conscious business

A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, business, and manufacturing

...there's no such thing as sustainability. There are just levels of it. It's a process, not a real goal. All you can do is work toward it. There's no such thing as any sustainable economy. The only thing I know that's even close to sustainable economic activity would be organic farming on a very small scale or hunting and gathering on a very small scale. And manufacturing, you end up with way more waste than you end up with finished product. It's totally unsustainable. It's just the way it is.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Grist: Don't Get Mad, Get Yvon: http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2004/10/22/little-chouinard/

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A Quote by Brian Walker (CEO) on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and business

Ultimately, we believe a company's long-term ability to contribute to society is dependant on creating a competitive return for its owners--and in our case, that includes employee-owners. Earning a superior return on capital is the only way to ensure you're sustainable as a business.

Brian Walker (CEO)

Source: Q&A: Brian Walker - Herman Miller - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/brian-walker.html

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A Quote by William McDonough on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, business, eco-efficient, eco-effective, and ecology

Peter Drucker has pointed out that it is a manager's job to "do things right." It is an executive's job to make sure "the right things" get done. Even the most rigorous eco-efficient business paradigm does not challenge basic practices and methods: a shoe, building, factory, car, or shampoo can remain fundamentally ill-designed even as the materials and processes involved in its manufacture become more "efficient." Our concept of eco-effectiveness means working on the right things -- on the right products and services and systems -- instead of making the wrong things less bad. Once you are doing the right things, then doing them "right," with the help of efficiency among other tools, makes perfect sense.

William McDonough

Source: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

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A Quote by Jim Sinegal on conscious business and business

Driving stock up from one day to the next is not what we are about. We are about building a good company and performing for the long term. I know everyone says that, that sounds trite when I repeat it that way, but that is and has always been our attitude about our business. If we do the right things, the stock price will take care of itself, and our shareholders will be rewarded.

Jim Sinegal

Source: The Motley Fool: The CEO Behind Costco: http://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2005/01/18/the-ceo-behind-costco.aspx

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A Quote by Richard Branson on global warming, sustainability, alternative energy, conscious business, and conscious capitalism

I used to be skeptical of global warming, but now I'm absolutely convinced that the world is spiraling out of control. CO2 is like a bushfire that gets bigger and bigger every year.

All of us who are in a position to do something about it must do something about it. Because Virgin is involved with planes and trains, we have even more responsibility. So we've put aside quite a lot of money to invest in alternative fuels. Over the next four years, we'll invest something like $1 billion in alternative fuels.

The money is going into a whole series of different things like building ethanol plants. We're looking into wind power. We're looking into solar. And we're also actually working on developing a new kind of fuel, which I can't say much about but which is quite exciting.

Richard Branson

Source: Business 2.0: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and business

I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. Our people are motivated by a shared higher purpose — esprit de corps to die for. And the goodwill in the marketplace — it’s just been astonishing.

Ray Anderson

Source: NYTimes: Ray Anderson: Executive on a Mission: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science/earth/22ander.html

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A Quote by Jeff Skoll on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, and conscious business

Business skills, when well applied, can do more than just make money. They can potentially make money and do some real good, which is immensely satisfying. To do that, it's important to think outside the box, take risks, and be an entrepreneur.

Jeff Skoll

Source: BusinessWeek: An Entrepreneur Who Cares: http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jun2005/bs20050616_5577_bs001.htm

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on work, business, conscious business, good business, conscious capitalism, job, and environment

I used to think that my job didn't have anything to do with the environment. Then I realized that my job, as well as everyone else's job, impacts the environment in some way. And now advocating for sustainability has become my No. 1 responsibility.

Ray Anderson

Source: Grist: Ray Matter: http://www.grist.org/comments/interactivist/2004/11/08/anderson/

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A Quote by Marc Benioff on business, good business, conscious business, employees, work, balance, and values

I believe a balanced life is essential, and I try to make sure that all of our employees know that and live that way. It’s crucial to me as a manager that I help ensure that our employees are as successful as our customers and partners.

I also think that employees these days expect less of a separation of work and personal life. That doesn’t mean that work tasks should encroach upon our personal time, but it does mean that employees today expect more from the companies for whom they work. Why shouldn’t your workplace reflect your values? Why is "giving back" not a part of our jobs? The answer for us is to integrate philanthropy with work.

When I explain our company values and the foundation to prospective employees, they realize that they have an opportunity to do much more than change the way businesses manage and share information. When you take a workforce of smart, creative, dedicated people and say "take this company time to serve your community, and bring along your coworkers, customers, and partners" great things happen.

Marc Benioff

Source: Interview with Marc Benioff: http://www.sonshi.com/benioff.html

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A Quote by Marc Benioff on business, community, service, and conscious business

Some people would argue the other side: that the business of business is business, and companies should only be focused on profits. But in today's world, I don't think corporations can only be focused on profits, because they are inextricably linked with the communities that they serve. I do not believe you can be a leader in your industry without being a leader in your community. It's a fundamental shift in how you think about business.

Marc Benioff

Source: On the Record: Marc Benioff: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/10/08/BUG2QLICVV1.DTL

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