Sustainable Business

Are the Keys to Supply Chain Transformation Closer Than They Appear?

By Madeleine Carnemark, MBA/MS Candidate 2020
Article

For sustainability initiatives in food retail, do the largest hurdles lie in the supply chain, or within the walls of corporate headquarters? As sustainability becomes a bigger priority for food producers and retailers, more and more companies are forming sustainability teams to push toward a new food economy through supply chain transformation.

ICYMI! Spring 2019 – Shedding Light on Gender and Navigating Academia

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We are excited to share the latest edition of ICYMI! A Magazine for Business Sustainability Professionals. In each edition of ICYMI!, we share the latest research, teaching and engagement from the Erb Institute. Our cover story for this edition is by Erb faculty member, Sara Soderstrom. She shares how she’s working to bring awareness to gender issues in academia.

The Five Ws of Supply Chains: Who, What, Where, When and Why Corporations Should Care

By Benjamin Goldstein – Erb Postdoctoral Fellow
Blog

Not a month goes by without a media campaign linking the supply chain of a well-known brand with unsavory labor practices or environmental mismanagement. Such exposés can devalue brands and reduce well-meaning corporate sustainability initiatives to hypocrisy. Beyond financial and reputational risks, a corporation that doesn’t know its supply chain can be caught flat-footed when the regions it sources from are rocked by political and environmental upheaval.

A Ray of Hope. Mid-Course Correction Revisited

Beth Bond of Southeast Green Interviews John Lanier of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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John Lanier recently joined Beth Bond of Southeast Green for a podcast interview about his new book, Mid-Course Correction Revisited.  This interview includes an historical review of Ray's original vision, and how that impacted the first book, and then how that vision played out through the years for the industrialist turned environmentalist.

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John Lanier recently joined Beth Bond of Southeast Green for a podcast interview about his new book, Mid-Course Correction Revisited.  This interview includes an historical review of Ray's original vision, and how that impacted the first book, and then how that vision played out through the years for the industrialist turned environmentalist.

GreenMoney’s Videos Issue on Sustainable Business, Impact Investing and Environmental Sustainability

Solutions in Focus
Blog

GreenMoney’s annual all-Videos issue (May 19) is now online. Check out the lineup of selected short videos on Sustainable Business, Impact Investing and Environmental Sustainability. All here - https://GreenMoney.com 
 
The Videos include

The Future of Business Sustainability — Extending Inclusiveness to People With Disabilities

By Kelsey Pace
Blog

People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group, at an estimated one in six people globally, but their needs often are overlooked. Businesses and other organizations that aim to be more inclusive might opt to create an environment where these people’s needs are understood. However, it is often difficult to recognize the best way to make changes.

Embracing the Complexity of Waste

By Judy Kuszewski, Chair of the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board
Article

It is no longer enough for a company to just track statistics on how much plastic they collected for recycling, or their reduction in waste going to landfill. The world is facing a waste crisis and the solution is simple: organizations need to embrace the complexity of the waste problem.

Conversations with Consequence: Metrics and Sustainability at Innovation Forum Detroit

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The Erb Institute engaged with several speakers and participants around key questions that relate to business, academia and sustainability, during a partner event with Innovation Forum in Detroit. We asked two sustainability leaders one question:

Which metrics matter most when it comes to measuring sustainability?

WeWork: Oil Money and the Challenge of Achieving Carbon Neutrality

Article

The Erb-branded case study program was established by Professor Andy Hoffman as a way to engage students in addressing timely and topical sustainability issues through various lenses. Case studies help improve flexibility in considering alternatives and allow students to compare their decisions with actual outcomes.

Here we share a newly developed case on WeWork, a company that is rethinking office space as community. Here is brief summary:

What Does Society Look Like in the Future of the Anthropocene? A Q&A With Andy Hoffman

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We have entered a new geologic epoch, called the Anthropocene, that recognizes people’s effect on the Earth’s ecosystems—harming them in ways that are likely irreversible. So what will Anthropocene society look like in the future?

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