What Businesses Need to Know About Sustainable Development Goals

Harvard Business Review

Some companies could get a jumpstart in their industry in organizing partnerships and even positioning themselves as leaders in sustainable development using the goals as a branding anchor. This can make the case for innovating in sustainable development more challenging.

Where Are All The Great Careers? Hiding Right Here.

Rich Gee Group

Car Sales - If you get into the game, you can quickly become a finance or desk manager making $120+ a year. A friend of mine is a chemical plant manager and he said that he pays his engineers $110k and he is worried that they aren’t paying enough.

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Building Your Brand “Buddy the Elf” Style – Part 1 :: Women on.

Women on Business

For others, adults, Buddy was a “chemically imbalanced” adult man who thinks and dresses like an elf running around through the streets of New York City. But let’s assume that Buddy is indeed an elf, developed and created by the North Pole to fill a need…to make toys.

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Can Index Funds Be a Force for Sustainable Capitalism?

Harvard Business Review

These two trends may seem separate—or, some people believe, incompatible—but together I believe they have the power to improve finance’s role in the world. Just look at Uber to understand the importance of diversity and product safety or at car manufacturers scrambling to develop a competitive advantage in electric cars as countries seek to decarbonize their economics and fight pollution. Hiroshi Watanabe/Getty Images. The investment industry is changing.

Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

14th Administrator, United States Agency for International Development. Rod MacKenzie – Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer for Pfizer, member of Pfizer’s Executive Leadership Team. Former President, Dow Chemical USA.

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What It Will Take to Fix HR

Harvard Business Review

Put the most strategic pieces into the hands of up-and-comers passing through the leadership-development revolving door? Those conditions elevated the work of the finance function to the point that, today, the CFO helps to set the course of business, advancing an organization’s growth and improving its competitive position by identifying and resolving key financial constraints. Lynanne Kunkle, VP-Global Talent Development and HR-Asia for Whirlpool, is a case in point.

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Ending the Shareholder Lawsuit Gravy Train

Harvard Business Review

These lawsuits have been enabled in part by the efficient-market teaching that “in an open and developed securities market, the price of a company’s stock is determined by the available material information regarding the company and its business.” Economy Finance Risk management

The Rise of the COO

Harvard Business Review

COOs are relatively common in service industries such as financial services, energy, information technology and telecommunications, but in manufacturing sectors — such as automotive, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies — they are relatively rare. Part of the problem may be in the backgrounds that companies desired: 85% of COOs had experience in operations, strategy, or finance. Career planning Leadership development Succession planning

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How to Know If a Spin-Off Will Succeed

Harvard Business Review

The outsiders provide new blood in support functions such as finance, legal, or administration. For example, after its spin-off from International Paper, Arizona Chemical drastically changed its market approach from a drive for volume to margin optimization.

Have a Real Impact; Keep Your Day Job

Harvard Business Review

The men and women who choose this path have diverse expertise and job responsibilities: marketing, leadership development, communications, operations, new business development, purchasing. Corporate social responsibility Leadership development Social enterprise

Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business Review

Consider the core mission of the modern IT department: Taking in all the technology “mess” (often from several different divisions), developing the necessary competencies, and delivering savings and efficiency to the company.

Case Study: Culture Clash in the Boardroom

Harvard Business Review

The two went way back: Both had been with their German parent company, Almond Chemical, since 1999, when it first established operations in China. Since then Almond China had set up two joint ventures with local partners — the only way foreigners could do chemical business in the country. 2 Chemical Company, were very active. As he walked into the lobby of the Hilton, he ran into George Ho, the finance director for the joint venture.

Rethinking Your Supply Chain in an Era of Protectionism

Harvard Business Review

With all of the changes and uncertainty, companies in a wide range of industries – from autos and chemicals to electronics and appliances – are moving quickly to rethink supply chains and make them more resilient. Of the major manufacturing sectors, only chemicals, food, and beverages and tobacco products saw a meaningful increase in the number of firms. Most U.S.

Solving the Twin Crises of Energy and Water Scarcity

Harvard Business Review

Automobile manufacturers, for example, create products that rely on metals, chemicals, oil, and gas, which are among the most energy- and water-intensive industries.

7 Charts Show How Political Affiliation Shapes U.S. Boards

Harvard Business Review

Republicans generally favor developing a pipeline of diverse candidates through director advocacy and mentorship, while Democrats are more likely to favor requiring that every director slate include diverse candidates, or that boards implement targets for diverse membership.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

Investors might have a geographic focus: they may care more about developed or developing economies, or a particular country or community. Or take Warby-Parker , which provides a pair of reading glasses in developing countries every time it sells a pair of its own glasses.

Joint Ventures Reduce the Risk of Major Capital Investments

Harvard Business Review

Ageas contributes its expertise in insurance product design, marketing, finance, and risk management, while the partner, often a well-embedded local financial institution, contributes its customer portfolio, distribution channel, brand, and relationships.

If the U.S. Gets into a Trade War with the EU, It Will Lose an Ally in Pressuring China

Harvard Business Review

SOEs receive preferential access to land, finance, telecom, hydrocarbons, and electricity. have been quietly working to develop another agreement containing rules to restrain Chinese subsidies. billion in subsidies included solar panels, chemicals, pipe, steel wire, wheels, wind towers, and kitchen appliances. the EU, and Japan have agreed to develop “joint action” on China’s subsidies. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images.


The Buzz on Green Business in China

Harvard Business Review

Of these 5 articles, some were self-explanatory: " Nation spurs development of new, green technologies " " VW: Tooling up for sustainability " " Batteries still drag green vehicle effort " Two articles didnt scream sustainability until you read them: " Chemical company paints rosy picture for the future ," which opens with the question, "How can a chemical company earn more money through eco-friendly products?"

A Board Member’s Guide to Corporate Political Spending

Harvard Business Review

We have developed a framework to help boards make decisions concerning corporate political spending — decisions that are informed; consistent with company strategies, policies, and values; and that mitigate risks as much as possible. The 2016 U.S.

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Overcome Your Biases and Build a Great Team

Harvard Business Review

The leading executive recruitment firm Egon Zender, as part of talent evaluation at the time of Dow Chemical’s merger with Rohm and Haas in the Spring of 2009, described us as the “best CEO university” they had ever seen. I had an unlikely journey to the top.

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What See-Through Pants Can Reveal About a Company's Weaknesses

Harvard Business Review

For years, the creative side of the company was the top priority, leaving things like finance, IT, and HR to suffer (yes, they tried to run their operations on spreadsheets). Lululemon was also slow to develop quality-control systems in manufacturing (thus the unfortunate pants), with fewer than 30 employees overseeing 90% of the 30 million units of clothing per year. Downward Dog, Perhaps. Lululemon, the upscale retailer of yoga clothing, is doing great.

The 10 Most Important Sustainable Business Stories from 2014

Harvard Business Review

All the major players in the personal care product value chain — the giants of consumer products, chemicals, and fragrances — were there (as was I). The general topic was how this group could reduce the physical and chemical impacts of all those gels and liquids we use on our bodies, and the group will continue to work together and convene to tackle thorny issues in the value chain. Financing the clean economy.

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Sears Has Come Back from the Brink Before

Harvard Business Review

Concerns that it wouldn’t have enough cash to finance its holiday stock has apparently led to the company to sell real estate, spin off its Lands’ End brand, and raise $625 million in unsecured loans and equity warrants. At the hoary age of 128, it had already beat the odds twice over when it lost its place to chemical maker LyondellBasell at close of trading this year on September 4 th.

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