the Change Leaders Oxf17 –  ‘The Sustainable Organisation’ summary

We are pleased to share the conference summary below. For those who attended Oxford conference, hopefully this will provide a great summary. For those who didn’t, some interesting thoughts for you to consider about ‘The Sustainable Organisation’. Warm regards, Julie Friday September 22nd started with key note speaker Ian Billick, the Executive Director of the […]

Shekhar Pula: “Protecting ecosystems by stopping Ecocide”

Summary: Shekhar Pula presented the work of Stop Ecocide Foundation. Their mission is to bring about a legal duty of care to protect and preserve life supporting eco-systems on the planet, which continue to suffer damage and destruction of an unprecedented scale. They work with international lawyers to make environmental crimes punishable at the international level through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other bodies. To reach that goal they work on raising public awareness, instigating political leadership and facilitating legal dialogue. In terms of the ICC, they seek to promote and amplify the voice of the States that are directly threatened by sea-level rise and other impacts, in order to hasten the adoption of laws that better protect the Earth’s eco-systems.

Kit Lykketoft: Wonderful Copenhagen and Sustainability

Summary: Kit Lykketoft shared with us the sustainability aspects of tourism in Copenhagen. The city is using a benchmark tool to compare with other cities, it stimulates accommodation to go for the green key certification and it aims at including the Sustainable Development Goals in their policies.

Jacob Mayne: Is CSR Changing Business?

Summary: Jacob presented a unique new study that analysed the opinions of 130 senior and middle managers working for leading corporations in 25 countries, half in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles, half not. Jacob shared hopeful stories with us about companies that really make an effort to be more sustainable. Main conclusions
(self-reported by managers, compared to 5 years ago):
1. Business case finally recognised;
2. Sustainability becoming part of management;
3. Business outcomes seen as more important than PR and compliance;
4. Middle managers take the lead;
5. Barriers are short-term focus and top management ignorance.
There is more interest in the change aspects of CSR.

Rowan Gillies: Sounds and Silences of Leading Sustainable Change

Summary: Rowan Gillies made us aware of the ongoing loss of species, with the extinction of numerous birds and their beautiful sounds.