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How Sustainability is Enhancing Lean Business Processes

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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In the 1980’s, lean concepts popularized the ‘supply chain’ and took procurement and operations to a new level of supply chain management understanding.  Characterized by the efficient movement of materials with minimal work in process and inventory, these integrated process flows were dependent on aligned supplier/customer incentives.  But in 2008 when times became tough and cost cutting became the focus, lean took on a whole new definition.  

What is Sustainability's Role in the Decision Making Process?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Business leaders are faced with an endless number of decisions in daily operations and in the long-term strategic direction of a company.  From the outside, stakeholders often only see and typically focus their attention on the ultimate decision and the actions that follow.  While the outcome can be a tangible point of improvement, the process that led to the result is more often the area of greatest business sustainability opportunity.  

Business Sustainability: Getting with THIS

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Have you seen the Kia Soul hamster advertisements? How about that catchy phrase, "You can get with this" or  You can get with that."  Love it!  Why?  Because from a sustainability perspective, one can equate traditional business models as getting with THAT and sustainable business strategies as getting with THIS.

Sustainability: Enhancing Current Success

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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When executives at Dell in 2006 realized that a good portion of the company’s success in operations efficiency, recycling, and Design for Environment were already in place to address customers' and other stakeholders' climate change concerns, this made it easy for CEO Michael Dell to make sustainability a key element of the company's strategy. What followed were a number of on-going sustainability philosophies that now make Dell, in most rankings, a business sustainability leader.

Cut to Control: The Evolution of a Sustainable Supply Chain

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Over the last few years the essence of business sustainability for most organizations has been to "cut to the bone and hope to survive".  As we move towards better economic times, our professional consulting is asking: Are the years immediately ahead to be different or simply another shade of the same color? 

UPS Human Resources Function Cited Among Best In Country

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The Human Resources Department of UPS has been cited by a respected trade publication as among the top five in the nation.  Human Resource Executive magazine, in a scorecard ranking of HR functions at the companies included on the FORTUNE "Most Admired" list, placed UPS at No. 4.

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The Human Resources Department of UPS has been cited by a respected trade publication as among the top five in the nation.  Human Resource Executive magazine, in a scorecard ranking of HR functions at the companies included on the FORTUNE "Most Admired" list, placed UPS at No. 4.

Understanding and Acting on Emerging Supply Chain Risks (and Opportunities)

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TOPIC: Managing Retailer Supply Chain Risks
Plenary Session 6 at Supply Chain Risk Management Forum
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29 2011 at 3:30 p.m
WHERE: Toronto
Priority Code: 3BL1

Moderator:
Tom Ewart
, Managing Director, Network for Business Sustainability

Panellists:
Stephen Brammer
, Professor, Strategy, Warwick Business School, United Kingdom
John D. Coyne, Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Unilever Canada Inc.
Delvin Fletcher, Vice-President, Sustainability, SAP Canada Inc.
Maureen O’Higgins, Manager, Materials Management, BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd.

Businesses are now expected to manage issues outside their immediate control and throughout their supply chains. Issues like carbon footprints and human rights are difficult enough to manage at home, much less in suppliers on the other side of the world.

The experts will present findings from over 250 academic papers and industry reports on how to build a sustainable international supply chain. Participate in the discussion of common international supply chain risk questions, such as:

  • how have international supply chain risks changed over time?

  • why the emerging issues matters, and how have your peers acted on them?

  • how can you measure the results of your international supply chain risk initiatives?

 

To see the full agenda for this event, incuding all speakers and session descriptions, please click here. For further information, contact Joel Elliott at elliott@conferenceboard.ca.

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Hear findings from over 250 academic papers and industry reports on how to build a sustainable international supply chain.
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TOPIC: Managing Retailer Supply Chain Risks
Plenary Session 6 at Supply Chain Risk Management Forum
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29 2011 at 3:30 p.m
WHERE: Toronto
Priority Code: 3BL1

Moderator:
Tom Ewart
, Managing Director, Network for Business Sustainability

Panellists:
Stephen Brammer
, Professor, Strategy, Warwick Business School, United Kingdom
John D. Coyne, Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Unilever Canada Inc.
Delvin Fletcher, Vice-President, Sustainability, SAP Canada Inc.
Maureen O’Higgins, Manager, Materials Management, BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd.

Businesses are now expected to manage issues outside their immediate control and throughout their supply chains. Issues like carbon footprints and human rights are difficult enough to manage at home, much less in suppliers on the other side of the world.

The experts will present findings from over 250 academic papers and industry reports on how to build a sustainable international supply chain. Participate in the discussion of common international supply chain risk questions, such as:

  • how have international supply chain risks changed over time?

  • why the emerging issues matters, and how have your peers acted on them?

  • how can you measure the results of your international supply chain risk initiatives?

 

To see the full agenda for this event, incuding all speakers and session descriptions, please click here. For further information, contact Joel Elliott at elliott@conferenceboard.ca.

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GOOD BUSINESS INT’L Announces “TRAILBLAZERS 2010”

People Doing Well by Doing Good
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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) New York, NY - December 31, 2010 - Good Business International, named “Standout Company of the Year” by the Washington Post, has announced the Good Business Trailblazers of 2010. The Good Business 2010 list includes economists, maverick business leaders, social entrepreneurs, environmentalists, entertainers, consumer activists, human rights leaders, and academics who are blazing new trails toward a fair and balanced global economy.

Sustainability Messaging Gone Wrong and 3 Essential Lessons Learned

Your CSR strategy may be an easy target for gossip and misinformation - but don’t worry, staying on top of it is easier than you think.
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Social Media at it's Worst
 

How do You Manage Transportation Risk in a Sustainable Supply Chain?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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A growing focus on sustainable supply chain management over the past few years has proven to be a big cost savings opportunity for many businesses.  With traditional procurement strategies primarily focused on cost savings through vendor reduction, leverage spend, inventory reductions, transaction efficiencies, a shifting sustainability mindset is elevating supply chain thinking.  More strategically focused organizations are evaluating business sustainability risks tha

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