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Strandberg Consulting - Solutions for a Sustainable World

January 2013

New Year’s Greetings!

Here's an old quote from Einstein that rings new and true today :

"The world, as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking."

With a change in thinking comes a change in behaviour, which in turn triggers other changes – a change reaction.

I strongly believe that the world we created does need a change reaction. It needs a major transformation if we want to live in harmony on and with this planet.

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My major focus for this year, and probably this decade, is transformation – specifically the systematic rewiring of companies to advance sustainability.

With Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR), I researched and developed a list of
19 Qualities of a Transformational Company. The qualities are designed to be aspirational and inspirational – to act as a roadmap. By embracing these qualities, companies will be prepared to respond to global sustainability mega-trends – and to contribute to a sustainable world.

I invite you to learn more at The Transformational Company Webinar with Unilever Canada – Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. EST. Read on to learn how you can save $100!

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NEWS FROM STRANDBERG CONSULTING

In the past few months I have helped companies develop sustainability leadership strategies, conducted outreach to industry associations to engage their members on sustainability issues, analyzed executive sustainability compensation trends, undertaken sustainability risk trend analysis, advised on board sustainability governance and designed a sustainability leadership model for small businesses.

Here are some details of my recent work:

Executive Sustainability Compensation

  • Finished research into executive sustainability compensation of the TSX60 and started investigating global best practice in executive sustainability compensation. Over half of the TSX60 companies indicate they consider non-financial factors in executive compensation, although only 40 per cent include explicit sustainability metrics. The extractive sector has best practice in this area. Email me
    if you would like a copy of the research.

Sustainable Industry Associations

Sustainability Risks

  • Conducted research into global sustainability mega-trends and their impact on business. Top trends include: population growth, urbanization, aging, resource scarcity, food scarcity, rising inequality and climate change. I’m happy to share my insights if you wish to contact me.

Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Conducted global research into sustainable infrastructure innovations, some notable features of which include: net positive impacts and benefits, internalization of social and environmental costs, equitable distribution of risks and benefits, stakeholder participation in governance and decision-making, closed-loop waste management, sustainable construction innovation, community renewable energy generation, social impact sourcing and customer sustainability engagement.

Events
The Transformational Company Webinar with Unilever Canada – Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. EST
Learn about new global research that identifies the characteristics of a transformational company—including the qualities that firms must adopt to be sustainable over the long term. Hear from a Unilever executive on their transformational approach.
For a $100 saving register here.

Conference Board of Canada Webinar on the role of the Board and CSR – Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. EST
This one-hour webinar will benefit corporate directors, corporate secretaries and CSR practitioners who want to understand the emerging fiduciary and board oversight role in corporate sustainability and non-financial performance.
For a $100 saving register here.

Conference Board of Canada Webinar on the role of HR in CSR – March 27 at 1 p.m. EST
This one-hour webinar will benefit HR practitioners and directors, presidents, corporate directors and CSR practitioners who want to understand how HR can build a high-performance sustainability culture.
For a $100 saving register here.

Latest Blog Posts

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

CSR as a Poverty Reduction Strategy

How powerful is corporate social responsibility? Does it have the power to improve serious social issues? Issues such as poverty that threaten economic success and our ability to live in harmony on this planet? Could CSR be a poverty-reduction strategy? … In the next several posts I will examine the proactive, concrete role companies can play to address poverty and other serious social issues.

Transformational companies redefine business for a sustainable future

When Unilever announced their Sustainable Living Plan in 2010 they set three broad goals to position their company as part of the solution to environmental, social and economic challenges ... These goals and the 60 targets underpinning them qualify Unilever as a transformational company.

Strandberg Consulting - Solutions for a Sustainable World
Coro Strandberg - Principal
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