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What the U.S. Could Buy With Wasted Healthcare Dollars

PBS created an interesting infographic on what could be done with the $750 billion waste that the Institute of Medicine report highlighted. Read the rest of the story on PBS.

Of course, one person’s “waste” is another’s revenue. This is why those profiting from waste will put up every roadblock imaginable to eliminating that waste. It’s the classic approach used by incumbent businesses – FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt). There are items below that I’m sure resonate...

Why Has Corporate Social Responsibility Stalled?

CSR has come a long way in a very short time. But while CSR remains a high priority, social performance has been lackluster and corporate leaders want to know how to increase the value of their investments in this area. In this context, it’s no surprise that Fast Forward is the theme of Business for Social R...

Is There A Business Case For Engaging Patients?

The AMA recently published an article questioning the merits of patient portals — the primary tool for engaging patients. Rob Tennant, senior policy adviser with the MGMA-ACMPE, the entity formed by the merger of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives raised the fundamental issue: “The business case just hasn’t been made.” I’ll attempt to make it.

Perhaps the best evidence of the business case is when industry visionaries/organizations/leaders such as HIMSS (the professional...

New Robot Designed For Investigation Of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Basements

by Lucas Hixson

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, (NEDO), and the Chiba Institute of Technology have designed a new robot which will be used to investigate the basement areas of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi.  Unmanned robotic equipment is essential for ongoing work operations at the crippled plant, where radiation levels are often found too high for humans to work around.  TEPCO operators have also been employing the robots in less-contaminated areas, to conserve doses which otherwise would be absorbed by workers....

Turning Strong CSR Stories Into New Meaning For Your Employees

A strong CSR report provides an excellent starting point for your brand to achieve a meaningful position in the hearts and minds of your employees

That’s because, according to a recent Forbes report, CSR and employee engagement work hand in hand:

  • Hewitt & Associations found that, “the more a company actively pursues worthy environmental and social efforts, the more engaged its employees are”.
  • ...

The Six Reasons Why Companies Actually Wind Up Embracing CSR

Awhile back I wrote an article titled “The Six Reasons Why Companies Should Embrace Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”  In fact, it was one of my most popular posts, thank you very much all you readers out there.

However, in fancy political science- and economics- speak, that was what they call a “normative analysis” – a perspective based on fact that describes how something should be and not how something actually is. So, for example, we may suppose that...

Doctors are a Broken Record We Don't Comprehend >80% of the Time

As both the private and public sector aggressively shift healthcare incentives from a “do more, bill more” to a value and outcome based model, healthcare providers ignore patients role in driving outcomes at their own peril.  It is generally understood that patients forget 80-90% of what they are told at the doctor’s office. As incentives no longer reward outcome over activity, this is a disaster...

NY is the Epicenter of Healthcare’s Reinvention

If you want to see the future of the U.S. healthcare system, I can’t think of a better place than New York. While those of us in the Bay Area andSeattle would like it to be our locales, at this stage of the game, it’s not even close.  When you look at the full spectrum from healthcare delivery that is government-funded to an array of technology-related programs in the private sector, New...

A History of Commitment to West African Cocoa Communities

Approximately 73% of the world’s four million tons of cocoa is produced by more than two million cocoa farmers in West Africa.

Many of my chocolate and cocoa company members have been providing assistance to these farmers since the early to mid-1900s, none more than The Hershey Company which began to purchase cocoa from West Africa in 1930 and in 1948 was a founding member of an organization I formerly headed, the American Cocoa Research Institute.

Beginning in the late 1990s the chocolate and cocoa industry I represent realized that the assistance being provided through...

Assuring your Sustainability Report: Experts Explain the Options

In the rapidly evolving field of sustainability reporting, key issues quickly supplant one another. External assurance of sustainability reports --  a topic that may not have attracted much attention a few years ago – drew standing-room-only crowds to two sessions at the CR Magazine’s recent COMMIT!Forum in New York.  Thanks to the drive toward integrated reporting and increasing investor interest in non-financial performance data, more companies are realizing the inevitability of providing investment-grade nonfinancial data as accurate and reliable as the financial data presented in...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 10: The Future of Sustainability Reporting: 10 Trends

The field of corporate sustainability reporting is maturing and evolving, making it important to keep up with the changing standards and expectations long after you complete this lesson in Sustainability 101. As you get more experience in this discipline, continue to watch what the leaders do. Keep up with issues on the horizon through the conversations on blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn. And, attend conferences to hear from the experts when you can.

At Emotive Brand, we strive to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry inorder to help our clients put in...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 9: Top Five Ways to Merchandize Your Corporate Sustainability Report

When all is said and done, how many people will read your entire corporate sustainability report (CSR), from beginning to end? Chances are that only a few eager readers will read the whole report. Since many of your stakeholders may not delve enthusiastically into the technical details, it may take some additional effort and a bit of creativity to reach them with your company’s main messages about sustainability strategy, philosophies and achievements.

While the quality of the full report is top priority, it is important to consideryour options to extend...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 9: Top Five Ways to Merchandize Your Corporate Sustainability Report

 

When all is said and done, how many people will read your entire corporate sustainability report (CSR), from beginning to end? Chances are that only a few eager readers will read the whole report. Since many of your stakeholders may not delve enthusiastically into the technical details, it may take some additional effort and a bit of creativity to reach them with your company’s main messages about sustainability strategy, philosophies and achievements.

While the quality of the full report is top priority, it is...

What’s old is new again- Revisiting energy storage

By Dorothy Davis
 

The electrical grid is a complex network connecting thousands of power sources with millions of consumers all across the U.S. While producing enough power to supply the...

LinkedIn Board Connect: A Guide for Non-profits to Leverage This Valuable New Resource

LinkedIn Board Connect has taken online board matching to a new level for non-profit organizations. As I noted in my September 21 post here, this innovative approach is an advance in bringing non-profits and potential candidates together; the most important improvement is the opportunity for people to learn about each...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 8: The Pros and Cons of Five Sustainability Report Formats

What format will your corporate sustainability report (CSR) take? Determining how to present the final product is one of the key decisions to make as you develop the strategy and project plan for a CSR. The format not only has budget and timeline implications, but it also impacts the way your report is organized and written. For example, writing for the web requires a very different approach than a long-form printed copy.

It wasn’t too long ago that most companies simply prepared printed documents and/or an online PDF of the same printed report. But now it is possible to...

Fundraising Lessons From BRAC's $500 Million Clinton Global Initiative Commitments

Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) launched its 8th annual meeting today. Make no mistake about it, this is a deal-making event. The price of admission for global nonprofits, foundations, philanthropists, and corporations is making a clear and measurable commitment to action. For companies and foundations, the commitment must include a significant financial pledge. And if you don’t fulfill your promise, you’re not invited back.

So how is it that some very well intentioned nonprofits that...

LinkedIn Board Connect: 10 Things Board Candidates Need To Know

Helping nonprofit boards and qualified board candidates to find each other is vitally important, a cause to which I have been devoted for nearly two decades. Nothing powers a board better than talented people who are stirred by the mission, and reaching beyond the narrow circles of the "usual suspects" enriches the nonprofit strategically, culturally and financially. And for candidates who find the right fit, their nonprofit board experiences can be among their mostrewarding...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 7: Top Ten Sustainability Acronyms and Why They Matter

Several years ago, I got a new assignment at work and suddenly found myself immersed in sustainability reporting. As I set out to learn my new job, I discovered an alphabet soup of acronyms that made my head spin on a daily basis. I tried to make sense of what the experts were saying, but thelanguage seemed to barely resemble English. So, one of my first orders of business was to learn the key acronyms of this new discipline. It was clear to me that if I didn’t understand these, I would continue to be lost and confused a good bit of the time.

In the sustainability field,...

One Man’s Vision Of A Greener Oil Industry

Sam Wurzelbacher had his moment after a serendipitous encounter with Barack Obama and Joe The Plumberwas born, and given a platform.

We now take for granted the opportunities technologies like social media create. These days almost everybody is a click away, and sometimes the big names even respond in person. Now, if we can better connect those at grassroots with ideas and real experiences...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 6: Five Not-So-Obvious Ways External Experts Can Improve Your Sustainability Report

Producing a Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) is a big job that requires significant time andexpertise. It’s easy to underestimate the full scope of resources that reporting requires. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of consultants and agencies available that can help handle many parts of the workload – from strategy, to writing, to data management, to graphic design, as well as agencies that can do it all. Typically, reporting teams only consider hiring a consultant or agency in order to fill obvious gaps in internal resources orexpertise. But, hiring the right experts will also...

The New Leadership Needed in Energy

I was recently invited to participate in an energy focused panel for the University of Tulsa’s newly launched Master of Energy Business program. Being in the middle of wrapping up the Summer issue of PennEnergy's EnergyWorkforce magazine, I was inspired by its theme of the Big Crew Change. What had been planned as a presentation on the increasing trend toward integration in the industry became instead a call to my peers to take up the mantle of leadership....

China Leads The World In Renewable Energy Investment

According to a recently released United Nations report, global investment in renewable energy reached a record $257 billion in 2011, a 17 percent increase from the amount invested in 2010. Globally, renewable energy covers approximately 16.7 percent of energy consumption. Of this share, modern technologies such as solar and wind accounted for just 8.2 percent, even less than the...

An iPhone app that gives you a free wind report

For those interested in doing wind projects we have recently come across a great new 'app' for your iPhone (for those with Android Smart Phones, not sure you're supported yet I'm afraid!).  It's also free which is pretty amazing given the information it provides.

One of the critical bits of information that anyone needs before they get too serious about a wind project is an accurate indication of their average wind speed at the hub height of their turbine.  It is incredible how many people currently rely on the free NOABL data for this.  Most...

Changing the rules – It’s not just regulatory capture, it’s a whole new game

Despite its conflict of interest, lack of public trust, and pending abolishment, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has released plans to accept new nuclear safety rules that OK operations even at nuclear power plants even if active earthquake faults are discovered beneath their structures, reversing its current mandate that reactors must not be built above faults.

NISA has announced new plans to classify faults under nuclear reactors into three types: active faults that could trigger quakes, auxiliary faults that...

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