February 28, 2015

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    How Johnson & Johnson catalyzes eco-innovation

    Al Iannuzzi took a gamble when he decided to double down on the environmental and health impacts of his company’s products. But Ianuzzi, senior director of environment, health, safety & sustainability for Johnson & Johnson, believed in the need to embed sustainability into the company’s supply chain enough to build a brand around the new process. His team launched Earthwards in 2009, and by our 2011 interview, Iannuzzi’s confidence in the growing product line had soared. “We have 16 now,” he told me in a recent conversation. “Our goal is to produce 60 Earthwards products by 2015.” Today, Iannuzzi’s team…

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    What holds women back from the boardroom

    There they were at the awards ceremony, talking like old chums at a table ten feet away: the 43rd president of the United States, the founder of EDS and the CEO of Exxon Mobil. Seated shoulder-to-shoulder, the trio loomed like a phalanx primed to defend the rich and the powerful. But then a boy with a severe disability took the stage and with extraordinary composure, told over a thousand attendees how the Boy Scouts of America had changed his life. Many in the mostly male audience wept. As we rose to applaud him, the boundaries that separated us melted away,…

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    An ocean of trouble at NOAA and NASA

    Senator Ted Cruz, a vocal climate denier, is now the subcommittee chairman over the Space, Science and Competitiveness subcommittee. This new position brings a fresh wave of concern to science advocates who fear the effects of legislators with a historically anti-science stance taking budgetary and agenda-setting control of NASA. And this is only the beginning. Florida Senator Marco Rubio will soon control the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This is the committee that oversees coastal management, the Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the organization that keeps tabs on the status of our oceans,…

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    The Iceberg Principle of CSR

    Consider the tip of an iceberg. When we see these imposing cliffs of white ice, it’s amazing to realize that we’re only seeing about 10 percent of their total mass. No matter how big it is, 90 percent of the ice mass is hidden. In many ways, a corporate social responsibility program is like an iceberg; there is always going to be that 10 percent that is most visible. However, to ensure that your most conspicuous efforts are taken seriously, you need a strong foundation to support them. The most essential part of your program – that which reinforces its…

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    Reshoring American manufacturing with ‘eco-industrial parks’

    As the reshoring trend is gaining strength, it is important to evaluate innovative, alternative solutions to the past industrial models. Otherwise, it might be difficult to ensure that the return of manufacturing in the US will be resilient in response to any future attempts of delocalization in serving the domestic market. There are a few main options to choose from as the decision to reshore is being made: Restart existing plants with no upgrades Restart existing plants with partial or complete upgrades Build new plants Acquire plants The reshoring location will thus be at the core of the decision process….

Book Reviews

Putting 'responsible business' out of business
Posted by Claire Sommer on Sunday, November 16, 2014

Putting 'responsible business' out of businessChristine Bader’s book The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil offers hope and practical advice for anyone trying to stimulate meaningful change in our multi-stakeholder, shareholder-beholden, profits-focused world. Doing this kind of work is hard, but then again, pretty much anything ...
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How 9 companies are creating a culture of sustainability
Posted by Claire Sommer on Sunday, November 16, 2014

How 9 companies are creating a culture of sustainability Jeana Wirtenberg knows sustainability is about people. Living, caring human beings – who get things done. It’s not “green.” Or “eco.” Not goals or dashboards. Not on their own, at any rate. It’s people who make these things actually happen. Sustainability is people at ...
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The Big Pivot: A realist's guide to a climate-challenged present
Posted by Claire Sommer on Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Big Pivot: A realist's guide to a climate-challenged presentIf you’ve ever thought of dropping a book on your boss’s desk, in the hopes of sparking a Ray Anderson-type conversion, here’s a tip. Don’t use the new IPCC report: It’s gloomy, terrifying and a muddle. Try this instead: Andrew Winston’s business transformation book for ...
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Sweat and the city: The urban heat island effect
Posted by Ann Drumm on Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sweat and the city: The urban heat island effectCities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health. Managing urban heat is just as important a response as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner.  Cities should ...
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