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Carbon Nation: Is Our Inconvenient Truth a Convenient Opportunity?

Mar 9, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Energy, The Environment  //  No Comments

Last week I got a chance to see Carbon Nation, a new documentary that calls itself “a climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change.”  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should find or arrange a screening (and take a friend!).


Corporate Social Responsibility, Defined

Jan 18, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Company Culture, Investors & Stakeholders, Terminology, The Environment  //  1 Comment

At BusinessEarth, we talk about CSR (corporate social responsibility) a lot, but we don’t always explain it as thoroughly as we should.  In light of this, here’s a CSR primer that will help clear any confusion.

CSR is work that creates value inside and outside of a company by aligning business goals with social and environmental needs.

BusinessEarth believes that CSR and profitability are not mutually exclusive.  Rather, a solid CSR program can pay for itself with tangible savings and profit opportunities and, like any other well-conceived investment, will pay dividends in the long run.


3 Reasons You Should OVER-Comply With Environmental Regulations

Jan 12, 2011   //   by Bradley Short   //   Blog, Operations Management, Regulation, The Environment  //  1 Comment

Is regulation the enemy or your best untapped strategy? If you comply with minimum environmental standards to save money in the short term, you do so at your peril by limiting the long-term benefits of over-compliance.

Reason #1: Open Doors to More Markets

If you only meet the requirements of your local operation, you may limit yourself to that market.  By adhering to stricter standards, you can offer your products without sweeping changes to produce different products for different places.



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