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Bio-based chemicals could help reduce bee mortality

How Bio-Based Chemicals Are Aiding in Sustainability Efforts

The use of bio-based chemicals is on the rise around the world, and that trend is helping sustainability efforts. For reference, a bio-based chemical is a substance constructed from materials that are currently alive or were once living. Keep reading to explore how some of these bio-based chemicals are being used to help societies and the planet. DuPont presents innovative…

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The sun rises on a new political climate. What happens to sustainability efforts under a Trump administration?

Sustainability in Our New Political Climate

One of the most controversial and terrifying things about president-elect Donald Trump is that he has openly admitted to not believing global warming exists. A president who rejects scientific proof about a significant threat to our country and our lives can be very dangerous. As a result, the future of our environment is in question. Sustainability is arguably not a…

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The world needs more corporate transparency

Why the World Needs More Corporate Transparency

There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz effectively communicated the…

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Accessing the triple bottom line

Recognizing Sustainability Leadership in Business

The horrendously irresponsible behavior of some corporations generates well-warranted public mistrust, however, tarring all companies with the same brush is a gross injustice to the sustainability leadership shown by many firms. For more than a decade, early adopters have been leading the charge to craft a more ecologically friendly world. Now those who led the way have helped that approach…

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Sustainable business best practices: the triple bottom line

Best Practices in Sustainability: Employee Engagement and Reporting

It is widely understood that adopting best practices in sustainability can offer a significant competitive advantage. There is ample incentive to get on board. In 2012, sales of sustainable goods and services reached $1 trillion globally and in 2013, it may double to reach $2 trillion. As early as 2017, the sustainable economy could be worth $10 trillion in annual…

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Companies begin to see sustainability efforts as key to their bottom line

New CDP Report Points to the Growth of Corporate Sustainability

The CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012 indicates that there has been an increase in corporate sustainability around the world. The CDP assesses corporate risks and opportunities on behalf of 655 institutional investors with $78 trillion in assets. The CDP harnesses the power of market forces to collect information from companies about their GHG emissions, water usage and other environmental impacts. The CDP…

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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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