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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“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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