Innovation in energy performance – what is the next big thing?

For our latest edition of the Energy Efficiency Trends market report (published by EEVS Insight in partnership with Bloomberg New Energy Finance) we asked our community of energy users and suppliers of energy management products for their views on the next wave of innovation that will influence ener...
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Are cross-sector partnerships a remedy for Brexit?

The trend towards innovative, mutually beneficial partnerships could be the perfect antidote to the Brexit blues. Regardless of the competing viewpoints on whether the long-term impact of Brexit will be positive or negative, both sides of the campaign agreed that there will be short-to-medium-ter...
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Can one asset manager change the way we invest?

“I am not an environmentalist; I don’t really understand a lot of this stuff. I just have a passionate love for nature”. This is how Omar Selim, CEO of ESG quant fund manager Arabesque Partners, humbly describes himself as he shares his plans to disrupt the asset management industr...
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App for good: Making a water impact

In an interview with Ben Summers, Sustainability Officer at Innocent Drinks, we explored how Irri-fresca creates a long lasting impact and more efficient water use in a water stressed area of South-West Spain. We also delved into the discussion of the role of technology in addressing the world&rsquo...
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The Curve has been shortlisted for the Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge 2016

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, October 13, 2016 - The Curve has been shortlisted for the Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge (EPIC) among 21 finalists. The shortlist, from a total of 80 entrants, was announced at the International Energy Agency’s Innovation in Energy Efficiency confere...
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Seven things you can do to drive the shareholder revolution

Whilst there are a lot of discussions emerging around the changes we’re seeing in the investment community, both through the growth of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) teams and the use of artificial intelligence and big data, we are convinced that corporate sustainability experts have an...
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Environmental Instruments: Going Beyond “Bridging the Gap”

In response to the increasingly urgent call for significant global reductions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, businesses large and small are setting more challenging climate targets. For many of these companies, climate leadership is now about carbon neutrality, or net zero emissions. Reaching...
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Benet Northcote: 'We can’t eradicate slavery without appreciation of human rights'

The John Lewis Partnership’s Director for Corporate Responsibility, Benet Northcote discusses the human rights agenda and what the UK Modern Slavery Act means for business. What the Modern Slavery Act means for the John Lewis Partnership – is it a risk or an opportunity for business? ...
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Press release: The TripAdvisor of energy management has been launched

The TripAdvisor of energy management, The Curve today represents the largest collection of user generated data of real time energy projects across sectors.  Similarly to other user generated platforms such as TripAdvisor, it collects information on energy efficiency investments and he...
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Why wellbeing?

So let’s talk about wellbeing Just the other day, as I was jumping into the car between meetings, I caught the last snippet of a piece on the radio. To my astonishment it seemed to suggest that talking about wellbeing and particularly mental wellbeing was the latest trendy thing to do. H...
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TOP SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR A SUSTAINABLE CITY

By 2050, six billion people will live in cities. They already account for 75% of global energy consumption. But with 60% of the urban areas expected to exist by 2030 not yet built, there is huge potential to shape future development. Here are Ramboll’s top seven principles to enable resilie...
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86% of London’s corporate sustainability experts want to remain in the EU

On the 11th May The Crowd hosted a debate on whether the UK is better off remaining in or leaving the EU from an environmental policy perspective, with over 200 corporate sustainability executives. The final poll result was emphatic: 86% voted to remain, 9% to leave, and 5% were unsure. Was it a ...
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What could be: new roles for business in confronting and eradicating slavery

There is a quote from an old Trevor Howard film, The Golden Salamander, that stuck in my mind when I saw it one rainy Sunday afternoon many years ago: “Not by ignoring evil does one overcome it, but by going to meet it.” Forced labour and child exploitation have been evil features of ...
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Global Goals – Tell Everyone: Customers, Suppliers, Colleagues, Friends and Family!

I challenge anyone to watch the Global Goals “We the People” video and not want to share it far and wide. That’s exactly what I pledged to do when I saw it for the first time. First step, share it with as many of my colleagues at Coca-Cola Enterprises as possible. The Global Goa...
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What EU referendum could mean to the UK environment?

Several aspects of the UK’s relationship with the EU have been chewed over, or at least skimmed over, in recent weeks as the media has laid its own foundations for the referendum. Largely absent from the cavalcade however have been some of the areas of policy where the EU is most active. Among...
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How business can lead from the front to achieve the SDGs

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission has been set up to articulate the compelling economic case for business to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Clare Oh describes its origins and bold ambition to capture the imagination of business leaders globally. There are two side...
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Disruptive technology changes lives

GE has taken the bold step to launch a new standalone division, Current, powered by GE, a digital power service built to transform the way we use energy. Rob Manderson discusses how disruptive technologies like the blockchain and those that Current, powered by GE, will apply could change everything....
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The shifting sands of charities partnering with business

Businesses and charities have been in a relationship for years. Decades even. The established picture is of businesses supporting charities. This relationship is conducted by CSR teams, through ‘charity of the year’ schemes. The picture is well recognised. It features staff votes, fundra...
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Could the blockchain revolutionise sustainability?

The Internet is missing one thing and the blockchain has it - trust. Jessi Baker, co-founder of Provenance, describes how a new technology called a blockchain might change how we trust companies and information and empower us as smarter citizens. It might sound obvious to the point of absurdity...
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Legislating for social impact: 'Works for Taxes' in Peru

Works for Taxes is an innovative piece of Peruvian legislation that allows companies to pay a portion of their tax bill by undertaking public works. When SABMiller’s director of sustainable development, Anna Swaithes, mentioned the legislation at The Crowd’s February forum there was much...
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Sustainability reporting megatrends

Sustainability reporting is rapidly evolving, and the approach and reporting requirements differ from country to country. Toby Crewe, international solutions director - energy & sustainability services at Schneider Electric, gives us his views on what to watch out for in 2016 1. Data become...
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5 social impact proof points

The last two Crowd forums have looked at social impact, first from the CEO’s perspective and then the practitioners. If you missed them, here are five proof points from the stage to help you make the case for investing in social impact. ‘30% of a company’s value is determined by...
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The social impact of CSR: mainstream or fringe?

CSR seems in the throes of an identity crisis. Even its name is no longer clear, with many professionals shrinking at “CSR” and its associations. Once a do-gooding sideshow, CSR (or whatever we call it) is now expected to perform in the genuine interests of society, with the idea of &ldq...
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The ultimate CR & sustainability salary survey returns

Back in 2007, there was very little hard data on the salary levels of corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals. As Carnstone’s Paul Burke confirmed to me when I joined Acre “it was against this background that Acre and Carnstone first discussed the possibility of underta...
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How companies succeed by engaging radically with society

Business is the engine of human progress, but throughout history it has struggled to build and maintain its relationship with society. From Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice to trust-busting US presidents and the tax affairs of Starbucks and Amazon, society has taken issue with corporate misbeh...
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The Crowd in 2016: what we're working on

Everything The Crowd does is underpinned by the belief that the solutions for a sustainable world already exist but are not widely distributed. The question that preoccupies us is how we can diffuse what works faster. We’d love to connect everyone using wires and electrodes, but our lawyers te...
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What you're working on

Ever wonder what your peers in The Crowd are doing? We know that everyone in The Crowd is working towards business doing better for society in some way. In this short series, we’ve asked experts from The Crowd to talk about what 2016 might look like for them. Its not often that we delve d...
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Behind the Scenes of Sky's Women in Leadership initiative

  • by Bella Vuillermoz, Director for Women in Leadership, Sky
  • Sep 08, 2015
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In my new role as Director of Women in Leadership for Sky, building a business case hasn’t been high on my agenda.  Why not?  Because the business buys it: we know that diverse teams drive better business performance – we’ve read the research but more importantly, we expe...
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Radical Openness

  • by Jim Woods, CEO, The Crowd
  • Jun 09, 2015
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If you’re above the age of 30, you’ll be familiar with the following comments; “I wouldn’t want to share what I’m doing on Facebook”, “I haven’t got the time to post what I’m thinking on Twitter” or “Goodness only knows why anyone bot...
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Launching the Energy Investment Curve

THE CURVE IS NOW A REALITY, PLEASE SEE HERE! If anyone needed reminding this week about the risks around energy supply they only had to look at the satellite image below of Iraq’s largest oil refinery in flames.   Recent events in Iraq as well as Ukraine have once again put energy s...
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IS BIGGER ALWAYS BETTER?

  • by Zoë Stanton, Co-founder & MD of Uscreates.
  • Jul 01, 2014
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Have you noticed that the Putting Value on Social Programmes event is all about the number 1million? Glenn Mannoff (O2), Craig Williams (GSK) and Bella Vuillermoz (Sky) will all be talking about programmes involving the magic 1 million mark. These join many other campaigns based around 1million &nd...
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MAKING MASSIVE IMPACT THE NORM

  • by Stephen Greene, Co-founder & CEO of Rockcorps
  • Jun 27, 2014
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At RockCorps, we are obsessed with scale. Scale, however, was very hard to attain in my previous work in the non-profit sector. There was often a disconnect between the efficacy of the work being done and funding sources; whether the funding sources were from private sector, public sector, foundatio...
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IS THE SOCIAL VALUE ACT SNEAKING UNDER THE RADAR?

  • by Philippa Ward, Partner, Global Action Plan, an environmental behaviour change charity
  • Jun 25, 2014
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Public sector contracts are worth an astonishing £3.75 billion. They account for 55% of the UK’s annual contract spend. Money isn’t exactly sloshing around the system at the moment. So you’d think that a new law, which changes the way that public authorities spend those billi...
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Net Positive - one concept, three frequently asked questions

Just over a month ago, in collaboration with The Climate Group and WWF-UK, Forum for the Future published the first attempt yet at defining the principles behind Net Positive, as well as the business benefits.  The report is the initial output from these three NGOs, plus a group of brave busine...
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Less of the Brands. More of the Public Policy

If you segment ‘the history of the modern environment movement’ over the last 45 years, (seen through the lens of my governance triangle – see below), there would be three main stages. The first stage was mostly about national governments instigating a massive roll out of envir...
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System Revolutionaries - Go Forth and Diversify!

For the past three years, I have been a member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, led by Helena Morrissey CBE, CEO of Newton Investment Management. The 30% Club launched in the UK in 2010 with an initial goal of FTSE-100 boards having female representation of 30% or more by the end of 2015. ...
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Why the human touch is key to unlocking systems change

In a high-school gym flooded with people evacuated from the devastating Katrina, there was a middle age man sitting alone at the corner. For days, he did not talk to anyone, refused to eat anything, just sat there by himself. As the days passed by, various people tried talking to him, telling him he...
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The Power of Community

Cafedirect was born out of an overwhelming sense of community leading to direct action. Coffee growers combining with 4 UK charities, Oxfam, Twin, Traidcraft & Equal Exchange to mobilise citizens in churches across the UK to pay a fair price for coffee at a time of crisis in the early 1990&rsquo...
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Using economic systems as environmental guardians

Businesses have always relied on the Earth’s natural capital: the fertile soil, fresh water, clean air and finite resources that we consume as part of every-day economic activity.  But this activity, which has in our modern era advanced at an intensive and industrial scale, is depleting t...
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Creating a New Order of Things

Machiavelli in The Prince famously stated: ‘And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies ...
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An Economy That Works

  • by Oliver Dudok van Heel
  • May 29, 2014
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A systemic approach to creating a new economic paradigm that delivers prosperity, competitiveness and sustainability, now and in the future ‘An Economy That Works’ offers a much welcome springboard for an authentic conversation about the future shape of our economy and the purpose we ...
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How product transparency can change the system

A few years back, companies jumped on the bandwagon of social media and with it, social marketing. In the 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, compiled by Social Media Examiner on the basis of responses from over 3,000 industry professionals, 86 per cent of those quizzed said social media wa...
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CROWDSOURCED: NET POSITIVE IS HERE

  • by Jim Wood, CEO, Green Mondays
  • Apr 23, 2014
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Today marks the launch of our latest Crowdsourced report Crowdsourced: Net Positive - the first in our Changemaker series. To say we are feeling pretty proud is an understatement. Here at Green Mondays we believe in the ability of the crowd to advance thinking on the big ideas shaping business st...
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Business leaders seeing the bigger picture on energy

Taking steps to minimise the impact of rising energy costs has become a necessity for most businesses. Quick-wins to reduce usage and save costs, such as campaigns to encourage staff to switch lights off or even replace lighting systems, have already yielded sizeable reductions for many organisation...
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The Enlightened CEO

“So, what do you think is the hallmark of an enlightened CEO?” “Er….” “It’s really not a difficult question” “I’ll ask my PR team to come back you within a few hours”. ----------------- There are of course some CEOs ...
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Green Manufacturing. Good for Life and for Business

As I started to think about this blog, I sit in a dusty dining room at my home – an old circa 1690 (early part) farm house in the Ironbridge Gorge. We bought the house not even 12 months ago and are already knee-deep in several renovation projects.  Very early on as discussions with t...
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Green manufacturing, brick by brick

In many ways, the LEGO® brick needs little introduction; right now you’re probably visualising our trade mark two by four brick or even a classic 1980’s spaceman minifigure.  Maybe you already knew we’re one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers, or that ever...
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The drivers of green manufacturing

Manufacturing is constantly evolving and reshaping itself. The modern manufacturer is highly innovative, agile, networked and uses information as skilfully as it machines, produces and distributes products.  Driven to be ever more efficient by competitive pressures, resource efficiency is typic...
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How green manufacturing has benefitted Adnams

‘Green manufacturing’ is that which involves “reducing pollution and waste by minimizing natural resource use, recycling and reusing what was considered waste, and reducing emissions”. But is it a comprehensive definition, well known to all? To be honest, it is not a common t...
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Green Manufacturing at Elvis & Kresse. Taking it Personally

For the last two days I have been a Practitioner-in-Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School. I called the first group discussion, Adventures in the Circular Economy, and shared our methods, ideas, false starts and successes in an über informal, transpar...
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Moving the mainstream

Tomorrow’s successful companies will be those that put sustainability at the heart of all business decision-making. But with dwindling natural resources and the prospect of an explosion in the middle classes, we’ve reached a tipping point. The next stage of sustainable business will come...
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The Green Manufacturing Mindset

Is Green Manufacturing a new business model? The results of the Crowd survey suggest not – instead it appears to be the combination of a range of business improvement opportunities which require a particular approach or “mindset”. As we know, sustainability improvements can be m...
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Driving Out Cost and Impact with Circular Economy Thinking

Not only has the ‘circular economy’ a nice ring to it, if you’ll excuse the pun, but it’s a term arguably with a greater utility than more familiar concepts mining similar subject matter, and thus more likely to encourage new ways of thinking about business sustainability.&nb...
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Manufacturing in a material world

  • by Tracey Rawling Church
  • Feb 27, 2014
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Madonna was right – we’re living in a material world. And material is the new carbon. Whereas the noughties were all about curbing carbon emissions and imposing policy levers to drive the desired reductions, the teens are focused squarely on materials – where we get them, how we us...
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Davos 2014: The Responsible Recovery Begins

Alan Mak, former Green Mondays/The Crowd speaker, reflects on his fourth trip to Davos. The theme for this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos was "Reshaping the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business". A bit of a tongue twister, but the aim was cert...
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NATURAL CAPITAL – THE NEW BUSINESS METRICS

The Coalition’s Natural Capital at Risk report estimates the environmental externalities of business are costing the global economy an estimated US$7 trillion, which equates to 13% of global economic output in 2009. The value of the Top 100 externalities is estimated at US$4.7 trillion. T...
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Calculating the benefit of Plan A

Plan A was developed in late 2006 to help M&S shift from a largely compliance-based approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR), which focused on maintaining the business status quo, to a new mindset that embraced the broader sustainability challenge and the need to radically improve the e...
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Total Contribution

When it comes to influencing decisions what chance did our beautifully crafted CR stories really have against those well-established, robust and assured financial metrics? It’s not to say that we in the sustainability world have not been working hard; protocols, indices and socio-economics rep...
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BETTER MEASUREMENT FOR BIG DECISIONS

In business the purpose of measurement is to support better reporting and decision making. Although many of the techniques for measuring environmental and social impacts, such as natural capital valuation, have been around for many years, it is only in the last 5 years or so that large corporations ...
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Disruptive Biz Model Response

A month ago we threw the proverbial ‘pebble into the pond’ to see what response we would get on 7 disruptive business models. We’ve had over 20 thoughtful and stimulating blogs in response, all of which you can read online at gmopinion.jux.com On Monday 7th October we’ll exp...
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Survival of the fittest in the project to Build Britain 2050

What does the cutting edge look like? A stunning mix of high rise and low rise, a mixed community that is zero carbon, zero waste and beautiful to behold. All materials are locally sourced, and all are recycled in a vibrant, green and biodiverse setting. Super efficient design and energy demands are...
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I didn't mean to be disruptive!

When I started The DoNation, the last thing I would have called it was disruptive. What we were aiming to do – running a business that was based not just on making money, but also on doing good - just made sense. It seemed like quite a natural idea. At that stage, I was pretty naïve...
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D.R.E.A.M.ing of Collaborative Consumption

In late June I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Convergence' Conference in Paris. The conference (known as 'Verge*' in English-speaking countries ) brings together commercial leaders from large corporations and a group of social entrepreneurs. One of the key topics at this ...
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The Crowded Space of Trust

The ‘t’ word has been used and abused, almost to the point of exhaustion. The “great crisis” has accelerated the abuse, as companies and brands rush in where the truly trusted correctly fear to tread. The latest from Lloyds Bank says it all – monolithic advertising (...
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BlaBlaCar: sharing value

Road transport. It’s one of the biggest sources of pollution in the UK, contributing to poor air quality, climate change, congestion and noise disturbance. There are a whopping 77 vehicles per km of road[1] in the UK whilst the average car carries just 0.56 passengers[2] and a massive 61 per c...
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Going Naked – the Power of Collective Intelligence

Following on from British Land ‘Going Naked’ at the Green Corporate Energy Conference 2013, Adrian Penfold responds to questions from Jim Woods, CEO of The Crowd (formerly Green Mondays), which organised the event. This was the first time one of the UK’s leading property developmen...
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Farewell “Green Mondays”. Welcome “The Crowd”

Change is often born out of frustration. Over the last few years, we have become increasingly frustrated that whilst building crowds of outstanding minds, we have been failing to capture their collective intelligence. Events are great for making connections and providing a dose of inspiration, but t...
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Disruptive Biz Models

Faint signs of economic recovery? Time to celebrate? Well yes and no. It’s good to see the traditional economic system on which most of us depend today showing signs of life. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, capitalism is the worst economic system we have today apart from all the others. But t...
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Disabling Governments

Buried ten lines from the bottom of Mike Barry’s excellent blog, he tells us that M&S will be looking at “the role of government in enabling these new business models”.  Does he perhaps mean “disabling” rather than “enabling”? Don’t get...
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The Answers Right Under Our Nose

  • by Agamemnon Otero, Founding Director C.E.O, Repowering & Brixton Energy
  • Sep 30, 2013
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Residents on gas and electricity in Lambeth shill £167 million out every year. That’s pushing over a £170 billion year from UK Residents to multinational energy companies for this little island. Can some of that money stay here? Yes. We have the resources to generate our energy in...
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INNOVATION, COLLABORATION AND TECHNOLOGY KEY TO SUSTAINABILITY BUSINESS GROWTH

  • by Written by Joe Franses, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Director, Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Sep 30, 2013
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The way that mainstream business embraces new and disruptive business models will be critical in accelerating the pace of change on sustainability. Not only do the new business models (e.g. closed loop, circular economy, open innovation) - identified by Mike Barry in his recent blog - have the po...
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I DIDN'T MEAN TO BE DISRUPTIVE!

  • by Hermione Taylor, Founding Director, DoNation
  • Sep 24, 2013
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When I started The DoNation, the last thing I would have called it was disruptive. What we were aiming to do – running a business that was based not just on making money, but also on doing good - just made sense. It seemed like quite a natural idea. At that stage, I was pretty naïve. I ...
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HOW CAN BIG BUSINESS EMBRACE THE DYNAMICS OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION?

  • by Phil Drew, Associate Director, Fishburn Hedges
  • Sep 24, 2013
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View it through whichever lens you want – social, environmental, economic. One thing is certain: the era of business-as-usual is coming to an end. The factors contributing to this are so familiar they trip off the tongue – rising population, declining resources, worsening climate, widen...
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NEW BUSINESS MODELS - A LEAP OF FAITH OR A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

  • by Dr Richard Swannell, Director of Design & Resource Minimisation, WRAP
  • Sep 23, 2013
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Mother Earth thinks we’re all doomed, according to the Friday night comedy on BBC Radio 4 “What sort of world should we leave for future generations” (see what does the future hold). More importantly, if sustainability is the subject of Radio 4 comedies then it’s definitely b...
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SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS - A VERY NEW BUSINESS MODEL

  • by Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank
  • Sep 23, 2013
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The term “Social Impact Bond” or “SIB” is very much in vogue but is often misunderstood. In its strictest sense a SIB is a form of contract between a public sector commissioner, a group of social investors and an experienced service delivery provider, whereby payments will be...
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BLABLACAR: SHARING VALUE

  • by Vanina Schick, Brand Manager, BlaBlaCar
  • Sep 23, 2013
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Road transport. It’s one of the biggest sources of pollution in the UK, contributing to poor air quality, climate change, congestion and noise disturbance. There are a whopping 77 vehicles per km of road[1] in the UK whilst the average car carries just 0.56 passengers[2] and a massive 61 per c...
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THE FRAGMENTING ENERGY LANDSCAPE

  • by Paul Monaghan - Sustainability Adviser, Co-operative Energy & Director, Up the Ethics
  • Sep 23, 2013
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The UK’s track record on renewable energy is shocking – in a really, really bad way. Just this month it was announced that we had missed our indicative renewables target for 2011-12. A target that was already one of the lowest in Europe at a pathetic 3.93% - and this at a time when the U...
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FIRST STEPS TO CLOSING THE LOOP

  • by Justin DeKoszmovszky, Head of Global Sustainability Strategy & PUMA Vision, PUMA
  • Sep 19, 2013
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I want to tell you a quick story about my PUMA suedes and how business model innovation, as Mike outlined in his recent post, may be materializing to change them, the system that produces them and the consumer relationship they embody. PUMA is focusing on closing the loop and it is one of our t...
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THE BUSINESS OF SHARING: WHY CORPORATES WANT A PIECE OF THE SHARING ECONOMY

  • by Benita Matofska, a former TV entrepreneur is the Founder of The People Who Share
  • Sep 19, 2013
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January 2nd 2013, car rental giant Avis purchases pay-as-you-go car sharing pioneers Zipcar, (www.zipcar.co.uk) the largest car sharing company in the world for $500 million. February 13th 2013, Marriott Hotels partner with LiquidSpace to offer on-demand shared work places in under used spaces in t...
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PEER TO PEER IS HERE

  • by Sam Stephens, Founder, Streetbank
  • Sep 19, 2013
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Sam Stephens is the Founder of Streetbank, the UK's most successful collaborative consumption platform of its kind. Green Mondays asked Sam what he believes is the future of peer-to-peer: We are going to be hearing a lot more about peer to peer business models over the next few years. Airbnb is...
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DO YOU KNOW YOUR PRODUCT HISTORY?

  • by Tim Wilson – CEO of Historic Futures Limited
  • Sep 17, 2013
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I remember my Grandma occasionally using the word “iniquitous” – she would lean forward and forcibly expel the word into the room as part of the sentence describing those situations she considered utterly intolerable. I suspect a recent report suggesting that in the US, the top 10 ...
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COPING WITH AND DRIVING INEVITABLE DISRUPTION

  • by Dax Lovegrove, Head of Business Sustainability & Innovation at WWF-UK
  • Sep 17, 2013
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Disruption that begins to mend energy, mobility, manufacturing and other broken systems is happening all around us. It is driven by technology-enabled people power, start-ups, expanding multinationals from the emerging markets or incumbent players breaking into adjacent sectors. Businesses face...
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CAN 3D PRINTING CHANGE THE WORLD?

3D printing is increasingly being heralded as the Next Big Thing. In October 2012, a bureau service called Shapeways opened a “factory of the future” in New York capable of 3D printing up to five million objects a year. In his State of the Union address, President Obama subsequently high...
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DISRUPTIVE B2C BIZ MODELS

  • by Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, M&S
  • Aug 16, 2013
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Faint signs of economic recovery? Time to celebrate? Well yes and no. It’s good to see the traditional economic system on which most of us depend today showing signs of life. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, capitalism is the worst economic system we have today apart from all the others. But t...
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LINKING SOCIAL PROGRAMMES WITH YOUR BUSINESS OPERATIONS

  • by Richard Ellis, CSR Director at Alliance Boots
  • Jul 11, 2013
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Our CSR activities are intrinsically linked to our operations. In helping people to look and feel their best, we live and breathe CSR values and our major efforts in supporting the fight against cancer is a natural extension of these activities. Our Group’s pan-European partnership with t...
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SOCIAL IMPACT - THE STORY OF STREET SCHOOL

  • by David Schofield, Head of Group Corporate Responsibility at Aviva
  • Jul 04, 2013
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At Aviva we know that a sustainable business must make a real contribution to the society it operates in. We depend on healthy communities for our current and future customers, our employees, our supply chain and our investors. As an insurer with over 300 years of history we are high on social utili...
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CAN WE MEASURE THE VALUE OF SOCIAL PROGRAMMES?

  • by Jeremy Nicholls, Chief Executive of The Social Return on Investment (SROI) Network
  • Jul 04, 2013
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Yes we can. And we already do. What we might forget is that the financial value we report as organisations is a type of social value, the social value that arises from trading activities. Businesses financial accounts tell us about some of the value created for employees, suppliers, custom...
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MEASURING SOCIAL VALUE: THE KEY TO A POST-FRIEDMAN ERA?

  • by Jim Wood, CEO, Green Mondays
  • Jul 04, 2013
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Many of our regular attendees will know Sue Latham, who has ,since 2008, welcomed people at the front desk of Green Mondays. She is, in fact, the only survivor from Ben Patten’s founding team. And Sue said something to me in passing a few weeks ago that I found very interesting: that she used ...
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ENERGYDECK CROWNED IDEA IDOL CHAMPIONS

Last week, as part of Green Corporate Energy '13 (if you weren't there, where were you?), saw the final of Idea Idol. If you've not yet heard of Idea Idol, let me explain. 'Idol' is an innovation competition designed to ferret out the most exciting ideas from around the...
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HOW DO LEADERS NEED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY TO MEASURE SOCIAL VALUE?

  • by Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community
  • Jul 01, 2013
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Learning a new language is a major project to take on. When you’re trying to master different alphabets, syntax and idioms, you almost have to retrain your brain at the same time to think in a slightly different way. That’s essentially the challenge facing business leaders who want ...
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DO YOUR SOCIAL IMPACT CLAIMS STAND UP TO SCRUTINY?

  • by Tom Levesley, Director, Chrysalis Research
  • Jul 01, 2013
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When it comes to developing a CSR programme we all know that there's only question to answer: Why? Ok, so you want to effect social change, but in what specific areas, to what end and who will benefit? You certainly need to be honest with yourself: are you doing it to feel good, to look goo...
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DO YOUR SOCIAL IMPACT CLAIMS STAND UP TO SCRUTINY?

  • by Zoë Stanton, Co-founder & managing director of Uscreates
  • Jul 01, 2013
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When it comes to developing a CSR programme we all know that there's only question to answer: Why? Ok, so you want to effect social change, but in what specific areas, to what end and who will benefit? You certainly need to be honest with yourself: are you doing it to feel good, to look goo...
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DOES INVESTING IN SOCIAL VALUE ALSO DRIVE COMPANY VALUE?

  • by Bella Vuillermoz, Director, Bigger Picture at BSkyB
  • Jul 01, 2013
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Does investing in social value also drive company value? In short, yes. Or, duh… of course it does. That is, if you take a long term view. It’s true that if you’re just out to make a quick buck you can, probably, just be good for yourself, maximising short term profit. But you won...
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WHY THERE'S MONEY IN MEANINGFULNESS

  • by Paul Frampton, CEO, Havas Media
  • Jul 01, 2013
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Meaningful Brands, Havas Media Group’s metric of brand strength is the first global analysis to connect human well-being with brands at a business level. It measures the benefits brands bring to our lives and clearly shows how the successful brands of today are those who understand a growing c...
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MEASURING SOCIAL VALUE

  • by Doug Johnston, Partner, Sustainability and Cleantech services, at Ernst & Young
  • Jun 01, 2013
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Post-crisis we see the public questioning the role of corporations in society, in particular for emphasising short term results over the wider good. Companies are increasingly under pressure to prove their social value not just by their shareholders, who themselves are called to look beyond their in...
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WHY SKY PASSES THE ALL-IMPORTANT “TOILET TEST”

  • by Jim Wood, CEO, Green Mondays
  • May 25, 2013
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The Holy Grail in sustainability is the union of “doing good” and “doing well”, the point where the most ardent capitalist and the most socially-minded find common ground. If you’re making money and making the world a better place, you simply have no opposition. It&rsqu...
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CLIMATE CHANGE – MIGHT WE ACTUALLY BE WINNING?

  • by Jim Wood, CEO, Green Mondays
  • May 01, 2013
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Someone in the film industry told me recently that the easiest finance at the moment is for post-apocalyptic films, which suggests we’ll see significant growth in a genre that began with Mad Max and continued into Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. It seems that the film industry is subconsciou...
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HORIZONTAL CROWDSOURCING – A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE

  • by Jim Wood, CEO, Green Mondays
  • Mar 24, 2013
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Our 6 year old daughter recently asked us what the brain looks like after a stroke. We looked at each other blankly, realising the time had come when we were no longer all-knowing masters of the universe in our daughter's eyes, and watched her reach for an iPad. Within 10 seconds, she showed us ...
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MEASURING BEYOND ZERO ISN’T SIMPLE MULTIPLICATION

  • by Becky Coffin is Head of Strategy and Performance for Kingfisher’s Net Positive programme
  • Feb 21, 2013
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The famous song lyrics make it seem so straightforward but how do you know when you’ve gone far enough to become restorative and what is a credible way to measure beyond zero? That’s one of the round table discussions at the forthcoming Generation Net Positive Green Mondays event. A...
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NET POSITIVE IS HERE! USE WITH CAUTION

  • by Ilana Taub, Co-founder, @6_heads and Sustainability Executive at ICAEW
  • Feb 03, 2013
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Net+ is a relatively simple concept: it’s the idea of achieving positive impact, rather than decreasing negative ones. So for example, in Kingfisher’s case, it means actively pursuing net reforestation rather than just trying to prevent deforestation. It’s been described as the nex...
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