CSE’s Earth Day ambition to is to change the world!
Submitted by Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE)
When anthropologist Margaret Meade talked about changing the world, global population was less than 3.7 billion. Now, the population stands at 7.6 billion and growing! As Earth Day approaches, how small of a group do we need to promote sustainability? Or how big?
The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) wants to change the world. We’re taking on a piece of this “small group of thoughtful, committed citizens” with an initiative to reach 100,000 of them by 2020!
CSE has created the Sustainability Academy, an innovative online platform for organizations to maximize their Social Impact! The goal is to teach the language of sustainability, promote its common goals and explain its unifying principles, across disciplines and international boundaries. With the academy, companies can educate their staff, suppliers and other stakeholders in the field of Sustainability.
“Education is key to individual, corporate and global prosperity,” says Nikos Avlonas, president and founder of CSE, best-selling author and sustainability pioneer. He defines prosperity to include financial, social and governance (ESG) concerns and the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit.
Beyond the lofty aspirations of Earth Day, corporations face the international objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), EU directives on sustainability, mandates from ASEAN on sustainable energy, and a global fixation on limiting carbon emissions. Through education, organizations learn tools such as SROI (social return on investment) to help understand and calculate their Social Impact.
For start-ups, world-changing opportunities are even greater. The academy platform helps organizations support Social Entrepreneurship and young entrepreneurs who want to start careers and enterprises already focused on sustainability. Established corporations or new, building a common understanding, knowing key definitions, where to turn for advance guidance, how to report ones successes – these all add to financial performance.
We at CSE are dreamers – Earth Day for us encompasses the globe and all its inhabitants. We are practical dreamers with results. Based in part on his work with the Sustainability Academy, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in US and globally, honored Avlonas as 2018 Practitioner of the Year for Corporate Responsibility, together with Google, Inc., winner of the corporate award.
Earth Day is about more than the ground we stand on – it’s about the people who eat its food, drink its water and care for each other. Innovative platforms such as the Sustainability Academy help us all become committed citizens who can change the world!
For more information on how you can promote the initiative or join in the effort, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSE is a global Leading network providing Sustainable Development Solutions to organizations & a Think Tank with offices in Brussels Athens & Dubai. CSE cooperates with international organisations, such as the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management), GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), UN Global Compact (United Nations Global Compact), EBEN (European Business Ethics Network), Forum for International Communications and the European Commission. CSE supports, on their journey towards sustainability, leading organizations such as Lloyds TSB, Eurocontrol, Dell, BP, DHL, Lafarge (Aget Heracles), Mc Cain, Bank of Cyprus and many others including the European Investment Bank, the largest financial Investment Institution of the European Union and the Government of Dubai (Dubai Center for Corporate Values ,DIFC, TECOM, DAFZA). The global presence of CSE is enhanced by numerous activities carried out in many countries/regions including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Russia, China and the Middle East.