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Business Sustainability: Keeping it Real

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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How long does a company keep producing a product that does not sell?  How long does a supplier last who fails to deliver on-time?  In the business world, action must generate return to be sustainable.  However, one of the challenges in transitioning business sustainability from the drawing board to daily practice is the ability to link sustainability concepts to specific business value.

IdeaScale: Small Business Tool for Stakeholder Engagement

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The ability to capitalize on opportunity or mitigate business risk often depends on the availability and access to quality information.  Being able to sift through what is important and what is not can be a determining factor in transforming a good decision into business turning point.  As we've discussed in the post, Custome

Business Sustainability: Airbag for Business Risk

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The report, The Impact of Regulatory Costs on Small Firms, assessed the overall cost of federal regulation on small businesses in five major sectors of the U.S.

Sustainable Business Energy: Moving Past Initial Resistance

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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As anyone knows who has ever tried to start a car with a less than a fully charged battery, the energy required to make that initial engine crank is more than the energy required to keep the engine running.  Similar to business sustainability change, the effort required to get change initiated is often the greatest obstacle. 

Two Wheeled Friends - Are you One of them?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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When people ride bikes, good things happen.  Why?  Because bike commuting is a win-win for both businesses and individuals looking to reduce costs, embrace eco awareness, and adhere to business and personal sustainability programs.  

Sustainability’s Lost: Action without Direction

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Frequently our professional consulting finds businesses approaching sustainability in an ad-hoc manner, often lacking a common aligned business purpose.  Although the intentions may be inspired by expanded social or eco awareness, the actions are not necessarily impactful in building long-term business sustainability.  A strategic approach can help align the mindset of an organization and ensure that the approach ties to the overall profitability

Jump Start 2011 with Business Sustainability Planning Now

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The concepts of social responsibility, business sustainability and living a sustainable lifestyle have been around for a long time.  However, these conversations have traditionally been between a smaller set of social and business practitioners.  Today, we are all exploring sustainability as an engrained part of our lives.  We hear about  going green on the radio, in  newspapers, websites, blogs and while we each have a different version of what going green means to us and our businesses, how to qualify its meaning.  As the year is quickly drawing to a close, many are asking how to

Business Sustainability: Separating Yourself from the Pack

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Most of the businesses we speak with in our sustainability consulting practice approach sustainable development from the traditional top-down structured implementation processes.  While this is a familiar approach, there are alternative methods that can more effectively engage stakeholders in the process.  The best in class business sustainability companies are doing things a little bit different, by allowing creativity and innovation to spring up across the organization.

Customers: Unlocking the Doors of Innovation

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Clients in our sustainability consulting ask, “What circumstances, frameworks or parameters need to be in place to spark creativity, ideas, and innovation in my business?"    As we've discussed previously, the conversation of business sustainability answers that question.  Business sustainability, defined as evaluating the environmental and social impacts of your business to long term profitability, is a vehicle to enable your business to meet your goals of profit

Systems Thinking for Green Supply Chain

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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In today’s global business environment, it is extremely rare for a company to own an entire product or service value chain.  Business operations now rely heavily on external supply and resources.  This has made the supply chain a critical component of business sustainability success. 

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