Creating Opportunities – Local businesses empowering their communities through just hiring practices and fair wages

Image: Photo by Alex Brisbey. There are some incredible companies in Detroit that embody Triple Bottom Line (3BL) business practices. The three businesses below use found or donated materials to create one-of-a-kind products; the result is lower demand for new materials, which in-turn reduces the business’s impact on the environment. Perhaps even more important, these …

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Engaging Employees is People Sustainability

Sustainability is the foundation of the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s vision and we hope to help local businesses incorporate it into their work by using a Triple Bottom Line framework. A Triple Bottom Line framework is a process by which nonprofits, companies, organizations, and/or business manage their financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and …

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Who Are Your Stakeholders? Identify, Prioritize, and Engage

Have you ever tried to make a list of everyone that affects or is affected by your company? It can be quite a daunting task; but, one that can greatly impact your success. Identifying stakeholders in a company or a specific project will allow you to holistically analyze your goals, needs, and challenges and make …

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Employing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability

How can we solve today’s problems in a way that continues to provide for a better tomorrow and years to come? Triple Bottom Line sustainable business practices were originally proposed as a complete system change to the way we measure success in business. Throwing out the numbers-only driven approach of capitalism, TBL embraces three core …

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“Beyond Financials” Sheds Light on Sustainable Business Assessments

When asked about how they achieved B-Corp certification, Mary O’Neil, Atomic Object’s Business Manager said, “It’s in our DNA”. Mary, along with Wendy Schlett, Vice President at the Sustainable Research Group, were the presenters at SMSBF’s, “Beyond Financials” event.  Held at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday evening, November 8th, “Beyond Financials” gave attendees a unique …

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Local Farms

Support Your Local Farms

Over the past several years, the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (SMSBF) has provided programs targeting people interested in local farms.  We’ve collaborated with Michigan State Tollgate Center and representatives from US Dept. of Agriculture.  We’ve highlighted urban farming projects from the area, like Recovery Park and have learned about the operations of Eastern Market. …

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Triple Bottom Line Concept

Triple Bottom Line Concept Gaining Awareness

The Triple Bottom Line concept is gaining awareness and momentum in the market as business leadership seeks competitive advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. It’s not just companies marketing environmental products and services or highly progressive companies that are adopting Triple Bottom Line practices anymore but a broader range of companies who rationally see substantial …

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