Green business

Ebay, Kindle and Skype rule among the greenest apps

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Ebay, Skype and Kindle now have more in common than being three of the most widely used smartphone apps. They are also the best apps for promoting sustainable behavior, according to a recent study by the WSP Group, a U.K. environmental consultancy firm.

Supply-chain fixes are the secret sauce for three NY companies

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Sustainable organizations can become preferred business partners, thanks to the demand for sustainable suppliers. Organizations that integrate sustainability into their operations likely will generate more revenue, retain and potentially create jobs, and reduce the risk of jeopardizing potential business.

Both of us work at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, which assists companies in the state with their journey along the sustainability continuum. Through NYSP2I’s “Sustainable Supply Chain” program, manufacturers learn to identify opportunities to become leaders in their industry sector by recognizing their impacts, determining a strategic certification or label to pursue and educating stakeholders on making sustainable purchasing decisions.

NYSP2I has assisted several companies with identifying opportunities to meet customer demands while reducing environmental impacts. Three are discussed here: a food manufacturer; a start-up packaging company; and an established granite countertop manufacturer. Each had an obstacle to overcome in order to gain or retain customers.

Building a Culture of Sustainability

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Gallup, a global research and consulting firm, annually conducts a survey called “The State of the American Workplace.” This year the results should alarm American business leaders, particularly our healthcare colleagues.

Of the approximately 100 million people in America who hold full-time jobs, 50% of American workers are not engaged. Another 20% of those surveyed – 20 million people – are actively disengaged from work. Chances are these employees – statistically 70% of our workforce—will not improve our patient experience or fulfill our institutions’ mission unless the culture changes.

Their discontent affects your bottom line, too. Disengaged workers cost the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity. They can also cause increased physical injury. Gallup compared the top 25% of engaged teams with the bottom 25% and found that the poorly managed teams experienced 50% more accidents than their counterparts. Employee injuries mean risk—particularly related to costs, compliance and reputation.  With millions of dollars now at risk based on patient satisfaction and the increase in pay for performance initiatives, how do we prioritize our efforts for the best return on investment?

5 ways to whet consumers’ appetites for sustainability

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Sustainable consumer behavior has improved only incrementally, and remains stagnant or has become less sustainable in areas such as transportation, housing and consumer goods, according to the 2014 Greendex survey.

Let’s examine some ways that consumers can change their behavior to increase their sustainable consumption.

This is the Fortune 500 of companies taking the lead to fight climate change

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CDP, a British environmental nonprofit, receives data from almost 2,000 companies around the world showing what they do to fight climate change. From that, the group has compiled a list of the 187 best companies—firms such as Apple, Samsung, and BMW—into a kind of elite (and much smaller) Fortune 500 for environmentally-conscious companies, dubbed the Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), and it says those companies are outperforming the rest of the market. The CPLI returned 37.5% from 2010-2014 (pdf) to investors, compared with 34.2% for the Bloomberg World Index.

Interface’s Net-Works program brings fish net recycling to Africa

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Last month, the Net-Works team had the honor of being in the heart of New York City during Climate Week, participating in the Clinton Global Initiative.

For the past two years, the Net-Works team, made up of changemakers within Interface and the Zoological Society of London, has been dedicated to designing and proving an inclusive business model. This model enables impoverished fishing communities in the Philippines to collect damaging, discarded fishing nets from the ocean and shores. The nets are sold to our yarn supplier, which recycles the nets into nylon yarn that we use in our carpets.

Net-Works in the Philippines has been a success because of the time and dedication committed by our partnership. Making the decision to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative was difficult for us because the time and resources needed to properly make our “commitment to action” and attend the event were time and resources not going directly to the work on the ground.