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A Challenge to Redefine Apple

"Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is, everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you ... the minute that you understand that you can poke life ... that you can change it, you can mold it ... that's maybe the most important thing." 

 - Steve Jobs (Just before he died, in the documentary “One Last Thing”) 

 

 

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Apple, started in a garage on April Fool’s Day 36 years ago, has become the largest company in the world – larger than GE, Boeing, Ford and GM combined. With $566 billion in market capitalization, it is the 25th largest economy in the world – bigger than most countries. Their nearly $100 billion in cash would be enough to wipe out the debt of eight European countries. Apple continuously reinvents itself, its products and every industry it touches. But, that’s not enough.

Marks & Spencer Transforms Retail with Plan A

 

Not long ago, on-line shopping was viewed as transforming retail.  The bigger impact comes from the web sustainability is weaving through every part of the industry’s system.  One of the UK’s leading retailers, Marks & Spencer also leads the way in redefining retail for the 21st Century and beyond. 

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Not long ago, on-line shopping was viewed as transforming retail. The bigger impact comes from the web sustainability is weaving through every part of the industry’s system. One of the UK’s leading retailers, Marks & Spencer also leads the way in redefining retail for the 21st Century and beyond.

The Role of HR in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Human Resources: Partners with Purpose

With sustainability becoming more integrated into business strategy, Human Resource practitioners are uniquely positioned to add greater value.   Operating as a sustainable enterprise means finding ways to not only balance social, environmental and financial issues, but to find greater innovation and opportunities by doing so.  Implications go far beyond the “green team”.  There has never been a more challenging or rewarding time to be in HR.  

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With sustainability becoming more integrated into business strategy, Human Resource practitioners are uniquely positioned to add greater value. Operating as a sustainable enterprise means finding ways to not only balance social, environmental and financial issues, but to find greater innovation and opportunities by doing so. Implications go far beyond the “green team”. There has never been a more challenging or rewarding time to be in HR.

“Women are not Physically Fit to Operate Automobiles”

When today’s meeting of the Environmental Policy & Sustainability Committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce came to a close, I was approached by one of my favorite committee colleagues, Brad Currey, who told me how delighted he is to see young women like me actively involved in environmental and social issues.  He recalled that one of his sisters had passion to see change happen, but “back then” women were excluded.  Being called “young lady” already had me smiling; receiving a compliment from Mr. Currey only enlarged the smile. 

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When today’s meeting of the Environmental Policy & Sustainability Committee for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce came to a close, I was approached by one of my favorite committee colleagues, Brad Currey, who told me how delighted he is to see young women like me actively involved in environmental and social issues. He recalled that one of his sisters had passion to see change happen, but “back then” women were excluded. Being called “young lady” already had me smiling; receiving a compliment from Mr. Currey only enlarged the smile.

Novo Nordisk Named Global Leader in Sustainability

Corporate Knights named Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk number one in its eighth annual Global 100 list of the most sustainable large corporations.  In selecting the 2012 Global 100,  Corporate Knights tapped into top sustainability research firms to identify the top 10 percent of 3,500 companies, then ranked these on 11 indicators representing v

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Corporate Knights named Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk number one in its eighth annual Global 100 list of the most sustainable large corporations. In selecting the 2012 Global 100, Corporate Knights tapped into top sustainability research firms to identify the top 10 percent of 3,500 companies, then ranked these on 11 indicators representing various factors of sustainability: Energy productivity, carbon productivity, water productivity, waste productivity, leadership diversity, CEO-to-average worker pay, percent of tax paid, safety productivity, sustainability results linked to executive pay, innovation capacity and employee turnover.

Change Perspectives to Change Direction

We teach our clients how to first shift perspectives before they can alter the direction of their businesses towards sustainable success.   Oprah Winfrey understands the tremendous power of perspective.  She saw a different future for poor girls in South Africa when she opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2007 in Henley-On-Klip.  On Saturday, 72 of the first 75 girls enrolled will graduate and head to universities in South Africa and the U.S.

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We teach our clients how to first shift perspectives before they can alter the direction of their businesses towards sustainable success. Oprah Winfrey understands the tremendous power of perspective. She saw a different future for poor girls in South Africa when she opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls http://owla.co.za/ in 2007 in Henley-On-Klip. On Saturday, 72 of the first 75 girls enrolled will graduate and head to universities in South Africa and the U.S. for studies such as law, medicine, engineering and economics. Part of their learning has been to inspire them to go forth in the world and make a difference.

Can a Drink Build a Better Planet?

Can a drink build a better planet and inspire others? Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) thinks so.  Last week CCE brought together internal and external stakeholders to give a taste of the company’s endeavor to “deliver for today and inspire for tomorrow. ” 

 

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Can a drink build a better planet and inspire others? Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) thinks so. Last week CCE brought together internal and external stakeholders to give a taste of the company’s endeavor to “deliver for today and inspire for tomorrow. ”

CCE’s Sustainability Vision: Deliver for today, inspire for tomorrow

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) just launched their latest sustainability plan setting forth the company’s new sustainability vision, commitments and targets.  CCE’s vision states:  “We will deliver for today, growing a low-carbon, zero-waste business, and inspire and lead change for a more sustainable tomorrow.”

 

Committed to growing their business sustainably, CCE’s Strategic Priorities combine achieving results in the present, demonstrating leadership in the industry and redefining the future:

 

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Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) just launched their latest sustainability plan setting forth the company’s new sustainability vision, commitments and targets. CCE’s vision states: “We will deliver for today, growing a low-carbon, zero-waste business, and inspire and lead change for a more sustainable tomorrow.” Committed to growing their business sustainably, CCE’s Strategic Priorities combine achieving results in the present, demonstrating leadership in the industry and redefining the future:

Carbon Disclosure Project S&P 500 Reveals Most US Companies Being Proactive on Climate Change Despite Lack of Mandates

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 report released on September 19, 2011 reveals that for the first time in the CDP’s ten year history the majority of US companies are reporting strategies for climate change.    The CDP’s report analyzed information from 339 of the largest US corporations and was written by global professional services firm PwC.   Highlights of the findings include:

 

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The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 report released on September 19, 2011 reveals that for the first time in the CDP’s ten year history the majority of US companies are reporting strategies for climate change. The CDP’s report analyzed information from 339 of the largest US corporations and was written by global professional services firm PwC. Highlights of the findings include:

Creating a Culture of Sustainable Success

I was honored to be the lead-off speaker for Georgia Tech’s
IMPACT Series.
  Sponsored by the College of Management, the IMPACT Series provides an opportunity for students alumni and the Atlanta business community to learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and notable business and non-profit leaders.  

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I was honored to be the lead-off speaker for Georgia Tech’s IMPACT Series. Sponsored by the College of Management, the IMPACT Series provides an opportunity for students alumni and the Atlanta business community to learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and notable business and non-profit leaders. The topic, Creating a Culture of Sustainable Success, addressed ideas on how to embed sustainability into an organization’s culture. While transforming culture isn’t easy – it certainly can be done when approached systemically. I presented three keys for doing so – to Lead, Engage and Align.
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