Posts by This Writer

2 years 1 month ago

Guest Blog by Jerry Hayes, Honey Bee Health Lead, Monsanto

Monsanto recently sponsored the “Nourishing 9 Billion” SolutionLab at UC Davis. I appreciated being invited to observe and to participate in one of the several breakout groups made up of students and young professionals to develop ideas and solutions for a specific problem in the food system. It was exciting to engage in dialogue with intelligent and motivated individuals who are passionate about the environment, of which agriculture plays a critical role.

Our group and the young people I spoke with informally after the...

2 years 1 month ago

Guest blog by Marvin Smith, Future 500

Solar power is on the rise faster than a Steph Curry shot. Not only is its adoption exceeding predictions, but the demand for third-party solar and net metering is so wide-ranging that it has broken down the political divides we’ve grown accustomed to. Taking the form of the Green Tea Coalition and the oddest of...

2 years 1 month ago

Guest Blog by Gurnek Bains, co-founder and chairman of YSC

One of our consultants was working with an American team of a company that was acquired by an Indian-owned group. A senior executive from India was sent over to help turn the business’s performance around, as it had been threatened with closure unless things improved. The consultant found the Indian executive to be a talented and incisive individual who had a clear, nonnegotiable view of what needed to be done. He regarded the culture in the American subsidiary as soft, overly focused on consensus, and prophesied the collapse of the...

2 years 2 months ago

Guest blog by John Streur, CEO, Calvert Investments

Pope Francis has crafted a compelling message. With Catholics representing 17 percent of the world’s population – 21 percent in the United States – and Catholic values expressed through large institutional investment portfolios worldwide, even non-believers should take note. 

Just as the Pope is pointing to the stewardship of the world’s natural resources as a fundamental obligation, investors have begun to focus their attention on “Natural Capital” (air, land, water, biodiversity) as the foundation of societal prosperity. In the religious...

2 years 2 months ago

Guest blog by TINYpulse

After searching high and low, you’ve finally found that perfect employee to bring on board. So as a manager, you might be tempted to dump every single orphaned project on this employee during their first week on the job and call it “onboarding.” It’s very tempting, but it’s detrimental to your new hire’s success.

Whether your new hire walks through the door with one or 10 years of experience under their belt, it’ll still take time for them to learn the tools, processes, and about their responsibilities in their new role. You can’t leave new hires to just “...

2 years 2 months ago

Guest blog by Naomi Ryland, The Changer

Since I have a professional background at a large football-for-development charity based in Berlin, which has been funded by FIFA (almost) since its existence, I have been particularly troubled by the recent revelations about widespread, institutional and long-term corruption at the aforementioned organisation. Yes, it was always somehow clear that this was happening, especially what with the whole Qatar fiasco. But if it was difficult to gloss over before, there is certainly no amount of gloss that can save them now, given that seven of their top...

2 years 2 months ago

Guest Blog by TINYPulse

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The good, the bad, the ugly — we’ve heard all the hype about millennials in the workplace. But with 80 million in the U.S. alone and more entering the workforce every day, there’s really no way to avoid this generation. According to a study by Aon Hewitt, nearly 50% of millennials plan to actively look for a new job in 2015.

This young workforce has all sorts of new expectations that are...

2 years 2 months ago

Guest blog by Jerry Hayes, Monsanto Honey Bee Health Lead

President Barack Obama’s Pollinator Health Task Force has released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators (Strategy). The Strategy highlights the importance and benefits of public-...

2 years 3 months ago

Guest blog by Dr. Dan Goldstein, Monsanto

Humans survive on seeds, either directly or feeding them to livestock to produce meat, milk, and eggs. Modern cultures depend on crop cultivation. We employ sunlight, air, water, soil, and seed; battle weather, weeds, and insects; and then we harvest, necessarily hauling off nutrients from the soil. Farming sustainably is undoubtedly a challenge.

Solutions fall into several categories: limit land area cultivated, preserve arable land, decrease resource inputs, improve input utilization, control pests, reduce food waste, improve nutritional value, and alter...

2 years 3 months ago

Guest Blog by Bill Shireman and Kellen Klein, Future 500

As today’s products grow increasingly varied and complex, so too does the stakeholder network calling on companies to reduce the negative impacts of the widgets they produce. The past two years have seen a particularly noticeable increase in domestic stakeholder activity around waste, recycling and packaging.

Due to their brand prominence and ability to enact change across industries and supply chains, consumer goods companies have found themselves most...