Claire Sommer

Claire Sommer

Claire Sommer used to do corporate communications for the world's largest insurance company. Then she saw wild orcas off the coast of British Columbia and quit her job to go sea kayaking. Ever since, she's been freelance writing for companies such as Wyndham, McGraw-Hill and Unilever. Now she writes about sustainability and the environment to make the world a bluer, greener place for all of us. Reach her at

    Putting ‘Responsible Business’ out of Business

    Claire Sommer | Friday, August 29, 2014
    Christine 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 anythin... More »

    How 9 Companies Are Creating a Culture of Sustainability

    Claire Sommer | Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 every level ... More »

    CVS’ ‘no smokes’ decision sets new high bar for brands

    Claire Sommer | Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Earlier this year, drugstore chain CVS Caremark announced that it will stop selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014. It’s a big deal. Here’s why. It signals a step towards more businesses saying, “It’s wrong. So we’re stopping.” Even when th... More »

    The Big Pivot: A Realist’s Guide to a Climate-Challenged Present

    Claire Sommer | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    If 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 the “new norm... More »

    Risky Business: Leaders Disclose Climate Impacts

    Claire Sommer | Monday, June 2, 2014
    A recent front-page New York Times story reported that global business leaders Coca-Cola, Nike, and others are factoring in climate change risks as threats to the bottom line. This news followed CDP’s December reveal that 29 major companies use a shadow carbon price in their finances for clim... More »