Sustainability Leadership: Navigating Your Transformational Journey

The Conference Board of Canada, October 28, 2015
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Innovation is driving continuous technology changes and societal expectations of how businesses operate are changing. In light of these tectonic shifts, companies are compelled to rethink their business models. Creating shareholder and societal value is forcing companies to take a fresh look at the transformational qualities they must embrace to foster commercial and social success.

Leading companies now realize that to improve both their operating context and societal well-being, they must invest in new measures to scale up their positive social and environmental impacts and dramatically reduce their negative sustainability impacts.

Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of carpet tiles for commercial, institutional and residential markets, is one of these future-fit companies. The company is committed to “leaving the world a better place than when we began, and to be restorative through the power of our influence in the world.” Every creative, manufacturing and building decision Interface makes moves them closer to their Mission Zero commitment—eliminating any negative impact their company may have on the environment by 2020.

Join us for this 60-minute session where Coro Strandberg, CSR and sustainability strategist and thought leader, will describe this emerging global trend and Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy, Interface, will share this global carpet tile manufacturer’s story.

Webinar Highlights

This webinar will profile the new transformational company qualities and Interface’s journey as they have scaled up their commitment and impact and established themselves as a global sustainability leader. During this session you will learn about:

  • the drivers and business case for becoming a transformational company and pursuing transformational strategies
  • the many ways companies are transforming their business models and relationships to accelerate and scale business and social value
  • the steps to achieve commercial success by delivering social value within environmental limits
  • practical and inspirational insights from a real case study of Interface’s journey to becoming a new breed of company, redesigning commerce around sustainable solutions
  • how to go beyond product redesign to creating enabling conditions for sustainable learning, culture and innovation

This webinar has broad application and appeal for people in diverse business areas: if you work in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, strategy, business development, product design, R&D, procurement, risk management, manufacturing, engineering, marketing, sales or community investment you will gain valuable insights about this important business trend. If you work for a government or civil society organization that wants to accelerate social innovation and environmental footprint reduction, this webinar will provide a new and aspirational vision for CSR and sustainability leadership.

About Coro

Photo of Coro StrandbergCoro Strandberg, Principal of Strandberg Consulting, is an influential sustainability strategist and thought leader. Coro is a Canadian trailblazer and visionary in marketplace innovation to advance social, environmental and financial progress and has contributed to the evolving field of CSR and sustainability for more than 25 years. She works with businesses, governments and industry associations to create strategies and pursue business models to address social and environmental risks and opportunities that propel society towards a sustainable future. Coro has a tri-sector background in business, government and non-profit leadership working in social, environmental and financial roles. She has 20 years of experience as a Corporate Director and six years of industry association experience.

Coro specializes in helping organizations become leaders in transformational sustainability. This includes advising on sustainability leadership and innovation strategies, social purpose business models and sustainability governance, management, implementation and integration. She works with industry associations to help their members and sector become more sustainable. Coro supports governments to harness the power of business to advance sustainability solutions. She is an expert in integrating sustainability in finance, human resources, risk management and procurement and developing social and inclusive sustainability strategies.

About Nadine

Photo of Nadine GudzNadine Gudz is the Director, Sustainability Strategy with global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, a role she has held for the past 9 years. She is responsible for strategically leveraging and expanding Interface’s environment and sustainability leadership position through communication, education and community engagement. Her areas of focus include sustainable business strategy, organizational change and learning, materials stewardship and ecological design.

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