Blog archives: December 2013

Sustainability

Sustainability blunders - 3 of 7 - No clear vision of sustainability

One of the most consistent traits that appear in high-performance organisations is broad-based clarity on what they are striving to achieve. Exemplary organisations are exceptionally clear about their purpose. Purpose is defined by clear visions of the ideal condition they want to achieve in the future. Purpose is also defined by principles that serve as decision-making mechanisms that guide movement...

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Posted on: 21/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Quality, Management system

CSR

Sustainability Blunder 2: Implementing a 'Siloed' approach to Environmental, Social and Cooperate Responsibility

Because their primary frame of reference is the linear take-make-waste economic model, traditional management-training programmes promote a mechanistic approach that views organisations as collections of separate parts that can each be managed independently. Thus, the design and purchasing departments operate more or less independently from the manufacturing,...

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Posted on: 14/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability, Energy, Quality, Integration

Complying with legislation

Sustainability blunders – 1 of 7 - Thinking that simply complying with legislation will be sufficient

Organisations often feel that they are successfully managing their environmental issues by doing what the government has ordered. This is a patriarchal approach to governance. The patriarchal view holds that there are clear vertical lines of authority in any social system. Information flows upwards to those at the top, who have the sole responsibility for decisions...

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Posted on: 06/12/2013 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental, Sustainability

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