The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise announces the release of groundbreaking report
Complimentary Sustainability Report & Webcast Now Available Online
November 7, 2007, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Madison, NJ, USA. – The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise has just made available a groundbreaking, free report on the current state of sustainability practices and approaches by major corporations worldwide.
The report, “Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends 2007-2017,” and a live Webcast entitled “Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm” introduce the findings of the global 2007 AMA/HRI Sustainability Survey. The report and Webcast were sponsored by the American Management Association (AMA) and conducted by the Human Resource Institute (HRI) in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The survey and Webcast, together with a supporting slide presentation, are available online at no charge.
“Creating a Sustainable Future” was born when the AMA commissioned the HRI to survey 1,365 employees and managers across the globe about sustainable business practices and approaches. The resulting 2007 AMA/HRI Sustainability Survey became the basis for “Creating a Sustainable Future,” which presents the survey in its entirety and reviews its findings in depth.
This report examines the history of the sustainability paradigm, the factors that are making the paradigm more compelling, the degree to which organizations value and engage in sustainability-related practices, and the future outlook for sustainability.
A quick review of the some of the report’s main findings:
° Respondents personally care more about sustainability issues than they think their organizations do, especially when it comes to social and environmental issues.
° Sustainability-related initiatives are not yet deeply ingrained in most organizations.
° Organizations that use sustainability strategies are more likely to be high performers in the market place.
° Reducing or managing the risks of climate change is not highly rated as a driver of key business issues, either today or in 10 years.
° The last chapter, “The Future of Sustainability,” pp. 43-49, concludes with three possible scenarios:
The first two scenarios end up lose-lose-lose (for individuals, businesses and the world). Only one scenario — the third — is win-win-win (for individuals, businesses, countries and the world as a whole):
o Scenario One: Things Fall Apart
o Scenario Two: Muddling Toward Sustainability?
o Scenario Three: A Global Sustainability Culture
The free Webcast provides the survey findings and offers ways in which companies can achieve a better balance between social, environmental and economic factors for short- and long-term performance. This Webcast was designed for vice presidents, directors and managers across all functional units who want to learn more about sustainability and help their organizations become more sustainable in both the short and long terms.
On this Webcast, you’ll hear about:
° The business factors driving greater focus on sustainability, as well as factors hindering its progress, both today and as we look forward into the next 10 years
° The twelve most widely used sustainability-related practices
° The relationship between sustainability and company performance
° The significant gap between how much employees in companies personally care and how much they think their companies care about sustainability-related issues
° How the most sustainable companies create broad stakeholder engagement built on a foundation of sustainable values and alignment
° Best practices from such sustainability leaders as Ray Anderson of Interface Inc. and Govi Rao of Lighting Science Group Corporation (formerly with Philips Lighting)
Click on these online links to access the complimentary report, slides and Webcast:
“Creating a Sustainable Future” report
“Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm” slides
“Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm” Webcast