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The strategic conversation has shifted. The time has come to realize that obsessing about quarterly results won't build an enduring company. Businesses still just creating three to five year strategic plans miss opportunities and put their organizations at risk.
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.
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.
Each day it is estimated that more than 14,000 people die from the lack of water or diseases from contaminated water. Approximately 9,500 are children. Many believe that water is a more important issue than oil. Celebrated on March 22 and started by the United Nations in 1993, World Water Day’s objective is to focus attention on and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Behavior change needs to happen to shift cultures. Living in a more sustainable life on a personal level can translate to a different perspective at work. In fact, some companies such as Wal-Mart encourage employees to create personal sustainability goals. I’m pleased to introduce Laura Peterson as a featured blogger who will periodically share her ideas and perspectives for sustainable living. – Diana Rivenburgh
Wandering the hundreds of aisles of golf booths at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, I sought to learn more about the sustainability of the golf world. Greg Norman gave a presentation about golf and Great White Shark Enterprises – his empire consisting of golf courses and communities, apparel, wine and other business interests. He spoke about a “commitment to excellence” and that having your name on the door isn’t enough.
Several days ago the Wall Street Journal Article “It’s Peterson vs. Climate Bill” stated that Representative Collin Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, “scoffs at warnings about climate change” and wants to slow related legislation.