Posts Categorized: Open Source Excellence

Why Investing in Women is a Business Imperative

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Currently, women own a ridiculously small percentage of the world’s assets. While entrepreneurship is not the only solution to this challenge, it is one of the best ways for women to build wealth while also creating jobs for others. It is in our collective interests to do everything we can to support women who are willing to take the risk of starting and growing a business . . .

Pirelli: A Story of ESG Integration & Performance

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Transparency is the first step in any sustainability strategy. In fact, several of the sustainability ratings agencies grade companies specifically on their disclosure and transparency. Internally, being transparent about environmental, social and governance issues allows a company to diagnose weaknesses, set targets, and engage employees in a common effort to improve.

Historical Transparency: Learning from Heritage at Levi Strauss & Co.

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As the Historian for Levi Strauss & Co., I have an unusual challenge — making the past relevant to a company developing innovative new products and building a promising future. How do I make 161 years of heritage connect to current initiatives? By creating inspiring experiences with authentic company artifacts layered with deep story telling……

A Virtuous Circle of Corporate Excellence Drives Sustainable Value

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Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is a Fortune 250, $12 billion global industrial gas company headquartered in Danbury, CT. It is the largest industrial gas company in the Americas and operates in more than 50 countries. Praxair consistently leads the industry in profitability and return on capital through a culture of operational excellence, capital discipline and… Read more »

Rise of the Corporate Wellness Officer

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Co-authored by Melissa Musiker and Julie Jack   Nutrition has now entered the C-suite. Progressive food and beverage companies are demonstrating an increasingly sophisticated approach to managing health and wellness issues.  Facing a world of 9 billion people, the prism through which food and beverage companies view health and wellness has expanded to include the… Read more »

Risk Mitigation — the Basis for Chemical Safety

This is an abstract from The Cornerstone JSFB’s September edition. Subscribers can read the full article here. Chemical safety, especially when it comes to our everyday consumer products, is a topic of increasing relevance for the public. Almost weekly, news about food being contaminated, poisonous toys due to use of lead paints or unhealthy indoor… Read more »

How Purpose-Driven Programs Can Solve the Employee Engagement Problem

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The ripple effect of Gallup’s recent research on the State of the Workplace continues to widen. Their report basically indicted companies globally for their inattention to criticality of an engaged and motivated employee base. Based on their research, only 13% of employees worldwide are actively engaged in their work. For the U.S. alone, they assert,… Read more »

Open Hiring: A Culture of Training and Learning

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Greyston celebrated its 32nd Anniversary this year and we are extremely proud of our heritage as a pioneering social enterprise. Over these past thirty-two years the concepts of social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism and environmental sustainability have become common terminology in many business and political circles. What has not changed is the inability for individuals with… Read more »

Feeding Fans Sustainably

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  When we think about sustainability in the context of the fan experience we take a holistic view of our opportunity and responsibility – from the restaurants supporting the sports events to the ingredients provided by our supply chain.  In doing… Read more »

The Power of Sports: From the Field to the Business World

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  As you bring your daughter to her sports clinics this weekend, to Tae Kwon Do or swimming or soccer, or wherever else her passion lies, celebrate. She’s not just playing. She’s not just exercising. She’s actually building critical life skills, such… Read more »

Fans, Flavors and Failure: Innovation from Cow to Cone

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. How do you measure success in your company’s innovation strategy? Ben & Jerry’s strives to create engagement, stories that are willingly shared and essentially present products that fans don’t want to live without, summarized in two words: “Flavor excitement.” Success, then, can… Read more »

Why Compliance Programs Work Like Pushing a Rope… How Leaders Can Impact Behaviour

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. Few ingredients are as important to building a successful organization as culture and most CEOs will argue that integrity is one of the cornerstones. But how do CEOs foster an entrepreneurial spirit and ambitious drive to perform without compromising ethical standards? In… Read more »

Maersk: Sustainability as a Driver for Growth

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. It is our experience that sustainability adds value if it is tied closely into business and is allowed to help the company take a longer term perspective on material matters. At its core, it adds value through better risk management whether it… Read more »

Private Investors Exploring Emerging Asset Classes

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Now that ESG (environment, social, governance) criteria are uncovering sound, long-term investments, private equity, family offices and pension funds are looking even farther afield for more such opportunities.  This new biomimicry asset class is the focus of Ethical Markets research in our… Read more »

Supply Chain Ethics & Design: Sustainability Becomes Fashionable with Indigenous Fair Trace Tool™

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Fashionistas can now see beyond clothing labels for the first time with the Fair Trace Tool™ developed by fair trade fashion company INDIGENOUS. This new tool, in the form of a QR code on hang tags, offers transparency throughout the garment’s supply… Read more »

Nestlé: Leading Company in Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Climate change is integrated into our company-wide risk management processes and in 2013 we further strengthened their commitment to lowering GHG emissions associated with the production and distribution of our products. Nestlé also commits to designing products that help consumers lower their… Read more »

Purecircle: Stevia Replacing Nutritive Sweeteners with PureCircle Stevia to Make a Positive Impact on Carbon

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. It is our vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener and encourage healthier diets through the supply of natural ingredients to the global food and beverage industry.  And it is our mission to scale… Read more »

Fibrea: A Leader in Sustainability

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Fibria began 2014 by celebrating great achievements. The company was recognized in the 2014 Sustainability Yearbook released by RobecoSAM, which is responsible for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The company received the prestigious Gold Class Sustainability Award for its leadership in… Read more »

The Value of a Sustainable Brand

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Michelle Greene, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility, NYSE Euronext. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. For b-to-b enterprises, sustainable brand value may not be as readily apparent. The most obvious application may be in serving those… Read more »

A Construction Company Can Be Sustainable

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Carlos Terepins, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Even Construtora e Incorporadora SA. The reasoning that should propel environmental initiatives is the certainty that society is increasingly recognizing and rewarding companies imbued with true social and environmental duty and… Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture: When Less is More

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Karla Canavan, CAIA, Commercial Director at Bunge Environmental Markets.  The solution to the challenge to feed 10 billion people in 2050 is yet to be seen. However women farmers could trigger a big change and unfold a sustainable solution to the… Read more »

Three Little Words

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk. Carve sustainability in stone where it matters most. In your company’s bylaws. This sends a strong message to investors, to business partners, to employees and indeed to management that this is how we… Read more »