Education, Knowledge, and Skills
All community members can locally access quality, culturally inclusive elementary school and secondary school education. Relevant and quality post-secondary education, including trades school, college, and university are regionally or virtually accessible. Curricula include different ways of knowing and teaching, and there is respect for local knowledge and traditional knowledge holders. Community members can access affordable opportunities for training, skill development, and capacity building that are relevant for employment and/or their personal development.
How can you prepare yourself to be a more effective sustainability change agent? This guide was designed to share insights on how change agents can support their CEO and influence thinking on sustainability. It is based on a review of prior academic research on CEO decision-making and combined with the practical experiences and insights gleaned from interviews with over 200 CEOs, board members, and sustainability executives. It explores a broad range of global companies and industries including finance and insurance, material extraction, retail, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, utilities, and agribusiness, as well as a diverse array of ownership structures, including public corporations, privately owned businesses, and co-operatives.
To further support you in bolstering your own effectiveness, we have also developed the Being an Effective Change Agent: Personal Inventory. We encourage you to use this as a tool for reflection, and to help you plan your future personal development.
This is a useful resource if you are looking to partner with HR in your company. This guide provides helpful background research on the connection between sustainability and a variety of HR functions, including recruitment, onboarding, and employee development. It also lays out ten steps that HR managers can take to support embedding sustainability within their organisation, along with examples from leading companies.
This book by Andrew Savitz talks about how sustainability can be incorporated into employee recruitment, selection, onboarding, career development, rewards, and retention. We specifically recommend Chapter 5, which will help you understand how orientation programs at companies now include modules dedicated to CSR and sustainability. After orientation, targeted sustainability programs are also being incorporated across corporate training curriculum.
Onboarding has traditionally been about getting new hires to adopt a company’s values. This study questions the traditional approach by looking at what happens when we do the opposite: engaging new employees to think about their strengths and values, and asking them to bring these to the company.
This article from the International Institute for Sustainable Development makes the case for training the next generation of sustainable development leaders, and provides an overview of the types of programs, groups, and training that exist for young sustainability professionals.
This quick primer on skills-based volunteering from Realized Worth will help your organization take a more impact-oriented approach to volunteering. It offers insight into misconceptions about skills-based volunteering, as well as who it's right for and what it looks like in practice.
Designed for HR managers, trainers, and employees responsible for health, safety, and the environment, this 5-page guide by the Network for Business Sustainability provides ten ways to engage employees in your company’s environmental and social goals. The methods are based on 30 years of academic and industry research by the NBS team and Dr. Stephanie Bertels. In addition to helping readers understand how to educate their workforce on the importance of good business ethics and corporate responsibility, the report draws on case examples from the retail, services, and manufacturing industries.
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