Sustainability: Are businesses walking the talk?

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"The private sector should be encouraged to strengthen the mechanisms of sharing its experience and information on sustainable development."

Article 40.24, Agenda 21, United Nations Earth Summit, 1992.

 

As more and more people embrace sustainability, Dr Eva Collins, Professor Stewart Lawrence and Professor Juliet Roper are carrying out New Zealand’s first longitudinal study into how organisational practices in businesses are keeping up.

Their most recent survey, carried out in collaboration with the Sustainable Business Network, reveals that businesses increased their sustainable practices by 10% between 2003 and 2006.

Based on responses from 519 businesses, the survey followed up an initial 2003 benchmarking survey which looked at 20 different areas of sustainability practice. The researchers also conducted interviews and focus groups with businesses for a more in-depth view.

Their report Sustainability Practices of New Zealand Businesses in 2006 showed social sustainability practices, such as giving to charity, family-friendly policies and job training, remained the biggest element of sustainability take-up by businesses.

As more and more people embrace sustainability, Dr Eva Collins, Professor Stewart Lawrence and Professor Juliet Roper are carrying out New Zealand’s first longitudinal study into how organisational practices in businesses are keeping up.

Their most recent survey, carried out in collaboration with the Sustainable Business Network, reveals that businesses increased their sustainable practices by 10% between 2003 and 2006.

Based on responses from 519 businesses, the survey followed up an initial 2003 benchmarking survey which looked at 20 different areas of sustainability practice. The researchers also conducted interviews and focus groups with businesses for a more in-depth view.

Their report Sustainability Practices of New Zealand Businesses in 2006 showed social sustainability practices, such as giving to charity, family-friendly policies and job training, remained the biggest element of sustainability take-up by businesses.

DEPARTMENT OF STRATEGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING
AND DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION WAIKATO MANAGEMENT SCHOOL

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