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  • Holland, Michigan About Blog The purpose of the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is to support growing efforts to encourage, engage, educate and drive sustainable culture in water and air quality, energy efficiency, land use and environmental innovation using a sustainability framework evaluation process and other best practices.(More…)
  • What is the UN Global Compact?(More…)
  • Oakland, CA About Blog GreenBiz provides intelligent, focused content on business, technology and sustainability for people from every industry and discipline.(More…)
  • Sustainable business practices have taken the forefront in the national conversation about sustainability.(More…)
  • Follow this site to get articles and resources on social entrepreneurship, green jobs and the triple bottom line in sustainable business.(More…)
  • “Dave is a pioneer in the impact investing field and his work exemplifies best practice in this space.”(More…)
  • We don?t disclose clients, but in recent months we have added to our sustainability practice, including clients that range from a large agricultural business to a retailer and an apparel firm to another law firm as well as cannabis industry members and a pharmaceutical company.(More…)
  • Although there are numerous companies with sustainable strategies in place, numerous business executives are still apprehensive about the benefits of implementing sustainability in their organization.(More…)
  • Sustainability consultants can be helpful in guiding businesses in this process by bringing forward best practices, new technologies and conducting detailed financial analysis of potential projects.(More…)
  • On November 1, 2, and 9, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners will offer its 4th annual GSI Operation and Maintenance Course for landscape professionals to learn best practices and advance their.(More…)
  • While sustainable business leaders and climate advocates knew there?d be inevitable changes with a new U.S. presidency, few could have anticipated just how volatile the past 12 months were.(More…)
  • The book used in this program is called The Secret Green Sauce and it profiles real business (including many small businesses) and their best practices for making money going green.(More…)
  • The Vermont Green Business Program (VT GBP) is a no-cost, voluntary, recognition program that provides resources to Vermont business on how to go above and beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations, using pollution prevention strategies and implementation of best management practices.(More…)


  • Businesses that thrive in the future will be those that figure out how to harness these changes to address real human needs–placing sustainability at the heart of business strategy.(More…)
  • Sustainability initiatives will help businesses from a logistical and operational standpoint, as business can be conducted both effectively and efficiency with less resources and higher savings (specifically in terms of energy usage).(More…)



Holland, Michigan About Blog The purpose of the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is to support growing efforts to encourage, engage, educate and drive sustainable culture in water and air quality, energy efficiency, land use and environmental innovation using a sustainability framework evaluation process and other best practices. [1] The new award recognizes leadership and best practices in environmental and business sustainability for North Carolina enterprises, with a focus on exceptional commitment to initiative, innovation and impact. [2]

MIT is multi-year Member-client of the Sustainability Roundtable Inc.?s Sustainable Business & Enterprise Roundtable business service which is missioned to accelerate the development and adoption of best practices in more sustainable business. [3]

Follow this blog to get information on a variety of sustainable business practices. [4] United States of America About Blog Sustainability news and information about U.S. sustainable practices – how U.S. agriculture, forestry and fisheries grow, harvest and produce sustainably. [1]

Australia About Blog The Association for Sustainability in Business goal provides a platform for industry and academic thought leaders to share best sustainability knowledge. [4] Business has a key role to play in proactively considering these issues and building social consensus around best practices. [5]

As the walls between sustainability, corporate social responsibility and other corporate functions start to crumble, leaders are better able to extend their influence and catalyze the integration of sustainable business practices across their company. [6] He routinely works with companies of all sizes around the topic of sustainable business practices and each year he takes students to study abroad in Scandinavia to meet with sustainability leaders from companies such as Unilver, Siemens, Akzo Nobel and Ikea. [7]

In a dramatic shift the fastest growing environmental issue in 2018 is sustainable business practices. [8]

What is the UN Global Compact? It’s a leadership platform that provides access to a global community of corporations, best practices, and tools that can help us grow our sustainability, social and environmental efforts. [9] Our aim is to extend the boundaries of best practice in sustainability by working with leading international clients who are recognised by their peers as leaders in their class. [10]

Oakland, CA About Blog GreenBiz provides intelligent, focused content on business, technology and sustainability for people from every industry and discipline. [4] Washington, DC About Blog Building a vibrant, just and sustainable economy through policy change supported by business leaders. [4] San Francisco, CA About Blog Welcome to Sustainable Brands – the premier global community of business innovators who are shaping the future of commerce world wide. [1]

BSR has launched a new Sustainable Futures Lab, which will enable foresight-driven engagement with a broad spectrum of changes across various domains that are reshaping the context for business and sustainability. [5] UK About Blog Sustainability and Sustainable News focused on the UK but also covering world stories. [1] Oxford, Columbia, DC, Harvard About Blog Sense & Sustainability is an organization dedicated to advancing the study and understanding of sustainable development. [1]

The term “sustainability” has made a major impact in the restaurant industry over the past decade, yet many businesses are unsure how to fit sustainable practices into their daily operations. [11] Along the way we picked up some valuable insight into how restaurants can start incorporating more sustainable practices into their business today. [11] Follow this blog to get tips on green business and environmentally responsible practices. [4] About Blog Skills for Sustainability highlights a range of issues, concepts and examples of sustainability practice. [1]

Sustainable business practices have taken the forefront in the national conversation about sustainability. [12] The Strategy Scorecard and accompanying guidance (Step 2) aligns initiatives and key performance indicators specific to sustainability and health in the workplace with 4 key business perspectives: Financial Performance, Internal Customer (i.e. Employee) Satisfaction, Sustainable Business Processes, and Sustainable Capacity & Risk Management. [3]

Follow this site to get articles and resources on social entrepreneurship, green jobs and the triple bottom line in sustainable business. [4] Follow this site to get news, information and commentary on climate change, politics, sustainable business and the green economy. [4] Sustainable business leadership will increasingly be defined by how well companies approach climate resilience; inclusive growth in an era of automation; and technology, human rights, and ethics. [13]

“Dave is a pioneer in the impact investing field and his work exemplifies best practice in this space.” [2]

Therefore, companies that readily engage in sustainable business practices such as reducing and recycling product waste and utilizing alternative energy sources, will be prepared for the future, and remain competitive in the global market. [12] Plenty! Regardless of your industry, adopting sustainable business practices can improve your bottom line–in both the traditional and the environmental sense. [14]

We don?t disclose clients, but in recent months we have added to our sustainability practice, including clients that range from a large agricultural business to a retailer and an apparel firm to another law firm as well as cannabis industry members and a pharmaceutical company. [8] The importance of sustainability and its impact on business practices has become undeniable. [7] Once you understand what sustainability is, take some time to reflect on your small business and what practices you may already support or what you neglect. [15] A former Department of Justice deputy told a state bar group this month, “voluntary business sustainability is “the? fastest growing area of environmental law and maybe among all law practice areas.” [8]

With younger people driving the bus, sustainability is an opportunity for corporate American and small business alike that they had best get on board with now,. or risk missing the bus entirely. [8]

Over the past decade there has been an increasing drive for companies to developer greener and more sustainable business environments. [16] According to the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry, Colonial Bowling & Entertainment recycles all of the cooking oil they use on site (they have diverted over 39 Tons of cooking waste from being disposed in a landfill), they repurposed as much material as possible during the remodel, use electronic timers to keep Colonial dark when empty, and support their employees by working with schedules and allowing them to bring their kids to work. [17]

Together we can have a large impact, one that will spread awareness around sustainable business and environmental sustainability. [18] In Sustainable Business Strategy, we examine both the company and the broader industry, and learn how Norsk Gjenvinning has made an impact by implementing anti-corruption practices and innovative recycling practices. [19] Now, we are proud to further our sustainable business practices by joining the UN Global Compact. [9]

Although there are numerous companies with sustainable strategies in place, numerous business executives are still apprehensive about the benefits of implementing sustainability in their organization. [12] A business impacts communities and resources, so taking these steps to sustainability is in the best interests of the environment, the business owner and the consumer. [14]

Sustainability consultants can be helpful in guiding businesses in this process by bringing forward best practices, new technologies and conducting detailed financial analysis of potential projects. [20] Next month, leadership from the largest and most impactful restaurant chains in the world will convene at the annual TDn2K Global Best Practices Conference in Dallas, TX. I?m very much looking forward to attending the conference next month and expanding on this article to further communicate the importance and benefits of sustainability in the restaurant industry. [20] Sustainability Scorecard integrates best practices in Strategy Execution, Performance Measurement, Performance Management, Risk, and Sustainability. [21]

On November 1, 2, and 9, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners will offer its 4th annual GSI Operation and Maintenance Course for landscape professionals to learn best practices and advance their. [22] With each passing day, the world awakens to growing evidence that investing in sustainable business practices, clean energy and climate-smart agriculture isn’t just best for the planet – it’s good for companies and consumers. [23]

Given the growing demand for environmental legislation for corporations, staying ahead of the curve by implementing sustainable practices in a timely fashion will alleviate many of the logistical and financial challenges of rapidly changing business operations when more widespread legislation passes. [12] Small businesses can easily scale these practices and implement them in their own organizations through a small business sustainability plan. [14]

We recently revamped our blog to provide you with a single destination for the best design and sustainability content–everything from design tips to events and popular trends. [24] TC: As I continue in my career in real estate development I will look to industry leaders in green building for best practices. [25] Step 4 identifies metrics and best practice methodologies that companies use to measure the relative health of buildings within their portfolio. [3] Leading Corporations have determined that the best practice for developing, setting and meeting ambitious renewable energy goals is centered on buying renewable energy from specific, newly-built, large scale wind and solar projects in a breakthrough transaction that can offer both superior environmental claims and superior economics over conventional renewable energy procurement alternatives. [3] As corporate compliance and reporting on energy use and emissions faces increasing scrutiny from stakeholders and the public, procuring bundled RECs has become the best practice solution for meeting corporate renewable energy goals. [3] Partially in response to this criticism and due to changing market dynamics improving the economics of utility scale renewable energy, leading corporations have determined that buying unbundled RECs is no longer the best practice for meeting renewable energy goals. [3]

Tools comprising this stage of the Playbook also help users to employ best practice methodologies for quantifying impacts of healthy workplace investments on employee performance metrics, such as absenteeism, employee satisfaction, health costs, productivity, revenue and turnover. [3] This includes a discussion of best practices and limitations to working with data sourced from HR. Additionally, SR Inc provides guidance and referrals to industry leading Employee Satisfaction and Engagement surveys, to gather powerful qualitative evidence for needed investments in SHW. [3] The Governance tool (Step 1) provides best practice guidance for developing a governance structure to support a SHW strategy that engages multiple departments beyond CRE – most notably, Human Resources – to foster joint decision-making and collaboration and align with a greater number of internal stakeholders, attract greater support from the C-Suite, and allow for program costs and benefits to be distributed across both CRE and HR budgets. [3]

While sustainable business leaders and climate advocates knew there?d be inevitable changes with a new U.S. presidency, few could have anticipated just how volatile the past 12 months were. [24] A sustainable business will implement changes that reduce emissions, improve air quality, and identify products that reduce concerns about health and safety liability. [14]

Attendees learned about the impact of sustainability and how they can grow their brand reputation and sales through a more sustainable business model. [26] The business impact will help make the case: The EcoVadis Sustainable Procurement Barometer, our recent study of supply chain professionals, found that 50 percent of sustainable procurement leaders experienced increased revenue from sustainability initiatives, which is a powerful message for decision makers at your organization to hear. [27] Ready to convince your small business to engage in sustainability? Here?s how you can Rally Your Team: 5 Steps Guide to Building Your Business Case for Sustainable Procurement. [27]

The book used in this program is called The Secret Green Sauce and it profiles real business (including many small businesses) and their best practices for making money going green. [28] Mortgage consulting team?s best practice recommendations help transform lender?s business operations. [29]

Senior leaders from the firm blog about tools, strategies and best practices in the field of green marketing. [30]

We know that if we do not invest time and energy into building sustainable business practices, we will not attract or retain the bright minds that we need to continue to grow and sustain a successful business. [29] We are a sustainable business, meaning that we take every action possible to mitigate the impact our products and our way of doing business has on the environment. [18] We are global thought leaders, consultants, software developers and service providers in sustainable business and supply chain management. [10] Sustainable Business Strategy Protagonist Video HBX’s newest course, Sustainable Business Strategy, will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to become a purpose-driven business leader. [19]

The Vermont Green Business Program (VT GBP) is a no-cost, voluntary, recognition program that provides resources to Vermont business on how to go above and beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations, using pollution prevention strategies and implementation of best management practices. [31]


Businesses that thrive in the future will be those that figure out how to harness these changes to address real human needs–placing sustainability at the heart of business strategy. [5] Helping companies navigate the emerging world means building and contributing to resilient business strategies, not simply integrating sustainability into business strategies built by others. [5] It aims to provide a starting point for people who want to improve the sustainability performance of their business. [1] This should include areas where sustainability issues have converged with business issues and where new topics have emerged, and it should allow for the reinvention of sustainability to meet the needs of a new reality. [5] We anticipate many more sustainability innovators from the Business School to be the impact investors and entrepreneurs of the future.” [2]

Washington, DC About Blog Strategic Sustainability Consulting provides organizations with the tools and expertise they need to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. [1] Fort Collins, CO About Blog Our leading trade publication keeps industry executives informed daily about energy, environmental and sustainability news, issues & challenges businesses face today. [1] Australia/New Zealand About Blog Our Sustainability Matters magazine and website provide busy environmental and sustainability-focused professionals with an easy-to-use, readily available source of information that is crucial to gaining valuable industry insight. [1] Washington, D.C. About Blog The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), is a non-profit professional association that empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. [1] Wisconsin About Blog The Cool Choices game-based sustainability program supports corporate sustainability, boosts employee engagement & cuts costs. [1] Australia About Blog Sustainability blog is all about growing demands on stakeholders for more information, increases in regulation and the impact of long-term trends mean all organisations should focus on the sustainability of their operations, products and services. [1] Melbourne, Australia About Blog GreenCareer is a dedicated Employment and Resource website for Professionals in Environmental and Sustainability sectors in Australia and New Zealand. [1] Washington, DC About Blog Supporting the economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. [1] Newcastle upon Tyne, UK About Blog Terra Infirma Ltd are UK based environment and sustainability consultants with an excellent track record in bringing environmental and economic benefits to our clients. [4] Essex, MA About Blog Strategic leadership towards sustainability – individuals, organizations, and communities using systems thinking to create a better future that is peaceful, healthy, prosperous, just, equitable, and resilient for generations to come. [1]

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. [1] “The Center for Sustainable Enterprise has been a thought leader in sustainability for almost 20 years,” said Albert Segars, PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and CSE faculty director. [2] The makers of a synthetic fiber made from recycled plastic bottles and the co-founder of a venture capital firm at the forefront of impact investing were honored at the 2018 UNC Sustainability Awards hosted by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) and the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise May 10, 2018. [2]

“At SJF Ventures we invest in companies with sustainable and positive-impact business models which drive great investment results. [2] For the companies that are addressing these challenges head on, there is the promise of remarkable innovation–not only in technology, but also in business models, partnerships, products and services, and ways of engaging consumers. [13] “Unifi is honored to be recognized by UNC as a leader in developing innovative, environmentally-friendly practices as part of our business model,” said Kevin Hall, CEO of Unifi, based in Greensboro, North Carolina. [2] Using your website and social media to share your mission in adopting better practices not only attracts guests who value these efforts, but can set a precedent in your community and encourage other business to make the same impact. [11] Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices. [4]

Its goal is to empower business leaders in their quest for shareholder value while exercising environmental stewardship and promoting economic development and growth. [2] Since 2004, our goal has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a sustainably abundant future. [1]

It is time for business and other partners to embrace new issues, new ways of pursuing sustainability, and a new–and more assertive–voice. [13] Follow this site to get information on green business, technology and sustainability. [4]

Our aim is to provide material insight on the global field of Sustainability from experts in Climate, Finance, Energy, Health, Law, Diversity, and Corporate Governance. [1] “We are pleased to present the 2018 Distinguished Alumni in Sustainability Award to someone who has had such positive influence on the growth of companies that in-turn have a positive impact on the world,” said Olga Hawn, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and the Sustainability Distinguished Fellow. [2] SJF Ventures has invested in more than 50 companies that innovate in technology, sustainability and resource efficiency, from brokers of pre-owned laboratory equipment to manufacturers of natural cosmetics and cleaning products. [2] It is Philadelphia’s top environmental news, sustainability, local food, companies & events & Philly recycling. [1] About – Terra Infirma Ltd are UK based environment and sustainability consultants with an excellent track record in bringing environmental and economic benefits to our clients. [4]

Every restaurant has its own set of challenges and opportunities, which is why the initial step in designing a sustainability plan is to think about what goals make sense for your restaurant, and lay out which areas could benefit from better practices. [11] UNC Kenan-Flagler recognized the firm for its earth-friendly products and enterprise-wide sustainability practices. [2]

AASHE provides resources, professional development opportunities and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance to curriculum advancements. [1] This report provides a guide for sustainability practitioners to create resilient business strategies, governance, and management so that their companies are fit for a disruptive world. [13] The Association for Sustainability in Business is creating a space for industry associations to work together on challenging sustainability issues. [4] These conditions create three big issue sets that we believe need to be front and center on the business agenda–not only for sustainability reasons, but because these questions will be increasingly central to business performance. [5]

About Blog Ecopreneurist is a blog for and about eco and social entrepreneurs, startups, cleantech, web 2.0 and disruptive business ideas. [4] Portland, OR About Blog Great Green Content provides quality copywriting and content marketing services to sustainable businesses. [4] Australia About Blog Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Nini, Eco Warrior Princess covers the topics that matters — sustainable fashion, conscious businesses, green politics, feminism, eco beauty, wellness, green technology — in an analytical, intelligent and honest way. [1] Chicago About Blog Sustainable Chicago is the premier resource for green building in Chicagoland. [1] Philadelphia, PA About Blog Green Philly Blog helps you live a more sustainable lifestyle. [1] About Blog Welcome to the Green Elephant Blog! We love all things sustainable, healthy & ethical and this is the place where we put our latest discoveries for sustainable living. [1] Los Angeles, CA About Blog TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. [1] USA About Blog Sustainable America is an environmental non-profit organization with the mission to make the nation?s food and fuel systems more efficient and resilient. [1] Canada About Blog Sustainable Building & Design Magazine is a source for environmental building professionals everywhere. [1] Ottawa, Ontario, Canada About Blog CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its members. [1] Montreal, Quebec, Canada About Blog The convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment. [4] Philadelphia, PA About Blog AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that work to create a sustainable future. [1] Kansas City, MO About Blog Learn about local options for sustainable living for your home, work and family. [1] USA About Blog The blog will attempt to be a resource for all things frugal and sustainable. [1] BRA, CHN, IND, MEX, TKY, USA About Blog WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities catalyzes environmentally and financially sustainable urban solutions to improve quality for millions of people. [1] Austin, TX & Harrisville, NH About Blog CleanTechies is a destination for people who believe that human ingenuity can, must and will develop sustainable solutions to the problems we face. [1] New York, Everywhere About Blog Find everything you need to know about living a healthy and eco-friendly life, with an emphasis on nature, science and sustainable design. [1]

BSR? is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. [13] Ecopreneurist covers the latest trends in sustainable and socially responsible startups, companies and products. [4]

Honored were members of the MBA Class of 2018 who graduated with an enrichment concentration in sustainable enterprise and student leaders of Net Impact and the Energy Club. [2] “There are also many businesses in North Carolina that have been innovative leaders in sustainable enterprise, in some cases for much longer than 20 years. [2]

Through the latest news, recycling or events, Green Philly helps ease the transition into your sustainable lifestyle. [1] Ideas for sustainability is a forum to discuss exciting ideas that might help us reach a sustainable future. [1]

The philosophy of TriplePundit is based on the “triple bottom line” or — three Ps — of sustainability – People, Planet, Profit. [4]

UK About Blog Low Impact is a non-profit organisation created to provide information, training, products & services to help people live more sustainably. [1] London, UK About Blog BusinessGreen provides companies with information on how to plan and undertake successful green initiatives that both cut costs and enhance the brand values of their organisations. [4] Greenwich, CT About Blog Andrew Winston, author The Big Pivot, co-author of Green to Gold, strategist. commentary on the world’s mega trends and how companies can navigate them. [4] About Blog Green Marketing TV covers the art of green and social entrepreneurship, through insightful articles on successful businesses, interviews with visionary entrepreneurs, down-to-earth marketing tips, and more. [4] About Blog Eco-Office Gals strives to build businesses green and paperless. [4]

Follow this blog and get ideas for businesses interested in making a lighter environmental Impact. [4] About Blog Environment Blog brings you environmental news and insightful articles on green business. [4] Houston, TX About Blog The Green Business Bureau offers businesses an easy to use online tool and clear roadmap to become eco-efficient, one step at a time. [4] About Blog The purpose of this site is to provide commentary on green business. [4]

With our member companies and other partners, we are proud to have imagined and worked toward a new vision of business that creates prosperity and fairness for all and preserves the natural environment on which we all depend. [13] A great way to keep your business accountable when making these changes is to make a public commitment to doing so. [11] Attending to this issue will mitigate risk, ensure business continuity, and involve business in parlaying its skills and knowledge as part of the overall climate solution. [5] Business has much to gain through these innovations, and many technologies can also unlock solutions to climate change and other societal issues. [5] Put more positively, we have within our grasp the ability to reorient business and turn the tide on climate change, deliver economic opportunity for all, and build connected societies in which all people can live in dignity and with respect. [13] The starting point for these topics is the need to face head on the three systemic changes affecting business: climate change, technological innovation, and the structural economic change. [5] Artificial intelligence (AI)–and the big data business models underpinning it–is disrupting how we live, work, do business, and govern. [13] It also serves as an invitation to join us as we work to shape a new agenda, new approach, and a new voice for business that will help companies to anticipate the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the future. [5] The payoff for business is substantial: the opportunity to help build support for progress on crucial issues, the creation of a more predictable operating environment, and, ideally, the restoration of trust. [5] The UK’s leading source of information for the green economy, delivering the latest news and in-depth analysis on green business and environmental issues. [4]

San Ramon, CA About Blog The Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) is the nation’s leading resource for commercial food service energy efficiency information. [1] Cape Town, South Africa About Blog Our green blog has it covered, from technical information on renewable energy solutions & news articles to daily green tips for the home or office. [1] About Blog Features green technology news, views, reviews and products you can use. [1] Denver, CO About Blog A website dedicated to green construction and buildings. [1] Canada About Blog We’re all about Canadian green building: both non-residential and residential construction, new and renovated. [1] Seattle, Washington, USA About Blog This blog is about small cabins, off grid living, renewable energy, alternative building, shacks, shelters of all types, homesteading, camping, and other things that interest me. [1]

About Blog UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes the global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [1]

All of their restaurants feature 25% plant-based menus (at minimum), which provide more dining options and help create meaningful relationships with sustainable farmers. [11] We thought it was time to highlight the positive stories of those organizations and highlight their leadership in building profitable as well as sustainable models of business.” [2]

About Blog The WNY SBR is a “business-driven” organization that relies on its member businesses to drive its mission and organize its events. [4] Fort Collins, Colorado About Blog Trees, Water & People is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1998 by Stuart Conway and Richard Fox, and is staffed by a group of dedicated conservationists who feel strongly about helping communities protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. [1] San Francisco, CA About Blog Our award-winning climate, air, water and wildlife initiatives promote practical solutions and tangible results for California and its people. [1]

Our blog site compiles information about sites and products that we find safe and useful for our environment. [4] Brisbane About Blog This is our sustainable-living story which we would like to share with you to provide information, ideas, inspiration and courage to take the first step in your life. [1]

Companies need to develop human rights policies and practices that address big new ethical questions about the application of new technologies. [5] They work with specialized vendors that follow ethical standards and sustainable practices, such as those recommended by the Ocean Wise seafood program. [11]

We have a clear and universal roadmap for sustainable development, best expressed through the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [13]

Governance gaps–and failures–create the need for business to lead the way, often in partnership with others, if we are to achieve our shared goals. [13] The wave of changes sweeping our world is coalescing to create a new operating environment for business. [5]

We don?t need to put more effort into certification and accounting for sustainability; we need to meaningfully change how we manage and engage with supply chains. [13]

Green Building Law Update is published by attorney Stuart Kaplow as a resource on sustainability and environmental law for the business community,. not just for lawyers. [8] He is the principal at the Baltimore law firm that bears his name, Stuart D. Kaplow, P.A. where he represents a broad breadth of business interests concentrating in real estate and environmental law with focused experience in sustainability and green building. [8]

Whether you?re a leading global company that?s well on its way or a smaller company just beginning to embrace sustainability, business can and must lead the way toward a future where the economy, the planet, and people can prosper. [32] Bain & Company consultants Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Paul Stone, and Clare Tovey found that sustainability overhauls often fail because when employees feel pressured to choose between sustainability and business goals, they almost always pick the business targets. [33] Businesses that integrate sustainability plan can help encourage that positive culture and make your employees feel like they are part of something important outside of just the business. [15] Businesses around the world are shifting to conserver-based cultures, and a focus on sustainability appears to be a necessity for successful business models moving forward. [7] Many companies have been more focused on digitizing internal business processes to indirectly support sustainability initiatives. [16] The report also looks at how companies are integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations. [6] Digitizing information flows across your internal and external business environment can contribute significantly towards your company?s sustainability goals, you can learn more here. [16] Drobny is a lecturer on sustainability and corporate responsibility at Ohio State University?s Fisher College of Business. [7]

What is your company doing to turn business development into something sustainable? Increasingly, the data shows that organizations taking initiative to address climate change are positioning their business to succeed both in the market and as advocates for social change. [34] Digitizing communications allows your business to engage more closely with your customers and at the same time contribute towards a more sustainable way of exchanging information with your business partners and customers. [16] Their sustainable and eco-friendly business model keeps the love alive today. [17] Whisk is a bakery and beverage shop that has a keen understanding of what it means to be sustainable and the necessary business model to be just that. [17]

By making sustainable efforts part of your company mission, you are making a commitment to sustainability becoming an integral part of your bottom line. [35] Most investors believe that the balance of risks and opportunities is more favorably balanced in companies with a strong sustainability agenda as reflected by formal sustainability reporting or by alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals released in 2015. [7] The authors advise companies to clearly and publicly share their sustainability goals, involve CEOs and leadership teams across the company, and push to change employees’ decision-making mindset. [33] Google has a sustainability effort called Google Green to use resources more efficiently, which has led the company to an overall drop in power requirements for their data centers by an average of 50 percent. [35]

Though CSR is a concept with many definitions and practices, it has increasingly been at the forefront of global corporate sustainability initiatives. [35] With all of this, it is impossible to think about — or practice — sustainability without taking social inclusion into account. [34]

A political pollster, that works regularly with Republican candidates, just weeks ago distributed a blog post, “Sustainability Isn?t Red or Blue it is the Way to Women Voters.” [8] The quickening pace at which companies of all sizes are finding ways to be transparent and report their sustainability agenda is another indicator of commitment to the consumer-to-conserver transformation I mentioned earlier. [7] Companies must have a clearly communicated sustainability strategy that shows awareness, concern, and action toward addressing these issues. [34] All kinds of companies like Google, Xerox and Target are making strides to improve their sustainability by getting shareholders, employees and customers on board. [35] Though sustainability efforts begin with your CSR, getting employees involved is imperative to successful initiatives, because they?re the ones who make the biggest impact executing them. [35] These can be simple things such as starting a recycling program in the office, or huge initiatives like Xerox?s Community Involvement Program, which directly involves employees in community-focused sustainability initiatives. [35] Setting transparent and well-known goals and measurements for your sustainability initiatives helps tie all the above aspects together. [35] You can?t manage what you don?t measure, so establishing baseline metrics will help you track the effectiveness of your sustainability initiatives. [35]

In an era characterized by climate change and growing inequality, how should businesses define and achieve sustainability? SSIR contributors have explored corporate sustainability as it relates to everything from greater gender inclusion to ideas for getting staff and leadership on board. [33] This article shares lessons from a number of corporate responsibility leaders who have been working to break down the walls between sustainability and the rest of their organization. [6] She makes the case that corporate sustainability managers are crucial to realizing this future and suggests they address four critical issue areas: the ethics of big-data, workforce education, an innovation culture, and collaborative outreach. [33]

Stuart Kaplow is a sustainability and green building attorney. [8] We have recently launched a microsite that provides useful information in the form of white papers, webinars and infographics that show how OpenText can directly contribute towards your company?s sustainability program. [16] For anyone interested in experimenting with Context-Based Sustainability (CBS) in their own organization, this article provides a summary of each of the three steps that are part of the process. [6] Once a month, our Sustainability Roundup provides a recap of 10 interesting articles and online resources on Sustainability and CSR that caught our attention. [6]

West Paw is the first Certified B Corporation in the state of Montana, the first pet product company to have Certified B Corporation status, co-founder of the Montana Coalition for the Outdoors, and is a member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition. [17] GlobeScan and SustainAbility asked global sustainability experts to evaluate progress made on addressing climate change. [6] This implies that your decisions, partnerships and supply chain are all strategically created to complement your greater sustainability initiatives. [35] The small businesses listed below not only use those qualities toward achieving success in their respective industries but also in their focus on sustainability and the environment. [17] A core sustainability concept is the triple bottom line which is the notion that enterprises are accountable for performance in three accounts – people, planet, profit. [7]

Companies that previously stayed mute on environmental and social issues now speak out; not as an anomaly but as a defining factor of their business. [32] The Harvard Business Review article, Competing on Social Purpose, separates companies born with a social or environmental purpose – think Patagonia, TOMS, Seventh Generation from those integrating purpose and strategy late in life. [32] Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. [35] Blog posts track Stuart Kaplow?s business model of “environmental risk as an opportunity.” [8] Have you ever considered the environmental impact your business has on the world around you? In the last decade, there?s been a big spotlight on how we consume energy and how to manage environmental challenges. [15] Key to achieving these goals are to introduce new business processes and working practices that encourage both internal employees and external business partners to become more aware of their business environment and how they conduct business on a day to day basis. [16] Its business unit, Land O?Lakes SUSTAIN? delivers precision agriculture technologies, practices, services and conservation resources for farmers across North America – and works in collaboration with EDF. [32]

Today, environmental, social and governance is the fastest growing area of our business (. and that work, law and non-law, is much more than only SEC climate change disclosures). [8] Businesses have a duty to step up and address climate change, but in doing so, they will not only work toward creating a healthier planet, but will also have the potential to realize significant business growth. [34] To develop a healthier world and resilient businesses, it is essential that we work to dismantle the traditional business model in place today. [34]

Today, many companies are embarking on digitizing end to end business processes and providing a foundation that can support future digital transformation initiatives. [16] Here at OpenText we recognize that companies can benefit significantly from digitizing their internal and external business processes and we have a number of solution offerings that can help achieve this. [16] OpenText? Trading Grid? helps companies to connect electronically with stakeholders across their business eco-system. [16] However far greater benefits can be obtained if companies focus on digitizing information flows across their extended digital business eco-systems. [16] Stay on top of the latest facts, information and resources aimed at the intersection of business and the environment. [32] This line of thinking is reflected in a Harvard Business Review (July-August 2018) article, which argues, with numerous examples, that when a sense of purpose is embedded in an organization, employees perform at higher levels and are motivated to embrace aspirational goals. [7] Thanks to the success of their paper saving business model, Greenvelope donates a percentage of their sales to Mountains to Sound Greenway (a non-profit organization that maintains forests). [17] With climate change topping the list of global concerns for millennials, these planet-friendly business moves are just what Walmart needs to attract a new, younger demographic of customers. [32] There is no way to lead a successful business without considering what real solutions it will deliver to the emerging issues of today’s world. [34]

As Director, Strategic Product Marketing for Business Network, Mark leads the product marketing efforts for B2B Managed Services, drives industry and regional alignment with overall Business Network product strategy and looks at how new disruptive technologies will impact future supply chains. [16]

This small, local apiary uses sustainable land-management practices to protect its honeybees while creating a variety of honey products. [17] They also aid in the education of their employees, customers, vendors and community around the economic, environmental and social benefits of sustainable practices and how to live lighter on the earth.The Green Corner Store lives its mission every day while also conserving energy, water, and other natural resources, and recycling and purchasing recycled products. [17]

Their company vision is “to inspire positive environmental and social change through the power of active lifestyles” and they are achieving that goal through progressive practices that have earned the Certified B Corporation status, progressive materials from American made Repreve, progressive American manufacturing, and progressive designs. [17]

Barron?s earlier this month published an article about environmental, social and governance issues, “The New Allure of Sustainable Investing.” [8] When companies products are intentionally designed, ethically made, and fairly priced, you get something sustainable and in the case of Nisolo, simple and unique. [17] When it comes to sustainable woodworking you just can?t knock The Green Door Company. [17] This Brooklyn, NY based company creates tableware and home goods that are sustainable, compostable, biodegradable, fully renewable, and recycled/recyclable. [17]

They provide a clear picture of the impact that sustainable action — or inaction — can have on the environment. [34] As the popularity of CSR and sustainable businesses continues to rise, these initiatives are evolving into more than just a fad they?re becoming the norm. [35] Corporate Knights released the 14th annual Global 100 list of the most sustainable large corporations in the world. [6] Many businesses have made significant progress incorporating sustainable practices into their existing corporate structures. [33] Over the last few years, Corporate Citizenship has been monitoring and sharing insights on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implications for business. [6] Regardless of how you feel about your environmental impact, there is one goal that all small business owners can relate to: increasing profit. [15] The 11th annual edition of State of Green Business looks at 10 key trends and dozens of metrics assessing how, and how much, companies are moving the needle on the world?s most pressing environmental challenges. [6]

Even if they themselves do not recycle or are proactive about their consumption, they feel good purchasing a product or service from a small business that does. [15] Standards for business sustainability have put too much emphasis on decreasing corporations’ negative impacts. [33]

Originally launched in 2008 by Chris Cheatham, this blog served as a forum to discuss green building laws and trends. [8] Today, published by Stuart Kaplow, the blog has expanded to provide news and insights into the broader environmental industrial complex. [8] The blog is very popular because posts are positive, often fun, but always forward thinking briefs on the key environmental issues of the day. [8]

Sustainability initiatives will help businesses from a logistical and operational standpoint, as business can be conducted both effectively and efficiency with less resources and higher savings (specifically in terms of energy usage). [12] We know that sustainability can promote innovation and push businesses to save money, discover new business models, and identify new products and services. [36] My company works with 7,000 companies each year, from single-person shops to Fortune 500 brands, all of whom have made sustainability core to their business model. [37] Companies that value sustainability have a strong opportunity to influence the future of business operations and become a leader in their industry. [12] Companies with sustainability at the core of their business strategy readily value innovation in the marketplace. [12] By identifying how specific SHW initiatives progress one or more of these business perspectives, adapted from a more traditional Balanced Scorecard, a Strategy Scorecard helps the SHW Committee to develop portfolio-wide, employee-centered sustainability initiatives that align with multiple stakeholders and an enterprise-wide strategy – helping them to gain traction with upper management and ultimately be better resourced. [3] Internalize the idea that sustainability within your business means managing your triple bottom line: your financial, social and environmental impacts, obligations and opportunities. [14] Sustainability often brings its own set of challenges, and I hear some common ones from business professionals: not having the money to make the changes that you want, not having enough time to do it all, not having employees who are engaged with your sustainability efforts. the list goes on. [38] These two certifications will provide frameworks that you can use to ensure that you’re building a good sustainability foundation for your business. [38] Because student interests are quiet broad, and sustainability every business category, the MBA program typically does not provide in-depth training or course material on individual topics. [25] Sustainability Roundtable Inc. is a proud co-sponsor of the Rocky Mountain Institutes’s (RMI) Business Renewables Center (BRC) that is focused on helping to support and evolve the market for VPPAs. [3] Not sure how to get started or identifying what sustainability initiatives make sense for your business. [38] Prior to joining Sustainability Roundtable, Inc., Kelsey worked for an environmental/engineering consulting firm where she supported clients including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Green Buildings Council to promote sustainable buildings, clean energy, and safe drinking water. [3] Use your resources wisely! There are many guides out there that offer suggestions on sustainability as well as renewable and sustainable energy. [14] You can develop a sustainable supply chain policy or a sustainability questionnaire for suppliers. [38]

This type of competition is not just expected, it is encouraged by sustainable businesses because it improves their positive environmental impact and forces them to continue their effort towards more eco-friendly ways to do business. [37] As Laura Abasolo, Chief Finance and Control Officer for Telefica reports, “Renewable targets allow us to improve efficiency, while we run our business in a sustainable way, maximizing returns to our shareholders that care about results, as much as how we achieve them. [3] The Playbook provides executives responsible for large real estate portfolios with the information and tools necessary to demonstrate the benefits of healthy workplaces and build the business case for corporate investment in more sustainable, healthy workplaces portfolio-wide. [3]

These risks can be addressed and mitigated through a carefully informed internal team with the assistance of Buy-side Advisors with deep relevant expertise in renewable energy markets, financing, law, technology, corporate procurement and deal structuring; who can provide strategy development as well as financial analysis and a structuring of the transaction through business and legal negotiations that favor the buyers. [3]

You may be wondering, what is a green business? Green products and services directly reduce the environmental impact when compared to other products and services– sustainability is a broader concept. [14] Green Impact is a sustainability strategy and communications consultancy that helps companies, universities, land conservation organizations and NGOs transform green intentions into action. [36] To help enterprises meet the expectations of these important stakeholders, SR Inc helps enterprises with industry specific Sustainability Programs across all areas of corporate operations with a special focus on Sustainably Healthy Workplaces, Renewable & Advanced Energy Strategies as well as program supporting information solutions. [3] McKesson is helping to bring the benefit of renewable and advanced energy technologies to a healthcare distribution industry that features massive roofs, parking lots and corporate customers that are health and sustainability conscious. [3] He has worked on numerous LEED certification and high-performance building projects, and designed and implemented company-wide behavioral change programs to advance sustainability goals and enhance employee engagement. [3] Employee engagement programs and Web-based tools can increase adoption of green practices and make sustainability more visible and actionable. [36] CA Technologies demonstrates a leading practice in sustainability reporting by sharing the methodology and result of its materiality assessment, whereby it determined the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) topics most important to the company and its stakeholders. [3] Large businesses and buyers can offer suppliers better terms and bigger orders in exchange for upgrading their sustainability practices. [39]

SR Inc provides confidential, membership-based, strategic advisory & support services to help management teams set goals, drive progress & report results as they lead their organizations to greater sustainability. [3] SR Inc provides a confidential, Membership based, Strategic Advisory & Support Service to help executive teams “Set Goals, Drive Progress and Report Results” in the move to greater enterprise sustainability. [3]

SR Inc REPS team is led by experts with dozens of years of renewable energy development, procurement and contracting experience who worked in conjunction to help McKesson develop a renewable energy strategy integrated with its conventional energy and sustainability strategies. [3] McKesson?s on-site renewable energy development is part of a broader program to advance greater environmental sustainability at McKesson. [3] Intuit?s Purely Green program represents the next generation in Corporate Sustainability, leveraging its market power as a corporate to create access for exponentially more renewable energy buyers to enter the market. [3] Prior to joining SR Inc, Kelsey worked for The Cadmus Group, where she provided technical support to the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Green Building Council on projects to improve the sustainability of federal infrastructure. [3] To ensure you are really thinking big and long-term, assess your business’s current environmental impact and try to imagine the kind of company you could be in 10 years if you made a concentrated effort towards sustainability goals. [37] Specifically, by aggregating their procurement of new, off-site, renewable energy these three enterprises were able to advance towards their environmental sustainability goals through capturing the economies of scale and transaction sophistication that had previously been enjoyed only by the world?s largest and most successful for-profit corporations. [3] To learn more about McKesson?s environmental sustainability efforts, read the company?s Corporate Social Responsibility report. [3] More importantly, however, is the fact that companies dedicated to sustainability and social values are much more likely to retain their employee base, as studies have indicated higher rates of work satisfaction and loyalty. [12] Providing sustainability training to employees can make a significant difference, and more companies that I work with are starting to do this. [38]

This Playbook enables companies to integrate their efforts towards Sustainably Healthy Workplaces via a proven 5-component process that Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. developed to help Member-Clients implement their Corporate Operations Sustainability Strategies. [3] Through a collaboration with dozens of leading global companies and top institutional real estate investors, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. has developed the Playbook to help companies address the challenges of designing, implementing, measuring and reporting performance in workplaces that improve the health and wellness of workers. [3] Bring in employee ideas and support; employees will take responsibility for things like energy efficiency and come up with solutions that will help you implement and improve sustainability. [14] If you have strategic sustainability goals, the following simple tips can help align employee actions to support your. [36] These solutions can help you move forward towards your sustainability goals. [38] Peter also explained how the Playbook enables Member-clients to integrate their efforts towards Sustainably Healthy Workplaces with the 5-component process (illustrated below) that SR Inc has, for many years, used to help Member-Clients to implement their Corporate Operations Sustainability Strategies. [3] More often than not, when people hear the term corporate sustainability, large businesses usually come to mind. [12] Governments, financial institutions and businesses can work together to support financing models that encourage SMEs to upgrade their production processes to comply with sustainability standards in global value chains. [39] Sean Kinghorn is one Member Executive who has clearly embraced these breakthrough frames in his work as the Senior Sustainability Program Manager for financial software company Intuit, makers of TurboTax, Quickbooks and Mint. [3] Sustainability Roundtable Inc. (SR Inc) is the leader in Sustainability Program Management as Service. [3] After you?ve taken the five steps to sustainability, make sure you can substantiate your sustainability claims before going public with the environmental advantages of your products or services. [14] Your cost savings, reduced risk, positive brand association, improvements to the environment and public health, and ability to meet demands for eco-conscientious products and services will more than offset the costs of up-front integration of sustainability initiatives. [14] Prior to joining SR Inc, Peter served as the Director of Sustainability Services at the environmental engineering firm EBI Consulting. [3] Prior to joining SR Inc in 2015, Brittany managed and wrote Sustainability Reports for the Town of Dartmouth, MA in accordance with the comprehensive, credible, and widely used, Global Report Initiative (GRI). [3] Brittany served as the President of Net Impact at her university for three years, was a member of the Fair Labor Association Student Committee for two years, and also launched a pilot-teaching-program to integrate Sustainability into the global network of Junior Achievement. [3]

Offering suppliers financial rewards – such as larger orders or higher prices – can provide a strong incentive for these companies to invest in stronger sustainability standards. [39] Sophisticated market leaders understand that the very large single off-takers who have pioneered CFD renewable energy developments are the tip of a much large iceberg of demand from far more numerous high-credit, sustainability minded, enterprises that will need to aggregate their demand together to capture the economies of scale and transaction sophistication afforded by “utility scale” (e.g. greater than 30 MW) renewable energy developments. [3] A successful VPPA transaction is a true win-win deal for enterprises looking to meet sustainability goals, including renewable energy goals. [3] Sustainability was once a buzzword rolled out for corporate social responsibility reports then quickly forgotten. [39]

We make green happen by guiding organizations to build a brand and culture rooted in sustainability. [36] Since many organizations and utilities are available to help small businesses, also look for rebates and other financial assistance to help your sustainability projects. [38] Encouraging sustainability compliance can help firms become more competitive while making life better for workers and protecting the environment. [39] Obtaining my LEED GA would give me another tool, and a better understanding of how systems thinking and sustainability in our buildings can help improve the livability in cities. [25]

Look for ways to integrate sustainability into what people are already doing. [38]

A business sustainability plan is simply something an organization develops to achieve goals that create financial, societal and environmental sustainability. [14] Identify and prioritize initiatives that are aligned with your overall business goals, have a significant impact, and have good payback. [38] If a VPPA opportunity appropriately selected and accurately assessed for market, developer, site, technology, permitting and financing risks as well as carefully negotiated on both business and legal terms, the Bundled RECs acquired can actually have a negative cost, meaning the VPPA will add revenue to the Buyer?s corporate coffers and have positive impact on the corporate bottom line. [3] SR Inc REPS is proud to sponsor the Rocky Mountain Institute’s non-profit Business Renewable Center which is dedicated to accelerating the corporate procurement of renewable energy and is providing 10% of gross fees for Aggregated Procurement transactions in 2018 to Project Drawdown the world’s first comprehensive plan to reverse global warming. [3] According to the Rocky Mountain Institute?s Business Renewables Center (of which SR Inc is a proud sponsor), about five dozen companies have caused a remarkable 10+ GW of large scale renewable energy to be developed over the past 5 years. [3]

Consumers want to buy products from companies that use socially responsible business practices. [39] Innovative products and services will likely increase revenue and market appeal to consumers, helping to drive business forward. [12] An entire non-profit trade association – the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center which SR Inc?s Renewable Energy Procurement Services (REPS) is proud to sponsor – is now dedicated to helping corporates and others learn how best to take advantage of VPPA/CFDs so as to create 60 GWs of new renewable energy. [3] As Herve Touati, Managing Director of the Business Renewables Center observed when speaking on of the global renewable energy industry: “The industry realizes that aggregation is its next and highest priority. [3] Climate leadership demonstrated by the business community is a key signal that we have entered a new age – one in which private industry leads on climate action, rather than depending on government only. [24] RE100 – a collaborative of The Climate Group and CDP aimed at uniting influential business committed to 100% renewable electricity – saw a 40% growth in its membership in 2017. [3]

This past April, Intuit announced a partnership with Just Energy that will enable its customers, employees and business partners in Texas to buy wind energy at or below the price of traditional grid power. [3] If you want to meaningfully reduce waste and energy consumption, you?ll need to innovate, whether you?re a start-up or a thriving business. [14] If you want employees to be engaged, you need to allow them to have some autonomy, some say in the initiatives that your business is working on, and that must contribute to their sense of purpose. [38]

Jive?s hosted business VoIP services work on VoIP phone and IP phone hardware from Polycom, Cisco, Panasonic, VTech, and Yealink. [38]

While at Trammell Crow Company, he incorporated and was the principal co-founder of the Alliance for Business Leadership, a MA based non-profit for CEO, investors and business leaders who share a commitment to public policy that advances a more broadly shared and sustainable prosperity. [3] A study by Johnson Controls Inc. noted that Generation Y employees actively sought a work environment that engaged in sustainable and social practices. [12] SR Inc and Delos enthusiastically invite Member-Clients to provide feedback on these tools and pilot them within their organization so that we can maximize their effectiveness and help to drive forward progress in the movement for more sustainable, healthy workplaces across companies and industries. [3] SR Inc is pleased to work with clients like CA Technologies that are making meaningful strides towards more sustainable high-performance, and we look forward to continuing helping them and other leading Member-Clients to chart the path for companies to follow. [3]

Just take it from the many companies around the world that generate at least $1 billion a year in revenue from sustainable products or services. [14] Today, many companies are at the forefront of the sustainable movement to further environmental legislation, greatly enhancing not only their own brand image, but also their competitive advantage. [12]

Sustainable brands truly believe that climate change, unchecked resource consumption and pollution are some of the most pressing issues facing us today and that businesses are critical to reversing these trends. [37] Timothy Cohalan: My professional goal is to leverage the built environment to build community through sustainable real estate development. [25] Outside of her work at SR Inc, Brittany has volunteered on the Sustainable Belmont Committee and assisted in the Town?s GHG Inventory project, as part of the Climate Action Plan. [3] It can be used on all types of construction and provides a framework for healthy, efficient, and sustainable buildings. [25] Key to that effort is deciding how to most effectively report the features of Anthem?s sustainable and healthy workplace program and its benefits to employees. [3] Although big businesses maintain an advantage in terms of streamlining their supply chain to be more sustainable, the cost savings for small businesses are invaluable to remain competitive. [12] Small businesses that implement sustainable practices can benefit just as much, if not more than larger businesses, specifically in terms of energy savings. [12] Companies with stronger investments in sustainable practices will likely appeal to a large global consumer base, while simultaneously increasing brand loyalty. [12] One of the most comprehensive ways for companies to prepare for the implementation of sustainable practices is through training and education. [12] Businesses that promote sustainable practices are not only more likely to improve efficiency and increase profits, but also assist in the preservation of the environment and the reduction of carbon emissions. [12] From local development laws to self-regulation in your industry to international treaties, many standards are already on the books in terms of sustainable practices. [14]

This is the foundational level of accreditation, which gives individuals an up to date understanding of green building practices. [25] You can even start small: encourage employees in energy-saving practices such as turning off lights, carpooling, or telecommuting whenever possible. [14]

The new G20 study, conducted by the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), addresses the issues outlined in this blog. [39] This report is also noteworthy for its alignment with the UN?s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and incorporation of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. [3] You can use green language in your small business sustainability plan and campaign using green goals to measure your total sustainability success. [14] From installing ENERGY STAR products and appliances to using LED light bulbs and automatic taps, if you reduce waste, you will increase your business?s efficiency, potentially save money on energy and contribute to overall small business sustainability. [14] If you?re ready to develop your small business sustainability plan, we?re here to help! With these five steps to sustainability based on going above and beyond mere regulatory compliance, you?ll be equipped to make your business more up to date and efficient. [14] This will help you identify opportunities for more small business sustainability. [14] This will guide what small business sustainability goals you set in terms of improvement. [14] Then you?ll be ready to let people know about your small business sustainability plan. [14]

The irony is that going green is really only great for business when you stop thinking about its impact on your bottom line and instead make eco-practices a deep and authentic thread in your vision and strategic plan. [37]

Bertrand Desmier, Sustainability Business Line Director at Tennaxia, is unambiguous: “Companies are receiving more and more demands each year from rating agencies and the topics are becoming more challenging with in-depth questions.” [40] In the course of our work and discussions with suppliers of Walmart, we have recently been reminded that sustainability is still a small part of the total equation of doing business with the retail giant; and we noticed it becoming less and less of a factor as of late. [40] It’s not just a marketing ploy; sustainability has turned into a core business issue. [41] At the core of our business is a commitment to sustainability in the travel industry. [9]

CSR scorecards are a useful way for companies to monitor environmental, ethical, and social practices of suppliers and business partners, which can help make those conversations more substantive, and improve performance over time. [27] With this new step, we are proud to join thousands of likeminded companies in taking business action to create a more sustainable world. [9] The bottom line: the health of our planet relies on big business leaders to make sustainable choices. [42] NRDC isn?t a big business, but like any company, our expenses are directly linked to the sustainable operations of our physical assets. [42]

There is a skills gap in those sustainability leaders participating in COP23 in Bonn, and those sitting in Philadelphia at Sustainable Brands New Metrics. [40] The green supply chain has become a mainstay, and while some companies might only invest in sustainability because of government-mandated guidelines, the most successful programs are intentional, with the backing of leadership and clear goals. [27] Though they might not be able to address sustainability concerns on a global scale like PepsiCo or McDonald?s, small businesses can still make an impact by investing in a green supply chain. [27] Increasing the scope of sustainability reporting is also a trend: People now want companies to be transparent about their activities, their impact on local communities, and in their supply chain. [40] A sustainability report is a report published by a company or organization that details the economic, environmental and social impacts of its daily operations. [42]

In a blog post entitled, “7 Sustainability Trends Every CFO Needs to Know,” Paul Baier, vice president of sustainability consulting at Groom Energy, argues that the day has arrived. [41] Just last month, 50 major building product manufacturers including Herman Miller, Milliken, Kohler and Allegion sent a joint letter authored by the International Living Future Institute ( ILFI ) to architects and design professionals demanding a feedback loop on the sustainability performance of their companies and products. [40] Marie Claire, a partner of NRDC and its Clean by Design initiative, is one of many companies currently underscoring the importance of sustainability in fashioning a better future for the planet. [42] Do they care about waste management? Carbon emissions? Water usage? Companies that gain input from multiple sources are far more likely to succeed in building an effective sustainability program. [27] Companies like Tennaxia help companies combine technology and sustainability expertise to help you in your journey step by step. [40] In 2017, 942 of the 3,400 world largest invited companies participated in RobecoSAM?s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (5). [40] Sustainability is a trending topic and since 2010, a large number of American companies have started a sustainability reporting: according to the G&A Institute, the proportion of S&P 500 companies that issue a sustainability report rose from less than 20% in 2011 to more than 80% in 2015. [40] A 2010 Accenture study conducted for the UN Global Compact on the importance of sustainability found that 96 percent of CEOs surveyed thought that sustainability issues should be fully integrated into the strategy and operations of a company – up from 72 percent in 2007. [41] When sustainability is not embedded in the general strategy of the company (i.e. when top management doesn?t lead the way), sustainability reports often look like checklists or an accumulation of information providing poor added value to a company (or its stakeholders). [40] Questionnaires from assessing organizations often involve several departments, especially with RobecoSAM, which screens on average over 20 different criteria in 60 industry-specific questionnaires, including information on climate change, tax strategy, human rights, risk mitigation, governance, etc. It enables sustainability departments to engage with internal stakeholders. [40] Tennaxia, for example, provides consulting services and technology, helping clients with their sustainability strategy, defining the right content to report, collecting high-quality data and communicating it to various stakeholders, including sustainability assessing organizations. [40] We aim to continue to offer services and tools that enable our global customers to be at the leading edge of sustainability practice. [10] In the course, we focus on their involvement in driving sustainability in the tea and palm oil supply chains, as well as their general sustainability practices. [19]

Companies of all sizes across all industries are enabling supply chain sustainability en masse. [27] CDP, RobecoSAM, EcoVadis — they are all organizations that assess the sustainability performance of companies worldwide. [40] Globally, +/- 60 percent of companies that publicly communicate sustainability data are answering to sustainability assessing organizations (1) (2). [40] After making decisions around what?s most important to the organization, leaders should identify meaningful, measurable goals to track progress across the life of the sustainability program. [27] For example in 2012 Skanska was named Green Company of the year by The Sunday Times and both Molson Coors and United Utilities have been named as sector leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. [10] We were awarded the San Jose Green Certificate for environmental sustainability. [18] Businesses from Walmart to Herman Miller have embraced sustainability -management of environmental impacts- as good for the bottom line. [41] Our office is powered by solar panels; one of the most effective building tools for environmental sustainability. [18]

Measurabl and Green Sports Alliance partner to create a benchmark for sports venues around the world to advance sustainability initiatives. [43] From procurement to packaging, corporate giants are taking the time to introduce new sustainability initiatives across all levels of the supply chain. [27] We advise and support our global customers in the development and implementation of their sustainability strategies and the delivery of their strategies through their supply chains. [10] Supply chain leaders around the world continue to make major strides in sustainability programs. [27] Think about it, right now at COP23, sustainability leaders from JPMorgan and BlackRock, as well as representatives from Bank of America, the Coca-Cola Company and candy maker Mars Inc are advocating for climate change with world leaders in Germany. [40] In addition to these new issues, you must consider your company?s own evolution: international expansion, the acquisition of another company or the launch of a new activity will probably raise new sustainability issues. [40] As sustainability issues for a company evolve over time, so should its reporting. [40] Even colleagues at TSC report challenges with getting Walmart to make the topic visible: “I had a prospective member who was interested in joining our organization and they felt the company could be doing more and wanted to be more engaged in the sustainability community. [40] The idea that small organizations can stay relevant while investing in sustainability begs the question: How? I was recently interviewed by Electronics Sourcing Magazine to offer insight on that very question. [27] Sustainability assessing organizations are one way for various stakeholders to assess companies? disclosure and performance. [40] He highlighted that Walmart engages with suppliers in multiple ways, including Joint Sustainability Meetings with the top 25-30 suppliers and through their Global Responsibility Report ; overall about 1,800 suppliers representing 70 percent of Walmart?s sales respond to TSC?s KPIs. [40] About the Author: Juliette Barre is Sustainability Principal at Tennaxia North America a leading global provider of Sustainability and EHS data management services. [40] Are you measurabl? VMware is! As a global leader in technology, VMware strives to be an innovative leader in sustainability, too. [43] We use our technology, expertise, and global network to guarantee travel industry sustainability. [9] A global survey of more than 200 CFOs, which was conducted for Deloitte Touche, found that almost one in three CFOs were rarely involved in sustainability strategy and governance. [41]

At WAP Sustainability, we work with manufacturers and brands to help them meet customers? expectations on sustainability, many of which receive requests through The Sustainability Consortium ( TSC ). [40] Hard work has helped us become recognized among the world?s leaders in sustainability. [9]

“EcoVadis is different from financial sustainability ratings in that we provide information used in commercial relationships. [40] Stakeholders will request new information on sustainability issues and governments may add regulations on specific topics. [40] Only 7% of the respondents in the E&Y/Green Biz survey said they don’t currently report on sustainability and have no plans to do so in the future, according to blogger Cindy Mehallow, a communications consultant specializing in sustainability issues. [41] Our unique cloud based tool enables real time performance measurement of sustainability issues within your supply chain. [10] According to EcoVadis? latest Barometer (8), there is also a big trend of assessing the supply chain on specific sustainability topics, with 75 percent of organizations using sustainability data when selecting new suppliers; 63 percent having specific sustainability weighting requirements when managing RFPs, RFXs and tenders; and 58 percent using sustainability data for their annual supplier evaluations. [40] The jobs from the four highlighted organizations are intended to manage this process of sustainability governance in the supply chain. [40] We lead and deliver the Supply Chain Sustainability School, a collaboration of the key players in the UK construction industry to upskill the sector’s supply chain. [10]

As international organizations gain traction in the sustainability arena, small businesses should take notice. [27]

Some organizations are taking sustainable production to the next level by challenging businesses to think about how to create a positive, or regenerative impact on the environment, rather than producing a negative one in the form of extracting natural resources and creating greenhouse gases from energy use. [42] Disclosing ESG data is also pushed by the UN?s Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative ?s global partners, which include 15 stock exchanges that provide written guidance on ESG reporting and 12 that require companies to make ESG disclosures (none is in the US). [40] Analysis of more than 20,000 companies reveals improvement and opportunity across environmental, labor, ethical and sustainable procurement risk. [27]

With help from Calvert?s President and CEO, we explore how investor trends are evolving and how sustainable investing will play a major role in the future of global markets. [19] Vote for a clean, sustainable future — a future that is green and rich with beauty. [18]

The Investor Network on Climate Risk represents 100 institutional investors with assets of $10 trillion and works to tackle “policy and governance issues that impede investor progress toward more sustainable capital markets.” [41] By participating in the UN Global Compact, we have the basis to become an even stronger, more responsible, and sustainable company. [9]

We are very proud to be the first Cornish business to be BCorp accredited, together us BCorpers form a diverse, global community that shares one unifying goal – to refine success in business so that all companies compete to be not only the best in the world, but best for the world. [44] The company?s enormous reach affords them great influence in the global supply chain, including the opportunity to impact future business practices. [19] Evaluating environmental impacts via reporting is important for establishing business values and level of commitment to employee health, efficient operations, risk management, and ultimately the business? bottom line. [42] Savvy business leaders know that a healthy planet is essential to company success: the purpose economy is emerging, access to information is increasing, and risks to companies? bottom lines from unreliable access to natural resources are growing. [42] While environmental stewardship was once sidestepped as the responsibility of governments and non-profits, a growing number of business leaders across the country are taking giant steps to advocate for the future of our planet. [42] Resource scarcity and extreme weather caused by climate change, as well as trends in consumer behavior towards environmentally responsible products and services, are interrupting “business as usual.” [42] They have successfully made the business case for climate change, internal price of carbon, and meaningful goals that are science based and SDG aligned. [40] As we explore how this small team is attempting to accomplish a huge goal, we analyze their business case for attracting investors and speculate about the potential return they could realize with their success. [19] Bringing more than bread to the table, America?s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour, has implemented innovative tactics to remain a thriving business in the baking industry. [19]

The magazine?s August 2017 issue highlights fashion designers and brands that incorporate sustainable practices into their operations, as well as some sage advice from eco-conscious leaders around the world. [42] One of the world’s iconic manufacturers of children’s products told me that the reason they were not fulfilling Walmart’s request for sustainability information through TSC is that they had just returned from Walmart?s Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters — and once again, the “S-word” never came up. [40]

All the recent headlines about corporate sustainability initiatives are encouraging: Fortune 500 companies are embracing environmental sustainability like never before, investing millions of dollars in greener operations and making sustainability a key part of their business strategy. [28] As the worldwide leader in beauty, we believe we have a responsibility to lead on sustainability issues and use the scale of our business to make changes that positively impact the world. [23] We formalized these commitments in 2013 as part of our global Sharing Beauty With All sustainability program, which defines clear targets for our entire business including a goal to decrease our carbon emissions for our manufacturing and distribution facilities by 60% by 2020. [23]

I’m neck deep in a big BIG project – leading the development of the next generation of sustainability goals that will help International Paper achieve our vision: to be among the most successful, sustainable and responsible companies in the world. [23] While buyers are looking for sustainable products and services, they are also looking for partners that share their commitment to sustainability. [45]

An example of the smart use of content for green marketing is the J&J blog, which is peppered with personal stories and articles on environmental sustainability. [46] It is in our best interest to invest in the long-term sustainability of natural resources and to advance actions that ensure forests everywhere are sustained at levels well above their ecological tipping points (the point at which forests can no longer provide us with the services that people, animals, and the environment need). [23] Sustainability for restaurants means operating in a way that protects, preserves or restores the natural environment that we depend so much on, as well as promoting social equity and enhancing the lives of people and communities. [26] At Sutherland, our corporate social responsibility strategy centers on three main pillars: community, workplace, and environment all of which lend themselves to making the world a better place and promoting a culture of sustainability. [29] The brand behind Band-Aid and a line of well-known baby products, Johnson & Johnson has created its own Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Department to fine-tune internal practices. [46] Embracing sustainability and green-friendly practices is one way you can do just that. [45]

Sustainability is about thinking of how our organization will continue to grow and thrive in the future and how we can have a positive impact on the communities and the environment in which we work. [29] Jay Harf, L’Oreal USA’s Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety, & Sustainability, share more about why thermal energy matters to the company. [23] IKEA’s core belief as a company is that consumers shouldn’t have to make a choice between stylish designs, affordable prices, and sustainability when purchasing their products. [46] Johnson & Johnson has set sustainability goals that include increasing product recycling to reduce carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020. [46] Sustainability impacts restaurants across their entire value chain, from the types of food products they source, purchase and serve, to waste and packaging. [26]

A survey last year by MIT?s Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group found that only 9% of companies with fewer than 1,000 employees fully embrace sustainability. [28] As the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) takes place in San Francisco this week, WWF caught up with Lyft’s Director of Sustainability, Sam Arons, to learn more about the company’s commitments. [23] EVs will be a very important piece in the future of our sustainability program at Lyft. [23] For one thing, it?s more of an uphill battle for many small businesses to devote the time and resources to sustainability – and some just don?t feel it?s important in the grand scheme. [28]

Which is why, Lightspeed ePOS and Green Earth Appeal provide a cost-effective way for restaurants to showcase their corporate social responsibility at a very favourable cost to the business. [26] The Global Climate Action Summit provides business leaders and others with the opportunity to learn from one another and commit to more aggressive goals. [23] We urge business leaders around the world to join the move toward science-based climate targets, and to embrace renewable energy and land use solutions that will help them meet those targets. [23] The Summit will bring business leaders together with mayors, governors and others from across the globe to share knowledge and chart a new path for climate ambition. [23]

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is taking action through its Green Builds Business program sponsored by Walmart and implemented by my company, Earth 2017. [28] Establishing your company as a champion of environmental responsibility can lift the perception of your manufacturing brand, which can play a vital role in the success of your business overall. [45] People want to do business with companies that are not only good at what they do, but good for the things that they care about. [45] That’s the void responsible business can help fill by being vocal about programs that are needed to stop the unfair behaviors that many get away with out at sea, where patrolling is difficult. [23] Through mentoring and learning programs that have grown organically out of a passion to make a difference, we have created thousands of partnerships and employee volunteers across our business, and enabled hundreds of underprivileged and marginalized youths worldwide. [29] By committing significant financial resources to these efforts, we’re building into our business a strong incentive to pursue shared rides and the displacement of gasoline-powered vehicles. [23] We challenge and support the business community to build profitable enterprises that serve community needs, share wealth, and protect the environment. [22] “In order for us to have a healthy business model, we need healthy fisheries,” added Rafael Bru, president of Tequesta Bay Foods. [23] We are joining a local business sustainability, it was a good tip of yours, we start to work on carbon reduction for the first time now. [28]

L’Oréal USA has joined the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC), a coalition of manufacturers, state and local governments, and environmental organizations committed to increasing options for access to sustainable, cost-competitive renewable thermal energy. [23] It helps manage their progress and provides sustainable alternatives to improve their businesses. [28] By supporting fisheries and farms comprehensively working to improve against those standards, we can help increase the availability of more sustainable, responsible and traceable product. [23] This shift is reflected in the buyer behavior data on, which shows that demand for green products, like sustainable packaging and custom corrugated boxes, continues to climb. [45]

We believe that the innovative approach we took could potentially be used as a model for other companies looking to address their thermal emissions in a financially and environmentally sustainable way. [23] Sutherland’s education and technology programs have evolved into sustainable talent pools for the company that has translated to hundreds of graduates and dozens of full time employees globally. [29] Trying to get consumers to change their behavior voluntarily isn?t the best option to get to a more sustainable future. [30] Together, we can strengthen our environment and foster a safe, sustainable planet for future generations. [23]

The Swedish furniture brand has created their own sustainable strategy called People & Planet Positive. [46]

They?re also a major supporter of the Go Green movement – so much so that their mission statement pledges that the company will “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” [46] They?ve also used their blog to share news of new innovations that could impact the planet, such as a recent story about product packaging that?s actually edible. [46]

To achieve certification, The Bahamas lobster fishery has been engaged in a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), which provides a step-by-step approach to bring fishery management practices up to the MSC standard, which WWF suggests should be regarded as the minimum standard for environmental performance. [23] The company, which also owns a hotel and amusement park in Hershey, PA, has made embracing environmentally-friendly practices a main priority – so much so that they’ve set a goal to reduce greenhouse gases from their own missions by 50 percent by 2025. [46] From global food production and consumption, to forest management and infrastructure development, these practices produce 12 billion tons of emissions globally each year – greater than the emissions from cars, planes, trains, trucks and ships combined. [23]

The Vermont Green Business Program is your resource for going green while making green. [31] Together with hundreds of expert contributors, Small Business Trends brings you the news, advice and resources you need. [28]

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