For companies to become sustainability leaders, they need sustainability leadership inside the organization, writes the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS). Having reviewed the best management research from around the world, NBS identified the following five rules for becoming a sustainability leader: 1. Take the long view; 2. Show employees who they’re helping; 3. Live your … Continue reading
What makes the ideal sustainability leader? Mindfulness, advocacy, patience and steadiness, cooperation and understanding, says Nicolas Ceasar from Ashridge Business School. Plus, sustainability champions need to “be aware of difficulties, and focus on the possibilities”, adds Cranfield University management professor Donna Ladkin. Continue reading
Green and sustainable: Who’d be more predestined to lead the way towards sustainable futures than schools and universities? Right. But how to accomplish green goals at institutional level? As Sarah Laskow writes over at GOOD: “More than other large institutions, universities tend to be driven by values. And when they don’t follow through, they’ve got … Continue reading
For many business leaders, nothing is clear when it comes to applying sustainability principles to their corporate business strategy. Many different concepts and definitions compete for attention, hundreds of different approaches promise to deliver the holy grail of sustainable business success. Nevertheless, some sustainability approaches are more useful – particularly to the small and medium … Continue reading
German sports giant Puma has generated quite a hype with its recent publication of the world’s first environmental profit and loss statement. Commentators have argued that this is a big step for accounting practices, accountants being sometimes described as someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. As the Guardian puts … Continue reading
Surely like most of you, when I read the name Mikhail Gorbachev, I automatically think about Russia, Glasnost and the end of the Cold War. And of course, contributing to the latter is surely one of his greatest achievements. Reforming the UdSSR into modern Russia – still the largest country on Earth – must have … Continue reading
Puma – the first company worldwide that publishes an environmental profit and loss statement. As Celsias writes, “Companies generally like to trumpet their successes in environmental and social fields. But deliberately telling the world about where you’ve got it wrong? Not so much. Unless you’re Puma.
There can be few more pathetic sights than BP CEO Tony Hayward squirming his way through a congressional hearing on the Gulf of Mexico disaster. What was most striking about Hayward’s performance was how far removed he was from the archetypal Captain of Industry we would expect to be leading such a huge corporation. He … Continue reading