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January 4, 2013

Explore 2012’s most popular Thought Leader posts.

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Executive Report
December 16, 2012

What innovation activities help companies become sustainable? This report outlines 38 innovation practices that drive sustainability.

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Systematic Review
December 16, 2012

Research on sustainability innovation by Richard Adams reveals three stages: operational optimization, organizational transformation, and systems building.

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Research Insight
December 7, 2012

What do a tire company, yogurt company, and luxury goods producer have in common? Five practices to reduce waste, improve reputation, and increase revenues.

Marie Demode
Research Insight
September 28, 2012

Research proposes three ways small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can tackle ISO 14001 certification.

Céline Fiorucci
Reports and Articles
September 14, 2012

Businesses can manage natural capital – the natural resources that fuel economic growth. Here are five key steps your business can take. 

Nancy Olewiler
Michelle Molnar
Research Insight
June 8, 2012

Does your small business lack a formal strategy? CSR may be the answer. Steven MacGregor and Joan Fontrodona of the IESE Business School (Universidad de...

Thomas Long
Research Insight
March 16, 2012

Logistics firms can have a big environmental impact, but many have few resources to take on environmental initiatives. 

Thomas Long
Research Insight
January 23, 2012

Nike's response to a supply chain crisis repositioned it as a sustainability leader, and raised the bar for an entire industry. 

Bushra Tobah
Research Insight
December 12, 2011

Managers and executives from all industries are now considering whether environmental certifications are right for their business given that many companies...

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Research Insight
November 11, 2011

Many companies are setting internal or public goals around sustainability — for example, reducing environmental impacts or increasing employee participation...

Anthea Rowe
Research Insight
October 25, 2011

Customers increasingly want to deal with socially and environmentally conscious businesses. This presents opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners to develop new areas of competitive advantage. Capitalizing on sustainability opportunities can lead to longevity, but requires managers who can integrate a sustainable development framework into their company’s strategy.

Mark DesJardine
Research Insight
October 25, 2011

A key place to find new value is corporate social responsibility (CSR) — initiatives that drive economics as well as social or environmental agendas. But most of the research in this area has focused on large firms. How do small companies identify and leverage CSR opportunities?

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
October 25, 2011

Some small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been climbing onboard the sustainability bandwagon due to increasing stakeholder pressures. In the case of U.S. wineries, concerns around endangered species preservation and agricultural chemical use contributed to the development of a voluntary sustainability code by the industry’s largest trade association, the Wine Institute.

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Research Insight
October 17, 2011

Limited research has examined the strategies small firms use to reduce environmental impacts. It is often assumed these firms don’t have the resources to undertake voluntary, beyond-compliance initiatives. Can small firms truly go beyond the basics and form proactive environmental strategies?

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
October 3, 2011

Increasing CEO myopia is affecting executives’ ability to create long-term value. Over the past 20 years, the average CEO tenure fell from eight years to...

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Research Insight
September 28, 2011

Supply chain managers are concerned with timeliness, cost, and quality. Increasingly, they must also respond to stakeholder expectations. 

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Research Insight
September 27, 2011

Firms invested in EMSs can make the move to green supply chain management more easily, and with greater benefits. Learn how they do it, and how you can too.

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Research Insight
September 12, 2011

A supplier network can pave the way to a reliable and profitable supply chain. Here are five keys to success.

Anthea Rowe
Executive Report
September 6, 2011

This executive report summarizes key findings on the use of alternative fuels and substances in cement manufacturing.

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Systematic Review
September 6, 2011

What's the impact of using alternative fuels in cement manufacturing? This report provides useful information for researchers and practitioners.

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Research Insight
August 15, 2011

Insiders — and not just those at the top of the organization — can instigate cultural changes without disrupting the current corporate culture.

Jennifer G. Irwin
Systematic Review
July 19, 2011

The systematic review provides an actionable, four-step process for measuring your organization's sustainability initiatives and environmental impacts.

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Research Insight
July 13, 2011

If your company employs many highly skilled workers, you may be expected to step up on work-life balance. 

Pam Laughland
Research Insight
June 10, 2011

Product returns are more than a cost – they are an opportunity to grow the bottom line. Here's how business can build reverse supply chains.

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