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Feb. 2, 2011 SDF Corporate Sustainability

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented as part of their Green and Clean Evening Series “The State of Corporate Sustainability.” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated Michael Beutler of SAP, Joyce Dickerson of Stanford University, Brian Goncher of Deloitte, Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures. Building sustainability into an organization’s DNA improves efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.

Reaching sustainability is as much an attitude as a process. Any organization can benefit from rethinking how it does business. Examine your costs. Can you eliminate travel by teleconferencing? Would it be better to have all your employees in the same geographic location or time zone? Can social networking internally and externally increase communication and productivity? How much office space do you really need? Is there a service than can be delivered with less energy or product with less packaging? If you convert most of your information to online, can you reduce your costs with more energy efficient IT centers?

Beyond your company, can you offer services that help your customers be more efficient and sustainable than their competitors? Anticipate their need and you will beat the competition.

For more information check out James Downey’s article.

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May 6, 2010 SDF Green Supply Chains

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented its Green and Clean Evening Series: “The Modern Green Supply Chain ? Marrying Profitability & Sustainability?” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated panelists Judy Glazer of Hewlett-Packard, Stephen Meller of Procter and Gamble, Jamie O’Halloran of GXS, Alex Salkever of Picarro, and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures.

They discussed the information and communications technology (ICT) industry efforts to create sustainable supply chains using the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) guidelines. Opportunities exist for companies like Picarro, which can take a sample of a product and determine if it is a green product or not. HP has been examining its supply chain and improving efficiencies for over twenty years. P&G developed coldwater detergents that eliminate the need for heating water and save energy. GXC and Physic Ventures constantly look at the logistics from a green perspective knowing in the long run it may not only save money, but make it.

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