McDonald’s Honors Suppliers for Sustainability Innovations

By now I’m sure you know how much I appreciate McDonald’s collaborative “System First” business model—I devoted an entire chapter to its “three-legged” relationship approach to employees, franchise owner/operators and suppliers in Vested: How P&G, McDonalds and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships. The company’s deeply-engrained culture for long-term, win-win relationships with suppliers dates […]

Dell’s Vested Vision: A “Legacy of Good”

A major corporate sustainability report from Dell contains some highly Vested ideas advocated by the company’s Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell. Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan—released late last year—is ambitious, realistic and philosophically consistent as it attempts to forge a long-term, multi-dimensional culture of sustainability both within the company and with its suppliers. “We […]

Megatrends in the Future of Logistics

Earlier this year I came across the annual Material Handling & Logistics U.S. Roadmap, which focuses on long-term predictions—out to 2025!—with a focus on the “megatrends” that will transform logistics. The 67-page report compiles what more than 100 industry thought-leaders had to say about the future in this particular sector, and how it will need […]

Taking Sustainable Development to the Next Level

Companies are poised to break through to the next level of sustainability this year, according to Dan Probst, chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at the real estate services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle. In a recent article he identified four sustainability trends to watch that will help make it happen. Those trends include transparency, global […]

2012 Outsourcing Wish List: Collaboration and Sustainability Please!

This is the time of year for trend lists and predictions. Usually they are mostly wrong or well, predictable. There are some that are worth paying attention to however. One is the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals’ Top Outsourcing Trends for 2012. For instance, IAOP says we should watch out for more M&As and consolidation […]