Joel Makower

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The State of Green Business

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Nearly every company is assessing itself through the lens of sustainability. For a handful of leadership companies, it involves asking the question: “How do we compete in a world in which energy, water, materials, and toxicity are constraints to growth?” Today, being green is not just about “doing less bad” or “greening the bottom line.” It’s about reducing risk — supply chain, reputation, financial and more. It’s about growing the top line through innovation, new markets, increased productivity, and increased ability to attract and retain talent. I tell how leaders align sustainability with business value.

  • What’s driving sustainability to the top inside the world’s biggest companies
  • Strategies companies use to harness sustainability to create business value
  • “How good is good enough?” when it comes to sustainability performance
  • The challenges of communicating for environmental leaders
  • How a new breed of green innovators is transforming markets
  • A convergence is taking place among energy, information, building and transportation, food and carbon-removal technologies, representing one of the next great waves of business innovation — and a boon to solving the planet’s biggest challenges. This mash-up of clean technology, sustainable business and smart everything is creating vast opportunities for companies to develop ultra-efficient and innovative products, services and business models for companies, cities and customers. And it’s creating new opportunities for those at every rung of the economic ladder.

    In an era of climate change, economic uncertainty and global turmoil, business as usual is giving way to bold, audacious thinking: How can business help build resilience and well-being while addressing social, environmental and economic challenges? It’s a trillion-dollar business opportunity that affects every sector, and the inspiring subject of Joel’s 2016 book, about a new economic opportunity for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative — an unprecedented opportunity for business.


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    “Joel’s presentation could not have been more timely, or more on point. His engaging style, and specific insights, exceeded our expectations. I continue to receive a significant amount of positive feedback from our members. His willingness to adapt to our needs on-site, through moderating a panel discussion of our members, and then an appearance and discussion with our Board of Directors, just further highlights his passion and focus on real-world solutions. We all benefited greatly from Joel’s insights, experiences, and wisdom.”

    — President and CEO, National Wooden Pallet & Container Association

    “Thank you so much for speaking at our event last week. Our preliminary participant satisfaction survey numbers show 93% satisfaction, which is a tremendous result that exceeds the norm. We had up to 180+ concurrent employees watching, with many more watching the recording afterwards, especially in our EMEA and APJ locations.

    I really appreciated your thoughtful engagement while connecting our work at Workday with your content. I know enterprise software isn’t always sexy, but you have a wonderfully nuanced grasp of the work we do here and the material impacts we have in our industry.”

    — Sustainability Director, Global Impact Workday

    “A huge thank you for your very thoughtful and interesting presentation. I, also, heard many positive comments from attendees at the meeting. Our challenge is one of moving concepts forward within our profession and for each of us, personally. We will continue to think about our common interests to become allied with yours and that of the Verge conferences.”

    — American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers

    “Thank you for an outstanding presentation to the Posti Board. Your presentation made a big difference for the group and the CEO is personally committed to make sustainability a key success factor or the company.”

    — Posti, the Finnish postal board
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