LONDON, ON, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - According to a study from the Network for
Business Sustainability, CEO's trying to encourage innovation should
consider moving staff waste baskets rather than implementing a new HR
The study, pulled from more than 13,000 academic and industry sources,
reveals that workplace procedures like HR policies and performance
goals equip employees to perform day-to-day operations and meet current
expectations. But they don't encourage employees to test new ideas or
figure out how to do things better.
"Executives should complement traditional tactics with less conventional
ones," said report author Stephanie Bertels, PhD. "In addition to, say, creating codes of conduct and offering training
programs, consider hosting product development challenges or having
your CEO tell inspirational stories about how the company will look in
One company that wanted to decrease garbage output removed wastebaskets
from employees' offices, placing them down the hall. The resulting
"walk of shame" every time staff had to throw away trash inspired
employees to not only cut back on their personal waste but also devise
new ideas for reducing the company's waste overall.
Bertels' report provides a useful planning tool for senior leaders
responsible for inspiring innovation. The report was commissioned by
the Network for Business Sustainability, a Canadian non-profit funded by academic research grants and private
and public partners.
"This research takes a large and sometimes confusing body of information
and synthesizes it into a holistic - yet practical - framework for
building sustainability into a business," said Karen Clarke-Whistler, Chief Environment Officer for TD Bank Group and a member of the Network's Leadership Council.
Bertels is an assistant professor at SFU Business, Simon Fraser
University (British Columbia, Canada) and a Topic Editor for the
Network for Business Sustainability. Her study was commissioned by a
group of private, public, and non-profit organizations that identified "Building an Enduring, Durable Culture of
Sustainability" as one of their top priorities for 2010.
Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture: Systematic Review (73 pages)
Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture: Executive How-To
Guide (20 pages)
About the Network for Business Sustainability
The Network for Business Sustainability is a Canadian not-for-profit
organization that connects thousands of researchers and business
leaders worldwide, with the goal of creating new, sustainable business
models for the 21st century. The Network receives funding from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Richard Ivey School of
Business at The University of Western Ontario, the Université du
Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and industry partners.
Network Leadership Council Members
Canadian Pacific Rail
International Institute for Sustainable
TD Bank Group
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as
TD Bank Group (TD or the Bank). TD is the sixth largest bank in North
America by branches and serves approximately 19 million customers in
four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial
centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking,
including TD Canada Trust and TD Insurance; Wealth Management,
including TD Waterhouse and an investment in TD Ameritrade; U.S.
Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most
Convenient Bank; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD
also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms,
with more than 6 million online customers. TD had CDN$620 billion in
assets on October 31, 2010. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the
symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
SOURCE NETWORK FOR BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY
For further information: For further information:
Stephanie Bertels, PhD is available for interviews at: 604-551-5832 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Clarke-Whistler is available for interviews by contacting: Megan Hooper, Media Relations, TD Bank Group, 416-982-4725, email@example.com