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18. 2021 Trends Forecast in ESG, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

For our 2021 trends forecast, we’ve broken down four overarching trends and definitions of those trends. And in each of those four areas, outlining a trend in action (happening right now), a trend in development (starting to happen), and a trend in decline (was a trend in recent years but diminishing today). From diversity to CEO activism, from body positivity to corporate philanthropy, these trends span the fields of CSR, ESG and sustainability in 2021.

This podcast is accompanied by an article published on LinkedIn with full details of the trends we outlined in the episode. Read it here.

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17. Your 2021 Impact Plan to Create the World You Want with Author Tammy Tibbetts

We all want to have a positive impact on our communities and the world we live in. But it’s easy to get stuck on where to start and how to achieve our impact goals. In Impact: A Step-by-Step Plan to Create the World You Want to Live In, authors Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt give readers a workbook for anyone who wants to reevaluate the impact they make in the world personally. You set a strategy for your financial life, your career, your family – you should have a strategy for your social impact as well. January is the perfect time of year to go through the steps in Christen and Tammy’s book and set your intentions and goals for 2021.

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16. Set a 2021 Sustainability Resolution

January 1, 2021 is right around the corner, and as you think about setting your 2021 resolutions, we’re challenging you to make one big commitment related to a sustainability or social issue. In this episode, Marcy takes you through her 5-year journey of setting a sustainability challenge/resolution every year, how to do it, and what you’ll learn.

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15. Embedding Sustainability in the DNA of a 200 Year Old Company at Monadnock Paper Mills

When we think of leaders in sustainability, it’s unlikely we might think first of a 200-year old company. But a company’s age doesn’t always mean “old-school.” Today, we’re joined by the team from Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Their work is a gold standard example of a company who has built sustainability into the DNA of its business. With a passion for the environment and ingenuity, Monadnock is turning ideas into reality.

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14. Investing in Talent Sustainability May Just Save Your Business – And Your People

A special crossover episode with our sister podcast, Office Baggage. As companies around the world cope with the ramifications of a global crisis, it’s more important than ever to ensure our company’s leaders and future leaders feel engaged and supported and have the tools necessary to future-proof your talent and succession strategy. There needs to be a massive shift in how we are training and building successful and sustainable workforces at every level of seniority. Partners Kirsten Ramos, Elevate Performance Solutions and Sophia Ruffolo, femmebought, and Marcy Twete, MT Consulting, are sharing their new program – Upskilling Remotely, Building Talent and Trust for the Future – inspiring companies to invest in managerial trust, preventing “diversity drain” and more.

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13. Help! My Sustainability Report Sucks – 4 Pieces of Advice to Make It Better

For many CSR and sustainability professionals, we are entering the dreaded “reporting season.” For many of us, sustainability or CSR reports are one of the most important aspects of our roles. So why do we hate these processes so much? Why are they so frustrating and headache inducing? Today’s solocast from host Marcy Twete gives you four actionable pieces of advice that can help make your reporting process run smoothly.

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12. Are ESG Leaders Naturally “Wired for Disruption”?

In today’s VUCA world (short for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), businesses around the world are asking what skills and traits are necessary for those leaders who will weather the storm well. What does it mean to be resilient during disruption? Today’s guest Henna Inam answers those questions and more in her new book “Wired for Disruption.” She highlights in our conversation five types of agility necessary for leaders to weather today’s storm and the storms of the future, and how ESG issues are at the forefront of the future of business and its ability to remain agile and resilient.

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11. Your House Could Be “Green” or LEED Certified without Spending Millions

We’ve all probably heard about LEED Certified buildings, but mostly related to commercial buildings. Your home can also be LEED Certified. But most of us have some common misconceptions of so-called “green” homes – that they’re wildly expensive, that the process takes years of planning, that they’re out of reach for most of us. Our guest today, Aaron Stash, and his family, built a LEED Platinum home in the suburbs of Chicago – a home that continues to inspire his family to lead a more sustainable life. Tune in to see how this process might inspire you as well.

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10. Integrated Reporting 101 – A Lesson in Intangible Value and Its Relationship to ESG

In 2008, only 358 companies globally were producing a sustainability report in accordance with GRI standards. Today, more than 30,000 companies use the GRI framework globally. As sustainability reporting has grown these last 10 years, another like-minded framework has risen simultaneously – the notion of integrated reporting and more deeply integrated thinking. The founder of the U.S. Integrated Reporting Community, Mary Adams, joins Table Stakes to dive deep on integrated reporting – what is it, how does it work, what are the barriers to adoption and how is it different and similar to sustainability reporting?

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9. Until Justice Just Is – The Work of the Racial Justice League from the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year spurred a national movement toward racial justice different than any in recent years. Months later, many of us are asking ourselves: “What now?” How can we continue to invest in racial justice, help to spur the much needed change in our society, and ensure those actions are catalytic rather than performative in nature? The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s CEO Dorri McWhorter joins us to talk about their new initiative to move the needle on anti-racism – The Racial Justice League. With their campaign “Until Justice Just Is,” and the resources they provide, the organization gives us all action steps to move forward.

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