Ensuring Survival

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability September 2009

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 issue but, despite this, action appeared optional for individual governments, businesses and societies. In this publication, we present four assertions that we believe highlight the dangers of complacency. [...]

Optimizing Involvement in the Development  of Sustainability Related Public Policy

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability September 2009

Optimizing Involvement in the Development of Sustainability Related Public Policy

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 involvement. [...]

The Water Margin

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability November 2008

The Water Margin

How Strategic Management of Water can Grow Business Value

With two-thirds of the world to experience water shortages by 2025, this report warns companies that it is imperative to assess their water footprint and develop a proactive response to water management or risk damaging their business performance. A proactive approach to water management assesses value drivers such as water security, regulation and expectations of stakeholders. [...]

Green Purchasing Power

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability June 2008

Green Purchasing Power

Cost Reduction and Revenue Generation through Sustainable Procurement

As stakeholders become increasingly insistent that "promises made" by the CEO become "promises delivered", business leaders will need to extract and manage increasing innovation from suppliers as well as employees to deliver on commitment to sustainable performance. [...]

Sustainable Performance

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability June 2008

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 response to the challenge of sustainability lacks rigour. [...]

Sustainable Performance Delivered

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability May 2008

Sustainable Performance Delivered

How to Unlock Value Through Integrity and Innovation

Having established the connection between "integrity + innovation = sustainable performance" CEO's now need to establish how to deliver the concept. In this second paper of the series Arthur D. Little’s demonstrates I + I in the real world going on to show how companies such as GE, Dow and Novo Nordisk are unlocking value through sustainable business. [...]

Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability January 2008

The Role of Green Branding in the Race to Innovate World Energy Markets

Consumer-driven market innovation

At "Solutions for Sustainability", the 12th annual conference of the German-British forum held in London on 11 and 12 October 2007, Arthur D. Little emphasised the role of green branding. We are seeing consumer-driven market innovation. With green electricity tariffs, some consumers are willing to pay an ecological premium. Green branding plays an increasingly important role - especially when public policy is increasingly supportive of new decentralised generation technologies. [...]

The Carbon Margin

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability December 2007

The Carbon Margin

Translating Carbon Exposure into Competitive Advantage

The carbon margin urges all business sectors to view emerging carbon constraints as an opportunity to develop new profit streams and gain competitive advantage. This report provides a guide to the specific risks and opportunities carbon exposure presents for each major industry sector, and explains how a profitable carbon strategy is conceived. [...]

Low Carbon London

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability December 2007

Low Carbon London

Action for Green Homes

A Victorian terraced home with a twist, No.1 Lower Carbon Drive opened on 4 December to provide Londoners with examples of ways in which they can alter their homes and domestic lifestyles to reduce the city’s CO2 emissions.  Arthur D. Little worked with the London Development Agency to develop the model home as part of the mayor’s Climate Change Action Plan. [...]

Integrity + Innovation = Performance

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Sustainability & Risk, Sustainability August 2007

Integrity + Innovation = Performance

The Sustainability Value Formula

The sustainability value formula examines how leading companies are building long-term sustainable performance through an intense focus on integrity and innovation. This paper brings clarity to the issues of where and how corporate responsibility delivers value to the firm. [...]

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