Corporate Sustainability

Corporate sustainability refers to an organization's long-term strategy for ensuring environmental and economic success.

What Everyone Should Know About e-Waste

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Tue, 2012-10-09 10:51

It’s official. As a modern society, we are addicted to electronic products and devices. Newer is almost always better, and upgrading to the best version is a way of life. Computers and cell phones are becoming obsolete at an ever-quickening pace, and early adopters race to be the first to trade up to the latest and greatest technology. In the name of energy efficiency, we are ditching old appliances in favor of newer, more efficient, smarter models.

From Accountant to Sustainability Manager

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Mon, 2012-08-20 11:23

Researchers from the University of Waikato in New Zealand have announced that certified sustainability managers are necessary in order for companies to achieve the best sustainability outcomes.

A 2010 survey of managing directors, accountants, and sustainability managers found that there are clear business benefits to having a sustainability strategy and that often times, accountants make up only a small minority of the leadership roles involved in strategy setting.

Sustainability A Lot Like Social Media

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Wed, 2012-07-18 07:36

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a keynote address given by Gary Vaynerchuk, a best-selling author, business visionary, successful entrepreneur, and wine and social media expert. Gary was an early adopter of social media, using video posts to build a following for what became a multi-million dollar business selling wine via the Internet. As I listened to Gary’s story and his message about the social media revolution, it occurred to me that there is another parallel cultural shift happening right now – corporate sustainability.

Corporate Sustainability Not Just For Big Business

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Wed, 2012-06-06 13:35

There’s lots of talk in the media about corporate social responsibility and corporate sustainability. Companies are going green and focusing on a triple bottom line – people, planet, profit. Corporate goals are being aligned with environmental and social responsibility. Consumers and investors are paying attention, as companies like Wal-Mart, HP, and Patagonia are developing innovative ways to clean up their supply chain, improve efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, give back to the community, and save money. But, what about small businesses with limited resources?

What is Corporate Sustainability?

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Thu, 2012-04-19 10:36

In recent years, discussions about corporate sustainability have significantly increased among business, academic, and mass media outlets. Corporate sustainability is often synonymous with words such as corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, but what do those mean and why are they important? Given the influence that corporations have on environmental quality, resulting especially from the production process, a keen understanding of how to implement sustainable business practices is vitally important.

Innovation Breeds Energy Efficiency

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Thu, 2012-04-05 08:36

If you look at the most innovative companies, they are usually the most eco-friendly. There’s something about innovation that breeds energy efficient practices. It’s as if individuals are thinking outside the box about new ways to do the same work, and that leads to efficiency. I think we’re onto something!

One example of this comes from General Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust based in Chicago, IL. The company owns and manages shopping malls throughout the United States.

Becoming a Sustainable Business

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Mon, 2012-02-20 09:51

More and more organizations are starting to adopt sustainable business practices, to the point where they are actually creating sustainability departments. The goal of a sustainability department is to help a company ensure its long-term future by analyzing supply chain procedures and adapting them to allow a more efficient and cost-effective process.

7 Questions a Sustainability Manager Must Ask

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Mon, 2011-12-12 09:19

There are seven questions that must be asked when developing and implementing an organization’s sustainability strategy. Once you get these questions answered, you’ll have a much clearer understanding of your personal mission as the Sustainability Manager, and you’ll have the outline for what it’ll take to make your organization more successful.

5 Steps for Becoming a Sustainability Manager

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Wed, 2011-10-26 09:49

The need for certified sustainability managers is growing exponentially. Companies are looking to maintain their competitive advantage by “greening” their products and organizational processes. They need a credible professional who is knowledgeable in the likes of reducing an organization’s carbon footprint and initiating positive change.

Perhaps you want to transition into the role of a sustainability manager, but you’re not sure how. Here are five steps you can take that will likely land you in a position that you will enjoy:

Why Brands Are Pushing Sustainability

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Wed, 2011-10-12 15:19

Executives from the popular candy and pet care brand, Mars, Inc, are looking to sustainability as a way of reinventing the brand. The company intends to find eco-friendly ways to produce their same products, thereby reducing their environmental impact and satisfying a changing consumer demographic.

The first Mars candies were created in 1911, and since then, the company has become a leader in manufacturing. Popular Mars candies include M&Ms, Milky Way, Snickers, and Twix.