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How Nike's New App Could Disrupt Your Industry

Nike recently launched a free app available for designers and consumers to use to compare the environmental impacts of various fabrics such as silk, polypropylene, leather, linen and more.  Using cotton as a comparison material, users can see ratings under categories of chemistry, water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, recycled, organic and a basic material score.  I’ve downloaded the app and discovered that “the touch, the feel of cotton” gets rather beat up in the scoring.  Spandex does even worse since it produces 158% more waste than cotton and silk uses 50% l

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Nike recently launched a free app available for designers and consumers to use to compare the environmental impacts of various fabrics such as silk, polypropylene, leather, linen and more. Using cotton as a comparison material, users can see ratings under categories of chemistry, water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, recycled, organic and a basic material score. I’ve downloaded the app and discovered that “the touch, the feel of cotton” gets rather beat up in the scoring. Spandex does even worse since it produces 158% more waste than cotton and silk uses 50% less water than cotton.

How IHG Engages Stakeholders with Green Engage

 

The hospitality industry has greatly ramped up sustainability efforts in recent years.  Early on hotels found ways to cut costs and operate efficiently by saving water and energy.  Today’s efforts are far more sophisticated and cross into every aspect of a hotel from its buildings, laundry, restaurants, golf courses, spas, housekeeping, guest services and technology systems. 

 

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The hospitality industry has greatly ramped up sustainability efforts in recent years. Early on hotels found ways to cut costs and operate efficiently by saving water and energy. Today’s efforts are far more sophisticated and cross into every aspect of a hotel from its buildings, laundry, restaurants, golf courses, spas, housekeeping, guest services and technology systems. I recently interviewed Maury Zimring, Director Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Responsibility for IHG on stakeholder engagement for my forthcoming book The New Corporate Facts of Life. Many business factors drive the emphasis on sustainability ranging from saving money to brand image to client requests. One Maury mentioned was that as large corporations

Top 10 Sustainability Trends 2013


GreenBiz.com recently launched their sixth annual State of Green Business 2013 report.  Partnering with leading research firm, Trucost, this year’s report has enhanced data and a greater global scope.   Trucost works to place a value on the natural capital and a price on pollution and use of resources.  Many of the companies analyzed report cost savings and greater innovation through better supply-chain resource management.

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GreenBiz.com recently launched their sixth annual State of Green Business 2013 report. Partnering with leading research firm, Trucost, this year’s report has enhanced data and a greater global scope. Trucost works to place a value on the natural capital and a price on pollution and use of resources. Many of the companies analyzed report cost savings and greater innovation through better supply-chain resource management. Environmental research and development by S&P 500 companies has more than doubled in the past five years, despite the down economy. The top 10 trends highlighted in this year’s report are:

Shifting Mindsets at Emory University

If we don’t first shift our thinking and reshape our old perspectives, we can’t change behaviors, foster innovation or create new solutions.  We must disrupt the very mindsets and behaviors that have lead to current successes in order to continue to be successful. 

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If we don’t first shift our thinking and reshape our old perspectives, we can’t change behaviors, foster innovation or create new solutions. We must disrupt the very mindsets and behaviors that have lead to current successes in order to continue to be successful.

Sustainable Prosperity: From Responsibility to Strategic Advantage

Company leaders are realizing that being more sustainable isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s good for business.  Those who have been operating sustainably for longer periods of time were 50% more likely than the newcomers to say their efforts contribute to profitability.  In reality, responsibility will create a strategic advantage yielding sustainable prosperity if the correct steps are taken.

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Company leaders are realizing that being more sustainable isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s good for business. Those who have been operating sustainably for longer periods of time were 50% more likely than the newcomers to say their efforts contribute to profitability. In reality, responsibility will create a strategic advantage yielding sustainable prosperity if the correct steps are taken. A 2012 MIT Sloan Management Review report on sustainability revealed some interesting findings:

Prosper With The New Corporate Facts Of Life

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin

 

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve recently signed a contract with AMACOM to publish my forthcoming book about “the new corporate facts of life.” History shows us that we periodically go through transformational phases in how we live and work. My grandparents experienced this in the Industrial Era, while I rode the wave of the Information Age. The past several years of research and countless interviews with leader of corporations, universities and NGOs confirms that we are once again on the precipice of catalytic change.

AkzoNobel Leads the Way for Sustainability and Diversity

A few days ago I participated as a panelist in AkzoNobel’s second annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium moderated by Deborah Steketee, Ph.D. of the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids MI.

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A few days ago I participated as a panelist in AkzoNobel’s second annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium, moderated by Deborah Steketee, Ph.D. of the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids MI. The participants, representing multiple stakeholders in the collision repair industry, were brought together to discuss ways to embrace sustainable practices and share ideas to shape the industry’s future direction.

Partnering Across the Pond for a Green Global Economy

 

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UK Minister of State Gregory Barker MP – Department of Energy & Climate Change ended his U.S. mission this week in Atlanta. Along with business delegates from 6 UK companies, UK Minister Barker promoted the benefits of a low carbon economy and the global opportunities this could present for the U.S. and the U.K. He stressed the need for “TLC,” transparency, longevity and certainty, and how important U.S. leadership is in addressing environmental and societal issues.

Embedding Corporate Responsibility, Accountability and Profitability

While there are still companies out there who believe in the great trade-off myth, the reality is that ethical companies outperform others over the long term.  In it’s “WME Index,” Ethisphere showed how the publicly traded companies on their 2011 World’s Most Ethical Company list outperformed the S&P 500 between 2007 – 2011 – even in the midst of a global recession. 

 

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While there are still companies out there who believe in the great trade-off myth, the reality is that ethical companies outperform others over the long term. In it’s “WME Index,” Ethisphere showed how the publicly traded companies on their 2011 World’s Most Ethical Company list outperformed the S&P 500 between 2007 – 2011 – even in the midst of a global recession. In her article “The Fight Against Corruption Goes Global,” Andrea Bonime-Blanc, SVP of Global Corporate Responsibility and Risk Management for Verint Systems.....

Sharing Borders, Opportunities and Challenges with our Canadian Neighbors

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. 

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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.
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