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Sustainability Shapeshifting: How Business Sustainability Structure takes Form in Organizations

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Creating a sustainable business involves more than defining a vision, building a consumer forecast, and bringing a green product or service to market. Business sustainability is a commitment to the social, environmental, and economic impacts of your business.  It includes a commitment to improving business process that challenges the internal capabilities of a company towards business innovation as it strives to meet the changing needs of the external business environment.

Sustainable Value: Be Direct But Don’t Forget the Indirect

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The Connection Between Sustainability and Communications: An Introduction

Part 1 in John Friedman's blog series "The New PR"
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The role of communications professional has dramatically and irrevocably changed in recently years. The instant-information age has not only changed the ways in which information is shared, it has exponentially increased the amount of information that people both need and receive.  In media relations the news cycle has expanded to 24 hours; and the increasing prevalence and importance of non-traditional social media (and the increasing influence of bloggers and citizen-journalists) have required more than a change in tactics.

Companies Clarify Recycling for Consumers

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"Can I recycle both the bottle and its cap?" "Is there any way to bring this back to the store for disposal?" "What does a #3 recyclable symbol actually mean?" These are all questions consumers are faced with on a daily basis when it comes to home recycling. And now, a number of leading brands are banding together to provide clarity to consumers and solve for end-of-life issues.

ING U.S. Co-sponsors National Teacher of the Year

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ING U.S. is proud to be a co-sponsor of the National Teacher of the Year program. The National Teacher of the Year program, a project by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), is the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that recognizes excellence in K-12 education.

 

Thousands of Kids Complete ‘Fun Run’ at ING KiDS ROCK San Diego

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Imagine thousands of anxious, screaming kids amid the backdrop of Sea World. That was the scene Saturday, June 2, 2012, for ING KiDS ROCK San Diego. Kids in grades K–7 participated in a one-mile, non-timed, non-competitive “fun run” to combat childhood obesity. They became “marathon finishers” by completing 25.2 miles of a 26.2-mile marathon at their own pace in the weeks before the event with guidance from parents or teachers using the Official ING Run For Something Better® Training Guide.

The Power of Karma and Business Sustainability

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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What is Karma?   Karma is a Sanskrit word that means "action." Karma has commonly been considered a punishment for past bad actions, but karma is neither judge nor jury. Rather, it is simply the universal law of cause and effect that says every thought, word and act carries energy into the world and affects our present reality. From a sustainability viewpoint, how does karma apply?  Many argue that business is best used as a vehicle to not only aid in solving today's environmental challenges, but also to help create a better world.
 

Engaging the Forces that Drive Today’s Sustainable Businesses

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The GreenBiz article, GE and GM: How to Get the Most Out of Convergence, explores the internal working of technological advancement in large corporations.   Armed with an abundance of resources, these leaders are beginning to realize that size and force do not necessarily drive change.  There are in fact larger forces at work that must be recognized and voices to be engaged.

What is Opening the Door to Sustainable Innovation and Why is it Important?

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Experience and recent business results demonstrate that innovation will be essential to success over the next decade as companies continue to recover from recent economic downturn.  Our sustainability consulting has worked with companies who are seeking to seize new opportunities and improve competitive positions through refined evolved business plans and innovative solutions.  But these efforts are not always tuned-in through the traditional channels.

Walmart Suppliers: Are you IN or Are you Out?

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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In today’s global business environment, it is rare for a company to own an entire product or service value chain.  Business operations rely heavily on external sources exposing the supply chain as a critical component of business success.   Leading organizations are using the procurement function as a means to move towards a more sustainable business by forming "strategic relationships" with companies, large and small, who demonstrate leadership.

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