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13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider
13 New Types of Data Analysis Every Business Should Consider

10 years ago - As many stakeholders — including investors, employees and consumers — begin to re-evaluate their perception of value, it is becoming imperative for companies of all industries to credibly measure, analyze and interpret the entire range of costs and benefits for which they are responsible. Below are 13 fairly (as of yet) uncommon types of data analysis that help businesses do just that. You have nothing to lose and much to gain by learning how to:

Does Your Sustainability Pitch Make Enough Sense to Your CFO?
Does Your Sustainability Pitch Make Enough Sense to Your CFO?

10 years ago - Many experts have observed in recent months that innovating for sustainability seems to be attracting mainstream attention, particularly at Fortune 500 companies and among forward-looking social entrepreneurs. The growth of the Sustainable Brands community certainly supports that claim, with an audience of over 2,800 boasting more than $4 trillion in combined annual revenue represented at SB’13 earlier this summer. At the same time, however, in the majority of cases sustainability is still not part of firms' core strategies. And we can’t expect to be on the right long-term trajectory if all we do is encourage employees to switch to double-sided printing.

New Frontiers in the ROI of Sustainability
New Frontiers in the ROI of Sustainability

10 years ago - Demonstrating the business case for investment in sustainability — whether in product innovation, supply chain improvements, operational efficiency, employee engagement, communications or an overarching, multi-pronged strategy — remains one of the biggest challenges for the private sector, even for companies that clearly understand the underlying issues. It is proving particularly difficult for change agents trying to get approval from executives within big, slow-moving corporations focused on short-term goals in a highly uncertain global economy. In the absence of commonly-accepted guidelines for relating environmental and social impacts directly to the bottom line, where does one look for the cutting edge in methods that have worked for others?

Five Reasons Every Business Should Care About the New Metrics of Sustainable Business
Five Reasons Every Business Should Care About the New Metrics of Sustainable Business

10 years ago - Every now and then, as I discuss various products Sustainable Brands has to offer to our growing community of brands and solution providers, I mention our New Metrics of Sustainable Business conference and I detect either a blank stare or a confused nod. When I pause to find out why, I typically get a response gravitating around these questions: “What exactly are these New Metrics you speak of? How do they affect my company, and why should I care?”Simply put, New Metrics (#NewMetrics) is an umbrella term for the latest and most successful ways businesses are creating and capturing entirely new forms of value, or quantifying previously ignored economic, social and environmental impacts and opportunities.

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SAP Donates Mobile App to Help Deliver Food to Families In Need
SAP Donates Mobile App to Help Deliver Food to Families In Need

10 years ago - With SAP's Mobile Platform, SAP says truck drivers at food distribution centers across the country can use mobile handheld devices to track their daily inventory against demand from food pantries and shelters.

SAP Advances Business Case for Integrated Reporting
SAP Advances Business Case for Integrated Reporting

11 years ago - SAP is using its integrated sustainability and annual report to promote more deeply embedded sustainability in its operations, the software company’s chief sustainability officer, Dr.

SAP Launches Carpool App To Help Businesses Save Money and Engage Employees
SAP Launches Carpool App To Help Businesses Save Money and Engage Employees

11 years ago - SAP this week introduced a new cloud-based carpool app to help companies reduce costs by encouraging employees to ride-share to work rather than commute solo.

13 Hot Sustainable Products To Follow in 2013
13 Hot Sustainable Products To Follow in 2013

11 years ago - "Hottest" lists have been making a comeback lately, and here we are with a few of our own! Inspired by our community's intensifying surge of new business value, creativity and the resulting solutions taking us toward a more sustainable economy, we would like to turn your attention to some key developments worth following — and acting on — in the corporate sustainability space this year. We are grouping them in four lists, and will be publishing them one at a time over the course of several days. Today we start with a look at 13 hot products that not only achieve drastic reductions in environmental and social impacts in their categories, but also have the potential to ultimately transform their entire industries. Here we go:

SAP Highlights Financial, Sustainability Performance in 2012 Integrated Report
SAP Highlights Financial, Sustainability Performance in 2012 Integrated Report

11 years ago - SAP AG today announced the SAP Integrated Report 2012, its first report that brings together the information usually shared in an annual report with the information normally contained in a sustainability report.

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Study Finds Increased Profits for Companies Embracing Sustainability
Study Finds Increased Profits for Companies Embracing Sustainability

11 years ago - Companies reporting a profit from their sustainability efforts rose 23 percent last year, to 37 percent of the total, according to a new global study called The Innovation Bottom Line, released yesterday by the MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Survey Finds Big Four Firms Dominate Sustainability Consulting, Assurance
Survey Finds Big Four Firms Dominate Sustainability Consulting, Assurance

11 years ago - The Big Four accounting firms — Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC — have the strongest brand preference in both the sustainability consulting and sustainability assurance markets, according to a global survey of 250 heads of sustainability. Independent analyst firm Verdantix found that in sustainability consulting, Ernst & Young leads with a brand preference score of 39%, relative to 37% for KPMG, 33% for Deloitte and 30% for PwC. Among the management consulting firms, Accenture achieved a score of 22% beating McKinsey on 21% and Bain on 15%.

Are Materiality Matrices Really Material?
Are Materiality Matrices Really Material?

12 years ago - While it is common practice now for corporate sustainability reports to include materiality matrices, whether or not they actually serve their purpose is debatable. Indeed, we (the Center for Sustainable Organizations) don't think they do, and have some suggestions for how to improve them.