Sustainable business

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Google is making a new commitment to sustainable design

When Google’s hardware team began working on a yet-to-be-announced product that will be launched later this year, one engineer had a proposal: Instead of using an industry-standard polyester fabric, made from virgin plastic, could they use a fabric made from recycled bottles in the device? The team spent two years validating that the material met

What’s your sustainability moonshot?

There’s a story about the 1969 Apollo moon landing that I haven’t been able to confirm. It may well be apocryphal. But it’s a good story, nonetheless. The story as I heard it took place soon after President John F. Kennedy gave that historic speech in May 1961, four months into his presidency, committing the United States

KLM steps forward for sustainable aviation

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is stepping up and calling upon everyone to join forces in creating a more sustainable future for aviation. Under the name Fly Responsibly, the airline commits itself to achieving maximum progress. With an open letter published in a wide range of international newspapers on 29 June 2019, it invited all involved

European firms leading global drive for sustainable business

The professional services giant’s Change Readiness Index, published late last week, ranks 140 nations on how effectively their policymakers and business communities prepare for, and respond to, major changes – from digitisation, to conflict and global warming. It ranks business action on rapid change based on a metric it dubs ‘Enterprise Sustainability’, which takes into

Social enterprises need a business brain

The idea of running a business that has a strong social mission, is launched from a solid ethical platform, and proudly commits to reinvest profits for the greater good is an attractive proposition. But is it a model for a sustainable business? You can’t actually add social value if you don’t have a sustainable business

Trends In Food Packaging Drive Sustainable Business Mainstream

It’s hard to miss the growing conversation around single-use plastics in food packaging – you may have heard of The War on Straws, or seen reports on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Because sustainable, recyclable alternatives are needed more than ever, consumers are demanding better solutions and as a result, driving sustainable business practices into the mainstream.

Why sustainable business isn’t enough

It would be a monumental achievement for many companies. But if all of these ‘sins’ were minus points on a numerical scale, we’d only be moving towards zero. Sustainable, responsible business is the zero point. If companies found no ‘modern slavery’ in their supply chain, we’d be at the zero point. If we didn’t wreck

Carmen Porco Chair in Sustainable Business at Center on Business and Poverty

Madison, WI – September 2018 -- Rev. Dr. Carmen Porco is President of Porco Consulting and CEO of Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin. Carmen has successfully brought six low-income housing communities out of default to become models of effectiveness: strong, stable, and vibrant communities that add significant value to the larger communities surrounding

Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

With the war on plastic becoming one of the hottest topics in the sustainability sphere, corporates rushing to make plastic-reduction pledges in a bid to appease customers are at risk of making changes which could lead to unintended consequences. That is according to Surfdome’s head of sustainability Adam Hall, who discussed the latest corporate efforts to tackle

Sustainable business for the disadvantaged

INSPIRED to make a difference after watching the documentary Born Into Brothels, Suraj Upadhiah decided to go to India after completing junior college, to learn more about the lives of children born to brothel workers. His experiences there stirred a deep interest in advancing social responsibility causes and community projects both locally and globally. He

Lessons from Sweden in sustainable business

There is an increasing trend among companies across the globe to report on their sustainability. As well as information on the company’s economic performance, this includes information on how it is handling social, ethical and environmental concerns. It is a trend driven by customers, suppliers, employees and banks in recognition that these are just as