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Refining Performance Metrics in the Sustainable Supply Chain

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“Sports equipment and clothing retailer Adidas managed rapid improvement among its suppliers in India. In 2010, about 80% of the vendors didn’t meet the company’s social compliance standards; in 2011, more than 80% met those performance goals. The company says the achievement resulted from working directly with the suppliers and setting strong targets.”

The Triple Bottom Line of Green Cycling: Good for You, Good for Community, Good for the Economy

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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While escalating conversations on topics such as climate change, carbon legislation, energy independence, and growing consumer eco awareness generate forward eco movement for some it simultaneously creates confusion and skepticism for others.   To address these complex issues, it's going to take all of us demonstrating eco awareness in our daily lives.  Some eco actions are easier than others.  In fact, at Taiga Company, we promote green cycling as a means to make a difference. 

Do You Know the Next Steps in Sustainable Supply Chain Management?

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Business implementations over the last few years has revealed that many executives and their procurement organizations now view environmental and social responsibility actions within in the supply chain to be both a risk mitigating strategy and a business opportunity. These corporate actions are taking strategic sourcing and supplier relations to another level of supply chain sustainability. Our sustainability consulting asks: What is the next step in Sustainable Supply Chain Management? 

Exploring the Role of Continuous Improvement in Sustainability

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Most business leaders would probably agree that achieving real bottom line improvements, whether in cost savings or improved revenues, is critical to business sustainability.  These same executives might further comment that the concept of business sustainability is not new, and in fact, has been around for a long time.  As sustainability consultant, we agree that maintaining business operations has always been the goal of business. 

Sustainability Viewed Critical to Today’s Open Innovation Cultures

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A recent Forbes article, Why Great Ideas Fail, attempts to answer this question and offer guidance towards improved business innovation success.  Drilling to the heart of the issue, the post explains that it is not the idea but more often the culture that fails.  Instead of confining creativity to a closed-off lab, the concept of an open innovation model is being recognized and implemented within leading companies.

Sustainability Tips to Reduce Corporate Travel Expenses

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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According to The New York Times article, Trapped in the Middle Seat , corporate travel is on the rise.  Companies are emerging from the economic downturn by taking to the air to rebuild and grow their businesses.  However, this activity is not completely free from the restraint.  The all-seeing and watchful eye of corporate cost control is always present!

Revisiting Performance Pay as a Business Sustainability Driver

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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“Incentive-based pay isn’t new; it’s been around for centuries.  But unless companies begin to connect compensation to sustainable environmental and social performance, they will continue to sacrifice long-term value creation and competitiveness for short-term, unsustainable gains.”  -Why It's Time to Link Compensation with Sustainability 

New Concepts in Effective Social Media for Sustainability

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Over the last few years, our sustainability consulting has probed the broad question: can social media save  the world? Today, we narrow that inquiry and ask: How could social interactions make or break your business. Social media success is no longer defined by how well your company communicates its message to the external world. It is rapidly becoming a critical business sustainability skill and a business sustainability catalyst.  

How Do You Take the Lead in Sustainable Development?

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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With the shift in consumer preferences over the past few years, companies have been aggressive to respond to the growing ‘green’ value opportunity. However, lifecycle questions remain on company responsibilities once the products are in the hands of the consumer. Does a sustainable business need to market and sell to a responsible consumer to be sustainable? Do customers respond to a product or should products arise from the needs of the customer?

Use Your Sustainability Superpowers to Green Your Week

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Super powers are cool.  They  invoke the imagination of superhuman qualities capable of tacking any challenge and succeeding. In many ways, the call for sustainability invokes the better qualities of us as humans.  If we were to have sustainability superpowers, what would they be?  How would we use them?

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