sustainability

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

What they don't realize is that I'm not in the business to make clothes. I'm not in the business to make more money for myself, for Christ's sake. This is the reason Patagonia exists -- to put into action the recommendations I read about in books to avoid environmental collapse. That's the reason I'm in business -- to try to clean up our own act, and try to influence other companies to do the right thing, and try to influence our customers to do the right thing. So we're not going to change. They can go buy from somewhere else if they don't like it.

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 Paul Hawken on action, responsibility, code, intelligence, enduring, sustainability, simplicity, and return

The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competetive.

Paul Hawken

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A Quote by Carter Roberts on business, environment, products, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, the supply chain will include products from all around the world. Whether we’re talking about fabric made in China, soybeans grown in the Amazon, palm oil harvested in Indonesia, biofuels created in Africa—companies will have to know how their products and the raw materials they use in their operations are affecting places, people, biodiversity, and the environment.

Carter Roberts

Source: Stanford GSB News: Social Responsibility Is Now a Business Imperative: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/VonGugel_Roberts.html

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A Quote by Carter Roberts on environment, business, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility

My vision for saving the planet holds that you not only need to work with communities and governments but also the forces … that are driven largely by business. We will fail if we don’t change the behavior of business and how it touches the places we care about.

Carter Roberts

Source: Stanford GSB News: Social Responsibility Is Now a Business Imperative: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/VonGugel_Roberts.html

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A Quote by William McDonough on design, goals, ecology, and sustainability

...you have to design with positive principles and positive goals. Modern industrial culture doesn’t seem to have principles, except something like: “If brute force isn’t working, you are not using enough of it.” While its goals are unclear, its de facto goal appears to be to create ecological and human tragedy. If you play a game, you have to have a clear goal; in chess, you’re going to take a king. So we have an end game in mind because without this strategy becomes meaningless. What we seek is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world, with clean water, air, soil and power, that is economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed.

William McDonough

Source: William Mcdonough interview: http://www.massivechange.com/2006/08/07/william-mcdonough-interview-march-23-2004/

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A Quote by Adam Werbach on sustainability

having enough for now, while not harming the future.

Adam Werbach

Source: Adam Werbach's stripped-down definition of sustainability

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A Quote by Jeffrey Hollender on optimism, environment, business, insurance, global warming, climate change, and sustainability

Yes, I am optimistic about the environment. If you assume business is exerting the most negative influence on the environment and also has the possibility to impact it positively, there are a bunch of forces that are impacting business that are fundamentally different from the situation 3 or 4 years ago. There are pressures to be transparent that just didn't exist before and these pressures are coming from unlikely places, such as the insurance industry. In the most recent issue of The Ecologist, the editorial asked what is having the most positive impact on global warming. The answer is the insurance industry. Unlike the current administration, the insurance industry has made its mind up for reasons of self-preservation. For purely pragmatic reasons, they are increasing pressure on big business to reduce C02 emissions. In a similar way in Europe, the Association of Insurers has concluded that increased transparency is critical to understand the risk that an insurance company has in insuring a company. That pressure to provide that transparency in and of itself can cause change.

Jeffrey Hollender

Source: The Green Guide: Interview with Jeffrey Hollender: http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/102/hollender

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A Quote by Earon on future, idaology, religion, species, human, primates, global, sustainability, intelligence, specialization, integration, education, hope, faith, and truth

Human cultures progress through a dance of specialization and integration.  The problem is that the human trait of abstract thinking has allowed our ability to specialize to outpace our ability to integrate knowledge.  Thus, we know more and more details about nothing particularly relevant.  Life becomes a game of trivia played between people who don't have an intrinsic understanding of who, or what, they are and who have little idea how larger social, scientific and cultural systems operate. 

All the "freedom" in the world can not solve this problem, but rather leads to greater confusion.  Lack of freedom throws us into panick and again causes confusion.  We often seek grounding in religion or political movements, but the price of suspending our disbelief is our relinquishment of authority to others no more qualified than the rest of us.  We can not afford, in our globalized, interdependent world, to turn over our otherwise intelligent minds to ideologies and theologies.  We can not afford the divisiveness and arrogance inherent when one believes that theirs is the only way, the "right" way, and that other paths are "evil" or inferior even if they work very well.

If we declare our race to be HUMAN, our religion to be KINDNESS and our nature to be A WONDERFUL SPECIES OF PRIMATES, we will gradually learn to exercise rational control over our minds, our culture and our planet.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon Davis

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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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