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Do You Know the Sustainable Business Trends for 2011?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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"There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment - and you start to decline." ~ Andy Grove, Intel 

GE Listed on World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere

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General Electric has been named one of the 110 World’s Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere Institute. Three thousand companies from 36 different countries were evaluated based on performance indicators including exceptional citizenship, social responsibility, governance, innovation and leadership. This year's list now covers a larger geographic capacity, with a 17% augmentation in 2011 of companies outside the US. The top ranking organizations, including GE, exemplify the importance of transparency and avoiding procrastination when problems arise. Interesting to note: the list also shows a correlation between ethics and profitability within organizations.
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General Electric has been named one of the 110 World’s Most Ethical Companies by The Ethisphere Institute. Three thousand companies from 36 different countries were evaluated based on performance indicators including exceptional citizenship, social responsibility, governance, innovation and leadership. This year's list now covers a larger geographic capacity, with a 17% augmentation in 2011 of companies outside the US. The top ranking organizations, including GE, exemplify the importance of transparency and avoiding procrastination when problems arise. Interesting to note: the list also shows a correlation between ethics and profitability within organizations.

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

Why Responsible Investors May Label Your Firm Both "Good" and "Bad"

Research from the Journal "Business Strategy and the Environment"
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Research published in Business Strategy and the Environment shows that, depending on the criteria they use, investors can find the same company environmentally responsible and irresponsible at the same time.

For example, an organization may score poorly for environmental performance or compliance, but they may simulatneously score well for reporting transparency and pollution prevention.

Out with Transparency: In with Transparent Brands

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Last week the Sustainable Apparel Coalition – comprised of big brands such as Patagonia, Timberland and H&M – announced efforts to build a database of the environmental impacts along the apparel production supply chain. Eventually, the database will help ensure every garment sold has a consumer-facing sustainability score, clearly communicating impacts to the purchaser in a form they understand.

Whole Foods Adopts Transparent Animal Welfare Ratings

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by Jillian Wilson Martin

This summer I’ll celebrate a decade of being vegetarian (yeah, I’m getting old). Being a veggie isn’t always easy, and I can’t say I haven’t cheated on occasion (for some reason, I really craved buffalo wings when I first started), but year after year the cause has stayed important to me.

Technology Supporting Product Transparency

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For consumers who are increasingly concerned about how the products they buy are sourced and made – there’s a (m)app for that. Sourcemap, developed by a team from the MIT Media Lab, is an open-source, volunteer-driven website that maps the supply chains of consumer goods. Individuals will soon be able to determine the carbon footprint of all the goods they consume, from orange juice to Xbox 360s.

Global Compact Officially Launches Differentiation Programme

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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) New York - February 25, 2011 - After a four-month test phase, the UN Global Compact Office has officially launched the Differentiation Programme – a practical framework to help all business participants improve sustainability performance and disclosure practices.

Not Just a Crisis Issue – Transparency as a CR Opportunity

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The heated discussion around the Taco Bell lawsuit for using only 36 percent beef in its tacos has been wrongly framed. Although many view it as a crisis communication challenge, it is in fact a symptom of the company’s misaligned corporate responsibility priorities.

Interactive Tools to Communicate Complex Issues

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Organizations are creating interactive online tools to better connect individuals to global issues, making them more relevant than ever before.

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Organizations are creating interactive online tools to better connect individuals to global issues, making them more relevant than ever before.

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