Posts Tagged ‘ sustainability ’

Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

April 8, 2014
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Saving the environment through merchant banking principles

In this interview with Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy, Thomson-Reuters Associate Editor, Antony Currie explores how stakeholder needs are being fulfilled through the application of merchant banking principles.  The Nature Conservancy acts as the environment’s bank, providing consultancy services to companies to help them achieve financial returns from developing green infrastructure.  Several examples…

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Sustainability and chocolate

April 8, 2014
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Sustainability and chocolate

Chocolate has long been a staple in our diets, either for medical or pure pleasure reasons. Recent reports indicate that there is a growing shortage of the cocoa bean used to make chocolate.  Current and futures pricing are rising, as demand increases and availability decreases due to disease, climate changes, agricultural production inefficiencies, and the…

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Sustainability and the business model

April 8, 2014
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Sustainability and the business model

A certified B Corporation, Sustainability describes itself as “a think tank and strategic advisory firm, working to catalyze business leadership on sustainability.”  Begun in 1987, the company now has offices in Washington, DC, London, San Francisco, New York, and New Delhi. In this sixty two page report, authors Lindsay Clinton and Ryan Whisnant explore business model innovation as…

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March classroom―sustainability in strategic choices

March 12, 2014
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March classroom―sustainability in strategic choices

Any of the completed work from these activities can be converted to face-to-face discussion.   Try adapting the content to your specific course format. Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Conduct a study of recycling companies in your region.  What is being recycled and what is being…

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Innovation in recycling

March 12, 2014
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Innovation in recycling

Recycling is important in Finland.  As a member of the EU, it is required by the End of Life Vehicle Directive to recycle at least 85% of all vehicles that no longer are road-worthy and 95% by 2015.  At least 85% of each car must be repurposed. After reusable items are removed from the vehicle,…

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Historical perspectives for better strategic thinking

October 1, 2013
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Historical perspectives for better strategic thinking

On a recent trip to Cumberland, MD, I had the opportunity to visit some of the regional historical sites that date back to the Colonial era, when early European settlers pushed out the local Native Americans and established a new trading post.  Disputes between the British and French traders lead to the necessity to defend…

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Branding creativity for sustainability

August 1, 2013
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Branding creativity for sustainability

Crayola today is a common household brand that all of us have used at one point in our lives.  The company, however, lost its way over the years and by 2004 was looking to re-establish itself as the master of color.  In the process of re-building its brand, the company leaders realized that its real…

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Surviving the century mark―sustainability in play

August 1, 2013
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Surviving the century mark―sustainability in play

Color, smell, and branding all play a part in the successful story of Crayola LLC, formerly known as Binney & Smith Company.  Crayola, LLC is a subsidiary of privately held, Hallmark Cards, Inc. since 1984 and continues to exploit the Crayola brand. Started by two cousins in 1885, the company began with making colorants for…

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From idea to sustainability―Caretotell

April 8, 2013
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From idea to sustainability―Caretotell

Patient satisfaction surveys haven’t changed much since the last century.  Paper and pencil is still the most common way to get the job done. Research shows a positive correlation with both revenue and patient satisfaction for those who do conduct these surveys. Few medical practices today, however, are conducting these surveys. Doctors complain that the…

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Nestlé and the business-society social contract

February 5, 2013
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Nestlé and the business-society social contract

At this year’s Davos World Economic Forum, Nestlé CEO, Paul Bulcke, advises that government and government officials need to think longer-term.  The policy-making activity appears to be disconnected from economic activity.  Sustainability issues, such as water usage, are important to the Nestlé business model and for society in general.  Through innovation and careful attention to…

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