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Zappos. Some are older companies, recognizing that what brought success would not lead to future success. These included Cummins, Gore, Harley-Davidson, Haworth, Balfour Beatty, CBRE and GSA. But all of them have a distinct holistic philosophy and understand the role of space in maintaining, improving or transforming corporate culture. Through its study of those companies, we discovered a new law for survival and success. The organizations that can change their cultures the fastest with the least disruption win! Let's consider how that law applies to commercial real estate. Over the life of a building a company will spend about five percent on design, construction and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). Three percent will be spent on operation, and 10 percent on technology. That 18 percent is the domain where companies focus on reducing the cost. But 82 percent of a company's costs are the people! This discovery led one Case4Space member to ask, "Are we squeezing pennies for efficiency at the top and losing dollars of engagement underneath?" Finally, a clear picture emerged: When we create a process that is social and engaging the results produce an engaging workplace. Case4Space completed our collective work in October of 2013. Wiley published it in September 2014 as Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workplaces Lead to Transformation and Growth. Net-Works: Turning Waste Nets into Carpet W i t h t h e h e l p o f a c r o s s - s e c t o r collaboration known as Net-Works™, more than 147,000 pounds of discarded fishing nets have been removed from the world's oceans. Net-Works is the first inclusive business model of its kind to combine the conservation and livelihood expertise of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the business know-how of Interface, integrating fishing communities in the Philippines into the global carpet company's supply chain as a source of recycled nylon. T he over w hel m i ng problem of d i s c a rde d f ishing nets has not only ta ken a tremendous toll on the environment but also on marine life. Net-Works has shown that it is possible not only to effectively tackle this growing environmental problem, but to also empower some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Philippines to join a global supply chain by taking care of their local environment. Fishing nets are one of the most abundant sources of recyclable nylon in the world and are typically constructed from the same nylon material that is used to make the yarn in Interface's carpet tiles. The Net-Works team trains villages in net collection and processing, and Aquafil, a global supplier of synthetic fibers, purchases the material at a fair price, then uses the material to create new recycled yarn. GIA 2015 Workers in a fishing village in Southeast Asia sort through fishing nets that were discarded in the ocean. Global Innovator's Award Finalists 54 the LEADER | September/October 2015

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