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Corporate Social Responsibility Business and Sustainability

As public looks upon CSR cynically as a way for business to donate funds do philanthropy outside the core business strategy, businesses have been compelled to re-think what being a responsible and an accountable business is.  

The prime focus of business is building shareholder value.   Yet, the public now expects much more from business to be mindful of the impact it has on society and the environment.  These impacts can be mitigated if there is shift from share holder value to, value sharing through a focus on People, Planet and Profits.   This does not mean, shareholders losing out, but it opens up possibilities for a win-win by also ensuring that the people, first the employees, suppliers, customers and then the local communities and the environment are looked after by strengthening them.

People, Planet and Profits

There are three areas of benefits in CSR - People, Planet and Profits so Sage will focus will focus on these in the process.

1   People Benefits

  • Hiring the best talent
  • Retention of the best talent
  • Employee productivity

2  Environmental Benefits for the Planet

  • Expenses at manufacturing
  • Expenses at commercial sites

3   Profit Benefit

  • Revenue and market share
  • Risk and Financing

It would mean, business investing in its own people, training them, motivating and inspiring them through an appreciative culture, creating win win relationships with suppliers and exceeding customer’s expectations.  It would also mean investing in innovating technologies to reduce waste by more efficient use of materials, using renewable energy technologies will mean saving of costs.   This will also mean, to re-look at the vision, mission and especially the values, as that will be the foundation for the way it does business in the world.

We will help businesses through this redefining process based on the uniqueness of the business and the communities and the environment it operates in.   We will also help look at the leadership philosophy and facilitate management to focus attention on individual alignment of values with leadership behaviours – in walking the talk.   This is Mindful Leadership.

We will work with management to seek creative and innovative ways to engage with the employees so they participate more in the business, reduce wastage, optimize and save energy without losing sight of business goals and purpose. 

Corporate Social Responsibility Business and Sustainability

People, Planet and Profits

There are three areas of benefits in CSR - People, Planet and Profits so Sage will focus will focus on these in the process.
1   People Benefits

  • Hiring the best talent
  • Retention of the best talent
  • Employee productivity

2  Environmental Benefits for the Planet

  • Expenses at manufacturing
  • Expenses at commercial sites

3   Profit Benefit

  • Revenue and market share
  • Risk and Financing

Ref: The Sustainability Advantage; Bob Willard 

Lalith Gunaratne
CET, Dip Mech Eng (ON)
Dip Mkt (CIM), MSc (Bath)
 
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Who is Lalith Gunaratne

Lalith Gunaratne is an avid student of human behaviour.He is constantly seeking the answers to the Socratic question of "what makes a meaningful life?".He is a product of both the East and the West, which allows him to transcend cultures and understand the nature of people and relationships in a host of situations in both professional and personal settings.

His educational background covers diverse disciplines including Engineering, Marketing, Leadership and Responsible Business (CSR) and is complemented by his personal research and inquiry into the humanities covering religion,spirituality,
psychologypsychotherapy,biology,
sociology,anthropology
neuroscience and history.This affords him a unique perspective of the human condition and in particular how people endure in a competitive world of suffering and challenge.He celebrates the human spirit and its endeavour to overcome life's challenges and live a life of balance in the middle path. He is a proponent of the Power of Balance.

Lalith is a successful entrepreneur who brings both practical experience and a diverse worldview to the arena of organizational consulting, coaching, training, facilitation and corporate social responsibility. He pioneered a solar energy venture in the late 1980's which was subsequently soldto Shell Renewables International in 1999 and has intimate knowledge of setting-up and running a business.Read More

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