Dutch Startup Touts Ethically Responsible Supply Chain

Dutch startup Fairphone is basing its business model on its ability to source components for its smartphones from ethically responsible suppliers and production sources throughout its supply chain. Fairphone 2 Photo courtesy: Fairphone By seeking to make its tiered suppliers' procurement sources as transparent as possible, the company hopes to set a new standard of supply chain…

Cisco Reaches for New Sustainability Goal

Sustainability is a value that many companies want associated with their brands, whether it is due to their own ideals or awareness of the effect it can have on their reputation with increasing transparency about environmental impacts of businesses.  For that reason, many companies seek out ways to improve processes and reduce their carbon footprint.…

3 Ways 3D Printing Saves Energy for OEMs

3D printing is coming into its own as an integral part of manufacturing.  That's the view of Jack Hornick, an intellectual property attorney and author of 3D Printing Will Rock the World , a suggested textbook for “The 3D Printing Revolution” Coursera course offered by the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana. I spoke with him about…

Leverage Procurement as a Green Initiative

Green procurement, also known as sustainable procurement is important, not only because the resources are becoming scarce and are over utilized by the developed world. It's important because purchasers, whether serving public sector run organizations or privately held companies, yield a great influence over the future of the planet with every buying decision they make.…

3-Step Sustainability Framework Points to Future

Consumer products and the companies that create those products make a huge impact on the environment. The upside of that reality is that these same organizations have a significant opportunity to create environmental change, and making those changes will ultimately create stronger and more sustainable businesses. “In a resource constrained world, we are increasingly facing…