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2 years 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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...


2 years 10 months ago

 

Guest blog by Earth Institute Staff

Students looking to learn how to transform the way organizations do business are enrolling in Columbia University’s M.S. in Sustainability Management program. The program offers a combination of sustainability, management, and financial skills that allows them to pursue careers in fields as varied as agriculture, fashion, and finance, but which also allow them to go beyond business-as-usual, to innovate and change their organizations and chosen...


2 years 10 months ago

Guest blog by Network for Business Sustainability

Canadian businesses play a critical role in building resilient economies and communities. Our latest report, From Challenges to Opportunities: The 7 Sustainability Opportunities for Canadian Business in 2015, highlights opportunities for business to take decisive action towards positive change.

The task of improving sustainability nation-wide is daunting; businesses cannot act alone. They must marshal resources, talent and commitment both...


2 years 10 months ago

Guest Blog by Julie Urlaub, Taiga Company

Does social media make workers more productive?  According to a study from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), there is a great deal of potential value in using social media “to enhance communications, knowledge sharing, and collaboration within and across enterprises.”

In other words, if employees can access Facebook and Twitter at work, a small amount of time may be lost or wasted, but the overall effect on productivity provides more gains than losses. In fact, MGI estimates that by fully implementing social technologies, companies have an opportunity...


2 years 10 months ago

Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair, SVA’s MFA program in Design for Social Innovation 

This interview with Cheryl Heller was conducted by the Design for Social Innovation (DSI) program (taking applications now) and explores what it means to design for social change—a path Cheryl has dedicated her life to and writes about periodically.

DSI: How do you define design for social innovation?

CH: Design for social innovation is really interaction design in...


2 years 11 months ago

Guest Blog by Richard Mazzola, CEO/Founder, KarmaConnect

2015 will be a critical year for the progression of sustainability movements. As the United States prepares for a Presidential election in 2016, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) disseminates their Fifth assessment report and the United Nations urges new austerity measures for emissions we will see a significant shift in the way we talk about sustainability:

1.     The Sustainable Shopper

Over the past 5 years consumers have increasingly become aware of a brand’s sustainability. But rising retail prices...


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