Sustainability

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How Good Is Your Sustainable Supply Chain Program?

Why climbing up the supply chain ladder can only benefit your company.
Tara Norton | BSR

Meghan Ryan | BSR

Many blogs in 2017 are going to start with some play on this obvious theme: We are living in uncertain times. For supply chains, you could argue that this is nothing new, as the complexities of global supply chains have always incorporated a high degree of uncertainty. BSR member companies know they need to manage […]

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How Solar Energy Will Power the Future

A Q&A with UPS Director of Facilities Procurement Bill Moir.
Bill Moir | UPS

UPS recently announced plans to invest $18 million in solar power for eight facilities across the United States, part of the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and alternative energy sources. The Longitudes team sat down with UPS solar expert Bill Moir to discuss the investment and solar power’s potential for the future: First off, what is solar […]

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Does Your Supply Chain Strategy Hold Water?

How conserving water can slow supply chain disruption and garner future rewards.

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step up their efforts in one key area: water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total of 607 of the […]

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Q&A: How One Leading Company Supports the Circle of Life

The CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund points to the future of sustainability.
Guillaume Le Cunff | Nespresso

The circular economy is a shift from the current take-make-waste approach to a more resource-friendly, use-recover-regenerate model. Here, Guillaume Le Cunff, president of Nespresso USA and CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund, explains why sustainability is important to the company and how UPS helps contribute to the movement. Why did Nespresso choose to be […]

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Can E-Commerce and Sustainability Co-Exist?

A successful company is a sustainable company, which also allows it to keep up with the e-commerce boom.
Greg Brown | UPS

Technology is transforming the retail landscape as we know it. According to Forrester, U.S. online retail sales are anticipated to exceed $520 billion by 2020. Globally, online sales are growing three times faster than GDP. Increasingly, online shopping is being combined with traditional shopping trips to brick-and-mortar stores. According to the 2016 UPS Pulse of the […]

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Sustainable Production Could Take Us to Mars

Sustainable thinking could open the door to a new world.
Wayne Visser | University of Cambridge

In September 2016, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that we could have human missions to Mars as soon as 2022. One side effect – apart from pushing the frontiers of space travel – is that such missions will challenge us to design and perfect various systems of sustainable production. The reason is quite simple: Mars […]

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A Call For Responsive and Responsible Leadership

Why trust, sensitivity and empathy are the leadership qualities of the future.
Klaus Schwab | World Economic Forum

Leaders have to be responsive and responsible. They must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes. Many people are living in precarious situations and searching for identity and meaning in a fast-changing world. They want to regain their sense of purpose. It requires courage and commitment […]

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4 Steps Toward Sustainability

Improving your company’s sustainability goals requires delving into the unknown.
Mark Wallace | UPS

Picture a 9-month-old baby attempting to walk. She toddles a few steps, stumbles and falls. If she’s ready, curious and committed, she hoists herself up again. And again. This process takes time and effort. In the same way, companies are finding their way in environmental sustainability. As consumers increasingly seek sustainable products and services, many […]

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How Asking ‘What If?’ Will Lead Us to Tomorrow’s Innovations

Today's leaders should encourage their teams to journey into the unknown.

We often talk about how technology – and more specifically, how the Internet – has changed business, but we don’t often discuss how the Internet has changed leadership. The style of leadership we need today is very different from what worked 50, 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Just as the Internet enabled […]

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A Brave New World for Sustainability Professionals

Corporate social responsibility is hardly an empty cause. Leaders investing in a greener planet are also growing their business.
Mary Mazzoni | TriplePundit

Earlier this month, three business leaders sat on a panel to discuss corporate climate commitments at the 2016 BSR conference. But they kept coming back to a broader topic: the rise of the sustainability professional. Gone are the days when sustainability executives serve as mere figureheads for uninspired corporate philanthropy.  Corporate responsibility leaders are no longer typecast […]

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The Essential Role of Logistics in a Growing Circular Economy

How resource scarcity and price volatility are causing companies to move to a more circular strategy.

In today’s world, the basic model for the production of goods is linear: Natural resources are extracted and turned into products that are used for a limited time. While some of these products are recycled, most eventually end up in the world’s landfills.  This model is becoming increasingly unsustainable and expensive for businesses. Commodity prices […]

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The Business Case for Sustainability

Companies like Nespresso are using sustainability in competitive ways. Is yours?
Brian Becker | UPS


Greg Fischer | UPS

Myth: You can’t afford to be sustainable unless you’re a big company. Fact: It’s good business to be sustainable – for companies big and small. We’ve made the case for sustainability all week here on Longitudes, sharing stories of how leaders in government and business are finding innovative ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Now […]

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Energy for All

Access to cheap, sustainable energy for developing countries is a critical global goal. Which stakeholders are on board?

In the past decade, renewable energy growth has broken records year after year, and 2015 was a remarkable one for developing countries. For the first time in history, according to the United Nations Environmental Program, total investment in renewables exceeded that in developed economies, driven in part by national policies and the improving cost-competitiveness of […]

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Narrow Streets, Unlimited Innovation

Could an experiment in one European city become the template for urban delivery?
Frank Horch | City of Hamburg

Home to the second largest port in Europe, Hamburg, Germany has been a transportation center for centuries, serving as a vital link to trade between the continent and the world beyond. Since early times, people have settled by great rivers to engage in trade. Ports are vibrant population centers in every continent. They are often […]

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From “Nice to Have” to Business Critical

Small businesses are discovering that making sustainability a cost-effective priority is within their reach.
Tom Bihn | TOM BIHN, INC.

When I was a kid, I was a gear geek: I eagerly poured over the catalogs from outdoor equipment companies, dreaming of the adventures I might have with a backpack, tent and sleeping bag. Being 10 years old, I couldn’t afford to buy any of that hi-tech stuff made of nylon and aluminum, so my […]

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These Next-Generation Batteries Could End Energy Poverty

How newly-designed batteries can deliver enough energy to serve rural areas.
Jeff Carbeck | Deloitte Consulting

Solar and wind power capacity have been growing at double-digit rates, but the sun sets, and the wind can be capricious. Although every year wind farms get larger and solar cells get more efficient, thanks to advances in materials such as perovskites, these renewable sources of energy still satisfy less than five percent (<3.7 percent in 2013, […]

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Doing Your Part as a Company

What's holding you back from being a good corporate citizen?
Curt Moreno | Redshift

The concept that businesses should both self-regulate and benefit their communities goes back to before the 1800s. In America, at the time, states had the right to invalidate a business’s license to operate should the business act irresponsibly. Shortly thereafter, in 1819, the Supreme Court ruling that corporations were legal persons (citizens) protected by the […]

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Making Sustainability Go

Welcome to Sustainability Week on Longitudes.
Jenn Garner | UPS

Yes, the climate is changing. Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise. And cities are becoming more crowded every day, among a litany of other urgent global issues. But this is also a moment of tremendous opportunity. Consumers, businesses and governments are putting their minds together to change how we power our increasingly connected world. […]

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Trucking’s New Era of Sustainability

Truck platooning can reduce CO2 emissions and offer other benefits. But what will it take to make this more sustainable option a reality . . . and when?
Peter Harris | UPS

It was the start of a new era in mobility. Earlier this spring, six convoys of wirelessly connected trucks, linked closely together in sets of two and three, embarked from three different European countries bound for the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In each convoy, the trucks were lined up in platoons, one behind […]

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The Team Approach to Earth Friendly Innovation

We need sustainable solutions to big problems. But no one can do it alone.
Peter Harris | UPS

For more than four decades, World Environment Day has symbolized the need for global action to protect our planet. At UPS, we are constantly working on ways to operate in a more sustainable manner and help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. World Environment Day is symbolic of our commitment to balance the risks associated […]

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The Circle of Trust in 5 Steps

In a "circular economy," a manufactured product creates zero waste and boosts profits. Which companies are in the loop?
Tom Huston | The Guardian

On Feb. 7, 2005, Ellen MacArthur’s sailing prowess peaked, as she broke the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the Earth. After speeding through the sea for 71 days, surviving only on limited rations of food, water, medicine and fuel, she was suddenly struck by the reality of what it meant to live […]

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Clean Fuel Just Got Easier

Climate and sustainability data for fleet owners, all in one place.

On the few days a year when I get to drive through the American West or across the Great Plains, I envy our commercial drivers. They’re making tens of thousands of trips through emerald forests, over snow-capped mountains and past golden prairies on daily drives that fuel the U.S. economy. And while they’re under pressure […]

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Conservation is Everyone’s Business

We need to stop debating the false choice of the environment versus the economy.
Larry Selzer | The Conservation Fund

Any ambitious movement for major transformation starts with courageous, far-sighted visionaries. But to fully succeed – to tip fundamental change into the mainstream – every consequential movement requires massive participation and broad commitment that is propelled by hearts and minds. America’s conservation movement – well over a century old – has certainly had its share […]

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Paving the Road for the Future of Transportation

Driving sustainable transportation forward.
Andy Meek | The Guardian

Mark Frohnmayer had a pretty specific checklist when he was looking to buy an electric car a decade ago. He wanted a vehicle that suited his travel needs, boasted a premium build quality and helped move the needle in terms of climate change. Frohnmayer couldn’t find such an automobile, so he took matters into his […]

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Cheers to the Little Guy: Small Businesses Go Global

These businesses have discovered a magic formula that is helping them grow.
Vickie An | The Guardian

You could say that Cynthia Salim’s small business sprung from a “clothes call”. Five years ago Salim was working for an NGO doing policy advocacy at the United Nations. Attending meetings and business formal events with diplomats was a routine part of her job, and that meant having to dress the part. There was just […]

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The Urgency of Unfinished Business

The innovation that has spurred cleaner, more efficient transportation must continue to accelerate.
Carlton Rose | UPS

­­­­The following is an edited version of a speech Carlton Rose, president of UPS Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, gave May 2 at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California. A short decade or so ago, oil was at $147 a barrel. Oil producers were telling us to brace for $170 or […]

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The Rise of On-Demand Problem Solving

An evolving approach to sustainability reveals how everyone has a seat at the table.

We’re all familiar with today’s I-want-it-now culture. That mindset, however, is also seeping into the problem-solving strategy employed by leaders tackling some of the world’s most daunting dilemmas. We can ill afford to leave today’s issues to the next generation, especially the challenge of conducting global commerce efficiently and responsibly. More and more people see […]

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4 Ways to Measure Technology’s Do-Good Impact

The right technology can solve sustainability challenges. Just look beneath the surface.

From smart home technology that helps decrease energy use to fitness trackers that encourage healthier lifestyles, most of us sense that technology has the potential to drive significant positive sustainability impacts across sectors. The challenge, however, is to go beyond a general sense of these positive impacts to more deeply understand, demonstrate and drive sustainability […]

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Harnessing Big Data for Big Change

We need more sustainable solutions to face our world's game-changing issues.
Rhonda Clark | UPS

If someone told me when I first joined UPS as an engineer that I would one day be discussing the role of data in sustainability, I would have been taken aback. Now, after decades of working in sustainability across various functions at UPS, I see how an engineer’s obsession with data is helpful in addressing […]

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Managing the Politics of Water

The availability of fresh water is increasingly a defining strategic factor in regional and global affairs.
Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Arab Thought Forum

Sundeep Waslekar | Strategic Foresight Group

This year’s World Water Day, on March 22, provides an opportunity to highlight what in many countries has become a grim reality: The availability of fresh water is increasingly a defining strategic factor in regional and global affairs. Unless water resources are managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating. Last year, the United […]