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A Hidden Gem: Wave Maker Newsletter Promoting Sustainable Business

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Misconceptions of business sustainability as a passing trend are quickly falling by the wayside. Larger organizations, traditionally mistaken as burdened with a primary responsibility as change agents in the water, carbon, environment and climate change solutions are now shifting the burden to include suppliers and small businesses.

Managing Risk with Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Sourcing many of it parts from various countries around the world, Ford Motor Company has come under recent criticism for its parts supply originating from China.  Following a safety incident involving a part destined for Ford’s Michigan plant, Yuwei Plastics and Hardware Product Co.

Who is Defining Business Sustainability?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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With climate change and the business case for sustainable business strategies still hotly debated, is it a wonder why more businesses and individuals aren't boldly communicating business sustainability programs and results.  As the sustainability space evolves with emerging labels, guidelines, definitions, and reporting structures (not to mention domestic legislation and global agreements), it’s accompanied by critics internal and external to the space.  Gra

Sticks and Stones…but Sustainability Risk?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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"You generally hear that what a man doesn't know doesn't hurt him, but in business what a man doesn't know does hurt." -Gerald Brenan 

GE Supplier Summit in Shanghai

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In November 2010, GE held a Supplier Summit in Shanghai. Leaders from GE's global and business sourcing, labor, and environment, health and safety (EHS) teams came together with peer companies, suppliers, government and trade officials to share experiences. They discussed the challenges faced in securing safe and fair working conditions, as well as a better environment for workers and local communities in global supply chains.

Sustainable Transportation: Extracting Value from an Empty Truck

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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With the business world actively investigating sustainable improvements in the supply chain, inbound supply and outbound product distribution processes are now viewed as one of the high value opportunities.  Focusing not only internal company operations but strategies to address impacts that extend beyond the company walls, many business and government entities are addressing the value opportunities in dated transportation modes.

Sustainable Supply Chain Management: A Focus on the Long-Term

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The evolution of supply chain management over the past few decades has transformed procurement actions from pure price concessions to jointly-focused cost reduction and process improvement. Building on these practices, the business sustainability generation has begun to integrate sustainability concepts into the supply chain to evaluate risk and long-term value from an expanded stakeholder perspective.  

Categorization: A 2011 Sustainable Supply Chain Focus

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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A 2010 year in review revealed a growing emphasis on environmental awareness, social responsibility, and business sustainability actions in the supply chain.  More progressive companies, similar in action to IBM and Wal-Mart, have begun to evaluate inbound supply and their organizational role in the overall supply chain from an expanded perspective.   Our sustainability consulting experiences revealed that, in 2010, business sustainability action re

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.

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? 

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