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Pairing Employee Engagement to Make Business Sustainability Work

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Employees can make a difference in internalizing sustainability and translating high-level commitments into action and results in a corporate sustainability plan.  When you consider that daily, employees make far reaching decisions impacting an organization's environment and social consequences, there is the evidence that employee engagement matters and is a key component to accelerating sustainable business strategies.  First, what exactly IS, employee engagement? 
 

What are the Keys to Keeping Key Innovators?

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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“Many companies over-focus on the monetary aspects of the employment value proposition when trying to retain R&D staff. However, value propositions based largely on base compensation do little to improve incremental effort or ‘intent to stay’ amongst R&D employees. In order to motivate and retain staff, pay close attention to the career preferences of critical R&D segments such as Ph.D. degree holders, women in R&D, overseas employees, and high-potential staff.”  -CEB Views
 

How to Manage the Accelerating Cost of Environmental Impacts on Business

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The cost of environmental impact on businesses is expected to accelerate.   The post, What are the Sustainability Mega Forces Poised to Change Business? identifies forces shaping impacts, but how can we manage risk as a business opportunity?  Is there a framework available specific to business sustainability risk? 
 

Learning How to Monitor Sustainable Supply Chain Signals

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Performance measures have always been a part of business.  Over time, management has learned to incorporate metrics that are more applicable to the company's extended stakeholder groups.  Our sustainability consulting practice finds these leading organizations are now embracing more advanced performance management practices to include business sustainability indicators.  However, questions still remain on the ‘what and how’ of measured performance in the supply chain.

Sustainable Innovation: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?

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The Harvard Business Review post, Five Ways to Ruin Your Innovation Process offers a unique perspective to managed creativity in business today.

Building on the Basics of Sustainable Stakeholder Engagement

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“Company leaders must get back to basics when dealing with complex issues affecting purchasing and supply logistics.  Companies must focus on empowering leadership teams, exchanging information in real time, and installing reliable, adaptable technology that can integrate data to successfully manage the global manufacturing process.” 

At the Crossroad of Sustainability Risk to Business Opportunity

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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"There is value creation in risk mitigation. If you look at innovation through lens of sustainability, you find yourself creating new and better products. You open up new markets."  -Hannah Jones, VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike
 

Sustainable Supplier Relationships are Key to Business Success

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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“Procurement is uniquely positioned to increase quality, delivery, and partnerships between critical suppliers and internal business partners. Leveraging a fortified relationship to manage supplier performance is a powerful way for procurement organizations to create value for the enterprise beyond just cost reductions”.  –Procurement Strategy Council

24 Easy Ways to Craft Your Social Media Sustainability Communications

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Sustainability and social media together offer a refreshing and innovative approach to business.  But, can social media be a catalyst for green businesses?

Social Media as Value Creation for Sustainable Businesses

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, foursquare, blogging, the social web– we no longer just communicate; we interact. In the process, how can the wealth of information being generated by social media help us better understand business sustainability value creation?

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