As a Canadian with more than 15 years in Mexico and work experience in over 35 developing countries, I am keen student of how corporate sustainability emigrates to and from developing countries. A particular interest is to identify what people believe is driving or blocking corporate sustainability in various regions of the world.
I have learned over the years that while there is an emerging global consensus on what constitutes corporate sustainability, many developed country folk tend to portray solutions as resolvable technical riddles. Some do “get” that fact that ultimately sustainability is more about the collective action desperately needed to remake a viable social contract with Mother Earth than just another more cleverer algorithm for recycling a few more cans. But I suspect Read more
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