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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Business Sustainability: Different Goals for Different Roles

Jul 20, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   Leadership, Marketing & Communication, Operations Management  //  No Comments

5 Ways to Explain Sustainability to 5 PeopleWhat was your reaction when you first heard about sustainability? Did you think the fuzzy, tree-hugging character would never fly in the corporate sphere? Much of the business world still thinks this way. People in every department are still waiting for their sustainability epiphany. But that epiphany won’t come unless the message is tailored to their goals.

5 Ways to Explain Sustainability to 5 people

Everyone is unique. But as different as each of us may be, we still tend to find like-minded people across various business functions. By tailoring your approach to individual goals, you can build a cross-functional sustainability team that has the power to drive real change.

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No Excuses: Start Sharing your Sustainability Story Today

Jul 13, 2010   //   by Colin Manuel   //   Company Culture, Leadership, Marketing & Communication  //  No Comments

Perfection is an illusion, so share your sustainable business goals todayWhy do we wait to talk about a goal until we’re close to achieving it? If you’ve ever struggled with a diet or fallen back into a bad habit, you probably already know how the strategy works. By keeping goals to yourself, it’s much easier to let things slide when something doesn’t go according to plan. Companies launch sustainability initiatives in the same way.

By waiting to announce goals until they’re close at hand, many companies believe they’ve lowered their risk of failure. In reality, they’ve lowered their chance of success.

3 Excuses to Avoid at All Cost

When you’re starting your sustainability journey, your company can’t afford to believe these excuses:

Excuse #1 – “We’re just getting started. Customers will question our commitment to real change when we’ve only taken a few steps.”

Excuse #2 – “Shareholders will see community engagement as a frivolous expense and invest their money elsewhere.”

Excuse #3 – “Critics will hound us for “greenwashing” if we fail to reach our destination.”

Be Heard: Spread the Word Early and Often

Transparency is a hallmark of a sustainable company. By communicating your goals openly and frequently, you’ll gain much more credibility in the eyes of consumers. You may even find help from unexpected places.  Being open and honest throughout your effort will ensure that your work has value.


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