EcoVadis: Calling All Brands

Two weeks ago in Paris, EcoVadis held its annual conference, providing content to both its customers and its global staff of analysts, those ultimately responsible for scoring companies across a spectrum of corporate social responsibility and sustainability criteria. The content ranged from the macro – current trends as presented in the opening keynote by author…

This Earth Day: Find Cracks in the Corporate Armor

Find Cracks in the Corporate Armor to Improve Sustainability and Bottom Line. There seem to be, in my overly simplistic view of the world, two kinds of companies: – companies that use their sustainability values to inform their business practices, and – those who resist or don’t recognize the s-word. But regardless of their external stance…

Re-envisioning Earth Day

Earth Day has an image problem. This venerable holiday bears a patina of tree-hugger and righteous scout, somehow not exactly in step with the times. Part of the problem may be the notion that anything that could be done in one day is woefully inadequate in the face of daunting environmental problems that loom on…

Is Earth Day Enough?

The most common practice of Earth Day celebrations is to plant new trees. This is a wonderful tradition, but we’d also like to suggest that planting ideas may be just as important. Ideas about electronics reuse, ideas about sustainability, and ideas about a circular economy where we design products with reuse in mind. Sowing ideas like…