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29. Choosing Carbon Offsets – A Controversial Earth Day Episode

Happy Earth Day! Today we’re tackling a subject that is often a little taboo in the sustainability space. And even in the last few weeks has caused major turmoil for our friends over at the Science-Based Targets Initiative. There’s a word in the sustainability space that, when spoken, often feels like one should look to the left and right to make sure no one hears them say……offsets. Veerless recently became Carbon Neutral Certified and Aclymate Leader Climate Certified. In this process, as a company with a small footprint, we went through the process to choose offsets twice. And we learned a lot. In today’s episode, we’re sharing our four-pronged approach to choosing carbon offsets for companies of any size and the offsets Veerless chose to offset our 2023 footprint.

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28. Impact Reporting for Small Companies – 5 Reasons Why

Veerless recently released our first ever Impact Report. Aligned to the five areas of focus in the B Impact Assessment, our first annual report details the steps we have taken to achieve excellence in each of these areas in 2023. It also lays out our goals for 2024 in terms of certification and sustainability alignment in our business. But it wasn’t enough for us to release an Impact Report for our small business. We want to inspire other companies like us to do the same. Today’s podcast shares our 5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Can and Should Produce an Impact Report.

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27. The Silent Sabotage of Workplace Wellbeing – Starting the Conversation on Moral Distress

The concept of moral distress was first studied by American ethicist Andrew Jameton related to nursing teams and ethical decision making in the 1980s. Today, the Veerless team is kicking off an ongoing conversations about moral distress in the workplace and its effect on wellbeing of team members. In the work of sustainability, the ethical decision making components of our roles are often glazed over or forgotten. In today’s podcast, Veerless Senior Consultant Kris Fischer joins Marcy to discuss the overarching concept of moral distress and begin to apply it to roles and functions in our industry. Stay with us in 2024 as we continue our series on moral distress throughout the year.

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26. It’s March! Happy New Year? We Think….

Alright, it’s March…and our “Happy New Year” episode should have been recorded weeks ago. But hey, action speaks louder than words? Right? Join our host, Marcy Twete, for a quick solocast about 2024 so far and takeaways from a few months of snowbird/nomad lifestyle. Welcome to 2024!

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25. The Intersection of AI and ESG in Today’s Regulatory and Ratings Environment

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24. Environment Isn’t Enough: When Fair Treatment and Fair Pay Lag in Otherwise Standout Sustainability Leaders

One of the more shocking trends in ESG and sustainability is when a stand-out leader in one area of ESG (environment, for example) lags behind significantly or experiences concerning controversy in another area. Today on Table Stakes, we’re examining three examples of companies (Kaiser Permanente labor strikes last week, Patagonia controversy in fair pay of textile workers, and Ben & Jerry’s role in a migrant child worker crisis) whose fair treatment and fair pay initiatives just don’t hold up against their impeccable environmental programs. What can we do to influence the fair labor work of brands we already respect?

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23. Your Bereavement Leave Policy Probably Sucks – And How to Change It

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22. Our 2023 Return to Table Stakes: Update from Marcy and Veerless

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21. Raising Your Ethics Game with Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

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20. The Power of Your Personal Carbon Footprint to Change Big Business

We know that companies and governments must be leaders in fighting the threat of climate change. But individuals have a clear role to play as well. Our guests today lead Aurora Sustainability, an innovative platform for individuals to calculate, understand, and address their carbon footprint. Aurora’s model is unique in that it brings together individuals and the companies they work for to collectively address carbon footprint and climate change. 

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