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There’s a problem with most major environmental rankings of businesses: Too often, the ratings fail to incorporate advocacy activities that influence environmental regulation.
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The ability to create strategies and adapt to changing conditions quickly is critical for maintaining a competitive edge, says Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, the CEO of Statkraft, one of the largest power producers in the world. Building the organizational structures to support that demands shared values and solid management.
Cleverly-designed, reusable packing boxes from eBay feed on people’s desire to recycle. They also brand the business as sensitive to sustainability issues.
Food packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak says it will develop packaging material based on 100 per cent renewable materials.
By maximizing recycling through waste audits, setting up a recycling protocol at manufacturing plants and implementing paperless procedures, beverage manufacturer Sunny Delights has achieved zero waste to landfill — way before other companies.
The Chicago Climate Action Plan aims to mitigate shocking forecasts that the northern city is on pace to end up with summers like those in the U.S.’s Deep South, with as many as 72 days over 90 degrees before the end of the century, up from an average of fewer than 15.
Can a company that supplies electricity really become a partner in helping customers optimize their electric use? Absolutely, says Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy: “We can make it totally back of mind for you, and we can create huge productivity gains in the process.”
There has been “nothing less than a revolution in water use” in the U.S. writes Charles Fishman in the new “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water,” with companies now tracking their water use, reporting it publically, and reimagining it.
As SAP’s first-ever chief sustainability officer, Peter Graf was prepared to lay out the business case for sustainability to stakeholders and customers of every kind. But he had to make the case to SAP’s own board of directors first.
Celebrated scientist, entrepreneur and sustainable business strategist Amory Lovins on how companies can seize the opportunities they’re missing.
How are sustainability pressures altering the competitive landscape, and how are businesses responding? The first annual Business of Sustainability Survey and interview project found that a strong consensus of managers believe sustainability is having and will continue to have a material impact on how companies think and act.
Looking for ways to keep the cost of materials and supplies low? In an article in the Spring 2009 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, John A. Pearce II discusses the opportunities represented by product reconstruction.
Two experts explain that, to achieve the kind of innovation in energy technology necessary to address climate change, the U.S. needs a different policy approach.
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