Making Sustainability Standard Practice
Vol. 12       No. 8      August 2018 
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Executive Changes At ISSP
By Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Associate Director of Sustainability, HelloFresh

As many of you already know, I was re-elected president of ISSP last month.  I'm both honored and excited to be taking on this work for a second time, and I look forward to accelerating our mission through the  Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) partnership .   Today, however, I need to share some bittersweet news.  Our Executive Director Maureen Hart will be stepping down from her role in the fall.  (Con't.) 

ISSP Sees Continued Momentum With New Leadership Team, First-Of-Its-Kind Member Survey & On-Demand Courses
In case you m issed it,  we recently shared a number of organiz ational and programmatic announcements in  the press rel eas e below which w as distributed via CSRwire and picked up by TriplePundit!  

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ISSP-NYC Joins Dolphin & Whale Watching Adventure

By Kelly Mumford

On July 28 th, the Greater New York City Chapter hosted a group aboard a New York Harbor whale watching and dolphin adventure cruise.  Exploring the seas just 30 miles off the coast of Rockaway's Breezy Point, the passengers aboard the American Princess Cruises ship saw two humpback whales, over 20 dolphins, and even a sea turtle.  American Princess Cruises uses these expeditions to enumerate and collect data about the whales and other marine life along the NYC coastal waters. (Con't.)
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Profile: Joseph Tong, ISSP-CSP
Our profile subject this month is Joseph Tong, ISSP-CSP and sustainability manager at Fuji Xerox's Hong Kong office.

Joseph was inspired to become a sustainability professional at a young age, and pursued his dream after graduating college.  "I realized the urgency to take actions and that we are in the right moment to make some impacts," he told us.  "With the international sustainability policies and movements, corporations could find business cases to invest in sustainability initiatives to gain competitive edges."

Read Joseph's story on our  ISSP Member Profiles page .  For more information on the professionals who hold an ISSP credential, be sure check out our credential holder directory.

Hear The Stories Of Sustainability Consultants Around the World
Last month, we hosted an exciting and successful webinar featuring four ISSP credential holders working as sustainability consultants in the USA and Europe - you can watch a recording on our website.  But we're not done sharing the stories of members of this field!

Join us on  August 16th at 8pm ET / August 17th at 10:00am Australian EST  as we speak to  Andy Chambers, ISSP-SA, Director of Seed Consulting Services Pty Ltd; Ljiljana Pantelic, ISSP-SA, Associate Director - Science, Sustainability, & Health at Syrinx Environmental PL; and Julian Crawford, ISSP-CSP, Director of EcoSTEPS Pty Ltd.  These sustainability consultants in the Asia-Pacific region will share their personal stories and talk about how the ISSP credentials have brought value to their careers.

Sign up today!   Even if you can't make the webinar timed for the Asia-Pacific region, register to receive the link to a free recording after it takes place.

My First Integrated Report, What I Learned & Why You Should Do One, Too
By Bob Willard, Ph.D, ISSP-CSP, ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame Inductee

Most company financial and sustainability reports are kept separate.  However, there is a growing demand for one report that integrates all forms of impact.  In 2013, IIRC proposed a framework for Integrated Reporting <IR>, a single analysis reinforcing the interconnections between financial and ESG performance. (Con't.)

August 16th at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

Sustainability leaders struggle with resources to apply to performance improvement.  Getting sustainability strategy integrated with business strategy is imperative.  This means that sustainability improvement projects must be prioritized as integral to Operational Excellence.  This Webinar will demonstrate how sustainability leaders can easily use existing resources, human resources that are already in their organizations, for performance improvement.  With just a few modifications of common performance improvement methods, important strategic sustainability improvements can be achieved without adding staff.  More info/register today!

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

Course: SPaRK Sustainability Plan & Reporting Kit 
September 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th at 10:00am PT / 1pm ET

Walk through the steps of creating a comprehensive sustainability plan: from justification for your sustainability efforts, through impacts assessment and determination of measures.  The resulting plan also sets you up for reliable and pain free reporting.  At the end of the course you will have a "draft" plan and experience applying each of the key steps of the process.  As part of the class you will be provided a trial version of the SPaRK tool which is an Excel based file that includes the worksheets and data entry tables for recording your key planning decisions.  It also includes a template for recording the results of your sustainability efforts.

Designed for a more interactive experience, the four live webinars are supplemented with videocasts presenting the core concepts so that the live webinars can be used for practice, discussion and Q&A.  
More info/register today!

Meet Your ISSP Instructor: Marsha Willard - SPaRK
Meet Your ISSP Instructor:
Marsha Willard - SPaRK

Upcoming ISSP Chapter &
Regional Learning Network (RLN) Events
ISSP Chapters and RLNs 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.

8/17 - 12pm PT California RLN Meeting Register now for the inaugural virtual lunch joining fellow California sustainability professionals ready to learn from each other and build stronger connections.  Free for ISSP members! 

8/21 - 5:30pm ET Greater NYC Chapter  You are cordially invited to our next ISSP-NYC Sustainability in Focus film screening and networking reception presenting Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch , an award-winning documentary that reveals the destructive impacts of our enormous plastic consumption.  Discount for ISSP members!

8/22 - 12pm AEST Australia & New Zealand RLN Meeting  -  Join us for our inaugural virtual meeting for sustainability professionals in Australia and New Zealand and hear about the decision-making scorecard Stanwell Corporation uses to assist in identifying and improving sustainability outcomes.  Free for ISSP members!

8/28 - 5:15pm CT 
Greater St. Louis Chapter
As part of OneSTL's Sustainability Lab @T-Rex, August's discussion is joining a blender session to help the Sustainability Plan Working Groups identify their opportunities to tell a shared story and support the OneSTL Targets Initiative.

If you are interested in having a RLN meeting in your region, fill out 
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ISSP Out & 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 .

August 8-October 17 Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand Inc. Learning to Adapt Professional Development Climate Change Course. BOD Member Dr. Fabian Sach and his colleagues at Sustainably Pty Ltd will be teaching it.   

October 23-26 Social Capital Markets (SOCAP), San Francisco, CA. BOD Member Marsha Willard will be presenting.

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.