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Do corporations really believe in sustainability?

I believe the jury is still out! We are a long wait away from sustainability thinking achieving a semblance of seriosuness and sensitivy. Few Pointers:
– management does not begin the day with discussing sustainability and profits together, the two are still disjoint and severly disconnected. – a corporation’s approach to working with not-for-proft partners still hinges squarely on charity, making the NGOs more dependent on a non-sustainable donor driven future.
– Poverty alleviation, micro economic activity, livelihood generation, environment protection thus become inmpossible to tackle since the system is pitched aginst them.
– Ditto, many other social issues.
More later…

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Location of sustainability function in a corporation?

The trend is to locate the sustainability vertical in the corporate affairs and / or communications function. While this is a good move when a company is in the process of setting up its sustainability practice and needs to communicate internally, externally and to the Board it’s ongoing efforts in seeding a social and environmental quotient, it’s detrimental in the long run to continue to preserve this location. As sustainability moves from philanthropy to a core business competency, it needs to be a seperate function with its own evangelist team and sustainable business verticals.

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Are social sector skills relevant to the corporate sector?

This debate emerges when students keen on a career in sustainability and community work wonder if it’s better to move from corporations to NGOs or the other way round. The majority view leans in favor of business skills as more important than skill sets of NGO employees. So the overarching view is it’s all right to move from corporations to NGOs.

While true in some cases, this is not universal. Moving from community and issue based work to business jobs many a times is more rewarding. The multi-stakeholder relationships which a NGO manager deploys, the management of issues and solutions and corporate social strategy would not be possible without a grassroots mindset.

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India allows 25bn litres of sewage into its rivers – Times Online

India allows 25bn litres of sewage into its rivers – Times Online.