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Ensuring Survival

Business Models in a Low-Carbon World

Much to everybody’s surprise, the low-carbon bandwagon survived even a global downturn - it remains a real issue in the eyes of politicians and the public alike. We have not seen the end of risky financial decisions, but we have reached the end of a period when carbon became established as an...
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Carbon Futures

Ensuring maximised competitiveness post-2012

Carbon trading can have a significant influence on the bottom line and is here to stay. Its future, however, is uncertain and is driven by emerging legislation for the period after 2012. In the face of this uncertainty, what should executives responsible for investment outcomes post-2012 be doing...
Sustainability

Optimizing Involvement in the Development of

Balancing Integrity and Innovation

Public policy is increasingly influencing the corporate sustainability agenda, as is the need for companies to engage in its development. This is by no means a simple task. In this Viewpoint we identify key steps in the policy development process and highlight how companies can optimise their...
Sustainability

Business Case for Corporate Responsibility

Business Case for Corporate Responsibility

In 2003, Arthur D. Little collaborated with Business in the Community to produce a concise report on current thinking on the business case for corporate responsibility, arguing that specific corporate responsibility initiatives and programmes require specific business cases. This report provides...
Sustainability

A Director's Guide to Corporate Responsibility

A guidebook by Arthur D. Little

This guide was compiled by a team comprising Arthur D Little, Business in the Community, Camelot and HBOS. The guide is designed to help directors and senior managers consider how best to develop an effective reporting strategy for corporate responsibility.
Sustainability

The Innovation High Ground

How Leading Companies are Using Sustainability-Driven Innovation to Win Tomorrow’s Customers

This report examines how leading companies are using sustainability-driven innovation to win customers for the future. Arthur D. Little collaborated with Hedstrom Associates to survey 40 technology companies in Europe, the US and Japan to see how they are creating new market space, products,...
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Sustainable Performance

Research on environmental responsibility

Scratch the surface of many companies' claims on sustainable performance and what lies beneath leaves much to be desired. Research by Arthur D. Little, for example, shows that even among Nordic companies, widely regarded as among the most environmentally responsible of corporate citizens, the...
Sustainability

Green cooperation - How supply chain partners can jointly

Companies that only look into their own value chain operations often find they have reached a point where there is little room for further improvements. A new approach that can reap substantial benefits is to take a look at the integral supply chain perspective, which can not only improve your...
Operations management, Sustainability

Making money from green consumerism in the downturn

In the last few years, many leading companies have been vigorously marketing the green attributes of their products and services to cash in on perceived demand among consumers. But the coming of the downturn has left many wondering whether the green consumer revolution would be stopped in its...
Consumer goods & retail, Strategy, Sustainability

A rose in the bud? Anticipating opportunities in industrial

Bioplastics and chemicals derived from biological raw materials are being hailed as the next big thing for the chemical industry, a development that could have a huge impact on both that industry and the many others that depend on it. This technology has its critics, but its proponents believe it...
Chemicals, Sustainability