Pathway

Engage Leaders

Description

Identify and support formal and informal leaders across the organization to help them better understand how sustainability fits into your operations and to help them contribute effectively to making the changes needed to further your sustainability progress.

Practice

Cultivate Champions

Description

Cultivate champions: identify influential individuals and support them to become sustainability champions

Question

To what extent do you identify influential individuals and support them to become sustainability champions?

Resources

  • 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.


Practice

Frame

Description

Communicate the importance of sustainability by aligning it with the varying priorities of different leaders across the organization

Question

To what extent are you able to develop a set of distinct but complementary frames that communicate the importance of sustainability in a way that resonates across your leadership team and beyond?

Resources

  • sSWOT: A Sustainability SWOT

    The sustainability SWOT (sSWOT) is designed to help drive action and collaboration on environmental challenges by identifying real business risks and opportunities. It helps individuals engage and motivate colleagues - particularly those with limited knowledge of environmental issues or corporate sustainability. Most importantly, it can help identify new insights and communicate the importance of sustainability to senior decision-makers.
  • Sustainability ROI Workbook

    Bob Willard's Sustainability ROI Workbook is a free, comprehensive, open-source workbook of sustainability business cases. It includes a super-set of business case elements used in over 15 other sustainability business case frameworks, and can be used to justify a whole business becoming sustainable, or to justify undertaking a single sustainability initiative.

Practice

Ask Leaders

Description

Ask leaders: proactively seek senior and mid-level management's opinions about how to improve the organization's sustainability performance

Question

To what extent do you proactively seek senior and mid-level management's opinions about how to improve your sustainability performance?

Resources

  • 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.

Practice

Prime

Description

Prepare future organizational leaders to better incorporate sustainability into their actions and decision-making

Question

To what extent do your emerging leader programs prepare future leaders to better incorporate sustainability into their actions and decision-making?

Resources

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