Tag Archives: Sustainability

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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Planning and Strategy for Engagement of Employees for Sustainability (Session 1 – SEND)

Planning and Strategy (This is the first post in a series within the Sustainability Learning Centre’s Sustainability Engagement Network Discussion (SEND) initiative) By Wendy Firlotte, Employee Engagement for Sustainability Specialist Whether your organization is looking to start a new sustainability … 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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‘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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Six Surprising Sustainability Facts

By Jim Harris 1. Fuel efficient cars would eliminate North American Oil Imports If every car in North America got the same fuel efficiency as my Toyota Prius there’d be no need to import any oil into North America and … Continue reading

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The Occupy Movement – “We Interrupt this Empire for the Following Message…”

Paul Hawken published his book, “Blessed Unrest: How the largest social movement in history is restoring grace, justice and beauty to the world”, in 2007.  In it, he discussed how more than 100,000  “grassroots” organizations have emerged on the planet to confront … Continue reading

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Are Consumers Really Losing Interest in Green Products?

A recent headline in the Globe and Mail “Is the environmental movement dying?” may have grabbed your attention.  It sure did mine.  It was an article about a Bensimon Bryne study that says Canadian consumers are losing interest in “green” products.  … 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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There’s Still Room in the MBA Toolbox

It is said, around darkened pub booths and student haunts, that there was a time long ago when jobs were reasonably available. Legend has it an applicant would have a good chance of success if they had a bit of … Continue reading

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Sustainability for Profit – Drifting from the Core Message

Is a sustainability initiative best justified by showing the potential benefits to your companies bottom line? At first look, it would appear so.  One of the great things about sustainability initiatives is that they often go hand in hand with maximizing … Continue reading

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