Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability Consulting’

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 […]

Yes Employees can Make a Difference in Reaching Sustainability Goals

By Kathy Miller on May 31st, 2014

The National Geographic Society website describes their organization as follows: “The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. […]

CSO: Internal or External?

By Kathy Miller on May 5th, 2014

Our survey concerning whether CSO’s should come from within the company or from the outside is now complete.  And the results parallel what we heard from the CSOs we interviewed.  Sixty percent indicated that the CSO should be hired from within the company.  The other 40% said that they should come from the outside because […]

Inspiring Extraordinary Performance

By Kathy Miller on April 23rd, 2014

  Wouldn’t it be fabulous if we were all employed by organizations where extraordinary performance was the norm? Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all of us worked in environments that inspired all to do their very best work? For three decades, we have been assisting organizations and the individuals within to create the cultures, systems […]

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 […]

Engagement, Sustainability and Innovation: How Dow Chemical Connects the Dots

By Kathy Miller on April 11th, 2014

  Dow Chemical, a multinational corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, USA, takes sustainability seriously!  The dilemma of meeting customers’ needs in sustainable ways is a challenge that they welcome these days.  However, they haven’t always looked at sustainability through the deep and broad lens that guides their decisions currently.  By increasing the engagement of a […]

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, […]

Certification Process for SCALA™

By Kathy Miller on March 3rd, 2014

(SCALA™) Practitioner Certification Program The SCALA™ Practitioner Certification Program delivers the foundational knowledge you need for effectively administering and interpreting the Sustainability Culture and Leadership Assessment instrument. Certified SCALA™ professionals use this powerful tool to help organizations in such areas as: Determining the degree to which an organization is equipped to execute sustainability strategy Leadership […]