Do Sustainability Investments Lead To Stronger Financials?

Gerrit Heyns at Harvard Business Review points us to some interesting data showing linkages between resource efficiency and financial performance. The comment thread brings up some good points too, especially as it relates to causality.

“What these findings suggest is that an investment strategy based on resource efficiency not only produces returns in excess of global benchmarks, it also identifies management teams that are forward thinking, aware of the economic imperatives brought about by resource constraint.”

E&Y Report Says CFOs Are Paying Attention To Sustainability

DSC_0252 If you’re tracking social responsibility, there’s no question it’s shaking up the c-Suite. Companies are waking up to the fact that everyone in the organization will be held accountable for a company’s actions, from the board room to the factory line. The CFO’s increasing presence tells me organizations are getting smarter about embedding CSR in the day-to-day.

“The report said that customers increasingly want to know that a company’s distribution model has a low carbon footprint; that its procurement policies take “fair trade” issues into account; and that its supply chain uses alternative energy sources.”


Mindmapping Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility

The Story of Electronics

Cloud Computing And Carbon Emissions

IBM Cloud Computing

Image by Ivan Walsh via Flickr

If I were an IT worker, these are the types of wins I’d be on the lookout for. Not only is this a boon to corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, it’s just more efficient. Very few companies are in the email infrastructure business, and there’s a reason for that. Stick to what your good at and look to specialists to supplement the rest.

"The study found that for large enterprises, cloud-based applications can reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with their servers, networks and storage infrastructure by 30 per cent or more. In one case, a consumer goods company cut its IT infrastructure emissions by 32 per cent by moving 50,000 email users from internal email infrastructure to Microsoft’s cloud."



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Hershey And Fair Trade – New Report

According the Global Exchange Report —

"Hershey has no policies in place to purchase cocoa that has been produced without the use of labor exploitation, and the company has consistently refused to provide public information about its cocoa sources. Additionally, Hershey has made no move to shift to third-party certification for the cocoa that it sources from West Africa. No information is available from Hershey about how the money it has invested in various programs in West Africa has actually impacted reductions in forced, trafficked, and child labor among the suppliers of its cocoa. Finally, Hershey’s efforts to further cut costs in its cocoa production has led to a reduction in good jobs in the United States."

Hershey's Syrup, circa 1950s

Image via Wikipedia



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The Sustainability Forces Wheel

I ran across this diagram from Andrew Winston this morning. It paints a clear picture of  the “interrelated forces” at work. That’s one of the challenges when trying to help an organization move towards sustainability. Once they can see the big picture, dependencies and linkages can be better understood and addressed in an incremental way. There’s no big bang in sustainability, but it helps if you can see the solar system.

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