In this post, we’re going to summarize – and point you to – an excellent resource from an outstanding source of all kinds of excellent resources, called the Network for Business Sustainability.
The resource of the subject line is actually designed for folks who “are asked to lead …company’s sustainability efforts”.
But as project managers, we know a couple of secrets.
Secret 1: Sustainability efforts are often shepherded in via projects, so project managers had better know this stuff, even if they don’t have a formal “Czar of Sustainability” title
Secret 2: Projects are like little “core samples” (sometimes huge) core samples” of the enterprise and thus, each PM really is indeed leading sustainability efforts in a microcosm of the company.
Here, from this outstanding document, is our spin on the 10 things project managers need to know – about sustainability.
That treasure trove was found at the Network for Business Sustainability. There we’ve found a wealth of resources, amongst which was this very short interview with the Chief Sustainability Officer of TD BankNorth.
Have a look and join us after you spend a moment with Karen Clarke-Whistler.
So you can see that there are a whole slew of project management concerns that are implied by this interview.
The answer to those and many other questions you can imagine is all the same, one-word answer.
Lots of projects. Needing lots of “you-know-who”. Us. Project Managers.
And this is a bank. Not a solar-cell manufacturer, nor an environmental company, nor an energy concern, nor a wildlife preserve, nor an effort to bring water to a poverty-stricken, parched region of the world. This is a financial institution. And they are integrating sustainability thinking at all levels of the organization.
Businesses of all kinds are doing this. It behooves us as project managers to ‘get on board’. Or we will be very, very bored.
You can read more about this intersection of banking and sustainability here:
And here is a case study of yet another financial institution:
And here is an old (2001) paper which picked up this topic way back then and covers it pretty well:
And finally, to bring us up to current times, here is an announcement for a conference in Germany on the very topic – and it has significant content (the announcement itself, that is):
So back to this treasure trove. We suggest you visit http://nbs.net, but in the meantime, here’s a brief view on the NBS by Professor Tima Bansal: