Voices of Influence: Original and Guest Blog Posts from the Energy Sector

These blogs provide insight into the latest issues, challenges, advances and debate around Energy use, exploration, policy and innovation. Original and guest blog posts highlight differing perspectives and context.

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Hashtag Campaign Guide

Whether you are new to Twitter, or an early adopter, Twitter chats and #hashtag campaigns are two great ways to be active on the social network to engage in great conversations with CSR and sustainability professionals, academics, experts and others. Both of these events happen entirely on Twitter, linked with a simple #hashtag, to keep the conversations connected.

Corporate Speak

Like most of you, I’m often asked what I do for a living.  Do you dread this question as much as I do? I’m deeply passionate about this field and continue to trumpet the important role CSR plays in shaping modern society. However, despite the constant refining of my elevator speech over the years, it seems like an unwieldy concept for some to grasp.

My latest encounter was unavoidable. So began another attempt to explain corporate responsibility and how ACCP supports executives in their efforts to strategically align CSR with their companies’ business priorities. As if on cue, what...

The Unheralded Beauty and Power of Social Capital

What drives you?

This question emerges at key transition points in most career journeys. When that gets nailed down, the world opens up – and a person’s potential impact as a change agent is likely to explode.

So, what has made the difference and brought an ever-increasing sense of purpose to my own work? The combination of writing and connecting via social media with so many different kinds of people from diverse fields with a range of expertise. What a...

Everyday Opportunities for Lifelong Learning

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln

February 12 marked what would have been the 206th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. While his legacy is defined as the President who saved the Union and freed the slaves, what was it in the man himself that enabled him to achieve what, at the time, was a seemingly impossible task?

There are countless books and articles written about Abraham Lincoln. He has been studied for his political acumen, his leadership, his military strategy and his humanity. He is hailed by most as a great American...

Some Reason for Optimism on Climate Change

Not since the ill-fated UN climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009 has there been as much optimism as there is now about curbing the risks of climate change. Government negotiators converged this week in Lima, Peru, to lay the foundation for a possible global climate agreement next year in Paris. Veteran reporter Andrew Revkin has a typically ...

Can Social Media Makes Employees More Productive?

Does Social Media Make Workers More Productive?  According to a study from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), there is a great deal of potential value in using social media “to enhance communications, knowledge sharing, and collaboration within and across enterprises.”

In other words, if employees can access Facebook and Twitter at work, a small amount of time may be lost or wasted, but the overall effect on productivity provides more gains than losses. In fact, MGI estimates that by fully implementing social technologies, companies have an opportunity to raise the productivity of...

What Are the Sustainable Environmental Business Trends for 2015?

Business sustainability is a business improvement mindset that drives changes in the organization to deliver real value for the environment as well as your business.  By anticipating and taking proactive steps to address change in the business world, sustainable businesses are capturing immediate value and establishing themselves as leaders in the industry.  Successful companies are building businesses sustainability strategies to capitalize on trends like the ones presented above.   

Building on this momentum, there are definite areas...

Make 2015 the Year of You

Mark Shamley
President & CEO, ACCP

Sobering headline from an article in the Washington Post: “In 10 Years, Your Job Might Not Exist”. When you consider that many of today’s jobs were unheard of twenty or even ten years ago and that the speed of innovation is increasing at warp speed, it is almost a foregone conclusion that the skills needed for work in the year 2025 will be very different than...

Best Practices in Stakeholders Engagement: How Orange Dialogues With Sustainability Bloggers

Last week, I have been invited to a private diner and workshop with the CSR team of Orange, along with tens of other French Sustainability bloggers. It was an incredible opportunity for me to assist to a Stakeholder Engagement event from the inside, discover Orange’s sustainability strategy, and meet fellow bloggers that I mostly exchange with on Twitter. Let me guide you through my first “Stakeholder Engagement” workshop!

About 30-40 CSR bloggers, including myself and...

The Horizon of Industry

In 1941, the House of Seagram – then a Canadian maker of whiskeys, and later the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in the world – privately published Stephen Leacock’s “Canada: The Foundations of its Future,” a history of Canada’s growth and development to that time.

Samuel Bronfman, the founder of Distillers Corporation, which acquired Seagram in 1928, wrote the foreword to the book, explaining his rationale for publishing such a history when the country was at war. He was motivated by a desire to bolster public morale, but also – and...

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