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Here’s a back-to-school question: how many people will live on this planet by mid-century?
The answer? Count the zeros – 9,000,000,000. In less than 40 years, you and I will share this earth with 9 billion people, all of whom deserve to live well. How will we manage it?
I’m convinced that a major player in the transformation to a more sustainable society is industry – industry working collaboratively. To survive, thrive and contribute to a more sustainable world, companies have to work together. They need to adapt, change and contribute in dramatically new ways. Some companies are leading the way, as is demonstrated by research I conducted last year for Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) on the characteristics of a Transformational Company. But in order to respond well to global sustainability mega-trends, risks and opportunities they need to combine forces – to work collectively through their industry or professional associations. I address some of these issues in this video.
In July I was delighted to work with Sonya Fiorini, of Loblaws, and Heather Mak, of Retail Council of Canada, on a Conference Board of Canada webinar on industry collaboration for sustainability. Sonya noted that she has seen a steady increase in industry interest in collaboration on sustainability over the past two years. I’m not surprised. The marketplace is far too complex for individual companies to become sustainable on their own. To be successful they need to collaborate up and down their value chain and with peers and competitors. This in turn, activates large-scale industrial change.
To fuel this movement, I have produced a guide to help industry associations develop sustainability programs for their members. If your company would like to nudge your industry association in this direction, email me. I’d be pleased to give you some tips.
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1. Incentive compensation should be linked to creating value not just protecting it.
Contact me if your board, executive or HR department would like advice on sustainable pay metrics.
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The Transformational Company in Action
A complete list of my current speaking engagements can be found on my website.
Recent Blog Posts
Since my last newsletter, I've added the following posts to my blog. I welcome your thoughts on:
7 reasons why sustainability programs are good for industry associations
Sustainable Supply Chain Survey 2013
What motivates employees? Financial incentives or non-financial incentives?
Sustainable pay metrics – a growing community and investor concern
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