Tag: Sustainable

What It Takes To Build A Sustainable Business

Managing Partner at UXReactor, on a mission to force-multiply business impact through human-centric strategy for all types of organizations.

My co-founder and I did not start our company to make a list. We started it to create a business that would make an impact. As entrepreneurs, the bottom-line aspiration is to be effective and be impactful. 

It is an honor to receive the 2020 Inc. 5000 recognition, as it is given to the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. To me, it is like any other award: It feels good when you get it, but it also puts a lot more pressure on you to continue that momentum. 

After five years and a notable journey of growth, I want to share with other business owners some lessons that we have learned in building “the firm.” Our company is founded on three core philosophies that serve as guiding principles

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Structural changes required to make Japan’s health system sustainable, according to Economist Intelligence Unit report

  • Challenges from ageing populations and covid-19 are putting pressure on Japan’s health system
  • Japan’s health system falls behind its peers in terms of long-term strategic perspective
  • Price review and setting mechanism introduces unintended inefficiencies in the health system and act as a brake on structural reform

TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 23 September 2020 – Japan’s healthcare system has kept the country remarkably healthy with relatively minor changes for nearly six decades. The system provides universal care, extensive coverage and the most innovative treatments at a cost that is accessible to all. Yet the scope of coverage in the Japanese system obscures the extent to which policymakers have put off making necessary but difficult choices. In particular, the lack of regulation of demand for health services, the pressures of an ageing population and the underdeveloped system for determining cost-benefit for health investments could paralyse Japan’s healthcare system as the

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Barilla Foundation Continues Commitments in “Fixing the Business of Food” to Support Alignment of Businesses with Sustainable Development

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alongside the 75th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation (BCFN), an independent foundation that works on proposing concrete actions to solve issues around global food systems, will host its second “Fixing the Business of Food” event — a joint initiative in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Santa Chiara Lab – University of Siena (SCL) and the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI).

The event—moderated by Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director of the Climate Policy Initiative—and featuring a keynote speech from European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, will bring together representatives from business, finance, government, international institutions and academia for a discussion on the actions urgently needed to transform the current food system in order to align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and

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3 Keys to Sustainable Business Growth

Any business can have a good day, a good week, and even a good month. Yet, the best businesses –– the ones that thrive and grow for years at a time –– experience positive outcomes on a markedly consistent basis. Successful growth isn’t something that happens in bursts or once every few years. Rather, businesses that last are growing all of the time –– even in the midst of difficult economic conditions. Here, we’ll explore this subject further and list three keys to sustainable business growth:


Yes, customer acquisition is necessary for a business to grow. But without a strong customer retention rate, any gains will quickly be erased. Building up a loyalty customer base is very challenging. It requires excellent customer service, quality product implementation, and precise marketing. Without a steady stream of income from reliable sources, though, no business can realistically project long-term growth.

Note also that

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American Sustainable Business Council And Social Venture Circle Unite


3 “Perfect 10” Dividend Stocks Yielding at Least 5%

Assessing where the markets will go can sometimes seem like more art than science, and an arcane art at that. But the data is out there to make sense of the stock movements.The TipRanks Smart Score is a perfect example. Scanning through the whole of the database, and assembling the information for every stock according to 8 categories known to predict future share performance, the Smart Score combines those categories into a single score that allows investors to see at a glance how the stock is likely to move in the coming year.That score is given on a scale from 1 to 10, with low scores indicating likely underperformance of the broader market, and higher scores indicating overperformance. A perfect score, a 10, is a rare gift for a stock. It doesn’t necessarily mean that every factor aligns perfectly –

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Mastercard & HSBC to Promote Sustainable Urban Development

Mastercard Incorporated MA recently partnered with the leading global banking and financial services provider, HSBC Holdings plc HSBC.  The tie up has paved the way for HSBC to join the City Possible network, which is pioneered by Mastercard.

Notably, collaboration forms the crux of the City Possible network, where members jointly codevelop innovative solutions for promoting sustainable urban development. The network utilizes collective resources and expertise of all its stakeholders to address prevalent urban challenges.

While HSBC is the latest addition to the City Possible network, other notable partners include the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH), Lyft, Inc. LYFT, IDEMIA, Here Technologies, Deep Labs and Willis Towers Watson WLTW.

Concurrent with the addition of HSBC, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) became the first National Tourism Organisation to join the Mastercard’s City Possible network.

Coming back to the HSBC tie-up, this alliance intends to focus on promoting green

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UPS: New CEO, New Strategy To Deliver Sustainable Alpha (NYSE:UPS)

Introduction – following a tried and true playbook

Not following its usual practice, UPS (UPS) appointed a board member as CEO as of June 1: Carol Tome, the long-serving CFO of Home Depot (HD). This former banker helped lead HD through the aftermath of the housing bust. From a Great Recession low below $20, HD has soared above $275, while paying steadily rising dividends. The strategy there was to more or less freeze the store count, not expand into Europe, Asia or South America, and focus on optimizing operations. Operating margins rose, and HD was relatively early in emulating Amazon (AMZN) in utilizing technology in the service of selling “stuff.” I discussed this point two years ago in How Home Depot Is Moving Toward Tech To Drive Alpha.

HD’s recovery from the Great Recession and entry into a strong bull phase stemmed from optimizing its assets; becoming better rather than

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Building a Sustainable Strategy for Remote Agents

The first half of 2020 will forever be defined by the global response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Individuals, businesses and governments worked together to mitigate an unprecedented public health crisis, ensuring human health and safety amid tremendous economic uncertainty. As more businesses embraced social distancing, it led to a digital migration on a massive scale, with remote work becoming the standard until the infection “curve” could be flattened.

It gave new urgency to trends that had been developing among contact center leaders. Technology enabled the possibility of employing remote agents that could serve customers anywhere, so long as they had an internet connection, softphone, a browser and access to the same cloud software as their counterparts in the office. But from a business continuity standpoint, it’s one thing to manage a relatively small number of remote agents and another when the entirety of your agent workforce suddenly joins them

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Mastercard Launches Partnership with HSBC to Promote More Sustainable and Inclusive Communities

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Mastercard today announced a new partnership with HSBC to accelerate sustainable urban development. Through City Possible, Mastercard’s partnership and co-creation framework for cities, the two global leaders will bring their collective resources, expertise, and integrated urban development frameworks to the City Possible network.

Since its inception, City Possible has facilitated a framework where members can draw on the collective expertise and resources of all stakeholders in order to replicate innovative solutions that address urban challenges. City Possible works to foster collaboration and co-creation, drive inclusive economic development, and build more resilient communities.

HSBC has an extensive track record in developing financial products that support a more sustainable future. It is a global finance provider to companies worldwide that deliver the full spectrum of city systems and urban services, as well as providing personal banking for millions of

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