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Oct 1, 2019

“If you aren’t making money on your sustainability efforts then you’re just not doing it right"

Kevin Wilhelm is the CEO of a company called Sustainable Business Consulting. He is one of the world’s pre-eminent business consultants and teachers in the field of sustainability.

He has 20 years of experience working with hundreds of businesses ranging across thousands of different industries from Fortune 500 multinationals to medium size businesses. His company specialises in helping companies realise business value through the integration of sustainability into everything they do. His clients include Nordstrom, REI, Alaska Airlines, The North Face, Expeditors, Redbox,, and Real Networks.

Some of the topics discussed in this weeks episode:

  • Worked in professional soccer and baseball in the US
  • They help companies find a win-win solution for themselves and the environment
  • Businesses want to do right by the environment, SBC shows them how to save money and even make more money while taking care of the environment
  • Helps companies manage waste in an economical way
  • A lot of states and cities in the US work hard to hit the tough environmental targets they’ve set themselves regardless of the federal approach
  • Many global corporations are taking far more action than people realise as investors are demanding this
  • Lots of innovation by companies such as Walmart and Target and they push their suppliers to meet certain standards
  • How the Port of Seattle set standards far higher than those set by the Paris accord and hit their targets which put pressure on large ports worldwide
  • What can a bank do in terms of climate issues? Columbia bank made a proactive step to assist companies that needed financing (Green Loans) to implement environmental change
  • The finance industry in the US is leading the charge
  • How Kevin handles climate change deniers
  • Blogpost - How to talk to the other side
  • How he helped professional sports teams to be carbon neutral which led to other teams following suit
  • How he Exceeding his own Expectations by writing his first book
  • How electric cars are doing in the USA
  • People put limitations on themselves
  • How he created a graduate scheme programme in sustainability issues
“I don’t know of a single person who once they have owned an electric car, has wanted to go back"

He has taught 13 different business courses on sustainability, has lectured across the country hundreds of times, and is the author of three acclaimed books in this field including:
- Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy
- Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Sustainability Implementation
- Sustainable Jobs: The Complete Guide to Landing Your Dream Green Job.


Company Twitter: sbc_consulting
Twitter: @KevinWilhelmSBC
The blogpost mentioned:

Making Sustainability Stick: The Blueprint for Successful Implementation

Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy

Return on Sustainability: How Companies Can Increase Profitabilty & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy

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