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The Sustainability Culture Leadership Process provides you with a comprehensive approach to integrating your triple bottom line sustainability program (People, Planet, Profit) across your organization.

Leverage your sustainability program, organizational culture and leadership commitment to:

  • integrate a sustainability mind-set across the whole organization
  • involve and align all stakeholders, increasing engagement and commitment
  • support the leadership team to guide the development of sustainable value

Steps of Our Process

Assess effectiveness of past efforts and processes already in place

  • Identify organizational development gaps in sustainability planning and procedures
  • Determine cultural context supporting or hindering sustainable value
  • Assess corporate commitment to sustainability

Design tools to achieve desired outcomes

  • Develop organizational development tools, programs and projects to engage the whole organization in your sustainability plan
  • Identify culture leverage points to embed sustainability including shared assumptions, values and strategies
  • Define sustainable value for your organization

Implement your plan

  • Facilitate organizational development processes
  • Engage employees and other stakeholders and provide supports
  • Support leadership team to guide sustainability initiatives

Monitor data to determine progress

  • Ascertain response to change
  • Assess cultural mind-shift
  • Identify course correction and next steps required

“Hilary was a trusted advisor during a time when our cross-functional team endeavored to integrate a competency approach into the existing performance management framework.

In addition to bringing a strong consulting methodology, expertise in the discipline of competency modelling and effective facilitation techniques – Hilary added true value through her balance of listening skills, calmness and timely advice. Hilary was a key to the project’s success.”

Frank O′Driscoll, Account Manager

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What is Sustainable Value?

Sustainable Value and the Triple Bottom Line

Sustainability is the ability to live within our means. Sustainable value is the ability to provide value that sustains the organization and the context within which it exists.

The triple bottom line is a way of conceptualizing this for corporations, across three essential domains. These domains work within the corporation and without. Value flows both ways; outward and inward.

Corporations are mandated and focused on economic survival and growth, typically measured by profit. For those organizations that are not profit-oriented, there is still a need for financial viability. A focus on sustainable value generates financial benefits for the organization. This accrues through a variety of means including wasting less energy and materials (and money); generating customer loyalty and investor value; developing a stable, integrated value chain; heightening employee engagement.

The economy is dependent on the social context, people. The success of economic growth is dependent on a healthy and stable society. In an age when information is shared almost instantly, corporate supply chains and their effect on the local populous, no matter where in the world, is constantly being assessed for social license. Within the organization, the social side includes contributing to employee health and well-being, value flowing back through improved productivity.

Society is dependent on a healthy planet. We require clean air, water and soil in order to survive and maintain health. Food systems require a stable climate. Oxygen is provided by forests and phytoplankton in the ocean. Forests and other terrestrial and aquatic environments require healthy complex ecosystems composed of plants and animals in order to stay viable. All of these processes are termed “ecosystem services”. When these services are maintained, they contribute to corporate sustainability; not only to the extent that the corporation depends on them directly, but also through societal esteem and by avoiding the surprise of new regulations down the road.

Attending to all three levels of value is called the “triple bottom line”. Organizations can assess where they are on the balance sheet for each of these domains. Now that we can track and measure what is required for collective health, the responsibility of the corporation has expanded. While we were once blind to our impacts, we are no longer so. The corporate context has changed and enlightened businesses are adjusting to a playing field where the rules have changed.

“Where do we begin?” This was the big question facing us when we, The Colonnade Group, decided to formalize our corporate social responsibility activities. After listening to our questions and aspirations, Hilary introduced us to a framework that suited our situation. Among other activities, she guided us through a benchmark analysis, led an all-employee session to generate ideas and helped us to evaluate and set objectives.

Her environmental knowledge ensured that our activities were meaningful and manageable; her experience in organizational change was instrumental in engaging employees. She was a strong partner who encouraged, guided, and gently prodded us to success.”

Lisa Courtney Lloyd
The Colonnade Group

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