Posts tagged sustainability
Green Businesses Are Incredibly Difficult to Make Profitable. Try It Anyway

Making a business successful is a challenge in itself, but making a green business profitable is an even harder journey. For society's sake, entrepreneurs must be prepared to make that journey, says Geoffrey Jones.

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The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

Capitalists focus on the financial returns from capital invested, and most business leaders prioritize issues that are financially material. For anyone with a pension linked to market performance, that is a good thing. But this single-minded focus can be a major problem when it comes to tackling slow-building, systemic challenges, like global warming, that could take down not just supply chains but, over time, entire economies.

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Corporate sustainability must give way to corporate responsibility

Accelerated consumption is exhausting global ecosystems, depleting 30% of global resources and nearly 60% of animal populations since the 1970s. These sobering numbers are fueling a consumer revolution. People are shifting their consumption habits.

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Timberland Helps Cotton Production Return to Haiti

Cotton production had largely disappeared from Haiti over the past three decades, but in recent years, a coalition of companies and non-profits has striven to bring the industry back to the impoverished nation. Last month, Timberland and the NGO Smallholders Farmers Alliance (SFA) announced they have reintroduced cotton as not only a way to help revitalize the economy, but to also claw back against ongoing deforestation that has contributed to the country’s stubborn poverty.

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Cities Look to Business (Not Washington) to Build Sustainability

When it comes to building cities to withstand the ravages of age, climate change and a rapidly evolving economy, America’s mayors have probably never felt more alone. In the face of these challenges, how can cities make themselves more sustainable—and more resilient? When the solutions to the biggest problems facing modern society come with equally big price tags, how do mayors pay for them?

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Sustainable business at a crossroads, again

In 2008, when MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group began their sustainability research program, it was the start of the Great Recession, and pundits were predicting the end of sustainability on the assumption that executives would turn away from corporate social responsibility initiatives in favor of "making money."

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