Claire Sommer

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#NewMetrics '15: Everything You Need to Succeed at Sustainability Investing, Impact Reporting
#NewMetrics '15: Everything You Need to Succeed at Sustainability Investing, Impact Reporting

New Metrics / The final morning’s plenaries at New Metrics ‘15 started with a warm welcome and call from MC Paul Herman of HIP Investor to be energized and ready to focus in on sustainability investing.Herman started with a reminder that 84 percent of the market value of the S&P is intangible and completely missing from the balance sheet. Connecting returns to business efforts around sustainability efforts and performance is a door to finding this value. These absent “knowable but ignored factors” include people as an asset, natural resource efficiency; governance, board diversity and inclusion; and transparency. - 4 years ago

UN SDGs Prompting Business Collaboration for a Better World
UN SDGs Prompting Business Collaboration for a Better World

New Metrics / Back in the ballroom for the last afternoon of Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’15, SustainAbility’s research director Chris Guenther hosted a discussion on the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), what they mean for brands, and how they can respond to the risks and opportunities. He was joined by Alyson Genovese, US and Canada head of corporate and stakeholder relations for Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Lindsay Bass, manager of corporate water stewardship for World Wildlife Fund (WWF). - 4 years ago

Better Analysis, Better Choices: A New LCA Tool for a Climate-Challenged World
Better Analysis, Better Choices: A New LCA Tool for a Climate-Challenged World

New Metrics / New Leaf Paper founder Jeff Mendelsohn hosted a workshop on day one of Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’15 about an improved Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework that helps users make better decisions by incorporating current climate science impacts, as well as greater transparency and comparability. The framework is called LEO-SCS-002 and is in the process of being added to current LCA standards. - 4 years ago

ASBC Summit Attendees Chart Path and Policies to a Sustainable Economy
ASBC Summit Attendees Chart Path and Policies to a Sustainable Economy

Leadership / The American Sustainable Business Council’s (ASBC) third annual summit Nov. 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C. brought together 150 entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and elected officials to discuss the state of play—and possibilities—for policies that advance a sustainable economy.Founded in 2009, ASBC is a national business advocacy policy organization representing over 200,000 businesses across the nation. ASBC works on a wide range of policy issues at the federal and state level, working to advance a sustainable economy by shifting markets and policies. ASBC raises up the voice, presence and power of business to create jobs, grow business and build a sustainable US economy. - 4 years ago

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Global Forum Attendees Design 'Flourishing' Solutions to Real-World Challenges
Global Forum Attendees Design 'Flourishing' Solutions to Real-World Challenges

Product, Service & Design Innovation / On Thursday, the first full day of Flourish & Prosper: The Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in Cleveland, Ohio, the morning’s plenaries and CEO panels explored how business can move beyond how social and environmental responsibility are thought of today, to a new mindset of "full-spectrum flourishing" where “companies prosper, people excel, and nature thrives.” - 4 years ago

Moody-Stuart Challenges Global Forum Attendees to Collaborate to Eradicate Malaria
Moody-Stuart Challenges Global Forum Attendees to Collaborate to Eradicate Malaria

Collaboration / UN Global Compact chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart used his time on the main stage at the Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit on Thursday to propose how business can join the global fight to eradicate malaria.In addition to his role with Global Compact, Moody-Stuart also serves as the chairman of the IVCC Board of Trustees. IVCC is a not-for-profit public-private partnership that was established as a charity in 2005. The group’s mission is to save lives, protect health and increase prosperity in areas where disease transmitted by insects is endemic. - 4 years ago

#NewMetrics '14: TD Bank, Intel, CA Technologies, WeSpire Share Employee Impact Case Studies
#NewMetrics '14: TD Bank, Intel, CA Technologies, WeSpire Share Employee Impact Case Studies

New Metrics / Rounding out the final afternoon of Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ‘14, Susan Hunt Stevens, founder & CEO of WeSpire, led a candid, data-rich conversation with representatives from TD Bank, Intel and CA Technologies about their employee engagement programs.“These three people are doing really amazing work not only in employee engagement, but more importantly, connecting employee engagement to broader business value and key HR metrics,” Stevens said. - 5 years ago

#NewMetrics '14 Panel Explores Data-Derived Solutions to Top Global Supply Chain Risks
#NewMetrics '14 Panel Explores Data-Derived Solutions to Top Global Supply Chain Risks

New Metrics / It’s Friday afternoon at New Metrics ’14, and next on the agenda is a workshop offering data-based insights and recommendations on top global supply chains risks from specialists in the field.The conversation was co-led by Andrew Savini, Manager of Supplier Management & Audits at Intertek, and Mark Robertson, Head of Marketing & Communications at Sedex, who shared their companies’ data analyses of supply chain risks and real-world experience. - 5 years ago

#NewMetrics '14 Day 3 Highlights Power of Consumers to Change Brand Behavior ... and Vice Versa
#NewMetrics '14 Day 3 Highlights Power of Consumers to Change Brand Behavior ... and Vice Versa

New Metrics / Bill BaueThe final morning of Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’14 conference started with an invitation from MC Bill Baue, co-founder of the Sustainability Context Group, to imagine “what if?” sustainability pioneer Donella Meadows were in the room and what she would say. - 5 years ago

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#NewMetrics '14 Panel Dives Into #SocialFootprint Approach for Ensuring Product Sustainability
#NewMetrics '14 Panel Dives Into #SocialFootprint Approach for Ensuring Product Sustainability

New Metrics / Thursday, the second afternoon at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’14 conference, featured a follow-up deep dive session into the topic of one of the morning’s well-received plenary presentations — how to quantify a product’s “social footprint” as a next step in assessing sustainability.While the sustainability field has developed many ways to assess products’ environmental footprints, until now few tools have helped accurately measure the social impacts that products have on workers, local communities, suppliers, consumers and more throughout their life cycle. - 5 years ago

The #CVSEffect in Action: 'Walk the Talk' Edition with Intel, Verizon, Ford and Google
The #CVSEffect in Action: 'Walk the Talk' Edition with Intel, Verizon, Ford and Google

The Next Economy / Seven months ago, this series kicked off with CVS’ surprise announcement that it would no longer carry tobacco products in its retail stores. Fast forward, the company announced Sept. 3 that it had met its goal a month ahead of schedule and had a new name to match its bold, new vision of a tobacco-free America — CVS Health. - 5 years ago

The #CVSEffect in Action: Wagon Train Edition — IKEA, GM, Mars Stand Up for Climate Policy
The #CVSEffect in Action: Wagon Train Edition — IKEA, GM, Mars Stand Up for Climate Policy

Leadership / Previous articles in this series talked about leading businesses taking bold steps on their own for the common good — because it's the right thing to do — even if it costs the company financially in the short term.This time I want to point to the latest wave of businesses working collaboratively on the urgent, common ground issues of renewable energy and climate policy. In America's history of westward expansion and exploration, pioneer families came together in wagon trains for mutual support. In the same way, the examples below show that businesses are taking action, together, to ensure a more certain future that's good for all of us and for business. - 5 years ago

The 'CVS Effect' in Action: SAP, Starbucks, Tesla Show How to Lead by Sharing Information
The 'CVS Effect' in Action: SAP, Starbucks, Tesla Show How to Lead by Sharing Information

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Here are three new examples of the CVS Effect in action that show how brands can change how business operates — for the better (the “CVS Effect” is shorthand for recognizing brands that are doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do). In these cases, the “right thing” is choosing to share information and resources, even when there’s a risk of losing market dominance or taking a financial hit. - 5 years ago

Getting to Zero: Multiple Sectors Convene Around Deforestation at SB '14 San Diego
Getting to Zero: Multiple Sectors Convene Around Deforestation at SB '14 San Diego

Collaboration / When all the right people work together — from suppliers to brands who use their products to NGOs — and commit to extraordinary goals, transformational change is not only possible, it happens. That’s what participants saw in action at Monday’s afternoon workshop on progress being made and the work ahead to support the emerging "new norm" of zero deforestation in forestry supply chain standards. Major responsible sourcing commitments in forestry in the past few years are helping protect rainforests, promote safe labor practices, and drive down carbon emissions. - 5 years ago

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Wirtenberg Examines How BASF, Alcoa, Pfizer and More Are Building a Culture for Sustainability
Wirtenberg Examines How BASF, Alcoa, Pfizer and More Are Building a Culture for Sustainability

Leadership / Jeana Wirtenberg knows sustainability is about people. Living, caring human beings – who get things done.It’s not “green.” Or “eco.” Not goals or dashboards. Not on their own, at any rate. It’s people who make these things actually happen.Sustainability is people at every level of a business making decisions and working with their colleagues, customers and communities, day in and day out. Sustainability is people — not programs or promises — taking actions that move their company towards more sustainable business outcomes. It’s culture. - 5 years ago

The 'CVS Effect' in Action: Lessons from Chipotle's #BurritosNotBullets CSR Win
The 'CVS Effect' in Action: Lessons from Chipotle's #BurritosNotBullets CSR Win

Marketing and Comms / After a bruising shareholder vote-down on executive pay last week, Chipotle Mexican Grill sure needed a win.It got one, courtesy of some loaded semi-automatic weapons and some pissed-off moms. In a May 19 statement, the company asked customers not to bring guns into Chipotle restaurants.This is another great example of what I’m calling the “CVS Effect” — the growing trend of companies doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. - 5 years ago

The Big Pivot: A Realist's Guide to a Climate-Challenged Present
The Big Pivot: A Realist's Guide to a Climate-Challenged Present

Organizational Change / If you’ve ever thought of dropping a book on your boss’s desk, in the hopes of sparking a Ray Anderson-type conversion, here’s a tip. Don’t use the new IPCC report: It’s gloomy, terrifying and a muddle.Try this instead: Andrew Winston’s business transformation book for the “new normal” of climate change-fueled disruption. It’s called The Big Pivot. - 5 years ago

The 'CVS Effect' in Effect: Apple, Disney and Chipotle Step Up
The 'CVS Effect' in Effect: Apple, Disney and Chipotle Step Up

Leadership / Five major brands have just made news for decisions that buck the bottom-line mantra. Could this be momentum for the "CVS Effect"? Take a look and see if you agree. And note too how brands are joining with allies on these issues, while one brand — Chipotle — is potentially breaking major new ground.Feb. 28: Apple CEO defends doing the right thing — not just the bottom line - 5 years ago

Testing the 'CVS Effect' on Microbeads: Could L'Oréal & Unilever Be Bolder?
Testing the 'CVS Effect' on Microbeads: Could L'Oréal & Unilever Be Bolder?

Chemistry, Materials & Packaging / Recent commitments from L'Oréal, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and P&G to phase microbeads out of their products by (or before) 2017 is laudable and a good step forward. This news responds to scientific research linking the tiny, polystyrene balls to Great Lakes pollution. - 5 years ago

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Leaders Now Seeing Climate Change as Risk That Can Be Managed, Not Uncertainty That Can’t
Leaders Now Seeing Climate Change as Risk That Can Be Managed, Not Uncertainty That Can’t

Leadership / Last month, a front-page New York Times story reported that global business leaders Coca-Cola, Nike, and others are factoring in climate change risks as threats to the bottom line. This news followed CDP’s December reveal that 29 major companies use a shadow carbon price in their finances for climate risk evaluation.What do these stories have in common? Risk. - 5 years ago

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