The Need for an Integrated Definition of Sustainability

A few months ago, I had a conversation with a Chief Sustainability Officer of a company in the northeastern U.S. She had been with her company for over 20 years and definitely took the long view of its success. They had been actively engaged in understanding and improving their environmental and social footprints for many years. She explained that they were now extending their sustainability goals to include not just “external” sustainability but also “internal” sustainability. This was going to include greater focus on lean management and strong processes. She called these “internalities” as opposed to “externalities.” She saw these changes as relevant to her mission as a sustainability officer. Continue reading “The Need for an Integrated Definition of Sustainability”

What is Sustainable Value Creation and How Can You Apply It Today?

The rise of the integrated reporting movement is provoking conversations about how companies create value over time. And it comes at an important moment to help businesses deal with the unique challenges of our time: Continue reading “What is Sustainable Value Creation and How Can You Apply It Today?”

Intro to the Integrated Reporting Movement for U.S. Companies

IIRC Multi-Capital Value Creation Model

General Electric recently released a new report for its shareholders called an “Integrated Summary Report.” It provides a high-level strategic summary of the contents of their annual, sustainability and proxy reports. GE is the latest in a handful of U.S. companies and hundreds around the world that have begun issuing integrated reports.

This post will give you context on the integrated reporting movement and some thoughts on if/how you might want to start considering this approach to measuring, managing and reporting about your business. Continue reading “Intro to the Integrated Reporting Movement for U.S. Companies”