It makes sense for an electric car company to be deemed “sustainable,” but a few others on the list were surprising to Tom Lyon, a business and sustainability professor at the University of Michigan. Lyon, who was not involved in the ranking, says he was surprised Swedish fast fashion giant H&M made the list at No. 27. “H&M sourced from the Rana Plaza factory that collapsed in 2013, killing 1,100 workers. Perhaps they are a completely different company now, but the category itself still worries me,” he says over email. “Their products are not meant to last, so they end up in the trash very quickly.” On the other hand, he notes, U.K. personal care and cleaning product brand Unilever often tops Canadian research firm GlobeScan’s sustainability ratings, so he was surprised to see it about halfway down at No. 46 on the Corporate Knights list. … [Read more...] about These are the most sustainable corporations in the world
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An elegant, easy-to-use interface has been a hallmark of Hulu’s since its 2008 launch, thanks to founding CEO Jason Kilar, who maintained a near-maniacal attention to design. He ensured that Hulu has been thinking about the technical nuances of television viewing for nearly a decade—unlike, say, AT&T. When Hopkins became Hulu CEO in 2013, the former 21st Century Fox executive was expected to be able to smooth out the tensions among Hulu’s corporate parents—Disney, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast (more recently, Time Warner became a minority owner)—that marked Kilar’s tenure. He also had to brush up on his tech skills. Though steeped in television distribution, Hopkins was such a digital novice that Peter Rice, chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, welcomed him to Hulu by sending him a Steve Jobs uniform (black mock turtleneck, New Balance sneakers, faded jeans) and a copy of The Internet for Dummies. … [Read more...] about Can Hulu Reprogram The Way We Watch TV?
There can be a temptation to go down the path of becoming a “celebrity founder,” where every week you might be talking at a different event. It can be very easy to justify this time allocation, as each conference will bring new business cards that look like progress, but I often find these to be unsustainable methods. New sales leads should mostly come from a healthy sales org, not the CEO attending dozens of events. Further, always being on the road can be toxic for the company at home. You can miss major problems, and if your company hits a hiccup or setback, the backlash can be catastrophic. … [Read more...] about 4 ways you can benefit from schmoozing at industry events