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EarthxSustainableU: Managing for Sustainability

June 23, 2020 , 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT


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Presented by Dr. Gemmy Allen, Dallas County Community College Faculty Member

Organizations are powerful entities. Though they have the potential to harm in the pursuit of profit, they have just as much potential to do good. This good is referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR) or sustainability. McKinsey & Company defines sustainability as “the management of environmental, social and governance issues.” Thus, a company’s CSR efforts are measured by three pillars of sustainability: environmental, sociocultural and economic.

Sustainable practices are defined as those that:

  1. at minimum do not harm people or the planet and at best create value for stakeholders
  2. focus on improving environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in the areas in which the company or brand has a material environmental or social impact (such as in their operations, value chain or customers). Harvard Business Review excludes companies with a traditional CSR program that supports employee volunteering in the community — this does not by itself qualify as sustainability.

Although many organizations are embracing sustainability efforts to one degree or another, getting employees to back these efforts has presented more of a challenge.

How can employees be motivated to choose to improve sustainability performance?

About Dr. Gemmy Allen

Gemmy S. Allen is a faculty member and coordinator of the Management and Business Administration program at North Lake College. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in business administration, and her Doctor of Education degree is in leadership (Ed.D.) from Lamar University. Her awards include being named Outstanding Mountain View College Faculty Member and receiving the Golden Oak Award, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce; the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching Award at Mountain View College and North Lake College; the award for Mountain View College Innovator of the Year; and member of Innovation of the Year at North Lake College, Cedar Valley College, LeCroy Center and District Office.

She is the co-author of the textbook “Management: Meeting and Exceeding Customer Expectations,” now in its 11th edition. In addition, she has co-authored several discipline-specific, internet-related books and has developed several online classes.

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