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5 ways boards of directors can support sustainability

5 ways boards of directors can support sustainabilityWhile corporate responsibility has risen as a strategic priority for many companies, boards have not been driving this change. The UN Global Compact LEAD board program conducts extensive surveys and interviews with board members, which have revealed some significant key areas where board members often are not aligned. Those key areas are what sustainability means, what value it brings to the company, whether it adds to (or subtracts from) profit and innovation, what the risks and opportunities of sustainability are and who the most important stakeholders are for the company’s success or failure.

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Mr. Muscle is pushing the envelope on lean manufacturing. But is SC Johnson really a sustainable business?

Tom Idle takes a tour of SC Johnson’s Amsterdam Plant.  The plant has been zero-landfill for more than a decade, and recycled almost 800 tons of its waste in 2013. SC Johnson is clearly very proud of it.

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Pronto, one of many SC Johnson products coming off the production line at Europlant in Amsterdam.

Recently, SC Johnson announced that its plant in Manaus, Brazil had become its eighth zero-landfill facility, putting it well on track towards meeting a 2016 target of cutting manufacturing waste from its facilities across the world by 70%.

Its other zero-landfill facilities – defined as being achieved without incineration – include two in China and one each in Pakistan, the Netherlands, the US, Poland and Canada. In 2012, ten of the company’s 20 sites achieved waste diversion rates of at least 90%.

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When did citizens/taxpayers become a top-up mechanism to subsidize low wage workers’ pay?

[Editor's note: Thankfully here in Canada we don't have many of these issues but for low wage employees...it's no paradise here either.  The social component of corporate sustainability clearly has a role to play BUT will the system allow for the necessary change?]


Fast food giant MacDonald sparked widespread scorn recently when it was found to have provided its low wage workers with tips about saving money, like “Breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full” and advice on applying for food stamps.

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Four Green Team Tactics That Can Be Readily Adapted To Your Organization

team_green_hatSmall green teams tasked with transforming large corporations, governments, cities, and neighborhoods face some tough challenges. TD Bank’s three-person green team employed a range of strategies to inject sustainability thinking into 27,000 employees dispersed in 1,300 locations. I find four of their tactics very smart and can be readily adapted by green teams everywhere.

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Talk is Cheap: Don’t tell me about Sustainability – Show me!

Storytelling is one thing – telling fairy-tales is another…


Humanity is currently facing the, without doubt, toughest challenge ever, stakes are extremely high. Telling fairy-tales and cheating on our next generations at such a serious moment is not what you expect…

During the last couple of weeks reports from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and United Nations Global Compact have shown that there is difference between Saying and Doing – an Enormous difference!

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  • TSSS Event: Rethinking Prosperity. How Can We Better Navigate the Journey?


    On November 12th, author and Federal Member of Parliament (MP) for Toronto Centre Chrystia Freeland will join TSSS to share her thoughts and ideas on the challenge of wealth concentration and our shrinking middle class while exploring our collective role in charting a new path forward.  Learn more >>

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