From the President's Desk
By Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Associate Director of Sustainability, HelloFresh
As I shared back in August, ISSP's Executive Director Maureen Hart would be stepping down from her role with us this fall. I'm now following up to let you know that she has officially exited the Leadership Team. However, she'll soon be playing a key role on an Advisory Committee, and we look forward to her continued involvement in ISSP. In the meantime, she'd love for you to stay in touch via LinkedIn. Gina MacIlwraith, who previously did an outstanding job as our Membership Manager, has taken over day-to-day operations. She's working in close partnership with the ISSP Board of Directors as we move towards solidifying new leadership. (Con't.)
Incentivizing Sustainability Through Employee
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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.
Since last summer, ISSP has been
collaborating with HCM International on a survey to see how much progress has been made since 2010. If you or your organization is using performance / pay incentives related to sustainability to make such efforts more tangible for employees -
please fill out this survey
Anyone who participates will receive a copy of the report!
Profile: Brandon Barber
This month, we spoke to Brandon Barber, who is pursuing his M.S. in Sustainability Science at Columbia University.
Brandon first discovered his interest in sustainability through the lens of studying chemistry in High School. "As we learned more about atoms, electrons, and the various ways in which they behave, I dreamed of clean energy, food, medicine and clean water for the entire planet, and how it was all attainable through chemistry," he told us.
As he learned more in college, his views evolved. "I began to understand that the problems we face as a species are not nearly as rooted in technology as I had believed, and neither are their solutions ... We don't need to focus on developing smarter tools, but on training people to use the tools we already have."
Will you be the Next Sustainability Professional to Earn an ISSP Credential?
working for companies like E&Y, Cisco, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca, Best Buy, and more, ISSP is setting the standard for what it means to be a sustainability professional. We're hoping to see at least 100 sustainability professionals take the next step in their careers by earning an ISSP credential before the end of 2018 - and we're nearly there! Will you be the next sustainability professional to help us get over the line?
You can learn more about the ISSP credentialing program by listening to a recording of a recent Info Session. Don't wait to earn recognition for your own sustainability work - get credentialed today!
Certification Info Session
October 10th @ 4pm PT / 7pm ET
Are you ready to join the hundreds of ISSP members who have already earned credentials recognizing their sustainability work? Stand out from the crowd and play a bigger part in the sustainability field - take the next step and earn an ISSP credential!
This FREE webinar will explain the benefits of being a credential holder and answer your questions about the certification process, including: how to register, what's on the exam, where to find study materials, and other questions you may have. Lasting only 30 minutes, this webinar is a quick way to learn how and why to get credentialed.
NOTE: A recording of the session will be made available to all registrants.
Business Biodiversity--Engaging Stakeholders & Meeting Corporate Sustainability Goals
October 25th @ 11am PT / 2pm ET
In today's competitive landscape, engaging in corporate conservation is emerging as an innovative approach to meet both business and environmental needs. Indeed, corporate spending on sustainability and circular economy initiatives are on the rise -- and yielding increased sales and cost savings. Demonstrating leadership in corporate conservation is crucial to meeting sustainability goals and achieving stakeholder collaboration. For nearly 30 years, The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has worked with businesses, large and small to bring about meaningful conservation impacts.
In this webinar:
- Learn the drivers behind involvement in biodiversity-based projects, from employee engagement to risk management, talent acquisition and more.
- Explore how the WHC model is flexible to small and large sites recognizing that every act of conservation matters.
- Learn how to align your conservation efforts with existing local, regional, national and international plans and priorities.
- Find out how your company can share in the recognition of your good work as well.
NOTE: A recording of the session will be made available to all registrants.
Course: Leadership Skills for Change Agents
On Mondays, November 5, 12, 19 & 26 @ 4pm PT / 7pm ET
Connect the dots between timeless leadership practices and how to transform an organization to a sustainable enterprise. The "Leadership Skills for Change Agents" course prepares sustainability professionals at any level in the organizational hierarchy, and external consultants / advisors, to design business models for success in the 21st century. It helps sustainability professionals apply timeless leadership practices to ensure successful sustainability initiatives. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Use a proven seven-step sustainability change process to lead the integration of sustainability into an organization's culture.
- Build an effective, relevant, comprehensive business case to earn the necessary support from senior management for sustainability initiatives.
- Apply seven effective change leadership practices during the sustainability change process, capitalize on seven change paradoxes, and avoid seven potential derailers of their initiatives.
- Help the company assess and report on its progress toward aspirational, science-based environmental and social goals of a truly sustainable enterprise.
Upcoming ISSP Chapter &
Regional Learning Network (RLN) Events
Chapters and RLNs b
ring together local communities of practice to network, share resources, and provide professional support. Get involved in your local ISSP community with these upcoming events. Don't forget - we also host a monthly Member Info Session - another opportunity to connect with your fellow ISSP members around the globe! Find it on the Member Events Calendar
10/10 12pm ET -
Curious why the BREEAM Certification meets a terrific need for existing buildings in the U.S.? Join fellow ISSP members in an informative discussion on the BREEAM green-building certification - recognizing and reflecting the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. Free for ISSP Members!
10/11 12pm CT -
Greater Chicago RLN
This month, we welcome Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director at Waste Management, who'll be presenting on
Sustainable Materials Management
(SMM). Mark your calendars - this RLN meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Thursday at noon CT. Free for ISSP Members!
10/17 12pm AEDT -
We'll hear from AJ Moore whose currently in the depths of a new startup venture,
, embedding sustainability directly into technology for not only for service providers but also for clients.
Mark your calendars - this RLN meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at noon AET.
* Even though we're calling it the Aus/NZ RLN for now, everyone in Asia-Pacific is invited!
Free for ISSP Members!
10/30 3:45pm & 5:45pm CT -
- We continue our monthly discussions with two sessions focusing first on building urban resilience and then celebrating our common vision of the OneSTL Sustainability Targets
. Feel free to
join one or both.
Mark your calendars - this chapter meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday. Free for ISSP Members!
RLNs are growing - don't miss the opportunity to connect with other ISSP members in your area! If you're interested in having a RLN meeting in your region, fill out the survey and consider volunteering to co-lead RLN connections.
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
Washington, DC. BOD member Tad Radzinski spoke.
Manila, Philippines. BOD member Marsha Willard will be presenting remotely.
Charlotte, NC. BOD Member Catherine Hurley will be speaking.
San Francisco, CA. BOD Member Marsha Willard is presenting.
October 31-November 2
BOD member Fabian Sack will be leading a panel.
London, UK. BOD Member Beth Knight is judging.
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.