September 30, 2015

There's More Than One Zero

In the ever-evolving nomenclature of sustainability, the concept of “zero waste” is an especially tricky subject, one whose definition varies significantly depending on what company you are talking to. I recently spoke to the Sustainable Manufacturer Network about this very topic, to help break down the differences between Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWL) programs, certifications and goals.

To start, only about 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500 have a waste goal at all, while only seven percent (37) have a ZWL goal. Of those 37 companies, ZWL boundaries take a...

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May 21, 2015

The ABCs (and Fs) of Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability Reporting has gone through several waves of evolution over the past decade.  As I presented at the 2012 MAPI conference and the 2013 Sustainable Brands New Metrics conference, these waves flowed from simple website posting of information, to the creation of CSR/Sustainability reports, to then reporting across the value chain with suppliers.   

Now, we are seeing a fourth wave arrive in integrated reporting. Or, in other words, it’s the consolidation of sustainability information and data...

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April 17, 2015

Trash as Treasure: From Setting to Surpassing the Bar on Waste Reduction

Whether a sustainability expert or newcomer, those who work in this industry likely will tell you that ‘sustainability’ can be an elusive, rarely agreed-upon and often poorly defined term. But as Tony Robbins said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

One sustainability issue that I consider the most visible, or tangible, for companies to grasp, is waste. This explains why it is often the first thing a company will tackle - particularly when it comes to those that manufacture...

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March 4, 2015

March Madness: The Champions of Corporate Sustainability