BE Blogs: A Voice for Responsible Business

As part of our sustainability pledge to discuss best practices openly and honestly, we share insights that allow others to effect change in their community. While companies have responsibility to drive change internally, we believe they also can add to their insights and impact by sharing their experience with others.

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Social Enterprise and Conscious Consumerism

Jun 30, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship  //  2 Comments

How could a company help sustain a community if it couldn’t sustain itself?  How could an organization create social value if it didn’t create the economic profit that it needs to survive, innovate, and grow?  In order for a socially driven business to continue to do good, it must also do well.

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How Business is Leading the Way to a More Sustainable Future

May 10, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Leadership, Operations Management  //  No Comments

In many eco-circles, it’s quite easy to demonize business when it comes to its environmental record.  And indeed, industry is to blame for a real share of environmental damage.  But now, business is leading the way to a more responsible future. Companies are showing themselves to be much better than many individual consumers when it comes to personal energy use and resource efficiency.

Companies have more stakeholders to be accountable to

Everyday consumers can get away with buying a car that uses too much gas or running the air conditioner when no one is home.  It’s much easier for them to pretend that their actions are independent of the world at large.  It might hurt when they are spending a few extra thousand dollars a year on gasoline, but many people still choose to go this route.

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Nike: When Difficulty Knocks, Look for Opportunity

Mar 15, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Leadership, Operations Management  //  No Comments

Have you ever tried to fix one problem only to discover another?  Lucky for us, business problems usually hold opportunities, too.  Start working to make your business more environmentally responsible and you might discover all sorts of other ways to improve your bottom line.

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