New Next Generation Governance: Developing Position Statements on Sustainability Issues

Author: Embedding Project
There is growing pressure among companies to link social and environmental limits to corporate strategy and goal-setting. However, the result is often a lengthy document that fails to make strategic connections between specific issues and their implications on business decision-making. We developed this guidebook to help you articulate a concise and transparent board level position on key environmental, social, and governance issues. Drawing upon in-depth analyses of over 3000 board position statements; over 300 interviews with CEOs, directors, and board chairs; and concepts outlined in our series on the Road to Context, this guidebook provides a checklist for crafting a contextual board position statement and includes examples from a range of industries and global settings.

The Road to Context

Author: Embedding Project
This guide responds to a request from our corporate members to help them understand how to factor social and ecological limits into their corporate strategy and goal-setting processes as well as helping them make sense of the different frameworks and tools designed to aid this process. Developed as an output of our Embedding Project Global Community of Practice (CoP) on Contextual Strategy-making, we bring these ideas and tools together in one short guide to help you understand how companies are approaching the concept of context.

Supporting your CEO

Author: Embedding Project
CEOs play a crucial role in embedding sustainability into the strategies and day-to-day decisions of their organizations. Based on over 200 interviews with CEOs, board members, and sustainability executives from a range of global companies and a review of prior academic research on CEO decision-making, we developed these resources to share insights on how corporate change agents can help influence CEO thinking on sustainability.
 
In our Guide, we describe each of the characteristics in detail, incorporating as many direct experiences as possible to help sustainability change agents think about how to support their CEO. We also developed a Tactical Inventory to help change agents reflect on these tactics and to identify which of them might be most appropriate for their own setting.

Being an Effective Change Agent

Author: Embedding Project
How can you prepare yourself to be a more effective sustainability change agent? This guide was designed to share insights on how change agents can support their CEO and influence thinking on sustainability. It is based on a review of prior academic research on CEO decision-making and combined with the practical experiences and insights gleaned from interviews with over 200 CEOs, board members, and sustainability executives. It explores a broad range of global companies and industries including finance and insurance, material extraction, retail, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, utilities, and agribusiness, as well as a diverse array of ownership structures, including public corporations, privately owned businesses, and co-operatives.    
 
To further support you in bolstering your own effectiveness, we have also developed the Being an Effective Change Agent: Personal Inventory. We encourage you to use this as a tool for reflection, and to help you plan your future personal development.      

Teck's Strategy for Sustainability

Author: Embedding Project
This case provides an insider's perspective on the development of Teck's first strategy for sustainability. It explores the company's early rationale behind developing and implementing a multi-year strategy, and provides insights on how sustainability champions within the company used environmental and social megatrends to envision and co-create a long-term approach to sustainable business. This case also provides insights on the major obstacles and lessons that staff and leadership learned through this transformative experience.

Embedding Sustainability Self-Assessment

Author: Embedding Project
Interested in understanding your own company's journey? Consider undertaking this free, preliminary practices self-assessment.

An Introduction to the Embedding Framework

Author: Embedding Project
Proactive companies are working to embed sustainability across their operations and into their decision-making. This guide is a practical starting point to help you understand what embedding looks like, how to assess your company’s progress, and how to prioritize your efforts.

Storytelling for Sustainability

Author: Embedding Project
When people within organizations communicate, they often do it through stories. Combining research with stories from practitioners working to embed sustainability within their organizations, our “Storytelling for Sustainability” guidebook was developed through the Embedding Project's Community of Practice process to help you:
  • Understand what storytelling looks like in practice, and reflect on this in the context of your organization
  • Develop a sense of why stories are important for embedding sustainability
  • Learn from other practitioners’ experiences with storytelling to better plan your own efforts