Sustainable Communities and Cities


Cities are where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures, where we come together to share experiences and exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we go in search of a better life. They will also be ground zero for the collision of economic, environmental and social imperatives that define sustainability if we fail to get it right. Cities therefore provide a compelling frame through which to understand and drive sustainability. As models of characteristics such as connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation they provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within and beyond the city.


Radar Issue 06 Spring 2015

SustainAbility, Market: Australia, Year: 2015

Sustainability at times can feel pretty abstract, yet the challenges we are dealing with are far from abstract. Whether protecting biodiversity, reducing emissions, lessening inequality or improving health, the issues that sustainability encompasses are very real, tangible and touch us all in many different ways. This Spring Issue of Radar looks at how issues and approaches are shaped by the real experience and knowledge of an area, culture or community – the ?place’ of sustainability… Read more


Conference recording: The city of the future

Ethical Corporation, Market: UK, Year:2015

At the recent RBS 2015, Kebony, Atos, Samsung and Siemens came together to discuss the ways in which business is driving the sustainable city of the future. Over 75 minutes, the four panelists provided some fascinating insight into our future world… Read more


Towards a Social Capital Protocol – A Call for Collaboration

WBCSD, Market: Global, Year:2015

WBCSD’s Redefining Value team launched a call for collaboration on The Social Capital Protocol – an important step in helping businesses measure and manage their social performance… Read more


Sustainable development is failing but there are alternatives to capitalism

Ashish Kothari, The Guardian, Market: Australia, Year:2015

In the face of worsening ecological and economic crises and continuing social deprivation, the outcome document of the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, The Future We Want, failed to identify the historical and structural roots of poverty, hunger, un-sustainability and inequity… Read more

Company unlocks secret to making plastic out of air

CBS News Market: USA, Year: 2014

The plastics industry creates 1.8 trillion pounds of carbon emissions every year, but now one company has figured out a way to take the pollution and turn it into plastic you can hold in your hand. This is a blue game changing innovation! More…

Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles

World Resources Institute Market: Global, Year: 2014

The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles frame the challenges and common needs faced by large renewable energy buyers. Twelve corporate signatories developed these principles to spur progress on resolving the challenges they face when buying renewable energy, and to add their perspective to the future of the U.S. energy and electricity system. WRI and WWF facilitated their efforts.

World Resources Report 2013-2014: Creating a Sustainable Food Future

World Resources Institute Market: Global, Year: 2014

How can the world adequately feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in a manner that advances economic development and reduces pressure on the environment? This is one of the paramount questions the world faces over the next four decades. Answering it means achieving a “Great Balancing Act” to meet three needs simultaneously.Read more…

10 Questions to Ask About Electricity Tariffs + 10 Questions to Ask About Integrated Resources Planning

World Resources Institute. Market: Global, Year 2014

10 Questions to Ask About Electricity Tariffs and 10 Questions to Ask About Integrated Resources Planning aims to build the capacity of electricity sector stakeholders-government agencies, regulators, utilities, the private sector, civil society, and others -to design and participate in policy making and implementation processes.

Headlines of a Sustainable Lifestyle

Business in the Community Market: UK, Year: 2014

For 9 billion people to have access to a good quality of life in 2050, we need to change what citizens perceive as high quality living, as well as changing products, services and business models. High quality lives need a thriving resilient economy that works in the context of finite resources and fragile eco-systems, and where personal wellbeing is measured as much in life satisfaction as it is on finances and material wealth. The Headlines provides a set of indications for what a high quality, sustainable lifestyle could look like in 2050.

Leadership insight

Business in the Community Market: UK, Year: 2014

Leadership insight is a new online resource which helps business leaders navigate the plethora of organisations, collaborations, metrics, reports and research, supporting you to create value in the long term.

UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards for Collaboration 2012, 2013 & 2014

The Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out winners in Collaboration from 2012, 2013 and 2014



UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards for Society 2012 & 2013

The Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out winners in Society from 2012 and 2013


Creating Good Work: How to Build a Healthy Economy

CSRwire Talkback. Market: USA, Year: 2013

The Creating Good Work series features contributions from some of the foremost social innovators in the world, writing about what is being built to shift those social issues that often feel so intractable.The bloggers in this series are a loose federation of colleagues brought together in the book Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). The themes explored in these blog posts will focus on the common efforts being made to demonstrate how we can create good work while benefiting others and strengthening the social well-being and economic fabric of our communities.


Faster, Smarter, Greener: The state of City Innovation on climate change and other urban challenges

Climate Group. Market: Global, Year: 2013

Municipal governments around the world are facing challenges of increasing complexity, including climate change and the need for sustainable, resilient and low carbon development. This report presents the findings from a survey and case study analysis of 50 diverse cities to understand how they are identifying and communicating their challenges; finding solutions to these challenges; and what barriers they faced in implementing these solutions.


 Innovative Techniques for Local Community Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation

Chris Riedy, Jade Herriman, Katie Ross, Aleta Lederwasch and Louise Boronyak, Market: Australia, Year: 2013

Climate change is obvious. Drought, bushfire and flooding often happen in Australia. To reduce greenhouse gas emission cannot be avoid from climate change.  This project, therefore, designed face-to-face activities and evaluated the activities in order to help vulnerable people in the community become more resilient by connecting them with resources and supportive network sand bring different materials about preparation for climate change to life.


Fortune Favours the Brave

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2013

Fortune Favours the Brave details the opportunity for UK businesses to unlock around £100 billion a year in value from new innovation opportunities that address social and environmental challenges


Redefining Value: The New Metrics of Sustainable Business.

Sustainable Brands. Market: Global, Year: 2013

This white paper frames the conversation and provides key takeaways from New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference in 2012 in the form of reflections on recent lessons and forthcoming opportunities. It examines new forms of value, or newly-quantified existing economic, social and environmental impacts, on three fundamental levels: Product & Service Value, Organizational Value and Societal Value.


Resident Centered Community-Building: What Makes it Different?

Aspen Institute + Connecting Communities Learning Exchange. Market USA, Year: 2013

What is special about resident-centered community building? Why is there such importance on relationship-building? This Report from the Connecting Communities Learning Exchange distills lessons and recommendations from resident activists and locally embedded change agents on how to engage communities in activism and change. Based on discussions at the 2012 Learning Exchange, co-hosted by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and the Roundtable, the report features strategies for putting residents at the center of neighborhood-based community building.


Global Outdoor LED Trials

The Climate Group. Market: Global, Year: 2013

LED outdoor products can cut energy consumed by lighting by more than half, LED products have now reached technological maturity for applications such as street lighting.

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Fact or fiction? Stereotypes of older Australians Research Report 2013

Australian Human rights Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2013

The growth in the number of older Australians provides significant benefits and opportunities for Australia. For example, older Australians are a large and growing consumer market for an extensive range of products and services. Research also shows that an increase of 5% in paid employment of Australians over the age of 55 would result in a $48 billion impact on the national economy, every year.


The benefits for our economy, for corporate Australia and for older Australians themselves, are clear. This report shows it’s time to remove the barriers that prevent many older Australians from reaching their full potential in workplaces and the community.

Homelessness: What works and what doesn’t?

Mark Richardson, Pioneers Post. Market: UK, Year: 2013

The UK’s Homelessness Summit 2013 launched a report addressing the role of social enterprise in meeting the demands of the homelessness sector spotlighting unprecendented growth, sustainable business models and far reaching social impact.


LED Lighting for Cities

The Climate Group. Market: Global, Year: 2013

The Climate Group have conducted a range of pilot studies of LED street lighting under the global LightSavers project. Final technical reports for the cities that participated and a technical summary for lighting managers prepared by the Canadian Urban Institute and The Climate Group are now available. The full report for policymakers and Lighting the Clean Revolution, are available at,1QKFV,LURWN,66QWY,1


Professional and Climate Change: How professional associations can get serious about global warming

West Coast Environmental Law. Market: Canada, Year: 2013

Climate change is a cross-cutting issue that affects advice and decision-making in many different professions. From architects and engineers advising in the construction of a factory that will produce greenhouse gases, to professional foresters or biologists advising on the longterm survival of a forest ecosystem type, professionals are advising clients on climatechange and its implications.


There are very real practical challenges involved in a professional body moving to

require its members, many of whom currently have only limited training on climate

change, to tackle the climate change implications of their decisions. This guide provides insight into activities associations can undertake for their members to address climate change.


Redefining Value: The New Metrics of Sustainable Business.

Sustainable Brands. Market: Global, Year: 2013

This white paper frames the conversation and provides key takeaways from New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference in 2012 in the form of reflections on recent lessons and forthcoming opportunities. It examines new forms of value, or newly-quantified existing economic, social and environmental impacts, on three fundamental levels: Product & Service Value, Organizational Value and Societal Value.


Sustainable Australia Report 2013

The National Sustainability Council. Australia 2013

The National Sustainability Council was established by the Australian Government in October 2012 as an independent, expert body to provide advice on sustainability issues. It reports to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. It’s key role is to deliver a public report against the sustainability indicators for Australia every two years.


This, its first report was published in May 2013}1 and provides a picture of Australia – what we look like and who we are. It tells the story of how we have changed as a nation over the last 30 years. We have made great progress in many areas. Australians are living longer, our health and levels of educational attainment have improved. We have benefited from a strong economy, with low unemployment and increasing incomes. However, inequality has increased and the health of our natural environment has continued to decline in some key areas.

The report provides an evidence base for decision-making and planning about the future. It highlights a number of trends in Australia and the world that are set to have a significant impact on the next generation of Australians. It shows we need to plan for an ageing population, rising health costs, growing cities and changes in traditional work and family roles.


Working past our 60s: Reforming laws and policies

Australian Human rights Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2013

As a society, we have been slow to recognise that millions of older Australians are locked out of the workforce by age discrimination. We are only now starting to understand what a terrible waste of human capital this situation represents; a loss to the national economy and to businesses large and small, and a loss to the individual who is pushed out of the workforce prematurely. This guide will help you to understand Why the workplace will depend on older workers, the benefits of an older workforce and much more.


World Bank. 4° Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience.

A report for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics. Market: Washington, Year: 2013

The World Banks first Turn Down the Heat report concluded the world would warm by 4°C by the end of this century if we did not take concerted action now. This new report outlines an alarming scenario for the days and years ahead-what we could face in our lifetime. The scientists tell us that if the world warms by 2°C -warming which may be reached in 20 to 30 years-that will cause widespread food shortages, unprecedented heat-waves, and more intense cyclones. In the near-term, climate change, which is already unfolding, could batter the slums even more and greatly harm the lives and the hopes of individuals and families who have had little hand in raising the Earth’s temperature. Today, our world is 0. 8°C above pre-industrial levels of the 18th century. We could see a 2°C world in the space of one generation.


Frugal Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs in India

Serco Institute. Market: India, Year: 2012

Over the last 60 years, innovation in India’s public services has frequently emerged in the absence of state involvement, with social enterprises stepping in where the government has failed.


“Frugal Innovation” is the idiom applied to this sweeping revolution in public service design and delivery. The term is used in India and other developing economies to describe innovation that minimises costs by creating frugal solutions to deliver improved or previously non-existent public services. Frugal innovation has given more people access to a wider range of services.

This paper provides insights into how solutions developed from the bottom-up in some of the most challenging public service environments can better meet the needs of citizens. It investigates a range of new perspectives applied to services by over 40 social enterprises in India. It challenges the notion that uniformity in delivering public services driven by a top-down centralist ideology translates into good value for money.


Asia-Pacific Human Development Report

UNDP. Market: Asia Pacific, Year: 2012

The report is divided into six chapters. The themes of the report are selected according to common concern from different countries in Asia-Pacific region. It aims to inform policies and actions from a human development perspective.


New Paths to Performance: Strategic Social Investment and Philanthropy

UN Global Compact LEAD. Market: Global, Year: 2012

This report examines various approaches to social investment practices in the context of corporate responsibility, including from traditional corporate philanthropy to business strategies that share the benefits of commercial activities more broadly, delivering social, environmental and financial returns. It discusses some of the challenges Global Compact LEAD companies have faced – for example partnership obstacles or difficulties in ensuring an initiative’s sustainability over time – and how they have been overcome.

How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability

SustainAbility. Market: Global, Year: 2012

Cities are where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures, where we come together to share experiences and exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we go in search of a better life. They will also be ground zero for the collision of economic, environmental and social imperatives that define sustainability. Cities therefore provide a compelling frame through which to understand and drive sustainability. As models of characteristics such as connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation they provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within and beyond the city. This report puts forward seven characteristics that enable us to explore the current and potential nexus between cities and sustainability and understand what risks and opportunities cities might hold for global companies who intersect with, provide for and depend on them in many ways.


Leadership for a Clean Revolution

Climate Group. Market: Global, Year: 2012

The Clean Revolution requires a massive up-scale of clean technologies that will improve the efficiency and use of our natural resources to create jobs and boost economic growth. But to drive this change we need bold, transformational leadership. Leadership for a Clean Revolution aims to inspire the world’s most influential business, government and thought leaders to take transformative action on climate change, creating a tipping point for the low carbon economy.


New Paths to Performance: Strategic Social Investment and Philanthropy

UN Global Compact LEAD. Market: Global, Year: 2012

This report examines various approaches to social investment practices in the context of corporate responsibility, including from traditional corporate philanthropy to business strategies that share the benefits of commercial activities more broadly, delivering social, environmental and financial returns. It discusses some of the challenges Global Compact LEAD companies have faced – for example partnership obstacles or difficulties in ensuring an initiative’s sustainability over time – and how they have been overcome.


One Planet to Share. Sustaining Human Progress in a Changing Climate.

UNDP. Market: Global, Year: 2012

Asia and the Pacific hosts more than half of the world’s population, including nearly 900 million of the world’s poor, and 30 per cent of the global land mass. This densely-populated region also accounts for a large share of the developingworld’s deprived people: more than 70 per cent of people lacking access to basic sanitation, close to 70 per cent of underweight children, and 67 per cent of the extreme poor (living below $1.25/day). These large deprivations are compounded by geographic exposure, climate-sensitive livelihoods and low capacity to recover from shocks.


Human beings can no longer continue to think of themselves as distinct from the environment. They have been transforming nature for too long – notably by releasing huge quantities of fossil carbon. The consequences are a warmer earth, with melting glaciers, higher sea levels and altered cycles of precipitation and evaporation. Everyone in Asia and the Pacific is facing the impacts; the poor, who have contributed negligibly, much more so. In this regard, the region has a big challenge to reduce poverty and promote human development in the face of rapid climate change. Download the full report



Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided

World Bank. Market: Global, Year: 2012

This scientific report says the world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change. It is hoped this report shocks us into action. Even for those of us already committed to fighting climate change, it is hoped it will cause us to work with much more urgency. It spells out what the world would be like if it warmed by 4 degrees Celsius, which is what scientists are nearly unanimously predicting by the end of the century, without serious policy changes.


Building Stronger Communities, Business and the third sector: Innovation in tough times

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2009

Led by Dame Julia Cleverdon, Business in the Community’s Vice President, the taskforce on Building Stronger Communities has focused on places and practices to develop a national framework of recommendations and examples of innovative cross-sector partnerships. Bullding_Stronger_Communities_report.pdf


The 4° scenarios are devastating: the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems. And most importantly, a 4° world is so different from the current one that it comes with high uncertainty and new risks that threaten our ability to anticipate and plan for future adaptation needs. The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development.


CSIRO The Sustainable Communities Initiative Final Report

The Sustainable Communities Initiative. Market: Australia, Year: 2009

This report details the Sustainable Communities Initiative’s (SCI) activities and achievements over its duration, provides insights on cross-sector partnering in practice and reflects on issues emerging from the SCI experience.



Green Lease Toolkit: Working together to improve sustainability

Green Lease Toolkit. Market: UK, Year: 2009

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), the group of leading property owners brought together by the London Development Agency (LDA), including British Land, Canary Wharf, GE Real Estate, Hermes, Hammerson, Grosvenor, Land Securities, Legal & General Property, Quintain, TfL and Workspace Group, has published a comprehensive toolkit for green leases to enable owners and occupiers to work together to reduce the environmental impact of real estate. BBP_Green_Lease_Toolkit.pdf


Let’s Get Cooking

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2009

Let’s Get Cooking is a BITC project focused on the establishment of a national network of 5,000 school-based cooking clubs in England. The aim of Let’s Get Cooking is to develop skills and knowledge for children, their parents and local communities on how to eat healthily. Working closely with schools, the government and business, Let’s Get Cooking focuses on reaching the most disadvantaged communities. company_information_pack.pdf


Return for improving conditions in developing countries

Wall Street Journey. Market: USA, Year: 2009

A commitment to improving social and environmental conditions in the developing countries where a company operates is the key to maximizing the profits and growth of those operations according to a study of more than 200 companies. As a group, the companies most engaged in social and environmental sustainability are also the most profitable. Wall Street Journal says…


The Inclusive Business Challenge: Identifying opportunities to engage low income communities across the value chain.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Europe, Year: 2009

The Inclusive Business Challenge is an easy-to-use presentation and simulation tool to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement models that profitably engage low-income populations across companies’ value chains and develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income populations.

The tool aims to help companies raise awareness of the role of business in development and to introduce the challenges, drivers and principles of inclusive business. It presents good practice examples, and suggests ways to integrate inclusive business into company strategy. A key feature of the tool is in the simulation activity which is designed to be used in an interactive workshop setting to identify risks and opportunities in building inclusive business.


Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008

Bill Gates. Market: Global, Year: 2008

Bill Gates speech to the 2008 World Economic Forum speech bridges the divide between corporate philanthropy and corporate responsibility.


Business Action on Economic Renewal: Building Opportunities – Guidance Note

Market: UK, Year: 2008

Housing, employment and training services are now expected to work together as a rule rather than as the exception. Social landlords are also under increasing pressure to deliver better outcomes for their residents. But no one sector or agency can tackle worklessness, the education and skills gap or meet the other needs of deprived communities alone. Working in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector is now commonplace, but working with business is less so. This guidance note by BITC is based on the findings of a project exploring the ways in which the private sector and social landlords are working together to benefit communities, and is accompanied by a research report and toolkit for businesses. Building_Opportunities_-_Guidance_Note.pdf


Business Action on Economic Renewal: Building Opportunities

Market: UK, Year: 2008

A document detailing extensive research examining collaborations between businesses and social landlords and the mutual benefits achieved. Building_Opportunities.pdf


Business Action on Economic Renewal –

Toolkit for businesses: Building opportunities for businesses and social landlords to work together

Market: UK, Year: 2008

Detailling how businesses can work in partnership with social landlords to build better communities. Toolkit_for_Business_Building_opportunities_for_business__social_landlords_to_work_together.pdf


Business for Millennium Development (B4MD) Summit 08

Business for Millennium Development. Market: Australia, Year: 2008

On October 24th 2008, Business for Millennium Development (B4MD) held its inaugural B4MD Summit at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne. The B4MD Summit was the first event of its kind in Australia. Through a series of business case studies, the event sought to outline the business opportunity that exists in engaging with low income communities in the Asia Pacific region and the win-win outcomes that can be achieved for both these communities and businesses alike in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was co-hosted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), AusAID and B4MD. Read more about the Summit, download the program and transcript of the event


CSR in Asia: Who is getting it done? – The role of CSR professionals in Asia in 2008

CSR Asia. Market: Asia, Year: 2008

This report allows those working in CSR roles within companies in Asia to understand how their role compares to others. It will enable those organisations working to support companies to understand what is needed to build capacity and to review developments going forward. A survey was designed to determine the status of CSR professionals in Asia. Companies are increasingly recognising the strategic importance of building business practices that create sustainable bottom lines, sustainable global economies, environments and societies but how are they building capacity within their organisations to meet these challenges? CSR_in_Asia_Who_is_getting_it_done.pdf


Discussion Paper of the Investor Roundtable on Sustainable Infrastructure

Market: Australia, Year: 2008

The roundtable was a gathering of senior investment industry representatives strongly focused on the up-side opportunities for investors in sustainable, low carbon, water efficient infrastructure in a changing climate and the related regulatory developments. This paper outlines the key conclusions and the seven key topics that have been addressed in the roundtable that was held in Sydney in October 2008. 


Dissecting global trends: An example from Italy

McKinsey Quarterly. Market: Italy, Year: 2008

Executives know they must incorporate social and environmental trends into their strategies, but few act on trends in ways that would allow them to ride the waves successfully. In this article, author uses Italy as an example to illustrate how business leaders should deal with aging population, the social trend. Dissecting global trends: An example from Italy


Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Market: Asia & the Pacific, Year: 2008

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region concerned about energy security are seeking to protect themselves against shortages of affordable fuel and energy resources. But the policies they choose will have ramifications far beyond the supply of fuels and energy resources. They will also have a profound impact on economic and social development, and on the natural environment and the global climate. This paper presents the latest data on current and prospective use of energy while also exploring the innovations in technology, finance and governance that can set the region on a more sustainable path. themstudy_-_Energy_and_sustainability_in_Asia-Pac.pdf


New online community on CSR from Nijmegen School of Management

Business for Millennium Development. Market: Global, Year: 2008

An online global community on corporate social responsibility has been established by the Nijmegen School of Management at The CSR Center aims to be the premier global forum for exchanging materials on corporate social responsibility and engaging in discussions with students and practitioners. It will also be a free source of reports, working papers, videos and other materials. The web space enables companies to post jobs and internships, profile their CSR activities and interact with site users.  For more information, visit the site at or contact to learn about community and partnership opportunities.


Spotlight on Partnerships

Market: UK, Year: 2008

Published in September 2008, ‘A Spotlight on Partnerships’, showcases successful partnerships between professional sports clubs, business and the public sector. This booklet will place a spotlight on the power of successful partnerships, provide insights into some of the key issues, the range of companies and organisations participating and how you can become one of them. CtC_Spotlight_On_Partnerships.pdf


Building relationships between the third sector and the private sector

Market: UK, Year: 2007

This toolkit aims to provide help in adopting a more strategic approach to developing that relationship to deliver mutual support for each other’s aims and objectives. Building_relationships_between_the_third_sector_and_the_private_sector.pdf


Coming in from the cold – Public affairs and corporate responsibility

Market: Europe, Year: 2007

This report represents the principal output from a joint initiative undertaken by Blueprint Partners, SustainAbility and WWF-UK. The purpose in carrying out the work is to better understand the relationship between the corporate responsibility and public affairs agendas within companies, and in particular to explore the views of one important external stakeholder in business – the investment community. cominginfromthecold.pdf


Community Index 2006 Executive Summary

Market: UK, Year: 2007

The Community Index assesses how a company approaches its overall community impact and the extent to which companies develop, integrate and manage their community investment related to this. In 2006, 80 companies have participated publicly. Community_Index_-_Executive_Summary_2006.pdf


Development as Accountability

Market: Global, Year: 2007

This report argues that accountability should become the central goal of development. To see development as accountability means fundamentally reinventing the way the poor collaborate with their development partners. This report also showcases experiments across a wide range of collaborative frameworks, unleashing the potential for poor people to work more effectively with governments, businesses, NGOs and donors. Development_as_Accountability.pdf


Elisabeth Eaves On Philanthropy

Year: 2007

Gone are the days when a typical donor wrote a check to a big nonprofit and sat back. Now philanthropists will choose carefully and demand financial transparency – including proof that a high percentage of a charity’s income goes directly to its beneficiaries. View how Forbes magazine writer Elisabeth Eaves comments On Philanthropy.


Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Summary report

World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2007

This study highlights opportunities to promote green building know-how and technologies as the WBCSD pushes for zero net energy construction worldwide through its Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project. Zero net energy buildings will reduce demand by design, be highly efficient and generate at least as much energy as they consume.


Give Like An Entrepreneur

Year: 2007

For decades, only the largest givers made extensive use of networking, highly targeted giving and specialized volunteer efforts. Now, those three tools are in the hands of almost everyone with altruistic leanings. Through and article by Forbes Magazine, see how you can Give Like An Entrepreneur and through using online medium.


How Will Life be for the Next Generation?

Year: 2007

A graphical illustration showing how people in China, Russia, France, Britain, U.S. and Brazil think about the life for the next generation will be. How_will_life_be_for_the_next_generation-_Global_Ethics.pdf


Journeying towards sustainability: An Australian Non-Government Organisation’s Experience (Case Study)

Market: Australia, Year: 2007

Marcelle Holdaway, Director, Accounting for Life, began driving Maleny Credit Union’s social and environmental accounting process in 1999. Maleny Credit Union was the first Australian financial sector organisation to account for their social and environmental performance as well as their financial results. In this article, Marcelle Holdaway charts NGO Mission Australia Queensland’s journey towards sustainability. Journeying_towards_sustainability_-_CBR_Issue_5.pdf


Who Speaks for Future Generations?

Market: US, Year: 2007

Who speaks for future generations? This is a question as complex as it is urgent in view of societal needs and expectations of 21st century business. Change in the business world is a constant and its pace is accelerating. If sustainability rhetoric is to be matched by action, it should be protected from the vagaries of short-term performance and management turnover and, instead, built into corporate governance on a continuing, systemic basis. A Futures Council exemplifies one such mechanism for achieving that goal. BSR_AW_Future-Generations.pdf


Whose responsibility is the global epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes? Is it the consumer or the marketer? Amidst growing health issues – how do the world’s biggest brands address growing societal demands to be more responsible?

Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Market Australia, Year: 2007

Sally Loane – Director Media and Public Affairs, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited.

Kristene Mullen – VP/Director of Public Affairs, McDonald’s Australia.

Sally Loane and Kristene Mullen


A Model for ICT Capacity Development in Australia’s Non-Profit Sector

Market: Australia, Year: 2006

Australia needs a new model to meet the challenges for non-profit ICT capacity development. In 2006, the Federal Government enlisted the support of state governments, business and philanthropic groups drawing on the capacity of the sector to look at how to build networks and communities, and recommended a new ITC model that would create direct improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery to Australian society, with particular advantages in the community services, health, education, employment services sectors and in rural and regional areas.Aust_Model_for_Non_Profit_Sector1.pdf


Can Australia really lead the world in sustainable development? Multi-stakeholder partnerships are developing and delivering knowledge based solutions enabling Australian communities to realise sustainable social, economic and environmental vitality.

Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2006

Sean Rooney – Director of CSIRO’s Sustainable Communities and David Trewin – Manager Business Partnerships – Dept of Environment and Conservation NSW share how two leading government departments – the CSIRO and the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation are playing a lead role in how business and community can join with them to engage stakeholders and enhance performance – delivering a more sustainable, globally competitive nation.

Sean Rooney – Multi-stakeholder partnerships

Sean Rooney – Multi-stakeholder partnerships

David Trewin -Multi-stakeholder partnerships

David Trewin -Multi-stakeholder partnerships


Corporate Governance and CSR in Indigenous Communities

Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2006

Australia is rapidly loosing the knowledge of one of the oldest and most important cultures on earth, its Indigenous people. In this session, Jennifer Field – Founder of Cultural Mapping (who has been mentored and instructed by Elders and Cultural Leaders for 15 years) and Christopher Kirkbright -Indigenous Australian, Lawyer, linguist, university lecturer, trainer and business consultant share how and why Corporate Governance is different in Indigenous Communities and why CSR is an opportunity to contribute to the safe guarding of a storehouse of Ancient knowledge; that is at risk of being lost.

Jennifer Field CSR in Indigenous Communities

Jennifer Field Corporate Governance and CSR in Indigenous Communities

Christopher Kirkbright CSR in Indigenous Communities.

Christopher Kirkbright Corporate Governance and CSR in Indigenous Communities


Cadbury’s Clown Doctors share their story….

Cadbury’s Clown Doctors


Match Winners

Market: UK, Year: 2006

This is a guide to commercial collaborations between social enterprise and private sector business. You will find  explanation of what social enterprises are, as well as the key drivers for these partnerships to take place, as well as the issues to be overcome along the route to successful partnership. Social_Enterprise_Mag.pdf


Building stronger communities

Eric D’Indy – Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Mission Australia Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005

Navigating New Landscapes between the Not for Profit Sector and Corporate Australia. There is increasing focus on the role of collaborative partnerships between the business and community sectors to address key social issues. Eric discusses how Corporate Social Responsibility has contributed towards the engagement between business and the community sectors, and what the requirements of charities will be within this engagement model going forwards. Will CSR contribute to re-defining the rules of engagement between the community and those two influential sectors?



BITC Case Studies – The Role of Business in Neighbourhood Renewal

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2005

You can make a difference. Included in this report is a menu of opportunities to spark the imagination about how more companies can start to make a difference. This menu, drawing on Business in the Community’s experience and developed by the ODPM sponsored Private Sector Panel on Neighbourhood Renewal in December 2004, provides some excellent ideas about how companies can get involved. The_Role_of_Business_in_Neighbourhood_Renewal1.pdf


Facing the Future – Business, Society and the Sustainable Development Challenge

Market: Global, Year: 2005

The articles in this publication address six key themes critical to facing the challenge of sustainable development, namely 1) Limits to growth, 2) Transformative leadership, 3) Adaptive technology, 4) Age of insecurity, 5) Whose rules?, and 6) Power of civil society. This publication includes a collection of insights from organisations involved in the Business & the Environment Programme and provides a host of encouraging pointers to the future. Their experience reflects the very real business benefits of sustainable development which we emphasise to our delegates. 


The benefits of recruiting Indigenous employees

Ms Nicole Pietrucha – Assistant Secretary of the Indigenous Employment Programmes Branch at the Department of Employment & Workplace Relations Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005

The benefits of recruiting Indigenous employees is being realised by an increasing number of private sector organisations. Many recognise that the real incomes and real jobs that companies can provide is critical to increasing the economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Australian Government can assist your company to meet its future workforce requirements both in the short and long term. Your contribution will provide a way of increasing the economic independence of Indigenous Australians. Case Studies will include Accor and the mining industry.


The Hannover Principles: Design for Sustainability

William McDonough & Partners Market: Global, Year: 1992

The City of Hannover, Germany, was the site of the world exposition in 2000. “Humanity, Nature, and Technology” was the theme so the city decided to directly address the difficult issue of imagining and encouraging a sustainable future. And thus the  Design for Sustainability principles were born.

Water Disaster

This is an animation showing the adverse impacts of drinking bottled water. It not only shows many surprising pictures, it also reveals many astonish facts: 1) Bottled water is 1900 times the price of tap water; 2) Among the 28,000,000,000 water bottles, 86% of them end up as garbage, that means 1500 of them end up as garbage every SECOND; 3) Although bottled water is convenient, it releases chemical that will lead to breast and other types of cancer, etc. A fraction of the price for bottled water can make EVERYONE on the planet have safe drinking water and proper sanitation. water-disaster.pps