As I have said to many clients (and probably more times than they ever wanted to hear), most emerging market companies that think they have a sustainability strategy or some semblance thereof, do not.
This is not to be offensive. Indeed, given the challenges of operating in emerging markets where good managers daily face unimaginable levels of mistrust, failing infrastructure, unstable policy and corruption, to mention but a few, it’s a wonder any strategy can be implemented at all.
Many companies with sustainability aspirations tend to focus either a number of often unrelated Read more
All too often corporate sustainability management is left to a small number of under-resourced, oddly-structured group of folks, who, despite much good spirit, capacity and intentions have less power than required to ignite the great sustainability value creation lying dormant in many larger emerging market companies.
Convincing senior managers to invest time and funding in sustainability is a Herculean task at best. The big reasons: 1. Senior management is typically preoccupied with other critical business issues, and 2. senior managers seldom have the mandate and/or the knowledge to advocate for sustainability investments. Once they “get it” though, and as with any other high return investment, they will act.
Getting their attention is more than half the battle. Here is a list of 25 tactics on how to get your Boss/CEO to invest more in sustainability.* Read more
Pushed by horrific tragedies such as the deaths of over 1,100 people in a Bangladeshi textile industry, the personal values market, or the marketplace of consumer ideas and concerns, is constantly expressing greater demand for companies to address social and economic – and not just environmental — sustainability issues.
This is good news for sustainability but challenging for sustainability managers many of whom already feel they are fighting too many fires on the sustainability front as it is.
It’s about Priorities
On the wall by my desk I have a set of themes printed on big bits of paper, Read more