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Integrated Reporting: Closing the Gap

March 28, 2013 by Cindy Jennings
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Integrated Reporting is underway in a handful of companies worldwide. Initial efforts are good, but some bad habits of not connecting the environmental and social to financial dots permeates nearly each one. Simply adding your financial statements to your sustainability report and vice versa is not enough.[read more]

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Santa Monica: Transparency in Sustainability with the Triple Bottom-line

January 29, 2013 by Joseph Stockemer

An expert in public policy and sustainability reviews the City of Santa Monica's latest report on community life-work balance.[read more]

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Affordable Energy Management Applications For Any Organization

October 1, 2012 by Ashley Halligan

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In a market where consumers--both residential and commercial--are giving recognition to their carbon footprint and taking control of their consumption, energy suppliers, technology companies, and even the government is getting involved--making consumption data more accessible, creating initiatives that make these partnerships more...[read more]

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Total Quality Management versus Corporate Social Responsibility

August 13, 2012 by Dr. Sherif Tehemar
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TQM is one of the most durable management innovations of the past three decades, and it has been implemented worldwide in service, manufacturing, private, public, large and small organizations. Corporate Social Responsibility, on the other hand, is a more recent phenomenon and dates back to the 1980s.[read more]

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Engaging the Sustainable Supply Chain Using Social Business Tools

August 10, 2012 by William Newman
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Emergence of social business tools which allow for organizations to create “sustainable business networks” create new, real-time opportunities to proactively manage objectives across the supply chain. The concept of sustainability across those value chains and social business networks as a means to communicate our own measures of sustainable performance is a fairly recent development over the past 2-3 years.[read more]

Using Social Business Tools to Increase Performance Management and Reporting in Sustainability Programs

June 12, 2012 by William Newman

A sustainability program, like any business initiative, is focused on the development of goals and objectives and tasks associated with achieving those goals and objectives. The nature of triple bottom-line (3BL) activities creates both structure and duplicity in terms of measuring the performance of many of these goals and tasks.[read more]

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Using Social Media for Inbound Strategic Messaging of Sustainability Programs

May 29, 2012 by William Newman

As social media platforms mature, organizations are looking to leverage social and informal communications internally for business programs. These social business tools, available now as both extensions to proprietary environments and as open source, stand-alone platforms, create new opportunities for executives and program managers to “hone their strategic message” platform and to gain adoption for sustainability efforts inside the organization.[read more]

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Buy, Grab, Drink, Trash: Environmental Implications of Bottled Water

May 28, 2012 by Garrett Carney
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Buy, grab, drink, trash. This is the life of one bottle of water after a consumer gets their hands on it. Imagine doing that seven days a week, every week for one year. The trash pile that would accrue from this habit would probably fill your entire house.[read more]

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Strategic Intent for Green Marketing and Disclosure Using Social Media

March 30, 2012 by William Newman
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In Part 1 of this article series, the author introduced a framework for social media in sustainability programs. This article addresses the strategic intent for reporting and green marketing of sustainability goals to outside audiences, what we call Stage 1 activities.[read more]

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Does Brand Lineage Matter: Recent Survey Says It Does

February 27, 2012 by Bushra Azhar
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In this age of blogs, smartphones, and multiple social media platforms, it won’t be unrealistic to assume that a company takes on a human form in the mind of the consumer, and in true human likening, the history and lineage counts. The savvy consumer of today is not only concerned with the brand they are spending their well-earned money on but also the company who owns the brand.[read more]

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What's Good for the Soil Is Good for Business at Biodynamic Wineries

February 23, 2012 by Jason Simms

How one vineyard stopped using conventional growing methods.[read more]

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Marc Gunther: What I'm Reading. How Many Minutes Pay for Your Car?

February 21, 2012 by Marc Gunther

Here are some annotated highlights (and lowlights) from my Twitter feed:[read more]