Business & Sustainability

Nature Shop proves corporate responsibility

pays off

Originally published in Idealog #37, page 60

When I called Nature Shop’s chief executive Jeremy Curragh for a chat, he was one of many dealing with a rather sticky situation in Nature Shop’s hometown of Tauranga. It had been less than a week since the Rena had run aground on the Astrolabe Reef, and residents and businesses alike were reeling from the oily aftermath. Talk about opposites. Far from having a negative impact on the environment, social and environmental stewardship is at the core of Nature Shop’s philosophy. And in the increasingly competitive market of online retail, Curragh is adamant it’s one of the keys to the company’s ongoing success.

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Selling solar to the masses

Originally published in Idealog #36, page 62

From one-time Greenpeace activist to a man on mission to transform New Zealand into a 100 percent solar country by 2020, Solar City chief executive Andrew Booth certainly likes a good challenge.

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Green shoots in cleantech field

Originally published in Idealog #35, page 88

Making the move from advertising to software, to economic development consultancy and eventually clean tech might not seem like the most logical of career transitions, but for Rob McEwen, it all makes perfect sense.

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