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Is It Objective to ‘Be Objective’ About Sustainable Business Metrics?: Part 14
Is It Objective to ‘Be Objective’ About Sustainable Business Metrics?: Part 14

NEW METRICS - In 13 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 25 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)It is tempting to believe objectivity is possible, humans are rational creatures, and decisions should (and could) be based on these. To be a member of such a higher species is reassuring (however much one might question this status on some “Page 1” newspaper days).

Truth Be Told: My Day in Prison
Truth Be Told: My Day in Prison

PRESS RELEASE - By: Jenny Robertson“Have you ever been to prison before?”Tall, quiet but confident, Lisa asked me this as we sat talking before her graduation ceremony started. Dressed in navy blue prison scrubs, she smoothed the notebook in her lap and chuckled when I confirmed this was my first time in a prison. “Everyone stared at you as you walked in, right? It’s so bad — we all stare, but we can’t help it. Everyone wants to know who you are and why you’re here.”

Successful Stakeholder Engagement 101 (or How Prince Ea Is Rallying Millions to #StandForTrees)
Successful Stakeholder Engagement 101 (or How Prince Ea Is Rallying Millions to #StandForTrees)

MARKETING AND COMMS - What’s one way to engage a worldwide audience in a global ecological imperative in a matter of hours? Recruit someone like Prince Ea to deliver the message.

Prince Ea Partners with Stand For Trees to Activate Grassroots Climate Action
Prince Ea Partners with Stand For Trees to Activate Grassroots Climate Action

COLLABORATION - As we approach the world’s 21st year of international climate change negotiations (let that sink in), it has never been more critical for citizens to begin demanding and building climate action. That is exactly why Prince Ea has teamed up with Code REDD's Stand For Trees campaign to create an unprecedented reflection on the consequences of our climate inaction, and an inspired vision of collective change.

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A Meditation on the Meaning of Collaboration
A Meditation on the Meaning of Collaboration

LEADERSHIP - As some of you will have seen, some time ago I coined the term ‘knotworks,’ which I defined as ‘networks with ego.’ My first articles about knotworks related to co-creation and the way in which many networks, projects and organisations eventually collapse due to underlying dynamics relating to ego, which people, especially leaders, fail to either recognise or address.

How Superficial Interpretations of Sustainable Business Metrics Can Be Totally Off-Base: Part 13
How Superficial Interpretations of Sustainable Business Metrics Can Be Totally Off-Base: Part 13

NEW METRICS - In 12 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 22 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)

UPS and the NCAA Team up in the Fight Against Cancer
UPS and the NCAA Team up in the Fight Against Cancer

PRESS RELEASE - UPS helps the NCAA solve the challenge of delivering the Final Four to the fans -- everything from the floor to the seats to the game balls. As teams battle it out in the NCAA Final Four tournament, coaches and fans fight cancer with a different court. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), together with UPS, created a replica of the NCAA men's and women's Final Four basketball courts. Each coach participating in the NCAA tournament has signed one of the 132 panels that make up the courts. Fans can bid on the panels in an online charity auction benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and Coaches vs. Cancer. NCAA coaches, fans, and UPS, are committed to more than basketball.

Almond Farmers Explain the Switch to Organic in CLIF's Latest 'Farmers Speak' Video
Almond Farmers Explain the Switch to Organic in CLIF's Latest 'Farmers Speak' Video

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Clif Bar has released the second installment in its Farmers Speak series. Where the first centered on organic oats; the second installment “gives voice” to organic almonds — a key ingredient in 17 products across the company’s CLIF®, CLIF® Organic Trail Mix, LUNA® and CLIF® Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nut Bar brand bars.The video tells the story of Burroughs Family Farm — which grows nearly 1,000 acres of organic almonds in Merced County, in California’s Central Valley — and the family’s decision to make the bold transition from conventional to organic farming practices.

25 Collegiate Women Leaders to Visit White House and Congress to Advocate for Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation & Girls Education
25 Collegiate Women Leaders to Visit White House and Congress to Advocate for Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation & Girls Education

PRESS RELEASE - Part of United Way’s Alternative Spring Break Program Allowing Students Opportunities to Give Back 

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Multicapitalism and the Two Faces of Integrated Reporting
Multicapitalism and the Two Faces of Integrated Reporting

NEW METRICS - If ever there was an auspicious moment in performance measurement and reporting, this is surely it. Multicapitalism has arrived! Listen to how author Jane Gleeson-White puts it in her terrific new book, Six Capitals, or Can Accountants Save the Planet? (2015):

4 Ways the Sharing Economy Can Change the World
4 Ways the Sharing Economy Can Change the World

WASTE NOT - Two years ago at Davos, the sharing economy was a foreign concept. Whenever I asked anyone I met if they had heard of the phrase, I would receive blank stares. Perhaps 5% of people had heard of Airbnb (though they rarely used it). Quite a few more had heard of Zipcar – maybe around 20% of the people I spoke to – but most of them admitted that their familiarity was due to the company’s acquisition by Avis earlier that month.

A Vaccine For Global Warming
A Vaccine For Global Warming

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - You may not immediately see the similarities between the recent measles outbreak in the U.S., and the ever-contentious hydra-headed problem of global warming. But on closer scrutiny, both come from what may seem like an insane refusal to accept facts and act in the best interests of everyone concerned. Of course, to those who militate against vaccinating their children and attack the idea of global warming as a human-induced phenomenon, their actions don’t seem insane at all. It should be clear from these two examples that we are controlled by irrational forces that have successfully created the illusion that we are not controlled by irrational forces.

Why Social Design Is the Innovation Business Needs Now
Why Social Design Is the Innovation Business Needs Now

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - "Business and social innovation live in separate worlds, and speak different languages. As the need to make humans more creative and society more resilient becomes central to corporations' ability to grow, it's time to change that. This is an invitation to learn how. Cheryl Heller, Chair, MFA Design for Social Innovation, SVATo put you at ease, if you are a good business person, this is about profit, not nonprofit. It's about creating markets, not philanthropy or charity or cause marketing. It's about using design to benefit people, both inside companies and in society, and in the process, strengthening business.

Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Five Anecdotes About Sustainable Business Metrics
Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Five Anecdotes About Sustainable Business Metrics

NEW METRICS - In 11 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 22 pitfalls in the field of sustainable business metrics, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)What to make of five anecdotes from the author’s attendance at over a dozen sustainable business metrics conferences, and leading an interagency indicators initiative of New Jersey State Government in 2000-2002 that don’t fit the numbers narrative.

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Show Me the Money: Sustainability and Financial Outperformance
Show Me the Money: Sustainability and Financial Outperformance

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. Its province is to assist us in making available what we are already acquainted with.”— Ada LovelaceAt the leading edge of sustainability best practice some leading companies are already developing meaningful pathways towards truly sustainable business models. For the followers, there is perhaps a perceptible acceptance that sustainability is an important aspect of good corporate management. However, there still remains a need to demonstrate, within the current modes of capitalism, how sustainability impacts financial performance.

The Social Purpose Continuum: Changing the Lens, the Focus, Everything in Our Approach to CSR
The Social Purpose Continuum: Changing the Lens, the Focus, Everything in Our Approach to CSR

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - For 25 years, I’ve developed CSR strategies. And now I see that CSR is becoming business as usual.You’d think I’d be celebrating. But I’m not — because CSR has stalled.This struck me in 2012 when I developed the Qualities of a Transformational Company for Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and started tracking corporate innovation in CSR (see 38 case studies of transformation in action at CBSR’s website). That’s when I saw where we needed to be.

Bridgestone's Sustainability Hub: A Dialogue on Solving Survey Fatigue, Part 2
Bridgestone's Sustainability Hub: A Dialogue on Solving Survey Fatigue, Part 2

COLLABORATION - How do companies deal with mushrooming sustainability data requests coming in from all directions – raters, investors, B2B customers? In Part 1 of this dialogue, Bridgestone Americas’ Director of Environmental Affairs, Tim Bent, discussed the company’s Sustainability Hub, developed with the help of PivotGoals project manager Jeff Gowdy to interface Bridgestone’s environmental, social, governance and economic data with incoming questionnaires.

What Are the Success Factors and Risks for Relationships Between Industry and Academia?
What Are the Success Factors and Risks for Relationships Between Industry and Academia?

COLLABORATION - This is the second of five questions from a roundtable discussion with the directors of sustainability research centers at six top business schools. See part one here.When we think about relationships with industry, we think of three key success factors.

Do Sustainability Research Centers View Industry as a Partner or a Client?
Do Sustainability Research Centers View Industry as a Partner or a Client?

COLLABORATION - I held a roundtable discussion with the directors of sustainability centers and institutes at six top business schools to learn more about how they engage with industry.The first question was: Do you view industry more as a partner or client?I may get us off to a bad start, because I want to say “both.” I would say as a partner, because we rely on industry to give us insights into what knowledge and skills our students need to learn. But then as a client, when we’re doing consulting projects for companies.

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Cheshire: 'Connect Your Vision to Your Business Model - Otherwise It Will Just Be Lipstick on a Bulldog'
Cheshire: 'Connect Your Vision to Your Business Model - Otherwise It Will Just Be Lipstick on a Bulldog'

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sir Ian Cheshire | Image credit: The TimesFirst, let’s quash the rumours that have been circling ever since Sir Ian Cheshire announced he would step down as group chief executive of Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer.

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