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It's time for western companies to engage proactively on worker safety and a sustainable workforce throughout their global supply chain

Managing a Sustainable Workforce: A Cautionary Tale about Worker Safety

The health and well being of a workforce is a key part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and it is crucial to the wider issue of sustainable development. Recent events in the Bangladeshi garment industry have focused the world’s attention on wealthy companies that exploit cheap labor in the developing world. Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry makes it the third…

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Defining sustainability for the service industry

What Does Sustainability Mean in a Service Industry?

Discussion of sustainability efforts in the marketplace often revolves around the manufacturing sector. However, goods-producing industries accounted for only about 12 percent of jobs in the United States in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Service providers, meanwhile, made up about 78 percent of American jobs. Certainly, a fast food franchise, IT consulting firm or nursing home doesn’t…

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Five Ways Supply Chain Leadership Can Improve Sustainability

Guest post by Michael Koploy Take a look at some of the largest companies in the world–Apple, Nike, Walmart, Toyota–and you’ll find some of the most sophisticated, complicated supply chains. Today, consumers and shareholders alike are taking a deeper look into these supply chains and asking for businesses to increase visibility and promote responsibility throughout its networks. According to a…

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Unilever's collaborative approach to sustainability

Unilever’s Collaborative Approach to Sustainability

Unilever is employing collaborative approaches to decrease their environmental impact and grow sales. Unilever has announced plans to halve the company’s environmental impact and double sales by 2020. This is a particularly ambitious undertaking when you consider that Unilever comprises over 100 brands and has sales in 170 countries with annual revenues of over $63 billion. Unilever’s Sustainability Approach Unilever is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index…

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