Sustainability Blog: Do it Now!

I had the pleasure of having lunch this week with Stephen Brereton, Consul General of the Consulate General 
of Canada.  Our conversation revealed many similarities shared by the U.S. and Canada around sustainable development.  In the midst of today’s economic struggles, it’s not surprising that citizens in both countries put the economy and jobs as top priorities, followed by education and healthcare, and somewhere around fifth place (or so, depending on where you live and your perspectives) the environment comes on the list. 

The average citizen in North America...

"Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is, everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you ... the minute that you understand that you can poke life ... that you can change it, you can mold it ... that's maybe the most important thing." 

 - Steve Jobs (Just before he died, in the documentary “One Last Thing”) 

 

 

Apple, started in a garage on April Fool’s Day 36 years ago, has become the largest company in the world...

 

Not long ago, on-line shopping was viewed as transforming retail.  The bigger impact comes from the web sustainability is weaving through every part of the industry’s system.  One of the UK’s leading retailers, Marks & Spencer also leads the way in redefining retail for the 21st Century and beyond. 

Robert Swannell, Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) Chairman, views sustainability not as a program, but as “absolutely fundamentally” how the company does business.  And, it makes business sense...

Human Resources: Partners with Purpose

With sustainability becoming more integrated into business strategy, Human Resource practitioners are uniquely positioned to add greater value.   Operating as a sustainable enterprise means finding ways to not only balance social, environmental and financial issues, but to find greater innovation and opportunities by doing so.  Implications go far beyond the “green team”.  There has never been a more challenging or rewarding time to be in HR.  

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When today’s meeting of the Environmental Policy & Sustainability Committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce came to a close, I was approached by one of my favorite committee colleagues, Brad Currey, who told me how delighted he is to see young women like me actively involved in environmental and social issues.  He recalled that one of his sisters had passion to see change happen, but “back then” women were excluded.  Being called “young lady” already had me smiling; receiving a compliment from Mr. Currey only enlarged the smile. 

To provide some...