22
Mar
2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Western Union’s Shared Value Journey

On March 18th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Talya Bosch, Vice President, Social Ventures, Internal Communications and Global Events, Western Union about the company's shared value journey. 

Talya heads the Western Union Global Engagement Team within the corporate communications function. She leads efforts to leverage the 164-year-old company’s assets – including shared value products, responsible operationscause-related marketing, data and thought leadership – for greater business and social impact.

Previously, Talya helped conceive and implement Western Union’s Our World, Our Family®program, a five year, $50 million commitment to creating global economic opportunity. Recognized as best-in-class with numerous awards, including the prestigious Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Excellence AwardOur World, Our Family® touched more than five million lives.

"The strongest brands and social movements are built from the inside out." Talya also leads WU’s global corporate internal communications and events. Her team focuses on engaging employees in WU’s customer-centric, purpose-driven culture through a variety of special initiatives and regular communications channels.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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29
Feb
2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Ending World Hunger and Poverty While Caring for the Earth


On February 26th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Pierre Ferrari, President and CEO of Heifer International about Heifer's initiatives for addressing hunger and poverty while helping to reinforce and build local communities in the process.

Pierre Ferrari was born in the Belgian Congo (today the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ferrari received a master’s degree in economics from The University of Cambridge and a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He joined Heifer with more than 40 years of business experience at companies like Coca-Cola USA, CARE and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund.

"Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses."

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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15
Feb
2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: COP21, The Unstoppable Momentum Behind Corporate Climate Action

On January 29th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Margaret Fenwick, Manager of Environment and Climate at the United Nations Global Compact, the UN’s corporate responsibility initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. (over 12,000 participants in 170 countries).  She will be discussing the UNGC's Caring for Climate program.
 
Fenwick will discuss the UNGC's Caring for Climate program, which endeavors to help prevent a climate change crisis worldwide by mobilizing a critical mass of business leaders to implement and recommend climate change solutions and policies. The initiative helps companies to advance practical solutions, share experiences, inform public policy as well as shape public attitudes in an effort to mitigate a climate crisis. According to Bard MBA Director, Eban Goodstein, “Businesses have a unique opportunity, and responsibility, to be at the forefront of developing climate change solutions.”

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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9
Feb
2016

Sustainable Business Fridays: Certifying Sustainability and Transparency

On February 5th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Eric Henry, President of TS Designs. TS offers the most sustainable t-shirts and printing options on the planet. They use organic cotton, recycled materials and even an organic  “dirt to shirt” grown and made in North Carolina shirts and use water based inks. They also use on site solar, wind and compost power to power much of their facilities.

Eric has always had a heart for farming and gardening from a little kid- despite the fact he grew up in a large city. He started out thinking he would study agriculture – but his journey led him to cotton, shirts and sustainability. "Creating profitable, scalable businesses that respect all stake-holders is at the core of the Bard MBA's mission."  Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard MBA in Sustainability

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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29
Dec
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays - Community Supported Industry: From Supply Chain to Supply Loop

On December 18th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Susan Witt, Executive Director and Alice Maggio Local Currency Program Director, Schumacher Center for a New Economics when we will discuss a citizen-driven approach that uses “import replacement” as a strategy for local economic development.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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7
Dec
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Building a Sustainable EMS System

On December 4th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Bill Compton, Vice President of EMS Operation, Grady EMS. Grady EMS is one of the largest providers of pre-hospital care in the southeast handling approximately 110,000 requests annually for emergency services dispatched at the appropriate life threatening response level as determined through Emergency Medical Dispatch.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

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1
Dec
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays - Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Business Model Innovation for More Sustainable Outcomes

On November 20th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Cristiano Resende De Oliveira, Sustainability Consultant at FibriaRochelle March, MS/MBA '15, Analyst at SustainAbility.

Many companies that are flourishing financially today are inherently unsustainable. Despite laudable efforts to make their processes or products more sustainable, no amount of renewable energy sourcing or green product engineering, for example, can change that. There is an opportunity to do business differently, but it requires moving beyond mere product or process innovations for sustainability. 

SustainAbility’s latest research Model Behavior II: Strategies to Rewire Business outlines key forces influencing business model innovation for sustainability, the pivotal role of company culture to foster innovation, and distinct actions that internal innovators can undertake to advance the development of more sustainable business models. 

Featuring in-depth case studies about large, multinational companies, this report demonstrates how Fortune 500 companies can innovate their business models for sustainability. The first case study is that of Fibria, a multinational pulp and paper company that has successfully changed company mindsets about how to use its forest assets, and is diversifying to become a sustainable land and forest steward. 

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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11
Nov
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Leading from Your Legacy, Your Personal and Collective Vision for World Healing

On November 6th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Lev Natan, Sacred Business Coach, The Medicine Tree about leading from your legacy.

What does it mean to have a legacy? How do we consciously create a legacy and walk it out into the world? Why is it so important to be thinking in terms of legacy at this time in our world, and how does it relate to business, leadership, and sustainability? 

Lev Natan is certified both as an Empowerment Life Coach and Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner, and works with change-makers, pioneers, innovators, natural leaders and trailblazers who are devoted to growing the emerging culture through a sustainable livelihood, and are striving to ground their visionary ideas into practical plans that embody the essence of their purpose. As a Sacred Business Coach, he works with entrepreneurs & solo practitioners on heart-centered visioning, action plans, messaging & program development; business-owners & their teams on leadership, collective vision planning, and creating an inspiring work culture; organizational & corporate professionals on infusing their work with their calling or making the transition to their life’s work full-time; and retired professionals on creating a legacy of contribution to the future.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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2
Nov
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Changing Tastes - Sustainability in Food Systems with Arlin Wasserman

On October 30th, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Arlin Wasserman, founder of Changing Tastes on sustainability in food systems.

Changing Tastes is a consultancy that helps it clients find opportunity and realize value at the intersection of the five major drivers of change in our food system: sustainability, public health, information technology, demographics and the changing role of the culinary professional. The firm’s insights are the basis for the strategy, innovation, sustainability and performance management services it provides to Fortune 500 and growth stage food companies, public and private investors, and nongovernmental organizations.

Arlin also is chair of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council for Menus of Change, a joint initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health and a fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at the Virginia Polytechnic University.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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5
Oct
2015

Sustainable Business Fridays: Building a Cleaner Clean with Saskia van Gendt, Greenskeeping Manager for Method Home

On October 2nd, Bard MBA in Sustainability spoke with Saskia van Gendt, Greenskeeping Manager for Method Home.  Method Home makes beautiful cleaning products that are as kind to the planet as they are tough on dirt. The company recently opened the industry’s first LEED-platinum certified plant in the South Side of Chicago. Join us to learn more about how Method is setting the standard for clean manufacturing.

Saskia is Captain Planet for Method Products PBC based in San Francisco, California. Method designs cleaning and personal care products that work for people and the planet. With a background in lifecycle analysis and systems thinking, Saskia applies the science of sustainability with the strategy of business to influence and improve all aspects of company operations. She leads greenskeeping projects for North America covering packaging, ingredients, supply chain, green building, and third-party certifications through Cradle to Cradle and B Corp. Prior to Method, Saskia led material sustainability projects in packaging and green building at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Join the Bard MBA in Sustainability program for our twice-monthly dial-in podcast series over your lunchtime featuring sustainability leaders from the New York City area and across the planet.

Dial in: 845-746-2287 (no need to enter a pin to join the call)

Sustainable Business Fridays convenes every first and fourth Friday of the month during the semester, with special guests selected by students in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. 

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