This year’s Earth Day tagline grabbed my attention: “Let’s get really big stuff done for our planet.” It got me thinking how much the movement has grown over the last decade and how every person and every institution, however small, can play its role in something so big as saving the world! Over the past decade we have witnessed a strong tendency in developed countries, and … [Read more...] about Earth Day Reflections: “Getting Big Stuff Done” on our CSR Journey
When we think of a hospital, we think of a place where our pains and illnesses can be soothed and treated, and where many lives can be saved. However, we do not think of hospitals as potential generators of negative environmental impacts that could affect the health of our community. A hospital that does not have, at minimum, adequate management of its solid waste, … [Read more...] about When hospitals cause harm, what can we do?
I just came back from spending three days in Panama at the Sustainable Mega-Infrastructure and Impact Assessment symposium, jointly organized by the IDB and the International Association for Impact Assessment. We visited perhaps the best known infrastructure project in Latin America and the Caribbean – the Panama Canal – and learned how they have managed water, biodiversity, … [Read more...] about Sustainable Infrastructure: we want it, we need it, and we can live better with it
Sustainable infrastructure? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Maybe once it was, but in the future, if done right, it could be a huge opportunity. The stakes couldn’t be higher to build the right kind of infrastructure. We are in the midst of an unprecedented infrastructure boom that is forever changing the face of our planet, with human needs and economic growth stressing natural … [Read more...] about Is “sustainable infrastructure” yet another buzzword? Not if you work in impact assessment!
Upon reading the much anticipated Papal Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', I found myself immediately looking for ways to get it into the hands of the CEOs I know. While it is a genuinely great read, it is even better as a resource for institutionalizing ethical business principles, and a brilliant illustration of what servant leadership looks like. There will be … [Read more...] about Why ‘Laudato Si’ Should be on the Reading List of Every CEO