The publishing division of the American Management Association, AMACOM, announced today that it will be joining forces with GSE Research to make its titles available as part of the Sustainable Organization Library, a new online library of volumes on responsible business, sustainability and CSR.
AMACOM publishes titles from world-class experts on business, leadership, management, HR and communications. Its publications will appear in the Sustainable Organization Library (SOL) 2014 alongside new collections from Oxfam International and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
It is necessary to assess how far Corporate Citizenship is embedded in organizations” – Dorothée Baumann-Pauly
On September 19-20, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit will bring together chief executives of companies that are committed to sustainable development and corporate citizenship, a concept that describes the citizenship role of corporations in a global economy. In the words of Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, the Summit will “outline a path for business to contribute to global priorities and the public good”.
The UN initiative, currently the largest global corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative in the world, comprises over 10,000 participants from corporations, civil society and academia. The entry-barrier for corporations to join the Compact is low: The CEO, endorsed by the Board, sends a letter of commitment to the Secretary-General of the United Nations that expresses support of the Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. This commitment explicitly implies making “the Compact and its principles an integral part of business strategy, day-to-day operations and organizational culture” (www.unglobalcompact.org).
“Responsible leadership in government, business or civil society is founded on (responsible) global citizenship” – Malcolm McIntosh
Does the rise of the global citizen mean the demise, or at least the transformation, of the nation-state? Certainly, anyone who has spent any time in China in recent years will tell you that everyone is full of ideas and politics around a table and over a beer, but much more circumspect online: it’s all very Orwellian. And as social media expands into every corner of our lives and into every crack in our brains—in almost all countries—we must wonder if in gaining the world, and therefore giving birth to global citizenship, we are not giving ourselves away to whoever is collecting the ‘big data’ at the supermarket checkout and in the global etherspace.
Welcome to the Greenleaf at 21 blog series. To celebrate our 21st birthday, over the next few months we will be sharing original posts by influential Greenleaf authors, in which they discuss how their field has changed over the last 21 years and what they hope to see change in the future. This article by Tim Mohin reflects on the evolution of CSR:
Having worked in both government and industry, I have seen at least two sides of the environmental debate as it matured over the years. It is interesting (at least to me) to reflect on these changes and project the future of the green movement.
18th – 21st November 2013
Co-hosted by the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development and the Waikato Management School
Te Kārohirohi is taken from a blessing given by Rangawhenua to King Tāwhiao (the second Māori King) as he journeyed to England in the late 1800s. Within the blessing, Te Kārohirohi speaks of the shimmering light that dances across the ocean’s waves to symbolise a good day. It captures the thought that the shimmering light is a guide for travellers as they move towards new horizons and new thinking. The focus is on the future and towards development.
Welcome to the Greenleaf at 21 blog series. To celebrate our 21st birthday, over the next few months we will be sharing original posts by influential Greenleaf authors, in which they discuss how their field has changed over the last 21 years and what they hope to see change in the future. This article by Lalith Gunaratne focuses on how the corporation has evolved over the last two centuries:
The legal license to operate a business evolved in the 19th century with limited liability laws providing a corporation the status of an “individual” and a “person”. Yet the corporation is immortal, as it can outlive its proponents. The law enables the corporation privileges and immunities, primarily to earn a profit of the stockholders, and exercise a variety of political rights – the right to freedom of speech, lobby governments and make campaign contributions.
Map of Meaning co-author Lani Morris
Lani Morris is coming to the UK to run a series of invited workshops on the Map of Meaning
in Bristol, Scotland and London in September and early October.
Based on years of research, the Map of Meaning draws into one simple map the few intrinsic drivers that make work and life meaningful. This fills the gap bemoaned by E.F. Schumacher:
“I had been given maps of life and knowledge on which there’re was hardly a trace of many of the things that I most cared about and that seemed to me to be of the greatest possible importance to the conduct of my life”. Without such a map, Schumacher points out, human beings, “hesitate, doubt, change their minds, run hither and thither, uncertain not simply of how to get what they want, but above all of what they want.” Indeed.
“Greed isn’t good… Greenwash is”. - John Peters
Anyone who saw Oliver Stone’s Wall Street
will remember Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) and his “greed is good”* speech. It has become an icon of the era, much recalled in the past few years of the banking crisis.
Of course it wasn’t just an espousal of greed per se – it was a clever and articulate justification of unregulated Darwinian capitalism in making companies and societies perform better. As was said of Milton’s “Paradise Lost”, the devil gets all the best lines.
Greed really isn’t very good. It hasn’t led our businesses or our society anywhere useful over the 20-odd years since Wall Street was made. (I’m not sure we have quite grasped that yet, but that’s a topic for another day).
“The book is grounded in a truth too many of us ignore” - Gil Friend
Gil Friend, author of The Truth about Green Business, introduces a passage that debunks sustainability ratings from Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability
, by John R. Ehrenfeld and Andrew J. Hoffman.
John Ehrenfeld is a friend and valued mentor, yet because I am one of those consultants that he says “tout sustainability as the new way toward profits and market share,” I sometimes find myself in his crosshairs. That can be a sobering experience, but I’m grateful for his fierce and honest critique, which is reprinted below from a new book that marries Ehrenfeld’s writings and his interviews with his former student Andy Hoffman. The book is grounded in a truth that too many of us ignore: Superficial tweaks to business as usual will do little to transform the structural and infrastructural fallacies of the modern global economy.
We’d like to let you know that Greenleaf Publishing and GSE Research will be attending and exhibiting at the 73rd Academy of Management (AoM) Conference, August 9-13, 2013 at Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida.
You can find us in the Exhibit Hall at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Atlantic Hall B-C, Booth 114. The Exhibit Hall is open daily from Saturday, August 10 to Monday, August 12 between 8.00am and 5.00pm.
Big Bang Being author Isabel Rimanoczy will be doing a book signing with us at 12 o’clock on Sunday 11th August. If you’d like to meet Isabel come along to our stall.
We will also be presenting new titles for review and sale as well as providing information on the newly developed Sustainable Organization Library (SOL).