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6 Reasons Your Sustainability Innovation Is Failing

For the last few weeks, I’ve been participating in Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations, a course by David A. Owens of Vanderbilt University. It’s a Coursera class, which means that it’s free and open to the public — and it’s huge (with tens of thousands of students “in attendance”). I’m fascinated … Read more »

Is the Sustainability Consulting Market Reaching Maturity?

For the last decade, the sustainability consulting industry has been like the Wild West — hundreds of people jumping in and making their own rules, standards, and best practices. They created a thousand different services, promised all kinds of results, and made all kinds of claims. For the last eighteen … Read more »

Seven Questions to Focus Sustainability Leadership

Sustainability leadership is a challenging issue I’ve seen crop up in a variety of situations recently, including: Lower-level employees on a volunteer green team, trying to steer their companies down a greener path Newly appointed Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) charged with the momentous task of integrating sustainability into the C-Suite … Read more »

Case Studies Enliven Sustainability Reports

Let’s be honest, sustainability reports can be…dry. Simply reporting facts and figures will make even the most stalwart reader begin to yawn. To combat reader fatigue, it’s critical that your sustainability report tell a story. Here are some of the stories that your report might tell: A scrappy entrepreneur starts … Read more »

Four Ways Summer Interns Can Advance Your Corporate Sustainability

Summer is in full swing, and that means interns are probably wandering through your organization’s hallways, eagerly looking for projects. Rather than handing off yet another filing task, why not harness that energy and enthusiasm on an assignment that will advance your corporate sustainability agenda? Here are four projects that you … Read more »

Reasons Not to Publish a Sustainability Report (At Least Not Yet)

I love sustainability reports. At my company, we think they are a critical aspect of a company’s sustainability strategy, useful for looking back and measuring progress as well as a tool for future planning. That doesn’t mean your company should jump on the sustainability reporting bandwagon, however. In fact, there … Read more »