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September 2011

Hello Friend:

These days I find myself musing about the social performance of corporations. So much attention has been given to corporate environmental performance, that the social side has been neglected.

Recently I developed a framework to advise organizations on how to advance social sustainability in the marketplace. It includes governance and management systems, investment and procurement, hiring and training, diversity and health and safety, among other topics. It focuses on social and economic inclusion. I’m happy to share my thoughts. If you’re interested, please drop me a line.

Now, here’s...



Social Sustainability
We completed the City of Burnaby’s Social Sustainability Strategy on a project led by Sue Todd of Solstice Sustainability Works This is a good example of how local governments can benefit from CSR programs, often in partnership with companies for the well-being of communities. Read my blog on this.

Corporate Governance
I conducted sustainability/CSR governance gaps and training for a number of boards. We used the CSR Governance Guidelines I co-developed with Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Typical gaps include lack of board oversight of social and environmental performance, monitoring of CSR policy implementation and CSR risks, and an inability to understand the sustainability implications of decisions.

Sustainable Procurement
I developed a guide on sustainable procurement and ran workshops and webinars on how to integrate environmental, social, and ethical considerations into the supply chain. Sustainable and responsible procurement continues to be a growing trend. A great diversity of organizations – large and small businesses, governments, schools, universities, health care institutions and non-profits – all seek to understand how they can account for sustainability in their buying decisions. While this guide was written for the credit union sector, it’s easily adapted to other organizations.

Client Recognition
Congratulations to one of my clients, The Co-operators (largest Canadian-owned insurance company), who topped the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights last June.

Leadership Training
I advised a number of companies on how to become leaders in corporate social responsibility and sustainability. This work was informed by the sustainability leadership scan I conducted for The Co-operators Group, and the Sustainability Strategy Roadmap, a tool on how to develop a CSR or sustainability strategy.

I'm Honoured
I’m honoured to be named as a member of Canada’s 2012 Clean50. Watch for this month’s issue of Corporate Knights to learn more.

Since my last newsletter, I’ve added the following posts to my blog. I welcome your thoughts on:

1. Social Sustainability Strategies

Time for corporations to tackle social sustainability
Published on September 8, 2011
I’ll admit it – I’m a social animal. It’s true that I host the occasional dance party. But I also have the educational credentials to back me up — Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. In fact, I have committed my career to a form of “social work”: to system change and to improving conditions for people and communities.

2. Attributes of Sustainability Leaders

Sustainability Leadership – Lessons from the Co-operators and a shirtless dancer
Published on June 16, 2011
Q: Who is the most powerful sustainability catalyst – the leader or the follower? I say both play a critical role. Let me explain why and how. First I’ll identify the characteristics of sustainability leaders. Then I’ll reward you with a dance video. One that nicely illustrates how a movement is born – thanks to the first follower.

Have a happy, healthy, sustainably productive fall.


Strandberg Consulting - Solutions for a Sustainable World
Coro Strandberg - Principal
6336 Burns Street - Burnaby, BC V5E 1T2 | T 604.433.7339
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