Browsing the "supply chain" Tag

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Why Should Businesses Invest in Natural Capital?

The subject of natural capital, and natural capital accounting, is a divisive one. On one side, proponents of the practice believe that it’s an important piece of the sustainability puzzle, by enabling businesses to “gain insight into their environmental impacts, normalized to a common monetary unit.” On the other hand, detractors of natural capital accounting […]

November 26th

Motorola Getting Proactive in the Conflict Mineral Debate

I’ve written a number of articles regarding the complexities of “conflict minerals” and the trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (you can find a few here and here). And campaigns undertaken by a number of advocacy groups have really put the issue on the map. So much so that a controversial rider was […]

July 29th

Wal-Mart Enters Africa

Although Wal-Mart has had a checkered past when it comes to entering foreign markets, a deal was announced at the end of May that the company has purchased a majority stake in the South African company, Massmart. While the $2.4 billion investment doesn’t raise too many eyebrows considering the company has a market cap north […]

June 13th

Can Apple Become as Innovative in Supply Chain Regulation as They Have in Product Development?

Everyone’s familiar with the news that Steve Jobs has recently stepped away from Apple again (possibly for good this time) due to health concerns. Whether this is permanent or not, the future is not far off when Apple will have to continue without Jobs. I have little doubt in mind that they will not find […]

February 24th

Got Green? Flaunt It!

Last week, I blogged about some of the latest research showing that marketers are missing the opportunity to share their green stories with customers who want to hear it. Customers want to hear your green story. Research shows that when marketers share their green commitments, it increases customers’ favorable feelings toward the company, strengthens customer […]

January 25th

Investment Recovery: What It Is and How It Contributes to Corporate Sustainability

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, discusses how investment recovery contributes to corporate sustainability. A key component of business sustainability is asset disposition, or investment recovery.  Investment recovery is the practice of recouping the value of assets no longer needed by a company by identifying and reusing […]

January 17th

Systems Thinking for a Green Supply Chain

In the guest post below, Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, discusses how companies can “green” their supply chain through a” systems thinking” approach. by Julie Urlaub In today’s global business environment, it is extremely rare for a company to own an entire product or service value chain.  Business operations now rely […]

October 25th