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B2B Sustainability Priorities ‘Often Personal, Not Corporate’

B2B Sustainability Priorities ‘Often Personal, Not Corporate’

Owners and CEOs, overall, are not sold on sustainability as a competitive advantage, according to a study by the Shelton Group. The study found personal belief drives business decision makers. CEO Suzanne Shelton says this means appealing to a CEO’s desire to do the right thing is more important than … Read more »

93% of CEOs Say Measure Environmental Impacts

93% of CEOs Say Measure Environmental Impacts

A survey of chief executives suggests the era of growth at any cost is over with the majority agreeing their company’s environmental and social impacts should be measured alongside financial data. The PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, Measuring and managing total impact: A new language for business decisions, found 93 percent of CEOs … Read more »

Energy, Raw Material Prices Top CEO Concerns, PwC Says

Fifty-three percent of CEOs say energy and raw materials costs are the biggest threats to business growth prospects, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey. The results from PwC’s Global Annual CEO Survey, which will be released in January, show a seven percent increase over corporate leaders’ concerns last year about energy … Read more »

E&Y: Third of CEOs Making Final Decision in Energy Strategy

E&Y: Third of CEOs Making Final Decision in Energy Strategy

The largest global corporations are tackling potential future energy cost rises through executive-level engagement and proactive energy strategies, according to research by Ernst & Young. The Global Annual Cleantech Insights and Trends survey of 100 global executives at companies worth over $1 billion within energy intensive sectors found that for 36 … Read more »

Are Chief Sustainability Officers on their Way Out?

Some businesses are rejecting the chief sustainability officer model, in the fear that such a position prevents sustainability getting embedded throughout the company’s operations, according to a white paper from Accenture. The Chief Executive Officer’s Perspective (pdf), the first in Accenture’s Lessons from Leaders series, says that the CSO has … Read more »

More Firms Appointing Lead Corporate Responsibility Role

More Firms Appointing Lead Corporate Responsibility Role

The proportion of organizations with a lead role overseeing corporate responsibility shot up to 62 percent in 2011, versus 42 percent in 2010, according to a survey by Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the Corporate Responsibility Officer Association and NYSE Euronext. Corporate Responsibility Best Practices: CR Practices Among Global Corporations found that senior-level … Read more »

Framework for Sustainable Business Plans Released

Framework for Sustainable Business Plans Released

Accenture and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy have created a strategy for CEOs to use when implementing sustainable business plans. A poll in the two organizations’ report, Business at its Best: Driving Sustainable Value Creation, found that 91 percent of CEO respondents faced difficulties in identifying an initial set of … Read more »

CEOs Say Sustainability Crucial to Success

CEOs Say Sustainability Crucial to Success

A new survey of CEOs by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture found that 93 percent see sustainability as crucial to their future success. The report, “A New Era of Sustainability” interviewed more than 750 chief executives from almost 100 countries. Of these, 72 percent said that strengthening their … Read more »

Whole Foods CEO Raises Eyebrows With Climate Change Doubt

When John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, told the New Yorker that “no scientific consensus exists” about the causes of climate change, he thrust himself – and his chain – negatively into the spotlight among many ec0-minded shoppers. Perhaps it’s just coincidence that 10 days before the profile article published … Read more »

Retailers, Check Your Shorts (or be Bamboozled)

Why would the big bad Federal Trade Commission go after a small business rather than a big retailer for violating consumer protection laws prohibiting false green product claims? The FTC recently charged four sellers of clothing and other textile products with “bamboozling” consumers  by deceptively labeling and advertising goods as … Read more »