I just wanted to let those of you who drop by to read my blog that I am on a lengthy mission for the UN in Africa, including stays in the newest country in the world, South Sudan, with stops in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
My days are filled with people who give me great hope, though as always, time in Africa is ever so humbling. Read more
In several blog postings you may have noticed my extolling the virtues of tapping personal values as a means to more and better market driven sustainable development.
Personal values (PVs) are the values individuals hold dear and are ready to act on in the marketplace if given the chance. PVs are powerful but they don’t always convert well into market signals, and companies, which have less than great antennas for things sustainable, have a hard time hearing them as a result.
One of my favorite thinkers in CSR, David Chandler (co-author with Bill Werther of Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Stakeholders in a Global Environment - easily the best CSR textbook on the market), wrote about the PV market today in his thrice weekly and always thought provoking CSR posting (http://strategiccsr-sage.blogspot.com/). I would like to share his original post and the short conversation that ensued between us. Read more
Politics almost always obscure simple solutions to complex problems, and it is frustrating to see the lengths CSR supporters have suffered to convince regulators, through long and arduous, oh-so-polite-not-to-upset-corporate-interests processes to arrive at something that is inevitable anyway.
I refer specifically to one of the most powerful and immediately available tools for motivating greater global economic sustainability: Mandatory Audited Sustainability Reports for companies listing on every major stock exchange in the world.