Saturday, October 9, 2010

Embedding sustainability in organizational culture

The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) and Canadian Business for Responsibility (CBSR) have produced a very good document providing a framework for embedding sustainability in organizational culture, and offering best practices from a range of organizations. The model they present is Jay Galbraith's Star Model, which I know well as I attended a Leadership Program in the USA some years ago where Jay Galbraith presented his Star and ran a workshop on how to use it.  It's a good model, based on a 5-point star with elements for driving organizational change at each point: Strategy, Structure, Processes, People, and Rewards.  It is not dissimilar to the McKinsey 7S Model which I have a slight preference for because that model places shared values in the middle, and values always have to be at the root of change. But the Star Model is a good framework too and a little less complex to work with. 

The NBS-CBSR document breaks the Star Model down into individual components and gives practical examples of what has worked in Canadian businesses. The framework is designed for use by Sustainability Professionals and yes, you guessed it, Human Resources Managers. It's well worth a look. Download here.

It's time for HR to wake up to CSR!

elaine cohen, CSR consultant, Sustainabilty Reporter, HR Professional, Author of CSR for HR: A necessary partnership for advancing responsible business practices.   Contact me via  on Twitter or via my website

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