Ensuring Your Supply Chain Stays Sustainable, by Darragh Brennan

It’s becoming clear major corporations are recognising what’s good for the environment can also be good for the bottom line. This is why in 2014 we saw a number of international companies such as Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Wilmar International and Mars, all make public commitments to implement a zero-deforestation policy throughout their supply chains.

Corporate sustainability and zero-deforestation policies, when implemented correctly and systematically, lead to improved brand image and build stronger business relationships with other organisations and customers. Continue reading

Using CSR frameworks to boost safety at work

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Safety at work is a basic social responsibility for any organisation, due to the social and financial burden on society from work-related illness, injury and death. International CSR frameworks and standards provide managers and company directors with the ability to meet and even go beyond safety legislation and boost their company value in the process. Continue reading

Six top tips to build your CSR business case

SMheadshot_1Being an in-house sustainability professional can be a lonely life. You might have ethics, scientific evidence and reason on your side, but trying to win the internal case for budget, favour and priority too often leaves you without friends or allies in the C-suite.

At ACCSR’s C-Lab last year, Lend Lease’s Anita Mitchell described the uphill battle that many in-house sustainability practitioners face and claimed that CSR managers were effectively “dying on the battlefield”. Continue reading

Life cycle thinking and the next industrial revolution – by Paul Hohnen

paul hohnen_DSC9163hr[Originally published on Tobias Webb's The Smarter Business blog]

In a guest post on Tobias Webb’s The Smarter Business blog, Paul Hohnen reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and makes some recommendations on how the real potential of LCAs might be unlocked.

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$2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries, by Paul Hohnen

paul hohnen_DSC9163hr[Originally published on The Guardian]

A step change is needed in the amount of private finance available for sustainable development. The bad news is the financial sector is still headed in the wrong direction. Continue reading

Community banking as a shared value strategy, by Sam Moore

The Community Bank model developed by Bendigo Bank is an alternative approach for providing financial services to rural and metropolitan communities – but why was it established? And how does it work?

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Sustainable business at Teachers Mutual Bank, by Corin Millais

Corin Millais, TMB's CSR StrategistTeachers Mutual Bank is a purpose-driven bank; we believe profit has a purpose. Ethical business practices and sustainability are at our very heart. We are committed to creating a better world for our members, the teaching community, the planet and the people on it. Our core values are Advocacy, Passion and Sustainability. Continue reading

Social license or license to stall? By Dr Robert Boutilier

Robert Boutilier 2007 colorOn October 8, 2014, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary sponsored a symposium entitled “Is Social License a License to Stall?”. Non-Canadians can be forgiven for not getting it. License to stall? What?

The concept of the SLO originated in the Canadian mining industry. It was coined by a Vancouver-based executive of Placer Dome named Jim Cooney. Controversies surrounding infrastructure development (e.g., airports, highways), energy projects (e.g., gas, wind, pipelines, electrical power lines) and the extractive industries (e.g., forestry, mining, petroleum) usually include the tension between the widely-distributed, ‘common good’ benefits and the locally concentrated positive benefits and negative impacts.

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Integrating social impact management and stakeholder relations, by Richard Parsons

Picture1As corporate social responsibility (CSR) has matured, many concepts and tools have been developed to help manage particular aspects of it. We now speak not only of CSR but also of social impact assessment (SIA), social impact management planning, stakeholder engagement, social licence, social return on investment, social accounting, integrated reporting, and materiality analysis. And that’s before we start talking about sustainability. Perhaps this is a sign that we now understand CSR more deeply, as we seek to understand its every nuance. Continue reading

Reflections on World Water Week, by Mark Thomas

Water is life: a truism for sure, but no less true – and eminently self-evident at this year’s World Water Week (WWW, August 31-September 5) where the theme was water and energy, centred on the nexus between the two.

Portrait at Warragamba Dam

The World Water Week is a long and jam-packed week, beginning on Sunday and finishing Friday with informal networking events most evenings. Of course it’s impossible to attend everything, but I hope I managed to get to most of the relevant sessions to enhance WaterAid’s work and to challenge a few of my own assumptions.

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