Sustainability is the capability of a corporation to transparently manage its responsibilities for environmental stewardship, social well-being and economic prosperity over the long term while being held accountable to its stakeholders. It would be great to be able to compare the three responsibilities using an international risk management standard and not having to separate the three areas to evaluate only their impacts. Gone are the days when we need carbon footprints separate from water footprints! This makes it easier for a corporation to manage its risk while practicing three –responsibility sustainability. Sustainability professionals can communicate more effectively to the top leadership and the investment community using risk management as the focus of the sustainability program. There is a great need to mainstream sustainability in the corporation and across the value chain. Having it serve an ad hoc function has not enabled us to make sustainability part of what every employee does every day and part of every business decision. Using risk management, we will be able to reach our mainstream objective.
With 40 years of management consulting, Robert Pojasek is considered to be a thought leader in the area of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He is currently serving as a client program manager and sustainability leader for The Shaw Group – a Fortune 300 company in the United States. He has worked with senior corporate managers in the C-Suite and workers directly responsible for the products and services. Dr. Pojasek has developed an assessment tool that determines the elements of sustainability/corporate responsibility including environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic prosperity. He has worked with a diverse range of clients in the manufacturing and service sectors as well as state, federal and international governmental agencies and multilateral organizations. Dr. Pojasek is on the Board of Directors at the International Society for Sustainability Professionals; is the Chair, Board of Governors for Corporate Responsibility Officers Association; and has been teaching as an adjunct professor at Harvard University for over a decade.
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