Gut Check: Data is Valuable, But There’s Something Else

By Jeffrey Whitford

I recently had two pertinent reminders about my gut—and no I’m not talking about my microbiome, though this is an increasingly hot topic for us at the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germanyi.

I often have a continual, inner dialogue with myself. This may be a side effect of being an only child and figuring out how to entertain myself, or a sign of something else. A lot of that dialogue comes from an attempt to be better in practice at reflection and learning lessons as they’re happening—allowing me to implement feedback in real-time.

Managing for Business and Societal Impacts: Erb Institute and World Environment Center Roundtable (Washington D.C)


The University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Sustainability in Business (Erb) and the World Environment Center (WEC) brought together 40 senior-level thought leaders and executives from business, academia, government and nonprofits, as well as selected Erb Institute students, for a roundtable discussion.

Held November 30 to December 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C., with support from the Dow Chemical Company, the roundtable was a highly interactive, peer-to-peer conversation, operating under Chatham House rules to foster honest and open dialogue.

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Director Joe Arvai - What is (and, is not) an Energy Strategy?


When most people talk about energy strategies, they’re actually not talking about strategy at all.  Oftentimes, narratives are about what companies and policy makers could or should be doing when it comes to energy transitions are framed as “strategy”.  For example, I’ve heard people say that putting a price on carbon, or the need to transition to an electrified economy that does not depend upon fossil fuels, is an “energy strategy.”

It's Only Human

Morgan Stanley, Institute for Sustainable Investing

For some, switching to a sustainable investing strategy can feel like making a New Year’s resolution. We can believe wholeheartedly that it’s good for people, the planet, and even returns, but for some reason we can’t get around to doing it consistently.

To Solve Sustainability Problems, Ask Those Most Affected


“You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius, but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.”

 –Walter Bagehot, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist from 1860 to 1877.

Over the years, Nero and Tiberius have made way for a large global host of dictators and oppressors whose deeds fill our media channels on a daily basis.

Stasis Stifles Innovation, Holds Back Answers to Sustainability


In a previous column, I talked about the opportunity for America’s response to climate change to become our next “Moon Mission” moment. (It did not occur to me until this very moment that most people under 30 have no idea what this moment was like.  Check with someone older.) This past month I engaged in several discussions that served as painful illustrations of the reason we are currently, and forgive me if I’m stretching the metaphor, stuck in static orbit around the problem.

Helping You Make Smarter Sustainability-related Choices


I regularly read the blog, From Me to We, by Kare Anderson. I thought the title reflected a basic tenet of sustainability and of life in general. As I read her posts I find she delivers on this theme with often very insightful advice as was the case today in her post, Two Ways to Make Smarter Choices Next Time.

1. Don’t Get Anchored Down (and remain open-minded)

Building a Culture of Sustainability

Tools and Practices from the Resource Sector
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(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) September 6, 2011 - Your company has embraced sustainability by setting targets, publishing reports and changing light bulbs. Now, you're ready for the biggest step: taking sustainable thinking from the executive suite and applying it to project design in the field.

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