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Clare Feeney's Blog

Passing of Dame Nganeko Minhinnick, Manukau Harbour claimant

On the 17th of June 2013 I wrote a blog – reproduced below – celebrating the awarding of a Queens’ Birthday honour for Dame Nganeko Minhinnick. Four years later, Dame Nganeko has died, and I feel sad. But her legacy lives on in the form of the magnificent Manukau Harbour, once grossly polluted and now recovering as its people and communities continue to ensure its ongoing improvement. Read Simon Collins’ …Read More

Reactive to creative: the trajectory of the learning organisation galvanised by the six capitals

When organisations start assessing their actions and impacts across the six capitals, AMAZING things happen. When we understand this amazingness, we can leverage it even more, to make more of a difference faster. This blog says more about the surprising reason firms must account for the six capitals in their company reports, described in more detail in a two-part article for Pure Advantage (see links at end). In Part 1 …Read More

The REAL – and very surprising – reason why companies must report against SIX capitals

We’ve just had that season again – no, I don’t mean for eating Easter eggs, but for presenting company reports. Columns of numbers that are eye-glazing for most of us, but vitally important for the integrity of business and the employment and other benefits it creates But a big shake-up is now well under way. In 2010 Mervyn King (economist and then Governor of the Bank of England) announced to …Read More

How on earth do you measure the $ ROI from environmental training!?!

Do your bosses and clients continually ask you to justify the cost of your environment and sustainability training? Are you struggling to build leadership around sustainability? In these challenging times, one very simple way to help businesses move from good to great is to be able to clearly articulate to your bosses and clients the cost/benefits of your environment and sustainability training. Did you hear about … the civil construction company that clocked …Read More

Company reports: integrated vs sustainability vs ESG vs responsibility?

In my series of articles for Pure Advantage on the six capitals I speak generally about “accounting for the six capitals” in order to span the wide variety of reports companies prepare to address their financial and other performance, whether in integrated reports, or in annual reports accompanied by separate sustainability and/or ecological, social and governance (ESG) or other corporate responsibility reports. The six capitals addressed in integrated company reports …Read More

Six capitals: the REAL returns on restoring our waters

Most people would agree that restoring our wetlands, stream banks and shorelines is “A Good Thing” – places look nicer, bird and fish life come back and so on. But it costs money and takes time – much of it volunteer time. In a demanding funding environment, how can we justify more comprehensive, strategic and proactive investment in environmental restoration? Measuring the results of spending time and money on this …Read More

What’s your risk appetite? Take a simple test to rate your own and that of your organisation…..

Sustainability guru Bob Willard offers help to environment and sustainability professionals whose executives are pushing back on sustainability and asking, “Why should we bother with all this environmental and social stuff?” Bob says what they really want is answers to the ‘Big Three “Whys“’ executives must ask of any value proposition – not just sustainability initiatives: “Is it the right thing to do?” “Is it the financially rewarding thing to …Read More

To Train or not to Train – that is the question…

‘If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Often misattributed to quotesman extraordinaire Mark Twain, the original quote is from Abraham Kaplan in 1964 (1). Popularised by Abraham Maslow in 1966 and now widely known as ‘law of the instrument’ or Maslow’s hammer (1), the saying describes our tendency to rely too much on familiar tools. Even training, the favourite tool in my environment and sustainability …Read More

Growth vs fixed mindset: what could it mean for sustainability?

“Growth” is a loaded word in sustainability circles, most often equating to growth of economic activity underpinned by overuse of natural resources and the resulting harms to ecosystem and human health. Yet there is growing acknowledgement of the need for growth in good things, not just GDP – which Bobby Kennedy described in 1968 as measuring “everything except that which makes life worthwhile.” Consider the need for growth in healthy …Read More

Tertiary education and training – is it fit for purpose?

A recent presentation on adult technical and vocational training was on “New Zealand’s Industry Training System: Is it fit for purpose”. What I wanted to know was, “Fit for WHAT purpose?” Sadly this was unclear – but there was a strong hint in the subsequent announcement that the Productivity Commission has released an issues paper calling for input on the future of tertiary education. But is learning really only about …Read More