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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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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Hot Potatoes Prove Sustainability is About More Than Renewables and Recycling

Apr 6, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Marketing & Communication, Operations Management, The Environment  //  No Comments

I read this BusinessWeek article yesterday and it really got me thinking about the state of environmental money saving. It talks about a profoundly unique solution to a difficult to see problem, and it really makes a great case for an environmental corporate focus.  Unfortunately, the ideas in this article are often missing in day-to-day sustainability conversation. Traditional green dialogue (focusing exclusively on efficiency and the like) can perpetuate a discourse that, pardon the expression, can’t see the forest for the trees.
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Systematic Corporate Social Responsibility: Go All-In!

Mar 31, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Operations Management  //  2 Comments

I watched a fascinating panel discussion this morning led by Aman Singh that had the charge of “Reimagining CSR as an Engine of Innovation, Profitability & Purpose.” Her esteemed panel, including, among others, Seventh Generation’s Jeffrey Hollender and author Carol Sanford, kept leading me back to a single idea about corporate social responsibility: CSR is no add-on activity.  Once you decide to be a responsible company, responsibility must be systematic.  To do it right, you have to go all-in!

 

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