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The Triple Bottom Line

Smart Power Opens Minds, Opens Markets

May 25, 2013 by Richard Crespin

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When companies combine their hard and soft power in "smart power" partnerships with government agencies and non-governmental organizations, everyone benefits.[read more]

Benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility

May 15, 2013 by Mark Whitman

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No longer is the term ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ a novel idea amongst businesses. A 2011 sustainability study by MIT showed that sustainability, in the US at least, now plays a permanent part in 70% of corporate agendas.[read more]

Why Sustainability Isn't Sticking with the CXO Office

March 28, 2013 by William Newman

No doubt the issue of sustainability is on the minds of executives. Countless studies confirm this. The now-infamous UN Global Compact Survey (2010) indicated 93% of global executives believed sustainability would have an impact or a profound impact on their operations.[read more]

How Small Businesses Can Learn from Big Businesses' Sustainability Efforts

February 28, 2013 by Brent Hardy

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Big-box retail and sustainability might sound like mutually exclusive business endeavors, but some major players are going to great lengths to change that perception.[read more]

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Rising to the Challenge: Case Study in CSR

February 1, 2013 by John Friedman

When big multi-nationals commit to sustainability they do so recognizing the challenge as well as the massive opportunity to make a difference. The most successful companies commit fully to the strategy.[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]

Investing in Nature

September 17, 2012 by Marc Gunther

This is a good time to consider “impact investing,” and if you don’t know why, check the latest statement from your savings account or money market fund. My Vanguard money market fund is paying 0.04 percent interest; a Bank of America savings account pays 0.01 percent.You don’t need an MBA to understand that the financial return on those...[read more]

If Sustainability Costs You More, You're Doing it Wrong

August 27, 2012 by Richard Crespin

There is a lot of anecdotal information on what makes a value chain sustainable, but very little data. To change that, we partnered with ASQ, the Institute for Supply Management, and Deloitte, on a multi-year research study to identify proven management practices and cost-saving approaches, and the initial findings are out.[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]

6 Business Benefits of Sustainability

June 19, 2012 by John Friedman
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For anyone to seriously accept the premise that 'sustainability' is a business strategy we must be able to define and quantify the business benefits that can be derived from adopting this model. These then become the criteria against which success can be measured, because just as with any other business strategy, return on investment will be the ultimate measure of success.[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]

Building Our Body of CR knowledge

June 6, 2012 by Richard Crespin

What makes a corporate responsibility (CR) program successful? Do an organization’s structure, staffing, budget impact success in achieving goals? What’s the effect of executive engagement in CR? These are just a few of the questions CR Magazine and NYSE-Euronext have sought to answer over the past couple of years of research into CR practices. Thanks to strong response from the CR community, we’ve learned a few things about the state of corporate citizenship.[read more]