SQA Online Resource Center
Sustainable Business Workshops
This four-part workshop series is for business people at any level of an organization, consultants, educators, and “knowledge workers” who wish to gain practical tools for building resilient organizations. Each half-day session delivers stand-alone skills and new awareness, while participation in the entire series builds a set of core competencies for implementing sustainable learning organizations and communities. Come to any or all of them.
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These workshops give you the tools you need to succeed in the 21st Century.
demanding new levels of responsibility from the companies with which they do
business, and regulations are only becoming more stringent.
To alleviate these
pressures, organizations are moving beyond costly compliance-based programs to
more advanced, ecological and systems-based practices. For stability and profitability, managers recognize the need
to incorporate new principles into their organizations that generate increased
levels of resiliency, flexibility, and performance.
SQA offers frameworks to
prepare businesses for the demands of an interdependent global system.
SQA processes and tools can reduce company
dependencies on regulatory requirements, increase customer loyalty and employee
morale, and raise company value and profits.
Values are what drive a company. The Values
Alignment process (www.valuesalignment.com) involves
consciously selecting and committing to a set of priorities at the individual, team, and organizational
levels. To create an intentional business
culture engaged in sustainable economics, the need and ability to
change is first determined. A value
matrix is used to measure individual, team, organizational, and customer levels
of commitment. Then, specific
activities are identified within each matrix cell that involve individual or
team learning and practice. The
resulting set of priorities helps to coordinate organizational behavior and
accelerate group achievement.
This program features the ground-breaking work of The Natural Step (TNS, http://www.naturalstep.org/what/what_science.html), used as a design framework for businesses to become more sustainable. Based on science (the laws of thermodynamics), TNS serves as a compass for recognizing how one part of a business affects every other part, and often in unexpected ways. The TNS framework guides the actions of organizations without relying on government-imposed regulations. The TNS process uses dialogue and consensus building as key to evolving an organization’s ability to learn while making significant strides toward sustainability. Top
The challenge in the 21st century is to create sustainable societies where business can satisfy current needs without diminishing the prospects for future generations. Managers today are seeking guidance in new ways of thinking that are required to meet this challenge. This auditing process (from the book EcoManagement of The Elmwood Institute) takes a major step in that direction by helping people identify what can be done to reduce the impact of their companies on the environment. It shows how to systematically set priorities and create an action plan for implementing improvements. It provides a practical guide and comprehensive checklist that aligns your business with the new era of ecological stewardship. Top
Sustainable Quality (http://www.ecoquality.com/sqa/awardshome.htm) is an integrated approach to sustainable economic development, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. It defines the ability to balance organizational short term demands to create efficient, high quality products, services, and work environments while meeting the long term needs of maintaining effective, ecological, global solutions. Modeled after international sustainability and quality-based programs, this process provides evaluation and recognition for organizations practicing excellence and innovation. It demonstrates that Sustainable Quality is not simply altruistic but is in fact critical to maintaining a competitive advantage in an emerging global economic system.
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