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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture

Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture

Many business leaders recognize that the true value of sustainability is realized only when sustainability is embedded into their organizations' cultures. The ability to identify opportunities and innovate new processes requires that every internal stakeholder understand sustainability and practice it. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports often describe sustainability as "part of our DNA" or "the way we do business"; however, business leaders lack a clear framework for systematically embedding sustainability into organizational culture. The Network for Business Sustainability and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility produced such a framework following a one-day workshop of senior sustainability and HR executives. During an open dialogue facilitated by Dr. Tima Bansal of the Richard Ivey School of Business, participants exchanged their companies' methods of integrating sustainability into corporate culture. Major points of discussion included strategic planning, organizational structure, human resource management, sustainability reporting, and employee rewards and incentives. The best practices that emerged from the workshop are presented here in a five-part framework. Sustainability and HR professionals are encouraged to map their own sustainability initiatives against this framework and to identify the specific practices that could help them further integrate sustainability into their own organizations' cultures.


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