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Transparency: Promoting or Diminishing Competitive Advantage?

In 2009’s Strategy for Sustainability, Adam Werbach promoted what he called the TEN cycle (transparency, employee engagement and outside networking) as an avenue by which corporations could implement sustainability into their operations and succeed at reaching their North Star Goal. The North Star was a broad reaching, time sensitive and value-centered goal. It aligned the … Continued

Sustainability’s Influence on Stock Value

Political discourse over sustainability, in the USA, always seems to debate this single notion: that implementing sustainability initiatives – whether those are to increase the use of renewable energy, or to introduce any form of environmental regulation – are costs which put businesses at a competitive disadvantage resulting in job losses. The camps for and … Continued

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SAP 2010 CSR Report Boasts US$470M in Energy Savings

While SAP scored impressive reductions in total greenhouse gas emissions, data center energy consumption, and total energy consumed between 2009 and 2010, one metric in particular stands out. Renewable energy now meets 48% SAP’s needs, up from 16% from a year earlier.

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HP Wins Best Report in CR Reporting Awards 2011

HP won best report in the fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Reporting Awards 2011 (CRRA 2011) for its 2009 report, Changing the Equation, HP Global Citizenship Report 2009. Runners up for best report included Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. and Bayer AG. Winners were announced on March 24, 2011 at the Royal Society in London. The awards were … Continued

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Video Interview: Baselining Sustainability Performance at Straus Family Creamery

How are sustainability practitioners transforming companies?  In this interview, Brie Johnson, the sustainability manager of Straus Family Creamery, shares her best practices.  The Straus family has long been known for their commitment to sustainable production of excellent milk products, but every company can make improvements.  The first step is to measure.  Johnson uses Food Trade … Continued

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Woman-to-Woman Aid through Microfinance

The number of women within lending institution’s higher management has decreased over the past eight years, while the number of women receiving micro loans has skyrocketed globally. Women’s World Banking (WWB) believes that the decreasing number of women in leadership roles within financial institutions has severe consequences. The major concern is the importance of the … Continued

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Can Organic Farming Really Feed the World?

Can organic farming produce enough food to feed the world by 2050, when the world’s population is expected to hit nine million? A special report by the Economist a few weeks ago tackled that question. The report noted that while “organic farming could feed Americans and Europeans well…it cannot feed the world.” However, a Grist … Continued

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Don’t Know Your Audience? Cover Their Values

by Donna Montgomery, Ph. D. We’re often told by the experts that the first rule of engagement is this: Know Your Audience. But what if that’s not possible? There could just be too many to know individually, or maybe you’re going in cold, or are new in your job. Perhaps you’re communicating with a group … Continued

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Sustainability at Outward Bound

This post is part of a series on sustainability in the health and wellness industry, curated by Becky Eisen, Dana Ledyard, Izabel Loinaz. Follow along with the series here. I’m Greg Bunn, Director of Facilities for Outward Bound. Although this is my 15th year working for Outward Bound, I am new to this position since … Continued

Feral Hogs Create Problems for Biofuel Producers

Biofuels got off to a rocky start in the U.S. several years ago with an unfortunate emphasis on corn ethanol and other food crops. Now attention has shifted to more sustainable, non-food biofuel feedstocks including weeds, grasses and trees.  Non-food biofuel croplands could be sited in relatively remote or underused areas, and some could double … Continued

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SXSW: Techies Can Save the World. Why Aren’t They?

I’ve had a little bit to say about South by Southwest not being as focused on sustainability as it could be. That’s not to say there aren’t techies out there doing incredible things. Take a look at the Surui Carbon Project being underwritten by the Google Earth Engine team: The project puts android handheld devices … Continued

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Dow Water and Process Interview: Part 2

Interview with Snehal Desai, Global Marketing Director for Dow Water and Process Solutions – Continued from Part 1. 3P: Are any your systems being powered by renewable energy? SD: In Australia we are seeing some desalination systems looking at renewables and in the Middle East as well, though these systems will probably need some kind … Continued

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Seed Bomb Business Explodes in UK

In the spirit of pro-activism and guerilla gardening (gardening without permission), seed bombs are usually thrown into vacant, blighted lots under the cover of night, but with their growing popularity perhaps folks will start tossing them around on their morning walk with the dog.  Seed bombs have traditionally been made with rich soil, a few … Continued

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Give to Get: US Eyes Brazilian Oil

By Elizabeth Dolge    No doubt Obama made many fans during his visit to Brazil last weekend, charming government officials and citizens alike.  But as the dust settles from his two day action-packed visit, US-Brazil relations remain at a most critical point.  Many have called Brazil the most important leg of Obama’s Latin-American trip – … Continued

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Does Earth Hour Truly Benefit the Environment?

Earth Hour will be taking place this Saturday, March 26th, between 8:30-9:30pm local time.  Call it an initiative, campaign, or annual ritual, its going onto its fifth year.  People are encouraged to turn their lights out for one hour to bring attention to global sustainability issues. Earth Hour is lead by the WWF.  No, not … Continued