographic to read about some key attributes.
Unilever Whoever said sustainable practices have to cost more has never met Unilever’s sustainability director for manufacturing, John Maguire. After launching the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, the company who manufactures everything from Klondike Bars to Vaseline, was able to establish sustainability as a central characteristic to its brand. Read how many tons of Co2 emissions Unilever has eliminated through better manufacturing practices and increased operational efficiency.
The Doe Fund George McDonald spent over two years passing through Grand Central Terminal in the 1980’s as he commuted to his successful business career in the textile industry. However, he did not just float through each day without noticing the thousands of homeless people who lived in the station’s tunnels. After realizing he could not fix the problem by handing out sandwiches to these individuals, he founded The Doe Fund.
Winning Resumes Check out these creative tips to making your resume jump off that hiring manager’s desk!
Recruitment Secrets Check out this infographic to see the secrets behind how recruiters are choosing candidates for those sought after summer jobs.
Cancer Villages in China A Chinese farmer by the name of Wu Shuliang and his wife Qi Xianying lost their son after he developed two types of cancer: leukemia and thymoma. The worst part about their devastating loss is that it could have been avoided. Find out about the gruesome affects of chemical dumping in China, and the wave of loss and tragedy that is sweeping through these rural Chinese farming villages.
Interview Tips and Tricks Preparing for all those summer internship and post graduation interviews can be very stressful. There is so much information out there to tell you the dos and don’ts of how to nail an interview that it is easy to get caught up in all the confusion. Check out this fun infographic to see what things interviewers use to determine whether to hire you after just ninety seconds.
FoodShareFilter A public relations agency in Spain has created an app that will finally make all of those pictures people post of their food on Instagram mean something. The agency DDB recently launched their app called FoodShareFilter. This unique photo filter allows purchasers to edit and spiff up those oh-so-loved food photos, while supporting a charitable agricultural program in El Salvador through Madrid based Manos Unidas. Check out the full article and a video to see how it works!
- The Green Bronx Machine was created by high school teacher Stephen Ritz. Ritz has developed a deeply integrated curriculum through involving students in the growing and building of indoor and roof top urban gardens. This unique approach to teaching has increased the participation, success, and even health of Ritz’s often over looked and previously under achieving students. The Green Machine got Ritz’s Bronx high school recognized as the greenest in the nation and has earned him the Chevrolet Green Educator Award. Follow the link to read the full article and watch a video about this dedicated teacher’s success.
- Panera Bread is launching a donation-based payment system in their 48 St. Louis area cafés. They are scaling down their fully nonprofit Panera Cares program to just offering their turkey chili at a customer determined price. That means patrons are given a suggested price based on how much the chili costs to make, and can then pay that amount, more, or less. See the strides Panera is making to end hunger in our country, and read about their dream to run a franchise based entirely off customer set prices.
- Whole Foods Greenhouse Whole Foods is already best known for their high end organic, local, and sustainable products. With their new Brooklyn store opening up in the fall, they have taken that concept one step further. This location will be the first retail grocery store to have its own commercial-scale greenhouse farm on its roof. Read the full story here, and learn more about Whole Food’s unique partnership with Brooklyn’s Gotham Greens.
- The Real Food Challenge is a student-led campaign that not only calls college and university administrators to develop some transparency in what they are spending their food budgets on, but dares them to obtain 20% their food from “real” sources. Check out how the RFC wants colleges and universities in the United States to spend their annually allocated $5 billion food budget differently.
- CVS The local drugstore chain CVS recently asked their 200,000 employees to share their weight, height, body fat, and blood pressure. CVS wants to use this information as part of a “health screening and wellness review, so that colleagues know their key health metrics [and can] take action to improve their numbers, if necessary."
- Sebastian Mariscal Studio Architect Sebastian Mariscal is changing up the way Boston builds apartments. Mariscal’s pan will not only create an increase green practices within a neighborhood severely lacking in parks, but will provide the community a chance to become involved in the improvement of Boston as a whole. Follow the link to see his design for a greener apartment complex option in Boston.
- LabDoor , the child of health startup accelerator Rock Health, is a website and app that provides information on unregulated products like multivitamins and energy drinks in the areas of ingredients, efficacy, and safety. Find out more about the products they have tested and their future plans for expansion into other markets.
- Soccket The founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Jessica Matthews, came up with an incredible idea to light up developing countries, and create a little fun in the process. While earning her undergraduate degree at Harvard, Matthews began developing the idea for the Soccket. This amazing soccer ball actually generates and stores electricity while you play! Follow the link to find out more about the Soccket.
- Let's Move Active Schools As a part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, there has been a recent launch of the Let’s Move Active Schools movement, in collaboration with Nike. With children’s obesity at an all time high, placing value on physical fitness within schools has never been more important. See the imaginative design that brand consultants Wolff Olins created for the initiative’s launch.
Starbucks Leadership Lab Starbucks recently hosted an unbelievable leadership lab for its store managers, in hopes of instilling within them the kind of pride in their company that transfers beyond the store counter. Almost 10,000 store “partners” (what Starbucks calls their store managers) attended the event that was held at a 400,000 square foot conference center in Houston. See why Starbucks invested $35 million into this conference-on-steroids.
UTEC Billboard In a killer marketing move, UTEC, the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima, Peru, created a unique billboard to advertise their program. Instead of plastering the school’s name up on a handful of billboards around Lima, UTEC came up with an innovative way to use Peru’s 98% humidity to produce fresh water.
GoPure This new app will help you make sustainable restaurant choices. It is called GoPure. Now this is not your average food review site that tells you the cheapest or highest rated joints in the city. GoPure will tell you if a restaurant uses local food, genetically modified ingredients, and even compostable take-out containers.
MPOWERD The Luci light, by the design group MPOWERD, is a solar powered lamp that after 8 hours in the sun can provide light for up to 12 hours (with a single charge lasting up to 3 months). Luci’s director of communications and social impact Jill Van den Brule, shared that this unique lamp was designed to provide light to the over 3 million people who either cannot afford electricity or do not have it easily available to them.
Hester Street Collaborative Anne Fredrick, the head of Hester Street Collaborative (HSC), is using design and community involvement to better the inner city neighborhoods of New York City. By obtaining the input of the local residents, HSC is creating increased community engagement as well as inspiring people to take pride in the area in which they live. Follow the link to read the full story.
Pacific Avenue is getting a facelift! The City of Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project is well underway as we continue to roll into 2013. Follow the link to read the complete list of planned improvements as well as road closure dates and estimated construction completion dates.
iShack. Make shift neighborhoods of shacks in Africa have become beyond the norm, but rather an unavoidable result of the incredible poverty in its developing nations. Researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa have developed a new kind of shack that relies on solar photovoltaic panels to power three indoor lights, and outdoor motion-sensing light, and a cell phone charger. The improved shack or “iShack,” is providing improved living conditions for those families that live in these slums. Follow the link to read the full article.
- Tender Greens. The southern California based restaurant chain Tender Greens is opening the door for gourmet chefs to branch out from the fancy, sit-down scene. The former director of food and beverage operations of the Four Seasons, David Dressler, and his two colleagues Erik Oberholtzer and Matt Lyman felt they were being suffocated in the upscale food industry and decided to dive head first into a new direction. Follow the link to read about their innovative business model.
- Proximity Designs The husband wife team Jim Taylor and Debbie Aung Din have created a business that designs tools for poverty stricken families in Mayanmar, Burma. They use innovative design techniques to create affordable irrigation tools and many other products that are needed by the Burmese people, but are generally too expensive to own. Follow the link to read about the incredible difference Proximity Designs is making.
- Design for Change Mark Randall of World Studio is working to inspire the next generations of designers, architects, and artists to focus on giving back. Follow the link to read about their program called Design Ignites Change, and the many other ways World Studio is impacting the design world for the better.
- Make It Right. Brad Pitt founded Make It Right, after witnessing the lack of progress in rebuilding of one of New Orleans’ most devastated communities in the Lower 9th Ward. In an effort to rebuild what Hurricane Katrina took from this neighborhood, Pitt teamed up with world-renowned architects to construct sustainable and affordable high-quality housing. Follow the link to learn more about Make It Right’s history, partners, unique designs, and tremendous service to the New Orleans community.
- Our World's Wasted Food. The U.K.’s Institute of Mechanical Engineers came out with shocking statistics about the immense amount of food being wasted by farmers, producers, grocery stores, and consumers. Their numbers indicated that about half of the world's food is being wasted. Follow the link to see the article and the full report.
- The Bullitt Center. Seattle will soon be home to the greenest commercial building in the world. The Bullitt Center, located at the intersection of Capitol Hill and the Central District in Seattle, is setting a new standard for sustainable building design. An entirely solar-powered building in rainy Seattle is a surprising endeavor, but has an innovative design to back it up. The center is striving to meet the incredibly high standards of the “Living Building Challenge,” and is currently leasing. Follow the link to read the full article.
- Coke's New Anti-Obesity Ad. Coke is launching a new campaign against obesity called “Coming Together.” This controversial move has created a lot of talk about whether a soft drink company has the right to “take a stand” in the fight against obesity. Although the ad highlights the many moves Coke has made toward providing healthier (less sugary) options, many are still not buying it. To watch the commercial and read the full article, follow the link.
- Dave's Killer Bread. Dave Dahl has turned his life around from being a drug abusing convicted felon, to establishing a $50 million dollar organic bread production line. He is using local, organic ingredients and employing ex-felons like himself to give others the same second chance he got. Follow the link to read about the company’s expansion plans, watch its inspirational story, or find out more about this delicious bread.
- Abe's Market. Richard Demb, cofounder and CEO of Abe’s Market, has created a vast resource for the online purchase of anything and everything natural, organic, and sustainable. Among their large array of products, Abe’s Market sells everything from all natural, healthy food and personal care items, to sustainable clothing, organic cleaners, and home decor. Follow the link to read the full article about their efforts to make the shopping experience more customizable, and their struggle with the consequences of getting too big.
- Design That Matters. Design That Matters is a nonprofit company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that is developing innovative, affordable designs and products for poverty stricken countries. They have a unique system that through partnerships with MIT, Stanford, and the California Institute of Technology gets the countries brightest minds involved in the design process. Follow the link to find out more about their company philosophy and current projects.
- MASS Design Group. Harvard School of Design grad students Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks have reinvented the concept of healthcare in Rwanda. Through their founding of MASS Design Group, Murphy and Ricks have been able to bring their architectural expertise into designing better hospitals for developing countries like Rwanda and Haiti. Follow the link to read about how their innovative designs have helped to minimize the spread of disease and are continuing to positively impact many lives.
- HopeMob. Shaun King, the pastor of Courageous Church in Atlanta Georgia, launched his website HopeMob in March of 2012. HopeMob is a unique non-profit organization that allows people to vote on stories of people in need. The stories that receive the top votes are then opened up for donations, each with its own fundraising goal based on the financial need for that specific individual. HopeMob pledges to give 100% of all funds they raise directly to the cause for which it was donated. Find out how you can help HopeMob give to those in need today.
- KIND Snack Company. The healthy snack company KIND has a very unique marketing strategy based on the company’s encouragement of individuals to perform unexpected acts of kindness. Founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky, has built the brand KIND on the concept of “paying it forward.” Follow the link to find out how you can become a Kindaholic and contribute to the monthly Kinding Mission.
- Fast Company Top 50 Most Innovative Companies Fast Company has compiled a list of the World’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies whose inventive thinking are having the greatest impact on our culture today. Among these are Patagonia, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Chobani Greek Yogurt. Follow the link to see the full list.
- Charity: Water Scott Harrison founded this non-profit organization with the goal of providing every person with access to clean water. Follow the link to read about his inspirational journey from a career as a nightclub promoter in New York City, to becoming an influential player in the non-profit sector whose work has funded projects that have supplied millions with clean water access.
- How She Leads: Hannah Jones of Nike. Nike Inc. has flourished into a household name in countries all over the world. They are known for their product quality, trendy designs, and for being a leader in innovative athletic wear. More recently they have become a leader in corporate responsibility with their remarkable focus on sustainability. Read Maya Albanese of GreenBiz.com’s interview with Hannah Jones, Vice President of Sustainable Business & Innovation at Nike.
- 13 Ways of Looking at a Leader.For Years we have been intrigued by what makes a good leader. Endless research has been conducted to define the characteristics that make up a successful leader.Leigh Buchanan, an editor for Inc. Magazine, a former editor at Harvard Business Review, and founding editor of the WebMaster magazine, shares her “baker’s dozen” of leader types. Which type are you?
- Hostess's bankruptcy can be blamed on poor managing, not the union. There have been numerous rumors floating around that the recent liquidation of the snack cake expert Hostess was due to the damaging effects of labor strikes. Eric Nicholson, of the Dallas Observer, shares the reasons behind a different theory, which show a long series of poor management decisions leading up to their failure.
- IKEA guilty of using forced labor in their manufacturing. Due to an audit by Ernst and Young, proof has surfaced that IKEA has knowingly used suppliers who used the forced labor of prisoners for their manufacturing. Cahal Milmo, of The Independent, shares IKEA’s response to their most recently discovered scandal.
- Pandora's cost effective energy efficiency. In today’s business world, finding ways to increase your company’s energy efficiency while saving money is a valuable competitive advantage. Josh Miner of GreenBiz.com, shares how Pandora has done just that.
- Accor Hotels launches their "Planet 21" sustainability program. In a day and age when “going green” has become more than just a trend, but a necessity, companies are seeking out innovative, but effective ways to develop sustainability. Glenn Hasek of GreenBiz.com illustrates Accor Hotels’ notable new program to make their company even more environmentally efficient.
- MANA Nutrition. This non-profit company has developed a way to combat severe acute malnutrition (SAM). They manufacture a special, vitamin and nutrient enriched form of peanut butter that they give to mothers in developing countries to help feed their starving children. Find out how you can contribute to their cause today.
- Good Spread Peanut Butter. Mark Slagle and is colleague Alex Cox created this tasty peanut butter as a means to increase awareness about MANA’s mission to end severe acute malnutrition. This all natural peanut butter is made with organic honey and sea salt to give it its delicious and unique flavor. By purchasing your own Good Spread you get to enjoy this scrumptious peanut butter yourself all while helping a child in need.
- Fast Company Magazine: Lessons 2013. Fast Company Magazine has compiled an extensive collection of advice and lessons from the experiences of some of the most successful business minds today. Explore the full list.
- Corporate Sustainability Rankings. This is the time when the most reputable agencies publish their ratings of sustainable corporations. Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and the Carbon Disclosure Project, known for their thorough data-driven analysis, have released new reports.Do these ratings and rankings matter? More important: Should they?
- The Power of Pinterest. Pinterest's combination of elegant design and smart social networking dynamics has made it the Internet's latest Great Revenue-Generating Hope, at a time of extreme skepticism about newfangled ad-based business models. Learn more about this company.
- The MIT Study Shows That Sustainability Is Profitable. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued its third annual Sustainability and Innovation Global Executive Study.The overall results show that more companies are taking sustainability seriously and are benefiting financially from sustainable business practices.
- The Secret to Team Collaboration: Individualism. Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, argues that uncontrolled collectivism leads to "group think", while true collaboration weighs the individual ideas and balances them with what the project needs.
- Why You Should Be a Shameless Self-promoter? It's nice to think that people will simply notice the good and important things you are doing, however with all the noise online today, what are the odds that a single tweet, post or video will make any sort of impact? So we need to shamelessly self-promote, loud, strong and often. And yet somehow we have to keep from crossing that line of being annoying and offensive. Here are three basic principles on how to do it.
- Microsoft Taxes Itself. Microsoft has announced an unusual initiative that it hopes will change how the company operates: an internal fee on carbon.
- Six Habits of Truely Memorable People. While you don't have to be The Most Interesting Man in the World, being known is one of the main goals of marketing, advertising, and personal branding. Here's how to be more memorable—and have a lot of fun.
- Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable World. This comprehensive report on the emergence of a “green economy” and its impact on the world of work in the 21st century was prepared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Worldwatch Institute, and Cornell University Global Labor Institute. It shows at a global level that green jobs are being generated in some sectors and economies.
- National Business Ethics Survey (NBES). Published every two years, Ethics Resource Center's National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) is the nationally-recognized barometer of workplace ethics. The 2011 survey was administered among 4,683 for-profit employees who, among other things, shared how whistleblowing is perceived in their company. Learn more about the current state of misconduct reporting in the US.
- Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now. Courtesy and manners are essential - particularly in business. Learn about dos and don'ts at a business meeting.
- Do Campaigns for “Ethical Supply Chains” Help Workers? In the past 20 years what has become known as the “ethical supply chain” movement has targeted brands such as Nike, Gap and Coca-Cola. Most recently, Apple came under attack because of the alledged poor working conditions of the people who make iPads and iPhones. How seriously should firms take these issues? Have Apple's actions been successful so far? Find out from the Economist magazine experts.
- Energy Sources 101: Solar Energy Pros and Cons. Solar power is perhaps what most people think of first when they think of renewables. Solar means clean energy, no greenhouse emissions from use, and abundant supply. At the same time, it is not available at night or under clouds, requires a large amount of open space, and is relatively expensive. Find out what compromises sustainability activists offer.
- The Profits of Virtue. Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explains the role of social responsibility in modern corporate culture, its effects on profitability and consumer behavior.
- 5 New Ways to Network (That You Won't Dread). All it takes is a little imagination, and networking might even be kind of fun. These five ideas will help you get started.
- Zero Waste at DuPont. DuPont's building division had gone from sending 81 million points of waste to landfill in 2008 to zero in 2012. David Walter is an executive who led the zero waste effort. Find out how he did it.
- Energy Sources 101: Natural Gas Pros and Cons. Natural gas contributes 21% of the world's energy production today, yet, some think that it is a potential environmental nightmare. Explore for yourself what's good and bad about it.
- US Sues to Lower Prices of E-book Bestsellers. The Justice Department and 15 states sued Apple Inc. and major book publishers, alleging a conspiracy that raised the price of electronic books. If there was price fixing, the lattest e-book hits may have cost too much.
- 10 Leadership Tips from Steve Jobs. These are excerpts from Walter Isaacson’s, “The Real Lessons of Steve Jobs,” published in the Harvard Business Review, April 2012. Learn more about what it means to simplify, control the experience, and innovate.
- Zimride: Reinventing the Road Trip. Zimride is a San Francisco-based startup that is using social media to connect drivers with people needing rides. In the process they save people money, help the environment, and sometimes help their customers make new friends.
- 2012 Cone Green Gap Trend Tracker. The third in a series of benchmark surveys examined American consumers' perceptions of environmental marketing. The good news: Americans continue to buy with the environment in mind. The bad news: consumers are not necessarily trusting companies' environmental claims.
- Tata Motors Air Car - Is It Really Coming? Learn more about how this lightweight car works and what are the chances of it hitting the American market in the near future. The article is by RP Siegel, PE, President of Rain Mountain LLC and the co-author of the eco-thriller Vapor Trails.
- 'Best' of B Corporations. B Lab - a nonprofit dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems - released its first “Best for the World” list recognizing companies creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact.
- Empowering Women Through Education. BSR, a global network of nearly 300 member companies, came up with a concept of BSR's HERproject. Creators of the project, built around private-public partnerships, believe that businesses that invest in educating and empowering women in the workplace enjoy higher efficiencies, lower absenteeism and turnover rates, and higher return on investments.
- Future of the Book for IDEO. As books in digital format become more and more popular, book publishers have to come up with more innovative ideas on how to capitalize on the changes that are happening. A team from IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm, developed three new concepts to enhance book reading experience. Find out more about "Alice", "Coupland", and "Nelson".
- How to Work A Room Like You Own The Place. Want to know how to change a networking situation from being "a boring waste of time" to "an exhilarating event that expands your circle"? In this article, Nisa Chitakasem gives some useful tips.
- Sustainability 2.0: Using Sustainability to Drive Business Innovation and Growth. The report by William Sarni & Peter Capozucca analyzes how a strategic sustainability plan can help organizations transform their key business processes and influence customers behavior.
- Does CSR Really Contribute to Reputation? In his blog entry,Bernd Lorenz Walter examines the paradox: on the one hand, stakeholders expect corporations to take responsibility, but on the other, when corporations begin to talk about CSR, stakeholder scepticism rises. Learn more about the reasons why.
- The Pomodoro Technique. Learn about simple yet effective time management tool.
- Working Fewer Hours is Good for the Planet. What if environmentalists pushed to empower people to choose to work fewer hours, buy fewer things, enjoy more time with family or friends - will it help the environment? Read more in the blog by Marc Gunther.
- Consumers Would Buy More Sustainable Clothing, If they Could Find It. The 2012 Styling Sustainability Survey discovered that around 69% ticked 'at least sometimes' when asked if they considered sustainability when purchasing clothing in 2011. It also discovered that shoppers would buy twice as much eco-apparel in 2012. Read more in the article by Antonio Pasolini.
- Global Corporate Reputation Index. Launched by Burson-Marsteller and partners, it is based on 40,000 consumer interviews about 6,000 companies in six countries (US, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, Brazil) and reveals the top 25 companies with the best corporate reputation – a magic mix of marketplace performance and corporate citizenship.
- How Panera Bread is Revolutionizing Philanthropy. The Sustainable Brands category this week showcases an article about Panera Bread and its Panera Cares program championed by the company's CEO Ron Shaich. He sought to create Panera Cares Cafes without prices that feeds its patrons on a pay what you can basis. The program's vision is to help solve food insecurity problem in American communities.
- Tully's Taste of Community. One of the best things about a great cup of coffee is sharing it with someone, giving you the chance to discover something about yourself, about a friend, or even about a newfound favorite flavor. Tully’s wanted to take this one-on-one coffee break and move it one step further, encouraging their coffee lovers to rediscover and reconnect with their entire community. Find out more about Tully's Corporate Responsibility efforts.
- Global CR Opportunity Study. The study presents the findings of an online survey conducted in 2011 by Echo Research. The survey was conducted in 10 countries – the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, India and Japan. Across all countries, the survey was conducted among a random sample of the online adult population ages 18 and older. A total of 10,024 adults completed the survey, including 5,015 men and 5,009 women.
- How to Come Up With Creative Ideas? In this article Duncan Murtagh, an Irish enterpreneur, describes an unusual way of how an individual or a company can generate business ideas.
- Apple's China Problem - and Ours. Is Apple doing worse than other companies when it comes to protecting workers' rights in foreign countries? Who gets the biggest benefit from globalization: capitalists or Third World workers? What can we as consumers do about poor working conditions in the countries where our stuff comes from? Answers to these and other questions in the blog entry by Marc Gunther.
- How to Find a Business Mentor Who'll help You Achieve Your Leadership Goals? In this article Rene D. Petrin, the founder and president of Management Mentors, a company that has been designing and implementing business mentoring programs since 1989, describes her 8-step approach.
- Cisco Brings Smart Cities Within Reach. Given the impact that computers and smart phones have had on our personal and professional lives, it seems that the application of computer technology to the infrastructure of cities has even greater potential to change the way we live. Despite this potential, and with only a few exceptions, smart city technologies have yet to be adopted in most places. But, according to Cisco, this all may be about to change.
- Trends That Will Shape Sustainable Consumption in 2012. Raphael Bemporad, the founding partner and Chief Strategy Officer of BBMG offered a list of five trends that he believes will shape sustainable brands in 2012.
- Stop Wasting Waste: Fixing the Travesty of Lost Value in Recycling. The value chain of production, use and end of life that encompasses manufacturers, designers, retailers, consumers, recyclers and waste haulers is extremely interwoven and complex. Unleashing the value of such a system requires a significantly different approach.Read more in the article by Champa Gujjanudu.
- The 15 Keys to Long-Term Success. Family connections. Good looks. Ivy League educations. Sure, they all help getting you started on a fabulous career. But do they ensure your future? Probably not. According to many experts, the road to success depends on your taking actions like the ones listed by Dr. Kathleen Begley.
- Why Google Invests in Clean Energy? Last year, Google invested more than $915 million in clean energy projects–solar, wind and transmission. Does Google have an energy policy? Does it need one?
- Street Art Utopia. Pictures displayed on the column can be found here.
- Transparency Pays Off In 360-Degree Reviews. Executives who reveal their 360-degree feedback typically do so just for their closest lieutenants. But frankness with staff about your appraisal can help your advancement – depending on how you handle it. Read more in the article by Joann S. Lublin.
- The Changing Face of Corporate Sustainability. Today, there is a growing demand for companies to demonstrate a responsible, sustainable, long-term approach to business, to produce a statement of their sustainability activities, and to clearly show how this relates to their core business strategy. Read more in the article from January 23, 2012.
- The 'Pain' of Sustainability. In today’s world companies continue to struggle to implement sustainable approaches to doing business. Here is why.
- Staples Advantage: Growing Green Supply Chain Revenues. Staples, Inc. is a worldwide business supplier with Internet revenues second only to Amazon. At the retail store level they have promoted recycled paper, e-waste recycling and the introduction of electric delivery vehicles. Article by Bill Roth from January 16, 2012.
- The Sharing Economy and Me. The idea of sharing economy and collaborative consumption keeps spreading. It is already generating some real money. Researches from Gartner Group estimate that the peer-to-peer financial lending market will reach $5 billion by 2013. Frost & Sullivan projects that car-sharing revenues in North America alone will hit $3.3 billion by 2016. Will the idea of sharing change the way we do business? Find out more in the blog by Marc Gunther.
- Build Your Strategy Around the Future: Predictions for 2012. Changes in technology, social contracts, and scarcity of natural resources will shape 2012 and beyond. Companies that have thought this through will be the most resilient, says Aron Cramer, president and CEO of BSR, a business network and consultancy focused on sustainability.
- Patagonia. Since the dawn of corporate social responsibility, Patagonia has been its pioneer and poster child. The company was founded on the principle that the business’s bottom line was more than just monetary.
- Act Like a Leader. In the world of sustainability, 4 dimensions of leadership are essential for everyone in business and provide the best path to a meaningful difference for all companies and the wider world.
- Blogger Marc Gunther argues that plastic bag bans might be all their made out to be. You decide.
- Bloomberg News Add Its Two Cents to Sustainability Debate. “If you don’t have a sustainability plan, you don’t have a business plan” is the note on which the media company Bloomberg News introduced its new Bloomberg.com Sustainability section on 11/28/11.
- Consumers Say Companies Should Do More to Solve World's Problems.
- Novo Nordisk Reaches a Milestone in Animal Testing. As of November 28, 2011, Novo Nordisk will no longer use living animals to test the quality of the batches of medicine coming out of Novo Nordisk’s production lines.
- Sustainability Boosts Company Performance. A study of the performance of companies over an 18-year period has found that high-sustainability companies out perform low-sustainability companies and have lower volatility.
- Playing Board Games. A board member uses his insider knowledge of companies to play the stock market and is later arrested.
- Supply Side Economics Doesn't Hold up to Louis Vuitton. Keynesian economics contends that one individual's spendin is another's earnings. Unfortunately for Americans, those jobs are being created overseas.
- Sustainable Sushi Is Not an Oxymoron.
- What Does the Data Say? Hans Rosling Breaks down the Impact of Foreign Aid. Among the many experts and data sources that Bill Gates drew on as he worked on his G20 Summit report, few are as entertaining as Hans Rosling and his extraordinary, interactive graphics, which reveal global trends and the great benefits of development aid in astonishing new ways.
- Americans Think U.S. Headed Wrong Way in Energy, New Poll Finds. In survey of 3,406 Americans conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, less than 14 percent of respondents said they think the country is headed in the right direction on energy.
- The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-time Job Hunters. The rumors about landing a job in this economy are true. You should be taking steps today, not next term, to prepare yourself.
- What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say about Steve Jobs. A great man's reputation can withstand a full accounting. Truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.
- Steve Jobs: seven ways he taught us to 'think different'. Steve Jobs was the anti-technocrat — an artist, entrepreneur, dreamer, revolutionary. He shook the business world out of its coma and made business fun. And made technology fun.
- Reputation & Integrity in the Digital Age. Reputation and integrity matter to consumers and investors – more so now than ever before. Because the market rewards firms that they believe align well with their values, and they punish those that don’t.
- The Corporate Social Contract. If corporations have the rights of the individual, they also have the responsibilities.