Social Sustainability: What does it mean in the developed world?

Sustainability directors and coordinators operating in the developed world often struggle to understand what social sustainability has to do with  them. “Social sustainability” is often framed as an issue of underdeveloped countries where severe poverty and human rights abuses may be present. For organizations operating in the developed world, however, many of these issues are legislated (child labor, minimum wage, discrimination, etc.) or proper infrastructure is in place (eg for clean water, sanitation and transportation). Inadvertently, though, companies may be causing harm in developing countries (eg through sourcing). And they have an important role to play in creating a productive and humane workplaces for their employees as well as solving problems in their communities.

Darcy Hitchcock and Marsha Willard of Axis Performance Advisors will guide you through understanding the determining the role your organizations, your clients or the organizations you purchase from can have a positive impact.  You'll benefit from Darcy and Marsha's years of experience applying sustainability principals and tools in organizations of all sizes.

This course meets on-line on Tuesdays (July 6, 13, 20, 27) at 12:00PM for 60-90 minutes.

 

More About The Instructors

Marsha Willard and Darcy Hitchcock are co-founders of AXIS Performance Advisors, Inc. a Northwest based consulting firm specializing in helping organizations implement sustainable business practices. Marsha and Darcy have been in business for 19 years and bring to the sustainability field an expertise in organizational change, facilitation, teaching and team building.

Marsha has worked with organizations in both the public and private sector providing training, consulting,  facilitation and executive coaching services. Some of her clients include Monsanto, Bonneville Power Administration, Cascade Corporation, City of Portland, AAA of N. California, Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Washington Department of Ecology, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Wacker Siltronic, Conway Transportation, GreenBlue and the Zero Waste Alliance.

Darcy has written numerous business books and The Business Guide to Sustainability (2006) won the American Library Association’s Best Academic Title award. Her latest book, The Step by Step Guide to Sustainability Planning (2008) is a cookbook for how to create sustainability plans and reports.

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