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By Neil Bellefeuille

One of the most important global movements of our time is unfolding right in front of us: the evolution of business toward a more sustainable future.

The move toward long-term sustainable value creation is no longer an option, but rather a growing imperative driven by socially and environmentally aware investors, customers, employees, and partners. Every company is going to need to understand and act on truly material Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues to remain relevant and competitive. There’s no getting around the fact that you will be scored, measured, and judged.

The question is whether you will drive that process or be driven by it. …


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Gregg is Uncommon.

Gregg Imamoto is the CEO of Pieology Pizzeria, a make your own pizza fast casual restaurant chain with over 120 locations around the world. Gregg specializes in business turnarounds and has been doing that successfully for over 20 years. When not working, Gregg enjoys spending time with his family, especially at the beach, coaching his son’s sports teams and taking care of their two rescue Jack Russell Terriers.

We asked Gregg to share some uncommon sense from his life and career.

Bulldog Drummond: What value, phrase or uncommon truth do you live by?


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Our Equity Impact

The dire events that occurred this year have opened our eyes to the growing inequalities that our nation’s outdated, and often unjust, systems fail to address time and time again. To create real and critical change in our world, it will take hard work, perseverance and willingness to change our daily behavior — and at Bulldog Drummond, we’re committed to doing just that. Over the past several months, we have been working to identify the ways that we can do better, and be better, both as individuals and as a company.

Our Internal Impact

We partnered with the team at BILD to complete a deep dive into anti-racism and race equity spaces, pulling out several key themes that helped guide our Bulldog team to learn together.We used the resources they gathered to compare and contrast our current processes, and it helped us create a guide for evaluating and improving Bulldog’s equitable outcomes. In addition to BILD’s recommendations, The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide provided us with an essential framework to apply a race equity lens to our organization. …


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Chris Baréz-Brown is Uncommon.

Chris has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect. He is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. Chris has created Talk It Out to help make a difference with global suffering by encouraging people to develop positive mental wellbeing, for free.

We asked Chris to share some of his personal uncommon sense learnings from his life and career.

Bulldog Drummond: What value, phrase or uncommon truth do you live by?
Chris Barez-Brown: There is only today and everyone is golden.

BD: What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
CB: Talk It Out — a mental wellbeing movement that I hope will make the planet spin better and help millions of people lead better lives. …


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My mom is smarter than I am.

To anyone who has met both of us, this is hardly a revelation. It is like saying that George Clooney is more handsome than Winston Churchill. It’s objectively true.

In recent years, I have been reminded of this truth in part because of how business has evolved and how she somehow understood the holistic value of that progression. She consciously supported sustainable and responsible companies through her purchases and investing long before it was fashionable.

Let’s set the record straight: a new era of business isn’t coming; it is already here. Multinational firms like Apple and Microsoft have made meaningful statements in terms of their commitment to delivering sustainable, long-term value. Financial giants like State Street and Blackrock have fundamentally altered the direction of investment strategies. Sustainability-minded movements like B-Corp and Conscious Capitalism continue to mature and influence reporting trends. Even the Business Roundtable, a collective of more than 100 of the largest, most influential brands of our time, decided to redefine the purpose of a business to benefit all stakeholders rather than only shareholders. This new era of business is both exciting and uncertain, promising and increasingly complex (as 2020 has beat into our collective heads). …


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I was on a hike with my son a few weekends back and we were talking about the state of the world, the meaning of life and what the future looks like. Halfway up the hill he asked, “Dad, what’s the point? The world’s going completely mad, What’s the f-ing point of it all?” As one of the last American flip phone owners, he’s been deflecting social media’s infectious and manipulative dark side since high school and he’s always been a deep thinker. He ranted on about the prevalence of selfishness, stupidity, ignorance and the lack of respect making him sad. He threw up his anger all over me and his questions stopped me dead in my tracks. …


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It is very likely that you have reconsidered cleanliness and sanitation in your everyday life during this pandemic. Disinfection is top of mind, but not convenient; calling for innovation and thoughtful product design.

Violux has created a proprietary technology during a challenging time with the goal of changing the way people think about the objects around them.

We had the opportunity to talk with Sean Clottu, CEO of Violux, to talk more about their new tech product Luma (the world’s first smart UV-C light-cleaning technology) and how this product hopes to change the world.

Bulldog Drummond: Why did you start the company?
Sean Clottu: We were tired of living in fear. We were tired of seeing our friends and communities living in fear. …


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Santhosh is Uncommon.

Santhosh Nair is Vice President and General Manager of qPCR business at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role, he leads all aspects of strategy, technology and product development for molecular and genetic sciences. Santhosh lives in Encinitas, CA with his wife and loves travel, yoga and staying fit.

We asked Santhosh to share some uncommon sense from his life and career.

KICKOFF QUESTION

Bulldog Drummond: What value, phrase or uncommon truth do you live by?
Santhosh Nair: I try to be a better version of myself every day. This is a hard truth to live by, since the first step is to be radically honest with yourself. However, once you get used to this approach, you learn to prioritize your time and energy for things that really matter and spend time with people that you really care about. …


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Written by Shawn Parr

Bulldog Drummond is fast approaching its 25th year in business, and we have always been fueled by the desire to make a positive difference in the world. And that is now more relevant than ever before. When the world’s leading climate science organizations produced their landmark report in late 2018 for the United Nations, they warned of the urgency for fundamental socio-economic transformation to halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change. …


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Santhosh Nair is Vice President and General Manager of qPCR business at Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role, he leads all aspects of strategy, technology and product development for molecular and genetic sciences. Santhosh lives in Encinitas, CA with his wife and loves travel, yoga and staying fit.

KICKOFF QUESTION

Bulldog Drummond: What value, phrase or uncommon truth do you live by?
Santhosh Nair: I try to be a better version of myself every day. This is a hard truth to live by, since the first step is to be radically honest with yourself. …

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