Category Archives: Sustainability and Business

Great News! It Doesn’t Take a Visionary to Change the World

Take heart. According to Researcher Sandra Waddock “a personal desire to make a difference” – matters. As reported by the Network for Business Sustainability, Waddock studied the emerging systems and institutions that frame the discussion of corporate sustainability and responsibility today.  She found … Continue reading

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Guelph Sustainable Commerce Program Meets UN Responsible Management Principles

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I recently discovered the UN  Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).   Under the coordination of the UN Global Compact and leading academic institutions, the PRME task force developed in 2007 a set of six principles which lay the foundation … Continue reading

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Collaboration or Collision – facing down the barriers of sustainability transformation

Collaboration is complicated.  I am working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to bring together four other non-governmental organizations, one municipal government with multiple engaged departments (energy, water, transportation, waste, wellbeing), two utilities, businesses  and neighbourhood groups to launch a city-wide conservation … 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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Do green/sustainability project managers have the critical “know-how” to leverage a more sustainable world?

Donella Meadows once noted that there are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.  She called them “leverage points”, they … 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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Zero Net Impact Growth – Radical Oxymoron or Critical Survival Strategy for Business

It is a paradox.  You can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet.  Yet, we’re stuck in a  global economic model that continuously drives us toward growth. Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis Meadows told us this 40 years ago in … Continue reading

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WWF 2012 Report – Can you believe we are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide?

According to the 2012 World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report, we are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide, and unless we change course that number will grow very fast – by 2030, even two planets will … 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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