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Training strategy: why it’s important and how to do it

Most workplace training happens at the operational level, where a need is identified for performance improvement on a given topic and the training is simply developed and delivered.  This is especially true for environment and sustainability training, which is traditionally the domain of the subject matter expert – the one who knows all about stormwater modelling, water pollution control, contaminated soil management, emissions reduction, solid waste minimisation– and more – …Read More

Dirt Cheap? Are rapid house builds trashing the environment?

The pace and scale of public and private sector new home building is unprecedented. Here I reveal a major potential downside of this rapid development – the runoff of sediment from building sites into stormwater pipes, streams, lakes, beaches and harbours – and show how a business opportunity can help us build houses that don’t cost the earth. NIWA estimates 98% of the lucrative West Coast snapper fishery is hatched …Read More

Cheeks on seats = Good Training: Yes or No?

They come to your workshop, they stay, they go, they’ve learned. Right? Wrong. Together workshop attendance and the “smile sheet” (the form you fill out after a workshop), are still too often the only ways that many of us track our training. But when did you learn anything else from a smile sheet other than “The room was too hot”, “The lunch was too cold” or (hopefully!) “The trainer was …Read More

Hanging Judge or Fair Play? The judicious use of environmental enforcement

How do we balance “fair” with “fast” when business needs to lift its environmental game? Consider a cost-benefit analysis: the cost of developing a council environmental training program would be paid off if it avoided the cost of just one prosecution. Does this mean that all prosecutions can be avoided by governments delivering good industry training? Not necessarily. Good operators support enforcement because they hate being undercut on bids by …Read More

Why climate change is not the enemy and carbon is your friend

Did you take the Quiz above? What do your answers mean? If you answered “Yes” to all three questions, that’s fine. If you answered “No” to all three, that’s fine, too. Even if you answered “No idea”, “Don’t want to know”or “Too scared to look” – this is fine as well. Why? There’s no point squabbling about it – BECAUSE – carbon emissions are what we call a ‘proxy indicator’ …Read More

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

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