Archive for the ‘Policies and Regulations’ Category

H&M Assumes LEGAL Responsibility for Safety of Outsourced Labor

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:21 Comments Off

One of the major issues that I have been speaking about is the fact in outsourced supply chains accountability and responsibility have been largely independent.  That when things went wrong on the factory floor, the brand could hold itself above the issue by saying that it was their suppliers who were the ones who were […]

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Intangibility Allows Apathy

Monday, April 8, 2013 2:04 Comments Off

when speaking in front of large groups, particularly those where future leaders are in the room, I often go out of my way to point out that no CEO on the planet is going to recalibrate their firm to save the polar bears. Even if the, as many would, feel strongly that they are an […]

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Sustainability’s Big Four Questions

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:25 Comments Off

As Beijing tallies the costs of the smog that inundated the city this week, economic and social, I thought I would highlight a recent lecture I gave that explored the “Big 4″ questions that people are asking these days when wondering when action will be taken. How big is the problem faced? What is the […]

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Responsible Firms Act Before Governments Do

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 21:13 Comments Off

building off the presentations and research I have given recently on “Beyond Business As Usual”, one of the common themes of discussion is why and how firms will act when it comes to living up to their responsibility to more than just the bottom line. That, with the cost of externalities of the current business […]

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Sustainability and Transformational Leadership

Monday, July 30, 2012 0:08 Comments Off

  I’m currently working on a project to understand the decision making behavior of firms as it related to sustainability performance, and what I am finding is that the key drivers of success are the ability of leaders to understand their stakeholders, how an issue is tangible to their stakeholders, and then be able to […]

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Three Gorges Dam Localizes Upstream Waste. Positive Externality?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7:44 Comments Off

One of the conversations that I find myself in, and write about as well, is the ability of tangibility to catalyze change. that instead of focusing efforts on issues like “climate Chnage” and saving the polar bears, it is important to look locally at the source to fix problems before their byproducts (methane, CO2, lead, […]

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Moving Students into the Longtail of Sustainability

Monday, April 9, 2012 18:13 Comments Off

The other day while working with some colleagues on a paper, we began discussing the various approaches to sustainability and responsible leadership that we are seeing within the business school community. A discussion that has been taking place for several years, but what was interesting about this review was to see the progress that has […]

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Realignments Require Catalysts

Saturday, March 31, 2012 8:28 Comments Off

In the forward of the Jeffrey Hollinger’s book The Responsibility Revolution, Peter Senge writes that business models will move away from CSR/ sustainability exercises (and towards true sustainability) when one of two things happen: “I can only see two things that will shift the state of affairs: a different vision of the future that is […]

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Enough with the Band Aids. It’s Time for Solutions!

Saturday, February 4, 2012 4:39 1 Comment

If the goal is to solve (or avert) the problems of business as usual, then it is going to take more than band aids to do it. That is a simple lesson that I teach my students every semester, and one that requires them to go through a series of exercises to identify the root […]

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Transperancy Can be Painful When Your Not Prepared

Thursday, January 12, 2012 22:14 Comments Off

There can be fewer examples of an “open secret” in China than the worsening air quality levels in China’s major cities. For a period, this “open secret” was one that was acceptable by all because of the promise of better days, but following the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai EXPO the air has only grown worse […]

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