Business and Sustainability

It’s the Little Guys Who Are The Real Change Agents Towards Sustainability

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When it comes to protecting the environment or improving workers’ conditions, you might think the biggest companies are making the biggest positive impact.

Multinationals like Apple and McDonald’s are so large that –just by taking a few significant steps towards sustainability– they can change vast swaths of the global marketplace.

But it turns out that the largest corporations aren’t leading on this issue. It’s the small and medium-sized businesses that are out in front on compliance with sustainability, worker safety and other standards.

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Sitka: A Social Mission that engages customers in conservation and….it’s PROFITABLE.

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Sitka co-founder Rene Gauthier – a company whose product is entirely in the service of its social mission.

Today, entrepreneurs are increasingly recognizing the allure of conscious consumerism and the power of merging profit and purpose. Often those businesses are in the clothing and accessory sector, whether it’s the fashionable eyewear of Warby Parker (recently crowned most innovative company by Fast Company), the ever popular TOMS shoes, or stylish handbags by FEED.

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What Makes a Board Fit for the Future?

future-fit-boards-copyIn a recent webinar hosted by Helle Bank Jorgensen, a panel including the Global Chairman of Unilever, the Chair of the CSR Committee from PVH Corp. and Managing Director of BlackRock was assembled to discuss the crucial board questions of our time. A general consensus was reached that a balance must be struck between long-term goals and short-term gains. Sustainable short-term shareholder returns will result from a clear, company-wide strategy for long-term success.

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Building your CSR Strategy without the baggage – what would you do differently?

Establishing a new sustainability strategy at your company can come with plenty of baggage but what if you had the chance to do it all right…from the beginning.

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  • No long term relationships that are inconsistent with your sustainability strategy
  • No long term contracts with non-aligned partners
  • No inertia built into your operations and decision making
  • No culture of fear for trying unproven strategies
  • No track record with reliable supply chain partners
  • No interference from a parent company

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Sustainable Fibre Success Story: Kruger Products and FSC Certification

Is it possible to both care about forests and advocate for the cutting down of trees? Most people want to “do the right thing” for the environment but identifying the right thing can be complicated and often delivers counter-intuitive results. When you can’t trust your gut, who can you trust?

FSC logs, MexicoBig Decisions in the Toilet Paper Aisle

How many of us self-proclaimed “environmentalists” have stood in the grocery aisle, wondering whether we should choose toilet tissue made from 100% recycled fibre or 100% virgin fibre?  Easy choice right…choose the recycled fibre.  But wait, the virgin fibre tissue proudly displays a logo indicating environmental responsibility – maybe that’s a better choice.  Oh dear, now the little voice in your head is awakened.   Logos are good BUT it’s better to NOT cut down trees right? Right, so you reach for the recycled one… but that nagging voice in your head still isn’t satisfied, after all, the virgin fibre did have a fancy environmental logo.  And the seesaw battle begins. Choosing toilet paper never used to leave you feeling quite so stressed.

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