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Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm

Recording Date: September 11, 2007
Price: Free

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People—Planet—and Profits is rapidly becoming the new mantra of the 21st century business person. Business leaders and managers are challenged as never before to address a myriad of issues that go far beyond the single profit motive.

People issues ranging from worker health and safety, employee morale and engagement, as well as societal issues of entrenched poverty are rising to the fore as core business issues. Environmental issues affecting the entire planet, such as global warming, threaten to affect the very survival of the planet and create an urgent call for action.

Given the enormous complexity and challenges before us, what can business managers and leaders do? Regardless of your role, function, position or company, what can you do? How can business leaders and managers create a better balance between the needs of people, the planet and profit in both the short- and long-term?

As a step forward on the journey to a more sustainable world, an ever increasing number of organizations are beginning to move toward a new “sustainability” business paradigm—one that focuses on creating a better balance between social, environmental and economic factors for short- and long-term performance. In more and more cases, businesses are adopting sustainability-related values, principles, strategies and practices.

Join this complimentary Webcast where we discuss the findings from a recent global survey on sustainability sponsored by American Management Association and conducted by the Human Resource Institute in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

What You Will Learn

On this Webcast, you’ll hear about:
  • The business factors driving greater focus on sustainability, as well as factors hindering its progress, both today and as we look forward into the next ten years
  • The twelve most widely used sustainability-related practices
  • The relationship between sustainability and company performance
  • The significant gap between how much employees in companies personally care as compared to how much they think their companies care about sustainability-related issues
  • How the most sustainable companies create broad stakeholder engagement built on a foundation of sustainable values and alignment
  • Best practices from such sustainability leaders as Ray Anderson from Interface, Inc., and Govi Rao from Philips Lighting

This Webcast has been designed for vice presidents, directors, and managers across all functional units who want to learn more about sustainability and wish to help their organizations become more sustainable in the short and long-term.

About the Presenters

Edward T. Reilly is president and chief executive officer of American Management Association, a leading global not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research and publishing organization. Reilly previously served as president and chief executive officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years in a variety of senior executive positions with the broadcast and book publishing groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D  is president of Jeana Wirtenberg & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in building sustainable enterprises through leadership, culture change, collaboration and learning. She is cofounder and Director, External Relations and Services, of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University, focused on bringing people together to learn how to develop and lead thriving, sustainable enterprises that are “in and for the world.”

Working with CEO's, Presidents and VP's of Fortune 500 companies, Jeana has helped organizations reach the highest levels of performance excellence by aligning their vision and values with business strategy. She is lead author on several recent articles on sustainable enterprise, the future of organization development and she is also one of the lead authors on AMA’s report: “Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends and Possibilities 2007–2017.”

Jay Jamrog Executive Director of the Institute for Corporate Productivity


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