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Archive for October, 2009

Business Buyers are Thinking Green

October 30, 2009 | Comments (2)

for sale sign

New research from BusinessesForSale, an online marketplace that brings together buyers and sellers of businesses and franchises, suggests that more business buyers are placing the installation of green initiatives above staffing and IT issues in their list of post-acquisition priorities.

Why? I assume it’s because business buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term financial benefits of an energy efficient and otherwise eco-friendly office. (more…)

IBM Releases Global Truck 2020 Study

October 29, 2009 | Comments (3)

Yesterday, IBM released it Global Truck 2020 study, titled “Transcending Turbulence.” It’s a compilation of interviews with 91 executives in 13 countries, representing the entire truck value chain, and the results show that trucks are becoming more fuel efficient, more eco-friendly, and safer thanks to new “smart systems”  and other innovative technologies.


McKinsey Video Features Unilever CEO Paul Polman on Leadership and Sustainability

October 28, 2009 | No Comments →

Paul Polman knows the consumer goods industry. He has been a high level executive at both P&G and Nestle, and this past January he took over the reins as CEO of Unilever.  And make no mistake about it: Polman knows the importance of corporate sustainability and values-based management, as well.

In the latest video installment in the McKinsey interview series, titled McKinsey conversations with global leaders, Polman reflects on a wide range of issues, including the current economic downturn, leadership styles, and the role of business in society.

Every day, two billion consumers use the Unilever brand, and for Polman that reach is intertwined with an even broader social mission, one that keeps the company focused on various CSR initiatives, such as sustainable sourcing, water stewardship, and working to improve hygiene.

“I’d hate, the day when I pass on, to have people talk about me building market share. I’d rather have them talk about me making a difference in society,” Polman says in the video.

Take a few minutes to watch the full interview here.

Nestle Makes Commitment to Using Only Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

October 27, 2009 | No Comments →

palm tree

Following a detailed review of its palm oil supply chain, Nestle announced yesterday that it is committed to using only Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2015, when sufficient quantities are expected to be available.


3M and TerraCycle Announce New Program to Re-use Scotch Tape Dispensers and Cores

October 26, 2009 | No Comments →

clear-tape-roll-133x200 Scotch Brand transparent tape and TerraCycle, Inc., have teamed up to create the first ever program to recover and reuse clear plastic tape dispensers and cores.

Scheduled to begin later this year, the test program will involve the collection of more than 25,000 dispensers through 1,000 TerraCycle collection programs, called “Brigades.”