Over the last five years it seems many, if not most companies are managing as if in an ongoing, low-grade crisis.
Advancing corporate sustainability, which struggles for resources in the best of times, has been difficult as a result. Some managers have however been able to employ sustainability strategies over this time to successfully enhance company value and revenue.
Here are nine things we learned from clients about how you can beat the odds. Read more
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
All too often, successful new business model becomes the model for companies not creative enough to invent their own. Resource scarcity and population growth imperatives, ensure by design or disaster, the 21st century will be the Sustainable Century and only a very few companies are prepared.
Most companies have developed integrated environmental considerations into their business strategy and as a result, environmental performance is more about achieving and maintaining competitive parity than strategic advantage.
Sustainability competitive advantage is vested in more complex social and economic processes that focus on stakeholders, clients, and supply chain management. Very few companies have a strong sustainability strategy Read more