All posts by Jess Nielsen

Shared Value And Long-Term Competitiveness


Shared value – the idea that social issues can be incorporated into core business strategies to benefit both society and a firm’s financial success – has received renewed attention with the recent publication  of Michael Porter’s article in the Harvard Business Review (I highly recommend the read). The shared value message is not very different […]

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An Integrated Approach To Sustainable Procurement


Procurement is simply the process by which an organisation goes about acquiring goods and services. Unsurprisingly, the emphasis within most procurement departments is on price and quality. Most large businesses go through a five stage procurement process to maximise these benefits. Firstly, a sourcing decision is made by someone in the business. This person contacts […]

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Sustainability Strategy – Inside Out


Sustainability is, at its core, a fundamentally strategic issue, but how many companies see it that way? If one had to rank sustainability performance on a continuum, one might see that companies could be categorised into 3 groups:  they are either ‘laggards’, ‘adopters’ or ‘forerunners’. Laggards Laggards have little or no interest in the implications […]

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Need Action To Stop Global Warming And Prevent Climate Change


Over the past 30 years global warming has become a hotly debated topic. The debate has centered around three issues: 1. Is global warming occurring? 2. If so, are the changes being caused by human activity? 3. What are the implications of a warming planet? Nowadays, there is widespread scientific consensus around issue 1 and […]

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How Going Digital Can Save the Environment


Going digital caused quite the stir in the early 2010s, with banks, businesses, schools and accountants moving from paper to digital possibilities, and urging their clients and pupils to do so too. Gone are the days of wasted bank statements, outdated invoices, and useless faxes flooding our bookshelves and filing cabinets, now both homes and […]

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I Love Sushi, I Hate Overfishing


I am a huge fan of seafood and sushi; although the latter only became a favourite cuisine of mine in my twenties. I was brought up near the coast in Cape Town where my family and I would often have fresh fish, prawns, perlemoen, muscles and crayfish for dinner (obviously, not all in the same […]

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Get Employee Green Team Engagement Right


Changing attitudes and behaviour within an organisation is not easy. Employee engagement can be particularly challenging when trying to implement environmental initiatives. This is because environmental ideas are often championed by a lone voice in the organisation with very little senior management support and no budget. Sensible changes such as removing personal bins to promote better […]

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Intangible Assets, Sustainability And Value Creation


Our view, which is shared with most analysts, is that for the majority of businesses today intangible assets account for around 80% of value. This is in marked contrast to the situation as little as 30 years ago when the figure was 30%. Key Intangible Asset Classes ˜Human capital is the value driven by the […]

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Making Electro-Mechanical Equipment Greener And More Reliable

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According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the impact of various electro-mechanical technologies in manufacturing and industrial production is usually greater than the impact of smaller appliances. To demonstrate how end-consumer choices can rarely be made based on too much information, we decided to have a look at an obscure technology that is vastly […]

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Get A Hybrid Car To Suit Your Millennial Vibe

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Millennials are known to be the most environmentally concerned generation at the moment and for a good reason. The past decade or so has seen a huge increase in the frequency and intensity of climatic changes are affecting the planet at an exponential rate, and if we continue at this pace, we may soon lose […]

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