Developing and delivering commercially successful products and services that build customer loyalty can be a challenge in today’s dynamic consumer market. However, many of our sustainability consulting clients now realize that repeat business is one of the most important aspects of their survival. (more…)
There isn’t a product that hits shelves whose packaging hasn’t been designed – and redesigned – by the sales and marketing folks who believe they know exactly what consumers look for and will choose among the sea of options on store shelves or web pages. And then, of course, the safety and loss prevention (more…)
Too often business sustainability discussions focus on pressing issues, risks, and negative outcomes as the primary drivers for change. Left to this singular purpose, our sustainability consulting practice experience has shown that these actions often lack the necessary level of engagement to be successful long-term. (more…)
Supply chain management used to be a narrow, back-office, low-profile function.
The German software company SAP is a leader in using computer analytics to help a company reduce its environmental footprint while also saving a few bucks. This week, SAP unveiled software that can establish how much CO2 and water it takes to make an individual product. (more…)
For a long time in corporations, sustainability had been a soft issue – nice to highlight in the annual report but not thought to affect the bottom line. Not any more.
Now it’s considered, including by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), to have direct impact (more…)
In an update to its 2008 study, the Accenture 2011 High Performance Finance Study, Delivering Value: The Next Battleground for the Finance Organization, the well-respected professional consulting firm introduces its research by describing a world in flux and set to experience even more change in the (more…)
In contrast to the current economic forces, business sustainability is creating a bright spot of opportunity for new and evolving business. Specifically, leading organizations are finding ways to address today’s challenges and transform economic roadblocks into business sustainability opportunities. (more…)
A full half of multinational companies plan to select suppliers based on carbon performance, according to a study by Carbon Trust Advisory.
The research says that 29% of suppliers are likely to lose their places on green supply chains if they do not have adequate performance records on carbon. (more…)