Sustainability Consulting Articles

Courageous Collaboration: An Indispensable Tool for Sustainability

By Kathy Miller on December 5th, 2016

Over the past few years I have had many conversations concerning how to address the challenges that are impacting the sustainability of our planet. Some focused on the role of corporate leaders. Others concerned organizational cultures. Still others pertained to developing and implementing strategies. While all of these discussions were stimulating, one in particular stands […]

 


Recipe for a Sustainable Culture

By Kathy Miller on October 12th, 2015

Sustainable companies, by definition, outshine the others no matter what the measure – financial, innovation, etc.  (see article).   And we know that successful and sustainable companies, compared with their less successful counterparts, demonstrate a greater commitment to environmental, social and governance policies and practices (ESG).  And guess what else differentiates these companies?  Organization culture and leadership […]

 


Communicating a Clear Vision: Your Proxy for Effective Leadership in achieving Corporate Sustainability

By Kathy Miller on June 16th, 2014

Leaders:  What is the most important step that you can take to positively impact sustainability in your organization? Answer:  Develop and communicate a clear vision for sustainability. Our research on the role of leadership and culture in executing sustainability strategies finds that the clarity of  leaders’ vision for sustainability predicts how their employees view them […]

 


Quit Talking about Change

By Kathy Miller on April 15th, 2014

The more you talk about change, the less likely that it will occur.  Why?  Because most people do not really want to change and take offense if you tell them that they should.  The word change connotes that we have to be or do something different, which, in turn, implies that we aren’t good enough […]

 


CSOs: Insiders or Outsiders?

By Kathy Miller on April 4th, 2014

  The appearance of Chief Sustainability Officers in corporations is becoming more prevalent.  Recently, we conducted a study to find out more about them.  We are interested in why companies decide to create the position and how they decide whether to look internally or externally for a person to fill the position.  On the one hand, […]

 


Sustainability: Can Leaders Meet the Challenge?

By Kathy Miller on July 12th, 2013

What are you doing to lead your company towards greater sustainability? If you cannot answer that question with conviction today, take a closer look at what is happening in the world around you. Recently, MIT, along with the Boston Consulting Group carried out a project including a survey of 1500 business leaders and interviews of […]

 


Leadership for Green Business

By Kathy Miller on July 8th, 2013

Originally published in Environmental Leader Are you looking for a way to keep your employees engaged through this time of high economic stress?  Leaders have found that their employees are motivated by assisting with their companies’ green strategies.  People are excited about helping their companies reduce energy costs and increase profits while demonstrating a real concern for […]

 


Sustainability and Change Management

By Kathy Miller on July 8th, 2013

Originally published in Environmental Leader  Finally the corporate world is beginning to come to grips with what sustainability means to their companies and to their survival.  While varying definitions of ‘sustainability’ abound, more and more companies are embracing values related to sustainability and are defining actions to support the values.  Some are merely looking for ways […]

 


Sustainability at Dow Chemical

By Kathy Miller on April 11th, 2013

“Sustainability at Dow Chemical”– Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Spring 2012 by Kathleen Perkins PhD., Robert G. Eccles, Harvard Business School, and Mark Weick, Dow Chemical   DowSustainability  

 


Success for the Long Run: Sustainable Companies Are the Winners

By Kathy Miller on April 8th, 2013

Success for the Long Run: Sustainable Companies Are the Winners · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader,  July 30th, 2012, by Kathleen Miller Perkins, Ph.D.