Is There a Bridge at the Edge of the World?

James Gustave Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Yale University dean, and a former White House advisor, has written a great book that everyone concerned with the fate of the world must read. Speth takes all of us to task — business, government, NGOs, individuals, and the capitalist system itself — in an urgent appeal to...

Greenwashing is Bad. Really.

Is Joel Makower right? No, he’s wrong. Greenwashing is bad and it’s getting worse. First, let me provide some context. In a column for GreenBiz.com, Joel, a frequent commentator on green business issues, asks, “What, exactly, is a ‘socially and environmentally destructive’ corporation? Is that nomenclature reserved for the worst of the...

Can We Sustain Globalization?

In February of 2008, on a trip to London for the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition, I stopped by to visit John Elkington, the founder of SustainAbility and an old friend. John has worked in the environmental and sustainable development fields since 1972. In 2004, BusinessWeek called him, “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three...

Walmart & the Sins of Our Fathers

“Judge King wrote that Ms. Braun had recounted the humiliating experience of soiling herself while at work because she had not been permitted time to use the restroom.” I hope that the recent ruling by a Minnesota state judge, who found that Walmart violated state laws on wages more than two million times, marks the end of a culture that put profits...