Business Sustainability

The Power of Curiosity in the Pursuit of Sustainability

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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"We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless." - J. William Fulbright 
 

Put a Green Smiley Face on It - or Not: The Perils of Greenwashing

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice.  The term greenwashing is believed to have been coined in 1986 when environmentalist Jay Westerveld observed the practice of hotels encouraging guests to reuse bath towels as an effort to help the environment when in fact it simply saved massive amounts of money on laundry costs.
 

Business Sustainability Engagement: What’s In It For Me?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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"Engaged employees are not just committed. They are not just passionate or proud. They have a line-of-sight on their own future and on the organization’s mission and goals. They are enthused and in gear using their talents and discretionary effort to make a difference in their employer’s quest for sustainable business success”.  - Employee Engagement Report .  
 

The Benefits of Communicating Sustainability Values to Employees

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Employees are often argued to be the greatest resource of a company.  When employee’s values resonate with those of the corporation, they are more productive, loyal, and their work is meaningful.  But, What do Employees Need to Know about Sustainability at Your Company?  What are your employees saying about your organization?

Increase in Capital Spending: What does it Mean to Business Sustainability?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Are we finally seeing true indication of a full market recovery?  What impact does capital spending mean to business sustainability?
 
Beyond the speculation and consumer forecasts, recent reports indicated a significant increase in corporate spending as the eventual turning point.  With more positive releases making headlines, this new information has our professional consulting examining the implications to long-term business sustainability.
 

Corrective Sustainability Action: Getting Your Head Out of the Sand

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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By many expert opinions, it can officially be said that the business world has moved beyond the ‘consumer microscope’  and is now ‘under fire’ from an ever expanding level of eco awareness among a more informed general public.  The speed and availability of today’s information shines a bright light on the missteps of business to a much larger watchful eye.  The days of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” are over.

You Can't Change What You Can't See

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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"Like a beautiful flower that is colorful but has no fragrance, even well spoken words bear no fruit in one who does not put them into practice."  ~ Dhammapada, Sayings of the Buddha, Pali Cannon
 

What is the Price Point for Business Sustainability?

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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The surge in business eco awareness has not gone unnoticed by consumers.  With sustainability concepts and definitions subject to interpretation, the same business sustainability actions claimed as "green" are also subject to "greenwash" commentary. As consumers increasingly scrutinize business actions on climate change, they want to see transparent, more credible information on what companies are doing to reduce their environmental impact.
 

Winning Workplace: Recognize and Reward Sustainability Talent

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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With a multitude of paths to career satisfaction, evidence indicates that “finding meaning in the workplace” may be the single most important factor to long term satisfaction in the workplace.  In fact, research shows that growing work frustrations are directly related to immediate supervision and a lack of recognition.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears - Sustainability Risk and What to Do About It

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Given two footpaths leading home (one riddled with lions, tigers and bears or another with butterflies, bunnies, and deer), which path would you choose?  We contend most people would choose the obviously less dangerous route.  
 

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