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Jim Harris is an in international bestselling author and management consultant. He writes on the topics of technology, disruptive innovation, sustainability, how going green is profitable, leadership and trends. He speaks at 40 conferences and seminars a year worldwide. You can reach him at jimh@jimharris.com, follow him on Twitter at @JimHarris

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Are Your Sustainable Practices Really Making a Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 7:27 AM

It seems 2013 was the year of strategic renewal. Most of Canada's big retailers began the year with established business sustainability initiatives. Having made significant progress in eco-efficiency, companies were refreshing their business sustainability strategies after five or more years of experience under the belt.

Those doing it well...

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Some Points of View You Won't Hear Coming Out of Davos

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Today is the first day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (Jan 22-25). Many surveys and analysis will be presented at the Forum and side events outlining the problems and solutions the world and nations face. Here are some points of view that you will NOT likely hear...

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Billboard in the Jungle: SEO Essential for Sales and Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 9:54 AM

This is the first of a series of regular columns to be published on the 1st and 15th of every month by Scott Wilson and Jim Harris on how to grow your business online.

eCommerce exceeded $US1.2 trillion in 2013, according to a new report by eMarketer,...

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When More Cancer Is Good for GDP Growth, We're Measuring Things Wrong

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:18 AM

Environmentalists have been asking some pretty tough questions of economists for the last 50 years.

In Natural Capitalism Amory Lovins, Hunter Lovins and Paul Hawken point out that of every 100 units of raw material that goes into our industrial system only 6 per cent is still...

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Let's Worry About Climate Change, Not Miley Cyrus

(21) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Life on Earth Hangs in the Balance
In late September 2013 the International Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report.

If businesses, economies and governments continue the current "business as usual" trajectory, by 2040 global carbon emissions...

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Davos: Talking Champagne on a Sinking Titanic

(13) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 5:47 AM

On the morning of Saturday, January 12 when I logged onto Facebook, a friend's status update jumped out at me: "WHY DO MEDIA FAIL TO DISCUSS OPENLY THE SIGNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE? IT"S NOW 12 DEGREES IN TORONTO, NO SNOW, AND THE SIGNS OF SPRING IN JANUARY ARE NOT GOOD...

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How Much Can Business Influence the Environment?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:25 PM

This is the eleventh blog and final blog for 2012 in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appeared on Tuesdays, and will commence again in 2013.

Our first blog, How Sustainability Can Save Business, reframes the common purpose of traditional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)...

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Why CFOs Need to Care About Sustainability -- Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:23 AM

This is the tenth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) are increasingly accountable for sustainability. A study by Deloitte -- Sustainability: CFOs are coming to the table -- found...

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Will Canada Take Action on Energy?

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:34 AM

This is the ninth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Canada needs a "national approach to climate policy and carbon pricing." Think that this is the advice of some environmental group? Then think again; this is the urging of the Canadian...

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Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast (Part II)

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 7:56 AM

This is the eighth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Last week we emphasized that culture trumps strategy every time, and that the key to unlocking the value of any strategy is to understand and harness the corporate culture...

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Why Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

This is the seventh blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast, every day." This was Tyler's response to a question during a panel session at a recent conference. The panel was discussing the challenges faced by professional...

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What's Really Killing Print Journalism

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Print journalism is changing fundamentally. Three dramatic events last week make the point: On October 18, Newsweek magazine announced it will become a digital only publication in 2013, ending 80 years in print.

The same week, John Stackhouse, Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail, announced that the...

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The Benefits of Carbon Shadow Pricing

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:41 AM

This is the sixth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Placing a shadow price on carbon can help a company cut costs, while dramatically reducing its risk and exposure to rising energy prices and a price being put on carbon.

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A Little Less Cardboard Can Save You Millions

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:25 AM

This is the fifth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Using sustainability as strategy can drive change within a company's supply chain by engaging suppliers and service providers with the resulting savings running into the millions of dollars a year.

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There's More Oil in Detroit than Saudi Arabia

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:54 AM

This is the fourth blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Transportation accounts for 29 per cent of US and 26 per cent of Canada's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. It also accounts for 70 per cent of oil...

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In Business, Don't Waste a Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

This is the third blog in a weekly series on how sustainability can save business. It appears every Tuesday.

Many Canadians are trying to do more with less during this economy of thrift. But we all face essential expenses -- those costs associated with "keeping the lights on" --...

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You Are Better Off Investing in Sustainability Than Stocks

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 10:58 AM

It is surprising just how big is the "sustainability" opportunity is.

In just the energy efficiency (EE) field McKinsey & Company estimates that $2 trillion can be invested in EE by 2020 with an internal rate of return (IRR) of 17 per cent. To put that into...

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How Sustainability Can Save Business

(14) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 8:48 AM


This is the first of a series of weekly columns to be published on Tuesday by Tyler Elm and Jim Harris on how sustainability as strategy cuts cost, raises revenue and mitigates risk for business.

Ever since Rachel Carson's groundbreaking Silent Spring was published in 1962, environmentalists...

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The Only Call Harper Should Be Making is a Judicial Inquiry

(48) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 7:40 AM

I have been completely stunned by the Conservatives' reactions to the ever growing robocall election fraud scandal.

With the corruption of Adscam, the Conservatives demanded a judicial inquiry into the financial fraud perpetrated by the Liberal party in Quebec on a daily basis until the

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Harper Conquers Canada, One Robocall at a Time

(216) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 5:49 PM

The widening "robocall scandal" is deeply disturbing -- as is its media coverage.

The language we use to describe a situation, the words that a journalist uses in their coverage of an issue, literally frame the issue and how we think about it.

This isn't a story about...

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