Interview on "Business Innovators Radio"

I just got done with an interview for Business Innovators Radio where host Richard Tunnah and I had a conversation on what kinds of businesses look help with their sustainability, carbon & climate exposure.  It's a quick listen and connects a few dots for those executives that think climate change is an issue that only touches on big business.  Take a listen.

The IPCC Process and Why Business Should Trust It.

The IPCC Process and Why Business Should Trust It.

A host of excellent sources exist for reports on climate change, its current impacts, and likely future scenarios it will cause.  Authorship ranges from the academic world to reporting bodies, finance professionals to non-profits.  Virtually all of these reports, to a greater or lesser degree, cite the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a source text for their findings and predictions.  So authoritative are the IPCC's reports that it makes sense to explain how they arrive at their conclusions and lay out for the business community why the IPCC is so trustworthy.  

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ISIS, Henry Ford, and Sustainability

ISIS, Henry Ford, and Sustainability

It's estimated that between $1.5-$2M in oil revenue comes into ISIS coffers every day.  This means that somewhere a host of traders and middle men are working hard to blend that oil into your supply chain unnoticed.  When you ask, "Who's to blame for this and what do I do?" the answer is simple: Look to Henry Ford on both questions.

This is a look at the genius of Henry Ford, the sad mistakes Ford Motor would later make and how abandoning support for the market created echoes which ring out to the Islamic State today.  How do these things connect?  What do they have to do with sustainability?  Read on...

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The Rules for Launching Sustainability Internally

The Rules for Launching Sustainability Internally

Unfortunately, businesses often get tangled in situations where attrition and promotion move people into roles that require experience they don't have.  For a company considering a sustainability initiative your actually asking everyone to move into that uncomfortable role AND your asking them all to move, all at the same time.  Today we're talking about how you make that leap.  How you move an entire group of people to a new goal all at the same time.

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Water Usage: Are you Leaking Cash?

Water Usage: Are you Leaking Cash?

Emissions and energy get the spotlight when it comes to sustainability programs but water is actually the most limited resource your company is likely to deal with.  Some of you reading this may find that surprising.  You may react initially by thinking the idea is a little silly.  Take a deeper look and you'll find just how serious the issue is.
 

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Why Business (Not Gov't or Individuals) will solve the Climate Crisis (3/3)

Why Business (Not Gov't or Individuals) will solve the Climate Crisis (3/3)

There's a general misconception that the business community hasn't accepted the facts surrounding climate change.  That's not actually the case.  In fact most of the business community hasn't weighed in at all.  As industry makes itself more conscious of a warming planet, you're seeing more attention paid to these four areas in particular.  These are the activities sensible mangers will impose on the marketplace.

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What's the ROI for a sustainability initiative?

What's the ROI for a sustainability initiative?

More data comes out all the time on companies, both large and small, that are making corporate sustainability a cornerstone of their management style. For that reason lots of management teams are beginning to look around and ask themselves, "What would it cost us to do the same? What's the learning curve? What can we expect to get back and how quickly?"  Many individual initiatives will be amenable to a quick ROI calculation but the reality is that most won't. Let's look at both kinds.

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Notes from a consultation - the Clothier

Notes from a consultation - the Clothier

Just under a year ago I was introduced to a client here in New Jersey.   When we all sat down the client was incredibly decent and warm but firm in his commitment that the company didn't have the need for me. At the urging of our mutual acquaintance we kept talking.  Over lunch we discussed everything about the company's business model: their shippers, sourcing of materials, international relations, you name it.  We started talking about how the little things can add up and I took the opportunity to mention that the best minds in the world tell us that we're in for a couple degrees rise in temperature.  The Clothier started to see that by the time the impacts are obvious that they'd be everywhere.

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Should your organization be talking about sustainability?

Do you have inside council devoted to your legal concerns?  An inside six-sigma master blackbelt for your continuous improvement?  Do you have whole departments for tax and accounting staff or social media?  Not likely.  Few companies need these services to be full-time and in-house but they do need the services.  Sustainability works the same way and tends to follow this pattern:

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