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“ The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad ”, argued the president of the bank advising Henry Ford not to invest in such new fangled nonsense. The media, predictably myopic, argued similarly when The Body Shop International published its Values Report in early 1996, the world’s first, externally audited, sustainability report by a publicly listed company. So started my reflection on the short history and (hopefully) long and productive future of corporate sustainability reporting, published by the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa along with UNEP and other friends in a report entitled Making Investment Grade: the Future of Corporate Reporting , just launched at Rio+20. Edited by ex-UNEP Cornis van der Lugt and South Africa-based Daniel Malan, the volume is full of goodies for those interested in the life and times of corporate sustainability reporting.
While burying yourself in the stacks at the library is one way to get some serious research done, with today’s technology you can do quite a bit of useful searching before you ever set foot inside a library. Undergraduates and grad students alike will appreciate the usefulness of these search engines that allow them to find books, journal articles and even primary source material for whatever kind of research they’re working on and that return only serious, academic results so time isn’t wasted on unprofessional resources. Note: Visit our updated list for the latest in academic search engines. General Start off your research with one of these more general academic search engines.
What if everyone across the globe used his or her social media influence to help the planet? The impact would be huge, according to a recent infographic from Recyclebank , a company that rewards green consumers with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. The data encourages the connected generation to use social networks and technology for a positive effect on the earth. For example, if each Pinterest user shared one green idea per month, there would be 12 million more environmentally-conscious tips being passed around. The efforts can be carried offline, too. According to Recyclebank, if everyone on Facebook shortened his or her shower by one minute, we would save enough water to fill 1,136,364 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The MIT SMR and BCG 2012 Sustainability and Innovation research report “ Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point ” prompted an invitation to participate in a White House Sustainable Supply Chain Dialogue on March 30 in Washington, DC. The MIT SMR – BCG 2012 Sustainability and Innovation research report “ Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point ” prompted an invitation to participate in a White House Sustainable Supply Chain Dialogue on March 30 in Washington, DC. Organized by the U.S. General Services Administration, the event brought together leaders from the federal government, industry, academia and nonprofits to discuss how the launch of a sustainable supply chain community of practice can help “assure a secure and sustainable supply chain” which is “essential to both industry and government.”
It has become accepted wisdom that weak ties — your acquaintances, distant colleagues — can provide more novel information than close ties. But new research by Marshall Van Alstyne, associate professor at Boston University and a visiting professor at MIT, suggests that in some cases strong ties are better. It has become accepted wisdom that weak ties — your acquaintances, distant colleagues — can provide more novel information than close ties. But new research by Marshall Van Alstyne, associate professor at Boston University and a visiting professor at MIT, suggests that in some cases strong ties are better.
Mr. Michael Andrew, [Chairman of KPMG International,] Mr. John Veihmeyer, [Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KPMG in the United States,] Mr. Yvo de Boer, [KPMG Special Global Advisor on Climate Change and Sustainability]
In October 2011 the European Commission published a new policy on corporate social responsibility The Commission defines corporate social responsibility as “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. To fully meet their social responsibility, enterprises “ should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders ”.
Users of social networks are getting tired of sharing — but that doesn't mean sharing is on the decline. A new study analyzes sharing behaviors on Facebook , Twitter and Google+ and makes predictions for the future of sharing. Digital agency Beyond released the study for Social Media Week , along with the below infographic. Beyond makes six predictions about where sharing is headed based on the responses of 2,000 social media users in the U.S. and UK, between ages 16 and 40, who are active on either Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Among those users, 98% were active on Facebook, 60% of whom log in several times daily.
2012-02-16 By Anna Ashbaugh, Associate, Advisory Services The Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting Guidelines (G3.1), while widely applied, are often misunderstood. With nearly 200 pages of guidance and detailed technical protocols, it is easy to lose sight of the purpose of reporting, which is to be accountable to stakeholders and drive performance. 1.
Today’s communications professionals have the ability to reach a global audience with a single Tweet. But so too to do your biggest rivals and critics. It very much is a published or be damned world we live in.
Home » Editor's Comment , Training An interesting new ranking arrived in my in-box Thursday morning grading the most social-savvy FTSE 100 companies. In the top 10 were plenty of brands you’d expect – Marks and Spencer, Burberry, Unilever and Intercontinental Hotels.
New research on the world’s 50 fastest growing brands found a cause-and-effect relationship between a brand’s ability to serve a higher purpose and its financial performance. Brand consultants Millward Brown and former Procter & Gamble marketing officer Jim Stengel developed the list of 50 brands, which they say built the deepest relationships with customers while achieving the greatest financial growth from 2001-2011. Furthermore, investment in these companies – the Stengel 50 – over the past decade would have been 400% more profitable than an investment in the S&P 500. The list includes numerous brands with strong reputations for sustainability, such as Method, Seventh Generation, Stonyfield Farm and Chipotle. The study forms the backbone of Stengel’s book GROW: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies (Crown Business; December 27, 2011).
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