- What is the purpose of our organization?
- What is our vision of what we want to become?
- Whose interests do we serve?
- How do we manage the tension between competing interests?
- What are our goals?
- What values will guide our strategy, policies and activities?
- What is the best strategy to accomplish our goals while staying true to our values?
- What are the social and environmental impacts of our business practices?
These are just some of the many questions that fall within the scope of corporate governance. And it’s questions like these that I plan to take up and explore on this blog.
My purpose for starting Triple Ethos is to help companies integrate triple bottom line values into their corporate governance practices and business strategies, making sustainability an integral part of their defining character or ethos. I’m hoping that my efforts will support the pioneering and inspirational work already being done by a growing number of people who are leading the transition from an unsustainable extractive economic model to one that is more generative, resilient and that fosters overall wellbeing.
My reason for choosing this area of concentration is that good corporate governance matters now more than ever. The business sector has a tremendous impact on our society and on our environment. Whether a company’s net impact is beneficial or detrimental largely depends upon how its Board of Directors and executives deal with fundamental questions like those posed above. Since Board members don’t have the daily pressures of operating responsibilities, they are in a position to be a deliberative governing body that takes a broader systems view of the organization and its relationship to the many other inter-related complex economic, societal and Earth systems upon which the organization both depends and influences.
I view my role as that of an “action researcher.” As a Board member, a consultant and NACD Governance Fellow, I’m a practitioner and continual learner. It’s my hope that this blog evolves into becoming a place for fruitful dialogue and mutual learning for the benefit of our organizations, society and planet.
I hope you’ll join me….