The Clif Bar Story: An Interview with Director of Environmental Stewardship Elysa Hammond

The following is a guest post by our friends at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program (a 3p sponsor) – for the business leaders of the future who recognize the importance of all business moving towards true sustainability—economic, environmental, and social.

By: Eban Goodstein, Bard MBA in Sustainability

Forget the triple bottom line: the folks at Clif Bar manage for five separate objectives!

Since Clif Bar CEO Gary Erickson made thedecision to keep the company private back in 2000, Clif Bar has been pushing the envelope on sustainability.  I recently had the opportunity to interview the architect of Clif’s pioneering sustainability strategy, Elysa Hammond.

Clif Bar’s five bottom lines are: economic sustainability; brand integrity; giving back; employee wellbeing; and environmental sustainability. How does this kind of management, in practice, really work?  Please enjoy Elysa’s lively, in-depth, account of her personal journey, Clif’s story, and her thoughts on the future of business sustainability. (Head to this page, and watch “Elysa Hammond on Embedding Sustainability at Clif Bar”)

Disclaimer: Elysa is on the Advisory Board for Bard’s new MBA in Sustainability, and in the video, she offers occasional support for the program. Elysa will be joining Majora Carter, John Fullerton and me on a panel (the “1-hour MBA”) at the launch event for the new degree on Tuesday, January 24th, in NYC. Join us there.

Thanks to prizepony for the image.

The Bard MBA in Sustainability focuses on the business case for sustainability. We train students to see how firms can integrate economic, environmental, and social objectives, the triple Bottom Line, to create successful businesses that build a more sustainable world. Graduates of the Bard MBA Program will transform existing companies, start their own businesses, and pioneer new ways of operating that meet human needs, while protecting and restoring the earth’s natural systems. The Bard MBA is a low-residency program structured around “weekend intensives” with regular online instruction between these residencies. Five of these intensives are held each term: four in the heart of New York City and one in the Hudson Valley. Residencies take place over four days, beginning Friday morning, and ending Monday afternoon. Learn more today.