A Harvard Business Review study found that 70 per cent of all change initiatives fail. So what are the reasons for this and what can sustainability professionals learn from this?
M&S launched its groundbreaking Plan A in 2007. Five years later, its progress shows how a structured approach to employee engagement, behaviour and culture change in sustainability can lead to considerable triple bottom line benefits.
A challenge for many sustainability practitioners working in organisations is their senior leadership doesn’t have the same passion for sustainability that they have. So what do you do if you don’t have your very own Ray Anderson to lead the way?
Once you’ve designed a strategy for your sustainable change programme, the journey to long-term change is all too often inhibited by two types of barriers – ‘process paralysis’ and ‘communications concerns’. So how can you overcome them?
Sustainability is a diverse topic, ranging from relatively simple issues, such as efficiency, to more complex topics such as community development. But they tend to have two things in common: they require a systems approach and addressing them creates value for an organisation.
Who doesn’t appreciate recognition? From the primary school child receiving a ‘gold star’ to the football star receiving the Player of the Year award. Your people and organisation are no different. So just how important is the power of reputation?
Over the last 16 years, I have found that a good sustainability approach can increase company profits, with lower risks and a higher return than most other company investments.
It is disappointing that many companies begrudgingly treat sustainability as a compliance exercise – which costs them money and can limit the social and environmental benefits. There is a better way: solutions to today’s business challenges can be both profitable and sustainable, with new value available if companies can think a little differently.
Many middle managers are at best uninterested in sustainability and sometimes hinder its development. Here’s some ideas on how to deal with the challenge.
Balfour Beatty’s new corporate film, ‘Sustainability – A Collective Responsibility’, spells out the construction giant’s ‘2020 Sustainability Vision’, but does it inspire?