In May 3’s Fortune CEO Daily (http://www.fortune.com/2017/05/02/ceo-daily-tuesday-2nd-may/) Alan Murray quotes two statements by Peter Drucker that I want to re-quote here, because I find them of high relevance in an environment where CSR is too often merely seen as an important marketing tool to redirect attention from otherwise not so responsible business practices:
“It is management’s public responsibility to make whatever is genuinely in the public good become the enterprise’s own self-interest.”
“The proper social responsibility of business is to tame the dragon – that is, to turn a social problem into economic opportunity and economic benefit, into productive capacity, into human competence, into well-paid jobs, and into wealth.”
I think in a nutshell these two beautiful quotes actually provide essential strategic guidance for any entrepreneurial activity in the context of sustainable management.
Every endeavor in the field of sustainability starts with oneself. Since “a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step,” the unfolding and fostering of a sustainable physical and mental foundation in oneself is an absolute prerequisite of a truly meaningful sustainability journey. This is why and how I work with Chinese movement traditions.
For more details about my body mind synergy coaching and Chinese martial arts / Qigong trainings — not only in Hamburg, Germany — take a look at my tao moves website: www.tao-moves.com
If only more companies would truly make mindfulness a core of their actions! Just read a recent Financial Times article by David Gelles with the following subtitle:
“Yoga, meditation, ‘mindfulness’ – why some of the west’s biggest companies are embracing eastern spirituality”
Here is the link to the article and a comment by Dr. Shi Bisset and me:
Here are three surveys regarding sustainability I recently read that I find worth sharing:
Berns, Maurice, Andrew Townend, Zayna Khayat and others. “The Business of Sustainability: Imperatives, Advantages, and Actions.” Strategic Planning Publications. Boston, MA, USA: The Boston Consulting Group, September 2009. (http://www.bcg.com/expertise_impact/capabilities/strategy/strategic_planning/publicationdetails.aspx?id=tcm:12-29484)
Bonini, Sheila, Stephan Görner, Alissa Jones. “How Companies Manage Sustainability.” McKinsey Global Survey Results. McKinsey & Company, 2010. (https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/How_companies_manage_sustainability_McKinsey_Global_Survey_results__2558)
Riddleberger, Eric and Jeffrey Hittner. “Leading a Sustainable Enterprise: Leveraging Insight and Information to Act.” IBM Institute for Business Value Study. Somers, NY, USA: IBM Global Services, June 2009. (http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/gbs/bus/html/csr-study-2009.html)
“The Presidio and the Evolution of the Green MBA”
GreenBizz.com Executive Editor Joel Makower talks to Seyed M. Amiry, Presidio President and CEO, January 8, 2010