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“Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt, Seventh Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1907
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Ethics and Stewardship are the fundamental moral principles that drive and mold your Core Assets. Your internalized ethics and commitment to Stewardship establishes a basis for your corporate culture. That culture provide the corporate guidance, direction and boundaries for acceptable behavior and limits decisions that are consider unethical, irresponsible or illegal in the communities which you operate. As previously discussed, Core Assets are interlinked with your culture and transform those values into actions and results throughout your organization.

Create a Vision, understand the elements and principles of Sustainability and how that would apply to your business. Your business is unique, it may be similar to your competition. Make it distinct and differentiate yourself from the pack. Integrating Sustainability will make your organization truly unique from end-to-end. It will you give you a better perspective, viewed through a lens that includes not only internal viewpoints, but external aspects of outside influences. As a leader of Sustainability you have a unique opportunity to lead your enterprise through a fresh Vision, based on Ethics, that is a Commitment to Sustainability. Your Core Assets will be driven by business values recognizing that Sustainability align to the needs of the present without sacrificing resources for future generation’s needs. It challenges your ideals beyond your brick and mortar walls and it is a role that legacies are made from.

In a real example, IBM reflects this approach. Based on a recent study from IBM, today’s CEOs are “learning while leading”. Of those surveyed, say their organization must exhibit three key characteristics: 61% must be “customer obsessed”, 60% want an “inspirational leadership”, and 58 % want “leadership teaming”. CEOs must differentiate their organizations.[1]
•    Today’s Customers are looking for Sustainability factors in your products.
•    Sustainability is a catalyst to move closer to all externalities and Suppliers would be a good beginning for that innovation.
•    Engage your employees to develop shared values. Allow your organization to collectively develop its core values.

This is an excerpt of my new book “Building a Bridge to Benefits”. Publication date is scheduled for November 2013 and is planned to be available on Amazon. More to come …
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Jarvis Business Solutions, LLC
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Lead Smart, Endless Opportunities when Sustainability is driven by Lean Six Sigma
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[1] Leading Through Connections 2012 – IBM Corporation, pg. 15, Retrieved: 11 December 2012

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“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”  ~ Galileo Galilei
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U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a small staff of 12 volunteer scientists who research Climate Change. They recently published another tome that questions their veracity. It also questions whether Climate Change is real, imagined, but essentially does not resolve that question at all. Its suggested (but unsubstantiated) impact on the environment, society and economic consequences is becoming an indicator for uncertainty rather than explaining real trends.

These assumptions and Climate Change is controversial since it is promoted by “beliefs” rather than measurable facts and metrics. The IPCC said; “scientists are 95% certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s.” Although there is no change in temperature for the last 15 years, yet that anomaly is downplayed in the report.

Why the disparity? According to the scientists, it is due to the ongoing understanding of climate change. The report made significant adjustments from its previous reports. For example:

  • In the 2007 study, the temperature range for doubling CO2 in the atmosphere was 2.0C to 4.5C.
  • In the latest study,  the temperature range for doubling CO2 in the atmosphere was expanded  to 1.5C to 4.5C.

Apparently they needed to expand the range of temperature to “fit” their models? Although this is cynicism, increasing the range in temperatures and assumptions affect predictions of sea level rise that will proceed faster, ocean warming, and other areas where warming is projected to continue in all scenarios. Here are some other areas where recommendations from the IPCC impact scenarios:

  • Rising Sea Levels
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Heat Extremes
  • Lower agricultural yields
  • Risks to Human Support Systems
  • Non-linear impacts tipping elements

So, where is the reporting Transparency in the study? It is public, right. But shouldn’t the IPCC stand on the same level of scrutiny that corporations are encouraged to provide? It stands with “scientist’s belief” that man has created the problem of climate change, yet recent IPCC models do not explain man’s significance on Earth’s climate.

What be other explanations? Here are a few examples: volcanoes in the lithosphere or hydrosphere, recent earthquakes that created an island off the coast of Pakistan that is made of methane infused clays, possible thawing of the permafrost and possible underestimate of the sun’s influence, especially with the recent large solar flares.

Predicting the Climate Change of our planet is a huge undertaking. Given this rather “flexible” notion to Climate Change, based on a dozen volunteer scientist’s “beliefs” and opinions. Why would executives give any credence to Sustainability? Executives make decisions on facts. And according to other sources, there are other significant megaforces that executives would recognize as a threat to their bottom line.

IPCC has been a target for promoting their own agenda, not the science. I would have thought that criticism could be minimized if they took a recommendation from their organization, the United Nations. Both the UN Global Pact and CERES have principles for BUSINESS. Why doesn’t the UN have principles for CLIMATE CHANGE? My suggestion is to read and become more informed. Here are a couple of recent articles that also question the recent IPCC publication:

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