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Freedom with Benefits: Uber’s Drivers as Employees

The sharing economy reflects a growing tension between two main approaches, one focusing on value and the other on values. The approach focusing on value addresses the sharing economy as a disruptive force providing attractive opportunities to create and deliver value. Uber is probably the best example of this approach.

The second approach is maybe best described by Rachel Botsman:
“I tend […]

Five Ways to Embed Sustainability into The Core of Your Company

The process begins in house, and it starts by weaving sustainability into a corporation’s core values. At Tetra Pak, communication is the key ingredient for translating environmental sustainability into actionable business imperatives.  This involves aligning strategic agendas and key priorities across all functions while building momentum for change through information, understanding and engagement.

The approach aims to develop sustainability champions–employees who […]

Unleashing The Greatest Period of Economic Growth with Gender Equality

The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, the first U.S. mutual fund focused solely on investing in the highest-rated companies in the world in advancing women. He is the recipient of the United Nations’ 2014 Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Award – Business Case for Action.

Why is it important for companies to take gender equality issues into account when directing resources and […]

Want To Create Real Change? Start By Making Sustainability Cool

For decades sustainability has been sold on better for planet, for people and for close-to-extinction tree frogs. The problem: The only ones to listen are the already converted.

Because the masses want better lives for themselves and a better world that they can experience: value to them, not to the tree frogs. The good news is that this can align with […]

5 Steps To Create Meaning and Purpose At Your Company

Often I hear people say, “Oh, I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve.

But social workers, teachers or philanthropists don’t corner the market on meaning. If you want to create meaning and a core purpose at your company, here are the top five inspiring — and practical […]

Lego Saying ‘No’ To Plastic, Invests Millions Into Search For ‘Sustainable’ Material

The toy company announced this week that it plans to invest 1 billion Danish Krone (or about $150 million) over the next 15 years in a program to develop new “sustainable” materials which will eventually replace the plastic currently used to make its iconic building blocks. Lego also plans to make its packaging more environmentally-friendly.

The move is a testament to […]

Know These Three Vs of Sustainability Communication

The company’s sustainable sourcing story, in its totality, is an example of what I call the three Vs of effective sustainability communications: Value; Viewpoint; and Vehicle.

1. Value

2. Viewpoint

3. Vehicle

To create trust, the conversation must extend beyond consumers to all relevant stakeholders, including employees or recruits, investors and environmental groups. The messaging for these other audiences might include different vehicles (such […]

IAQ Study Finds Green Apartments Healthier for Renters

A study published last year says IAQ is an important predictor of health, especially among low-income residents. The study found green apartments healthier than conventional ones.

Those living in green homes, researchers found, “experienced 47% fewer sick building syndrome symptoms.” They also noticed that study participants who did have health concerns had “improved health outcomes” when they lived in green apartments, […]

Is Consumer Demand Changing The Fast Food Landscape?

In the past few years, consumer advocacy groups and online petitions peddling various causes have brought the fast food industry to its knees. Is the conscious consumer forcing corporations to turn over a new leaf?

“The Internet has brought a massive explosion of transparency, a lot more access to information about what we’re eating, our supply chains and production. We can […]

Skills Gap: 80% of Small Businesses Can’t Find Qualified Staff

While no business is immune from these hiring difficulties, small companies often find the mismatch between openings and applicants especially troublesome. Across industries, therefore, many of these enterprises are tackling the problem by finding creative ways to approach recruiting, hiring and training. At the same time, collaborations between business, government, and community groups are helping to lay the groundwork for […]

Infographic: 9 Types of Collaborators

Collaboration, when all is in synch, is magical. Synergy is abound, no goal is out of reach, and nothing is impossible. When that dynamic goes awry, however, the balance is upended and even getting through simple tasks can feel labor-intensive and tolling.

This is a great infographic by the Central Desktop Blog and published on Visual.ly that gives a nice overview […]

Leading By Being (Not Just Doing)

It seems that too often we celebrate actions and intentions, the what and the why of the things we do in life, but it’s less often that we reflect on the how: how did we behave, think, learn and “be” to be successful. When running a youth leadership organization and travel company I founded in Cambodia, I would often get […]

When You Don’t Disclose Salary Range on A Nonprofit Application

Hi everyone. Today, while driving past a pizza place, I noticed something: The dude who normally stood at the corner wearing a toga and spinning a giant arrow sign pointing the way to the shop had been replaced by what looked like a cardboard cutout. It was holding the giant arrow, but the sign was hooked to a spinning machine. And I […]

The World’s Most Beautiful Power Plant?

An extraordinary heart-shaped solar farm is set to be built on the Pacific island of New Caledonia.

The 2MW “Heart of New Caledonia” is being built by solar company Conergy and should start producing power for 750 homes from early next year. The plant, comissioned by local beverage company Froico SA, is expected to save around 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide […]

How Sustainable Is 3-D Printing?

Although 3-D printing brings with it the promise to make manufacturing ‘cleaner and greener,’ the enabling technologies don’t boast those qualities yet.

Even as we extol 3-D printing, all of its advantages need to be taken with a grain of salt – at least until the time we see more sustainable solutions to bypass the following problems:

Source: Harmful emissions call for […]

I’m Founding A Nonprofit: Should I Pay Myself?

Some leaders want to get their organization off the ground, demonstrate impact, and validate their worth without draining resources during the critical early stages. Others may believe that the organization’s ultimate success (and their ultimate payoff) will increase if they hold off and leverage all resources toward growth.

But sometimes even after an organization has stabilized, founders take no funds or […]

Four Multinationals Shifting Their Business Models for Sustainability

Although NRG’s portfolio still includes 30% coal-generated power, it is repositioning itself and its business model to guide energy users from a grid-based power system to a distributed generation system. It’s also developing products and services related to electric vehicles, rooftop solar and home energy efficiency.

As business leaders begin to see themselves as part of a larger system that is […]

Three Sustainability Trends That Have Companies on Their Toes

As a hospitality company that happens to have wings, customer expectations lead to our constant innovation. Listening to hundreds of other sustainability-focused leaders gathered at the 2015 Sustainable Brands Conference, some exciting trends are emerging. Here are my predictions about what we will see more of on the sustainability front:

Be bold, disrupt, innovate and start a revolution  […]

How To Prevent Fraud in Charities

Some frauds are quite audacious and yet quite simple. It is common for the building company undertaking work on your premises to put up advertising hoarding to announce their presence. Fraudsters have been contacting the client (often a school or university) to advise them of a change in bank details for the building company. A neat way to divert funds […]