Making Sustainability Standard Practice
Vol. 12       No. 7      July 2018 
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The Sustainability Benefits of Global Interdependence
By Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Associate Director of Sustainability, HelloFresh

As a sustainability professional based in the U.S. , at a time when this country and our neighbor to the North (Canada) are celebrating their respective birthdays, it is hard not to think about the juxtaposition in sustainability efforts and how the U.S. is falling behind globally.  This makes me appreciate the work of ISSP members in other countries and the international nature of ISSP even more.  (Con't.) 


2018 Member Survey 
We asked for their input and our members came through!

In early June, ISSP conducted an in-depth member survey gathering information for designing and prioritizing future member programs and organizational investments.  We received nearly 25% participation from members in 25 countries, a variety of industries, and length of membership from less than a week to over 10 years!   (Con't.) 


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Incentivizing Sustainability Through Employee Compensation

How can organizations drive their sustainability efforts by including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria in compensation and performance management systems? What are organizations already doing in this respect? In 2010, the Conference Board report on Sustainability in the Boardroom found that although sustainability responsibility was being assigned to C-suite, many companies didn't have any structure for oversight. That same year, the World Business Council report " People Matter Reward: Linking Sustainability to Pay," discussed the case for employee reward programs for driving sustainability and some of the problems implementing these programs. 

In ISSP's June 28th webinar on this topic, Claudia Wuerstle explained ways that ESG criteria can be integrated into "variable pay" - the portion of employee compensation that is based on performance. (Con't.) 


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More is Needed to Sustain our Work

By Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, Board Member & Development Director of ISSP

As sustainability managers, we think about how to sustain projects, asking questions like: Does staff have the tools and skills to maintain the EV charging stations? Are procedures in place to ensure sustainable purchasing practices improve year to year?

But how often do we ask questions about sustaining ourselves so we have energy to keep driving change? Sustainability work can be very rewarding, but it can also be very draining since we are pushing against norms.

In my role, I focus on four specific strategies. (Con't.)


Sustainability Consultants Share Their Stories!
ISSP credential holders work in a variety of industries, sectors, regions, and organizations - and we are sharing their experiences in the sustainability field with the rest of the community. This month, we are pleased to host a panel discussion with four ISSP credential holders who work as sustainability consultants!

Join us on July 19th at 8:00am PT/11:00am ET as we speak to  Aurora Dawn Reinke, ISSP-SA and Founder of Astrapto LLC; Beth Knight, ISSP-CSP and Corporate Sustainability Director at EY; Jonathan Gregory, ISSP-SA and the Principal Advisor of Traverse Advising LLC; and Kathy S. McGuire, ISSP-SA and President/CEO of 3 Pillar Solutions LLC. They will share their personal stories and talk about how the ISSP credentials have brought value to their careers.

Sign up today! Even if you cannot make the webinar, register to receive the link to a free recording.

Profile: Jessica Synkoski, ISSP-SA
This month, ISSP spoke to Jessica Synkoski, ISSP-SA and Associate Director of Sustainability Strategy & Engagement at AstraZenica.

Read Jessica's story on our  ISSP Member Profiles page .

1-Day Course: Sustainability ROI Workbook
July 17th at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET 

Sustainability initiatives can be important assets for the companies that pursue them, but what is the best way to calculate the initiatives' ROIs? ISSP's upcoming course presents the Sustainability ROI Workbook, an open-source resource designed to give sustainability professionals the tools to make a business case for sustainability that their CFO will love!

Taught by corporate sustainability strategy expert and author Bob Willard, the 1-day workshop will present participants with the third edition of Bob's framework for a comprehensive and compelling cost-benefit analysis applicable to any sustainability initiative.  More info/register today!

NOTE: A recording of the session will be made available to all registrants.

Webinar: Six Steps Towards a 
Circular Business
July 26th at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

The Circular Economy is a complete rethink of our whole system of modes of production and interaction with consumers, not surprisingly, businesses will play a large role. Producers need not only consider the performance and use of their products, but also the re-use and/or recycling of all materials. A circular economy is a logical step in the evolution of the linear economy that has been a dominant force since the industrial revolution, and The Six Steps is a process to guide a company through this evolution. More info/register today!

NOTE: A recording of the session will be made available to all registrants.

Upcoming ISSP Chapter &
Regional Learning Network Events
ISSP Chapters and Regional Learning Networks bring together local communities of practice to network, share resources, and provide professional support. Get involved in your local ISSP community with these upcoming events.

7/10 - 6:00am PT Member Info Session -  This orientation session lasts 30-45 minutes and gives participants a chance to meet other ISSP members, learn about ISSP and its mission, and discover how to use the ISSP website to both find and contribute materials to our professional library.  This is a great opportunity to help you get the most from your ISSP membership. 

7/16 - 12:00pm ET New England Regional Learning Network Meeting  -  Would you like an opportunity to engage with and learn from other sustainability professionals in your region - to share success stories and best practices, get and give feedback and suggestions, and simply talk with other people who understand what you do?  Join us for our inaugural Regional Learning Network virtual meeting for sustainability professionals in New England.

7/22 - 4:00pm PT Seattle Chapter: Informal Summer Meetup -   Join local colleagues for happy hour at Georgetown Liquor Company, and share your thoughts and ideas for future ISSP programming in the area.

7/28 - 1:00pm ET Greater New York Chapter - This will be an afternoon of networking, fun and excitement aboard American Princess Cruises.  Enjoy and enumerate the whales and dolphins in and around the NY Harbor. 

7/31 - 5:15pm CT Greater St. Louis Chapter
The July ISSP Sustainability Drivers session will be part of a larger event to bring together several boards of directors from St. Louis- area professional organizations. The purpose of the event is to give an update and explore collaboration opportunities on the work being done by several regional partners to advance six regional sustainability targets.  

9/23-27 ISSP Colorado ChapterCome and experience new tools to elevate your work, the power of sharing a common experience with colleagues, an experienced and engaging faculty, and the reinvigorating connection to the very heart of why you do the work you do.

If you are interested in having a RLN meeting in your region, fill out the
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ISSP Out and About
ISSP board members and associates can be found sharing their kno wledge, sharpening their skills and networking at sustainability gatherings around the world. Reach out and introduce yourself to the ISSP members listed below if you too are planning to travel to one of the many sustainability conferences going on this spring through fall. Let us know where you're headed by dropping a note to  execdir@sustainabilityprofessionals.org .

July 30-August 1 NAIM 2018 Sustainability Management Conference, Providence, RI.


The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward through building strong networks and communities of practice.