Category Archives: Sustainability

Revving up for 2015? Here’s a five point checklist

As we approach 2015, there are five things businesses, foundations and non profits can start now to make a greater social impact in the year ahead: Time for a tune up. Are you achieving what you set out to do? We find that at around the 3-5 year mark of a CSR or grant making […]

Millennial Fever | What do they want?

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I just gave a guest lecture about triple bottom line business practices to an MBA class studying sustainability at the University of Southern Maine, those coveted Millennials whose generation is shaping business and culture. Everyone’s talking about Millennials (born roughly between 1980-2000). Any Google news search will uncover a litany of headlines about their influence: […]

What else to include in your Corporate Social Responsibility practice

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In my Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) career I have worked with companies that are or wish to be more responsible sourcers. They care about what is in their products, the ethics of the supply chain and manufacturing practices. That’s a side of CSR that many forget- that CSR is about more than community donations. It’s […]

What’s Impact Investing? Good question.

I’ll bet you don’t know about Impact Investing. That’s ok. According to a recent poll conducted by the CFA Institute not even financial advisors are clear on what it is – only 14 percent said hey know. That jibes with the audience that attended the Impact Investing conference in Boston this fall, part of a […]

In managing a workplace crisis, the best defense is a strong offense

When something goes wrong in business, by accident or by design, a company will have a better chance to positively emerge from crisis if it has the benefit of the doubt from its stakeholders. If a company is recognized as an upstanding corporate citizen because of how it treats its employees, contributes to the community […]

Are you a “talker” or a “walker?” Corporate Social Responsibility in 2014

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is the recently published by KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2013 shows that CSR (also known as Sustainability) reporting is now a mainstream business activity all over the world practiced by 71 percent of the 4,100 companies studied across 41 countries. To […]

Conservation for Economy & Environment: Downeast Community Effort at a Grand Scale

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With summer upon us, many of us are thinking about vacation destinations, but not as much as what’s happening behind the scenes to make these destinations so appealing. I recently had a peek into a beautiful place in Maine that I’ve yet to visit – Grand Lake Stream. The natural beauty and serenity of Grand […]

Energy STARS – Saving money and the planet

Cedar Hill Center nursing home in Skowhegan, Maine cut its energy consumption by 58 percent.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star National Building Competition attracted 3,000 participants from across the country encouraging public and private enterprises to improve their energy efficiency.  From a nursing home in Skowhegan, Maine to an office park in La Jolla, California, the program was a success and created a model for other businesses to […]

From campus protests to your retirement fund, how divesting from fossil fuels and investing in ESGs work

Unity College students protest endowment investments in companies working in fossil fuel.

Student activism on college campuses has spurred broad, popular discussion of serious issues for decades. When I was in college, the student activist movement across the country was to band our efforts together to pressure an end to apartheid, the South African government-sanctioned racism and legal segregation.  Nelson Mandela and Stephen Biko were our heroes […]