15 ways to get your CEO on board with sustainability and corporate responsibility

Convincing senior leadership as to why sustainable business matters remains a major challenge. Here’s a few proven ways, in no particular order, that may help. 1) Get a non-executive/independent director on your side This is largely for listed firms, but some non-listed companies also use outside views at a senior level. Find one most amenable…

  • Apr 16, 2013
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One key question for the progressive CEO

Actually three questions around one theme: Engagement in uncomfortable, yet vitally important new areas that can lead to the systems reform we so desperately need for a more sustainable world to live in. Here’s my mini series around the core theme of lasting, better systems change: What are the emerging corporate roles in inefficient framework/policy/incentive…

Kingfisher and Desso CEOs on leadership, collaboration and sustainability strategy

Here’s an audio recording of an hour long session I chaired with Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher CEO, and Steff Kranendijk, CEO of Desso, back in May this year in London. It was a breakout session at the Responsible Business Summit in London. I was impressed that neither CEO made a fuss about the fact that it…

  • Sep 4, 2012
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The seven habits of unsuccessful executives: The link with sustainability

Whatever we call business sustainability: CSR, corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility, etc, could we summarise it in one sentence? I include in the above list ‘shared value’, ‘ecoability’, ‘*accountatransparency’, ‘ecoethics’ et. al. (*accountatransparency (C) 2011 ™ Desperate Digital Wavers SocialNewMedia Consultants Ltd 2011. Your statutory rights are not affected. Not that we know what they are)…

Confidence about the unknown is the new CEO leadership trait

What do companies REALLY pay CEOs for? For predicting the future? No. For keeping the ship steady? Sometimes. For managing the forthcoming unknown? Always. Just not overtly, until now that is. The CEO trait that boards will start to look for in the next five years will be that confidence to talk about managing the…

  • Nov 21, 2011
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