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2 years 5 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 5 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 5 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...

2 years 6 months ago

Guest Blog by TINYpulse

Remember in grade school when everyone received gold stars for doing great work? Now let’s do some comparisons. If a school kid does great work but doesn’t get a gold star, what do they do? They throw a tantrum. On the other hand, if an employee does great work but doesn’t get recognized, what do they do? They quit.

But turnover is unbelievably expensive. Recruitment, training, loss of productivity — they all add up. Consider what TalentWise...

2 years 6 months ago

Guest blog by Kendyl Salcito and Mark Wielga, NomoGaia

Last week, four private security contractors to the U.S. Department of Defense were sentenced to extended prison terms for the gruesome shooting of 31 Iraqi civilians in Nisour Square, Iraq in 2007. The sentences come on the heels of the U.S Government’s third and penultimate consultation on the role of the government in ensuring that American corporations respect human rights abroad.

The consultation, held in Norman, Oklahoma, focused on private security as one of three primary issues of concern, alongside extractive industries...

2 years 6 months ago

Guest blog by Melissa Hollis, Marketing Manager, CafeGive Social

It’s not always easy to figure out what consumers want. Case in point: the same markets that recently pushed Harry Potter-branded chocolate to go fair trade also pressured natural and organic retailers such as Whole Foods to lower their prices. Pulled between their sometimes-conflicting responsibilities to a sustainable earth and sustainable business, brands face a critical question:

How much more are consumers willing to pay for a product that supports a good cause, as opposed to one that doesn’t?

This inquiry is at the heart of a new...

2 years 6 months ago

Guest blog by Shakeb Afsah, Nicola Limodio, and Kendyl Salcito

We have reached a tipping point in America’s power sector. An industry that has sustained itself on Americans’ growing power demands has suddenly seen demand drop. This is making it difficult for U.S. power utilities, under their current model, to turn a profit.

What’s more, this is not a new trend. Using a time-series filter, an analysis of forty years of monthly end-use electricity data exposes a twenty-five year trend during which energy efficiency has steadily chipped away at...

2 years 7 months ago

Guest Blog by TINYpulse

Every company has organization values, but not every company understands how to leverage them. An organization’s values have the power to drive employee engagement, culture, and productivity. They’re the concepts that your company considers most important, and they’re in place to shape the behaviors and priorities of everyone in the workplace.

Think of it this way: organizational values are your North Star — they’re the ultimate guide for your company. However, organizations are failing at bringing their values to life. Consider these findings from ...

2 years 7 months ago

Guest blog by Kendyl Salcito, Executive Director, NomoGaia

As the U.S. Government begins drafting a landmark National Action Plan on business and human rights, it is facilitating a series of consultations across the country. One of four was hosted at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in January. An impressive mix of...

2 years 7 months ago

Guest blog by TINYpulse

Disengagement, feeling undervalued, turnover—these are just a few pitfalls of having unhappy employees. But are certain environments destined to breed unhappy employees? And is there anything managers can do to change this feeling?

We at TINYpulse were curious, so we dug into this very question. In our 2015 Best Industry Ranking Report, we asked 30,000...