Being 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 →
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.
Teachers 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 →
On 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.
As 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 →
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.
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.
By Mahesh Enjeti, NSW Councillor, Australian Marketing Institute and Managing Director, SAI Marketing Counsel
Despite the growing awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility and increasing evidence that some organisations are showing genuine commitment and tangible results, the argument about CSR’s value, relevance or even need continues to simmer. Continue reading →
The corporate sector needs an urgent rethink to even come close to achieving the social and environmental hallmarks of truly sustainable business, academics have warned a national CSR conference.
Dr Leeora Black, Managing Director of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, reflects on the day’s proceedings
Keynote speakers at the C-Lab: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Laboratory, hosted by ACCSR, called for a systemic shift in the private sector and a rethink of business purpose.
“The triple bottom line sense of sustainability… it’s a tall order, and I’m going to suggest it’s not tall enough,” Professor Gordon Rands of Western Illinois University said.
“We cannot claim “we’re a sustainable company”– when all that any company has done so far is become less unsustainable…and that’s good! But it’s not enough, we’ve got to put aside the notion that becoming less unsustainable is acceptable and move to notion that we have to become truly sustainable.