Leadership

Exemplary cases of sustainability leadership and intrapreneurship, and the qualities, ethical principles and/or dilemmas inherent within them.

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UN Business and Human Rights Forum, Day 2: What’s New in Mandatory Human Rights ’Due Diligence’ Law?

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. Companies are obliged to monitor and manage environmental and human rights standards in their supply chains. This week saw major steps forward in support for enforcing human rights due diligence by law, as well as major debates in shaping the new laws. Here are my 10 takeaways from the debates.

Why a Solutions-Focused Mindset Is Essential for Creating a Sustainable Future

Rather than dwelling on problems, a solutions-centered focus — within individuals, organizations, governments, etc — naturally leads to breaking negative feedback loops, feelings of hopelessness, and cycles of redundant and unproductive work.

Using Built Environment Strategies to Achieve 2030 Sustainability Goals

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. As a CSO or COO of a company striving for sustainability, what contribution can you expect of your built environment team? That’s the question we address in this first of a series of articles about decarbonization, regeneration and circularity in the built environment.

With Purpose, as with Anything Else: You Get What You Pay For

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. First, identify your company’s purpose. Then, set long-term goals against your purpose. Finally, define targets, metrics and KPIs to get you there; and embed these in annual and long-term incentive plans. 

Google Has Erased Its Entire ‘Carbon Legacy,’ Sets Sights on 100% Carbon-Free Power

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Google was the first major company to become carbon neutral, in 2007. Now, the tech giant says it is the first company in the world to eliminate its entire carbon footprint.

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The Moonshot Approach: 5 Critical Elements of Transformational Leadership

As part of its #abetterway project, Quiero is asking how the sustainability and business equation will be affected by COVID-19. Here, we reflect on the future of business leadership based on Quiero’s conversations with 100 world leaders in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

The Social Ripple Effect: The Reach of Business Decisions in the Time of COVID-19

Organizations will be defined by the decisions they make during the pandemic. Now, companies with a social purpose — or those which aspire to have one — have a tool that can inform their day-to-day decisions in ways that build and sustain a better society.

Implementers, Catalysts and This Moment in History

"If you’re going to do something great, why not spread it around? Why not be a catalyst and amplify the impact exponentially?" — Daniel Aronson

From What to How: Enter the Era of Transformation

With a goal of contributing to change and understanding how COVID-19 will influence sustainable development; at Quiero, we have undertaken an ambitious project: #aBetterWay — a search for answers from our global community of leaders based on reflection, learning and action.

The COVID Covenant: Don’t Go Back — Go Big and Go Now!

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. We know that we can buy less, use less, work from home, drive less, collaborate more; and have business, society and government move faster — because we just did all of that. How can we respond as powerfully and courageously to other super-critical threats?

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How to Future-Proof Brands and Create Culture Change in Challenging Times

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. Day 2 of the SB Leadership Summit saw a host of intimate discussions on the power of teamwork to drive change toward a better future — as seen in the relationships between top brands’ CMOs and CSOs, the many brand partners fueling SB’s Brands for Good initiative, and making “what people need” a core brand focus.

Learning from Leadership: How to Create a Climate-Positive, Post-Pandemic Future

Cross-Posted from The Next Economy. Embracing serendipity, climate positivity and wisdom from the natural world are just a few pertinent principles from the host of inspiring discussions on day 1 of the SB Leadership Summit — along with a shift in focus to being “known for what we allocate, not what we accumulate.”

Unilever Marks Sustainable Living Plan’s 10th Year; New ‘Compass’ to Guide Further Progress

In 10th and final year of the company’s Sustainable Living Plan, CEO Alan Jope reinforces commitment to sustainability leadership; calls for renewed action to tackle social inequality and the climate crisis in post-COVID world.

How Can Boards Successfully Guide a Transition to Sustainable Business?

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. A well-structured sustainability committee not only serves a critical coordinating function, but also steers sustainability right to the heart of the company and the company’s strategy. Let’s take a look at how boards at some of the world’s leading companies have tackled this.

Regenerative Business, Part 6: Leveraging Nodes in Living Systems

This is the sixth blog in a series on the seven First Principles of regeneration, drawing from living systems sciences, from renowned author and regenerative business expert Carol Sanford.

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Regenerative Business, Part 4: Singularity and Why It Matters

This is the fourth blog in a series on the seven First Principles of regeneration, drawing from living systems sciences.

Regenerative Business, Part 3: Addressing Potential, Rather Than Existing, Problems

This is the third blog in a series on the seven First Principles of regeneration by renowned author and regenerative business expert, Carol Sanford, drawing from living systems sciences.

Regenerative Business, Part 1: The History and Practice of 'Regeneration'

Forty years ago, I meet a cadre of business designers and developers who called what they did Regenerative Business Design. They had led a revolution with extraordinary success in Procter & Gamble, which gave the business world a state of the art approach in producing Return on Investment with people and assets. They delivered earnings for the consumer products giant that were the envy of all industries, in an industry whose margins were collapsed to below 5 percent.

The 3 Pillars of a Conscious Organisation

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. A conscious organisation accepts that there are limits to profit and that it should not be the priority. This change is about future-proofing your organisation. It’s not an ‘if’ question — it’s ‘when.’

Remembering Harold Burson: One of the Earliest Corporate Responsibility Visionaries

Cross-Posted from Marketing and Comms. In 1973, PR pioneer Harold Burson — who passed away last week at the age of 98 — deftly summed up the role of the PR professional, related to the role of a corporation, in society: Be the corporate sensor, conscience, communicator and monitor.

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