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Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

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Hurricane Sandy, innovation at Unilever and Nike, and the rise of green arithmetic.

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[Corporate & Public Sustainability]: Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012! Some intentions for 2013! #ecoViVaCity #ecoNable

 

The mega forces driving sustainability deep into business — such as climate change, resource constraints, and transparency — are getting stronger.


Corporate sustainability lost some of its sexiness from previous years, as it grew more entrenched in day-to-day business. Some parts of the agenda — eco-efficiency and resource conservation for example — are widely accepted now, and it's rare to find a big-company CEO who doesn't have sustainability on his or her radar.

 

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.

 

Macro Trends:

1. Historic drought and Hurricane Sandy sweep away (some) climate denial
2. The math and physics of a planetary constraints get clearer
3. The clean economy continues to explode


Company Stories:

This year, there were countless eco-efficiency stories about companies saving millions of dollars and developing new tools to make buildings, fleets (Staples and UPS, for example), and manufacturing much leaner. Aside from that overall theme, the following stories grabbed me because of their connection to larger trends.

4. The green supply chain gets some teeth: Walmart changes incentives for buyers

5. Transparency and tragedy raise awareness about worker conditions

6. Data gets bigger and faster: PepsiCo and Columbia speed up lifecycle assessments

7. Sustainability innovation opens up: Unilever, Heineken, and EMC ask the world for help

8. The economy gets a bit more circular: M&S, H&M, and Puma experiment with closing loops

9. Dematerialization gets sexier: Nike's knitted shoe shows off sustainable style

10. Zero becomes more the norm: DuPont, GM, and John Elkington show the way


Five Questions For 2013

Some other promising stories are in the "too early to tell" stage, but bring up some key questions:

1. Can we standardize sustainability, which some smart folks began to do around rankings (GISR) and accounting (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board)?

2. Will we find a way to value externalities like ecosystem services and internalized, intangible benefits? (A focus of some of my work as an advisor to PwC US). For example, Microsoft launched an internal carbon tax and some major companies (Coca-Cola, Nike, Kimberly-Clark, etc.) pledged to value natural capital at Rio+20.

3. Will government get in the way or help, like when the U.S. Senate allowed the military to keep investing in biofuels?

4. Hertz and B&Q (Kingfisher) have delved into collaborative consumption (see WWF's Green Game-Changers report), but will the sharing economy make a dent on sustainability issues?

5. Finally, how much will we challenge the nature of capitalism, and what will that mean for how companies operate? (This is the focus of my next project.)

 

 

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An 8-Step Social Media Marketing Strategy For Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook come with a pretty steep learning curve – certainly when used for business marketing – and to maximize return on investment it’s essential that you implement a winning strategy.

 

It's important for businesses to select the right individuals to manage social channels and to use specific metrics to analyze feedback and success.

Learn more about social media strategies from this infographic, which presents an 8-step strategy for successful social media marketing...


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It's important for businesses to select the right individuals to manage social channels and to use specific metrics to analyze feedback and success.

Learn more about social media strategies from this infographic, which presents an 8-step strategy for successful social media marketing...

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Thank you for your interesting and constructive reactions :) Philippe
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Thank you for your interesting and constructive reactions :) Philippe
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How Bad Are Social Media For Your Phone And What Can You Do About It? #infographic DR4WARD

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How Bad Are Social Media For Your Phone And What Can You Do About It?

 

by Yin Wu


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America's 100 Most Trustworthy Companies - Forbes

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Here are the 100 most transparent and trustworthy businesses that trade on American exchanges.

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3D Printing Clothes At Home Could Be A Reality By 2050 - PSFK

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Recycle old clothing into new pieces without having to visit a store.

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Teachers Love Technology

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Once upon a time, the role of the teacher in the classroom conjured up images and ideas of blackboards, rulers, chalk, and pencils. But now, technology is becoming more and more integrated into modern school systems—not just as an added bonus, but as a necessity to how students learn and how teachers teach. While at one point in time, adopting technology into the classroom may have been perceived as stressful and forced for teachers and students alike, as it stands now, students aren’t just excited about using technology, teachers are excited and highly capable of utilizing its presence in the classroom.

 


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Walgreens and AmerisourceBergen Partnership Could Trigger Major Supply-Chain Changes

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The groundbreaking global partnership forged this week by Walgreen Co.

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How To Flip Your Classroom Using Lecture Tools - Edudemic

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Using video and podcasts to flip your classroom is a big task that could yield big results if done properly. Here are some quick tips.

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European Retail - rents comparison

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How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development

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The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms

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Architecture + Urban Design + Sustainability = Getting back to the roots · Home ...

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The Dawn of the Smart Factory | Technology content from IndustryWeek

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In the age of digital manufacturing, the line between the physical and digital worlds is demolished to create a whole new future for the industry.

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The factories of the future will need top notch manufacturing technicians.  Technical skills training and CTE-STEM are curcial in K-12.

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Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

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Well, it looks like texting is no longer a teenager. LOL, OMG!
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Mycestro™, The Next Generation 3D Mouse

Mycestro™ is a 3D mouse that fits on the index finger and allows you to control your computer with hand gestures and mouse functions.

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US Innovation at its best!

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The World as 100 People

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Great infographic from Jack Hagley attempting to visualise an interesting concept. The stats are from 100people.org.


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9 Great Teaching Resources for World Water Day

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World Water Day is held every year on the 22 March to promote the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Take a look at some of the great teaching resources available to help you teach water-based lessons to your students.


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Storyboard That – online storyboard creator for schools

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Storyboard That is a cutting edge Web 2.0 tool for rapidly creating amazing storyboards, no art skills needed. Great for business meetings and in the classroom for students to express their creativity.

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struggled to use in school (internet issues) but seems a good way to go.

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that is a great innovation in studying
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100 Metropolitan Museum Curators Talk About 100 Works of Art That Changed How They See the World

100 Metropolitan Museum Curators Talk About 100 Works of Art That Changed How They See the World | Social Mercor | Scoop.it
Which best describes your museum-going experience? Inspiration and spiritual refreshment?

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The Anatomy of a Successful B2B Social Marketing Campaign

The Anatomy of a Successful B2B Social Marketing Campaign | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

How a B2B brand can become a social media standout
SUMMARY: The first step to a B2B social media plan is setting overall marketing goals, John Lee writes in the first of a series analyzing successful B2B social campaigns. Don't retrofit an idea to suit social but let it flow organically from the concept. Remember to "think human" even in B2B social marketing. "How would an everyday user read your post and react? Keep it simple, keep it fun, and keep it clear -- those three things alone can be a powerful combination," Lee writes. 

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Happy 7th Birthday, Twitter

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Twitter is celebrating its 7th birthday with a video showing a short history of the service.
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Groundbreaking Virtual Robotics Allow Us Our Very Own Robot Avatar

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A research group lead by Professor Tachi at Keio University in Japan is currently working on one of the first incarnations of an avatar that incorporates some pretty cool virtual robotics technology. By slipping on a pair of virtual reality gloves and a helmet, you would be able to control and see the world through your avatar’s eyes. The concept behind this virtual robotics technology is really called Telexistence, and it allows us to control a real avatar robot.


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James's curator insight, March 21, 2013 3:19 AM

A step up from remote controlled robots doing dangerous jobs, saving potential lives. This could allow for more dextrous and accurate controls without the remote-control middleman and instead with direct input.

 

If these were to make it into society then it could vastly change the structure of things, with work being done without even leaving the home.

Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:56 PM

This particular website gives information on the creation of avatar/robots that humans will be able to control. This will change the future, technology will allow humans to create there own avatar in the form of a robot, allowing humans to stay home whilst there avatar/robot goes out to do there daily needs or to even do there jobs at a single touch of a button, this technology will vastly change how the world works and runs.

cassian bulger's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:38 AM

Technology such as this which provides an avatar that can be operated remotely has infinite potential to make the lives of countless people easyer such robots provide an "out of body" experience and when perfected can enable working remotly and remotly carrying out daily chores. With strides like this technology is taking remarkable strides into how we are shaping our future. 

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Credit Cards Go Social and Why You Should Care [Infographic]

Credit Cards Go Social and Why You Should Care [Infographic] | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

Cool infographic about the death of money and how CCs are going social.


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13 Business Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs (Infographic)

13 Business Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs (Infographic) | Social Mercor | Scoop.it
From financial management to customer support, manage your business from anywhere with the help of these mobile apps.
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Merinne Mesku's curator insight, March 23, 2013 4:44 PM

Cutting through the app clutter - this infographic lays out a few of the super-helpful apps out there for daily business activities.

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Email Preferred Communication Channel; Commands More Clicks & ROI – Litmus

Email Preferred Communication Channel; Commands More Clicks & ROI – Litmus | Social Mercor | Scoop.it

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 19, 2013 12:12 PM

The infographic contains very useful information and Litmus offers valuable testing services.

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The Forex Market Explained [infographic]

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Although the stock market gets all the publicity, trading currencies in the Forex market is a little different than trading your regular company's stock
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Job Interviewing 101

Job Interviewing 101 | Social Mercor | Scoop.it
I'm a fairly recent grad, and as disheartening as this may be, it was nowhere near easy to land a job--or even an interview--after graduation.
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