Author: James Schaffer

S&C Sustainability Clients in the Headlines

Just two years after Greenpeace challenged the apparel industry for unchecked toxic waste, the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 was a tragic wake-up call for the industry’s treatment of workers. Since then, Schaffer&Combs has supported the sector’s efforts to dramatically change practices, and generate credible environmental and social improvements....

Give it away: Part 2

Read Part 1 first, why don’t you? The philosophy doesn’t exclusively apply to for-profit concerns.  It profoundly applies to non-profits, but to grok this, you have to consider all such activities in terms of value exchange.

Due Diligence on the Ground

Schaffer & Combs personnel spend a lot of time at project sites. The trips are intense, because time is by definition short and the stakes are always high. For several days last summer, Arthur Combs traveled through Kenya representing an S&C client, an innovative private philanthropy, and staying busy to say...

Give it away, give it away … now

Five quick reasons off the top of my head you should give a version of your service or product away for free.  And if you think this only applies in a for-profit context, see Part 2.   Here you go.  The reasons you should give it away: You will...

The Art of Rest

You’re burning calories, but are you performing? I’ve had the privilege of befriending a number of impressive athletes. It’s true that when you’re struggling to keep pace on a bike ride or long run, they all look quite similar: they grow increasingly small in front of you, and then...

Do you like to fight? You should.

Dear market visionary, with your piercing eyes and enviably precise understanding of what customers want RIGHT NOW, Are you all passion, and no discipline? When the nuts-and-bolts people in your organization talk about process or risk, do you feel artistically neutered, or robbed of the excitement that gets you...