Category Archives: Sustainability Strategy

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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Are we following the “collapse” scenario predicted 30 years ago?

Dennis Meadows, one of the original authors of the 1972 book The Limits to Growth, thinks it is far too late to achieve sustainable development as that term is commonly understood. Speaking March 1, 2012 at a joint symposium in … 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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Exploring a Flawed Paradigm: Why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not enough

By Chad Park, Executive Director, The Natural Step The following editorial by Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada, appeared in the Corporate Citizens Mediaplanet Special Report in the National Post on December 28, 2011.   Reprinted with permission. … Continue reading

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Sustainability Strategy – a luxury or competitive advantage?

Joseph Schumpeter was an Austrian-American economist who likened capitalism to a  “perennial gale of creative destruction”.  It’s funny how many economists did not / do not like Capitalism, but that is a discussion for another day.  Last week the Schumpeter … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Earth Hour?

I forgot about Earth Hour. I mean, it’s not like I forgot Earth Day, plus I have my excuses. I was moving on Saturday so I was distracted. Well, in reality we had finished long before 8:30 PM so I … Continue reading

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Maximizing the Business-NGO Relationship

Supporting a local or international non-profit organization, especially one working for a social or environmental cause, is a great way to support the community and expand your corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Non-profits have the distinct advantage of being both … Continue reading

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