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Archive for June, 2008

The Arrival — and Importance — of Green Data Centers

June 26, 2008 | Comment (1)

Ah, the mantra of the ‘90s: Bigger. Better. Faster. Cheaper. More!

It was a mindset that permeated everything in business, right down to our data. Remember when it was no big deal if computers in your data center were running at half capacity, or less? Remember when the heat generated by patching in racks and racks of servers and storage devices was considered a mere nuisance, a simple problem solved with the installation of yet another air-conditioning device?


GMA and PwC Confirm Businesses Do Well By Doing Good

June 23, 2008 | No Comments →

As a life-long environmentalist, I have always believed that ultimately, businesses will do well by doing good. Now, there’s data to back me up.


PWW Releases Results of Global Survey on Sustainability Strategies

June 19, 2008 | No Comments →

Back on February 22, I wrote about my mixed feelings regarding the results of a McKinsey Global Survey that looked at how companies view climate change. On the one hand, there was the positive: 60 percent of companies polled regarded climate change as strategically important. But, on the other hand, there was the less-than-positive: more than 33 percent of the responding firms stated that they “seldom or never” consider climate change when developing their strategies.


The Wal-Mart Effect

June 09, 2008 | Comment (1)

I was invited to speak at the Forbes Ethisphere Conference in New York last week – an intimate “roundtable” style conference hosted by Steve Forbes and Forbes Magazine. The event was focused on business ethics, CSR and sustainability and attracted CEOs and senior executives from a wide array of companies ranging from Waste Management and Kelloggs to Pepsi and Mattel. I spoke about sustainable supply chains, and in particular the trends we’re witnessing around large enterprises using their leverage to enforce compliance, ethical and social responsibility standards upstream to their suppliers.