The State of Green Business, 2017

The State of Green Business, 2017
ByJoel Makower. Each year, we step back once a year from the headlines and conferences to assess how, and how much, companies were integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations.
The report, published by GreenBiz Group in partnership with Trucost, provides a global view on sustainable business, from basic emissions to leadership attributes, such as how many stock exchanges around the world require listed companies to disclose environmental data, or the amount of money being divested from fossil fuel company stocks.
Together, these and more than two dozen other metrics help paint a portrait of the evolving sustainable business landscape — how much activity is taking place, and how much more there is to do.

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‘The Weather Outside Is Frightful,’ but Indoors?

This season, we’ve seen a lot of rough winter weather in the Buffalo, New York area thanks to what is known as the “lake effect.” And if when you work in an area of the country where snow on the ground is often measured in feet rather than inches, you’re likely to appreciate a job that keep you indoors rather than out in the winter weather.

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The Price of Cheap Goods

Over the years we have been conditioned to look for the best deal and save our pennies, but as we all have found out at some point cheaper does not always mean better.

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The Price of ‘Made in China’

The bottom line here is this: Buying “Made in China” — whether steel for our bridges or dolls for our children — entails large costs that most consumers and, sadly, even our leaders don’t consider when making purchases. This is hurting our country — and killing our economy.

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The Seven Sins of Greenwashing

More than ever before, consumers are clamoring for ‘greener’ products. To take better care of their families and their planet, they want goods and services that are genuinely more sustainable (‘greener’ in other words); products they can find easily, trust implicitly, and use effectively.

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