Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility

Sustaining Effective Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations

Momentum is a funny thing; when you have it – it seems like it could magically go on forever.  But in reality, it takes much insight, planning, and energy to sustain and build it.  It seems, this is true of … Continue reading

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Making Urgent, Deep Change for Sustainability – The Emergence of Social Innovation

I stand at the US customs booth in the airport on my way to Chicago using my best “sustainability” elevator speech on the Agent.  “I am going to a conference on sustainability,” I say. “Really,” he says studying my passport more … Continue reading

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Making Change for Sustainability – a wicked problem?

WANTED: Sustainability Change Process – must be simple to understand and able to generate significant long-term results with minimal short-term financial investment.  Candidates must be able to motivate and inspire others to achieve collective and individual action. Resulting change should … Continue reading

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Sustainability 101: Just What this Business Manager and Global Relief Director Needed

By Suanne deBoer I’ve just completed The Natural Step’s Sustainability 101 course and feel compelled to combine my business management experience and training with my commitment to social responsibility and sustainability.  The message of sustainability is so simple and yet … Continue reading

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What will it take to build the sustainable future we want?

In the first chapter of his book, The Sustainability Transformation, Alan AtKisson relates a story about moving to Seattle to take his first sustainability job as the Managing Editor of Context magazine.  He reflects, “I think …the best part about … Continue reading

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What is the connection between Plan-Do-Check-Act, ISO 14001 and Social Responsibility?

How is your “integrated thinking” cap working?  This Winter, Sandra Tavares and Stephen Boles, course leaders for SLC’s ISO 26000 course introduced an interesting perspective on connecting the plan-do-check-act cycle, ISO 14001 and social responsibility through the “Sustainability Wheel” a tool … Continue reading

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Is there life beyond growth for business?

May  2, 2012 (Reprinted from sustainability-dō – The art of blogging sustainability, succinctly by Alan Atkisson) The short answer is:  yes, there must be. But we have not seen it yet. The search continues. To illustrate the point, let me … Continue reading

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‘Uncomfortable (environmental) Targets’ Necessary – Unilever’s CEO has message for governments

Can governments learn something from business?  I think that Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever  could  teach a thing or two to certain governments who hold the future of my children in their hands.  If the key messages in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report … Continue reading

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A generous way of being: holding paradoxes, ambiguities and multiple worldviews.

These days, I think nothing could be more paradoxical than the way we live in this world.  We face the greatest environmental crisis in the age of human-kind, yet doggedly push on with massive fossil fuel and resource extraction projects … Continue reading

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Systemic change required: A comprehensive sustainability strategy is a leading business strategy

In a system, everything is connected to everything.  It is messy.  That is why Descartes and those who followed him in the 16th Century introduced linear procedures of thinking, dualisms and rationality as aspects of modern consciousness.  We are stuck with … Continue reading

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