I will be in London this coming Tuesday, 5th February at 76 Portland Place doing two very exciting things.
The first is chairing the Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference, which I blogged about here (reasons not to come :)), and here (with Alexandra Palt of L'Oreal) and here (with Carolyn Panzer of Diageo).
Loads of people (a lot more than last year, probably due to the rave reviews:) ) have confirmed their participation to hear and engage with the latest line-up of worthy speakers including:
- Michael Beutler, Sustainability Operations Director at PPR
- Carolyn Panzer, Sustainability and Responsibility Director, Diageo
- Alberto Andreu Pinillos, Global Managing Director of Public Affairs, Telefónica
- Alexandra Palt, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, L'Oréal
- Dr Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
- Nigel Topping, Chief Innovation Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project
- James Farrar, Vice President Sustainability, SAP
- Katie Buchanan, Head of Sustainability & Reporting, Virgin Media
- Barry Clavin, Ethical Policies and Sustainability Reporting Manager, The Co-operative Group
The second thing is launching my new book. Yeah! It's called Sustainability Reporting for SMEs: Competitive Advantage through Transparency and I believe it's the first book specifically targeted at reporting for SMEs.
This is what we are saying about it:
"Develop the transparency habit and enhance the bottom line… Elaine Cohen points you to the actions and tools that will make the biggest difference to the sustainability impacts of your company, and a process for reporting that adds value which is much greater than the printed or online report itself. This book will help SMEs develop 'the transparency habit' so that they both make more money and contribute more proactively to the sustainability of our society and economy. It is vital reading for SME owners and managers, entrepreneurs, business and sustainability students and teachers, and consultants. Sustainability managers in larger organisations will find this book helpful in assisting their organisations manage their supply chains which undoubtedly include several SMEs."
As you can see, this is part of the DoShorts series of books which is a fascinating collection of short sharp shots on focused sustainability subjects, meant to be read in 90 minutes - concise ebooks for busy professionals. When the DoShort team approached me to write this book, I was delighted to be prodded in the direction of doing something I had been thinking of for quite a while. More about reporting, and SMEs and books later... in the meantime, you can see this book for the very first time in print at the Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference next week.
As I said, two exciting things!
elaine cohen, CSR consultant, winning (CRRA'12) Sustainability Reporter, HR Professional, Ice Cream Addict. Author of CSR for HR: A necessary partnership for advancing responsible business practices Contact me via www.twitter.com/elainecohen on Twitter or via my business website www.b-yond.biz (Beyond Business Ltd, an inspired CSR consulting and Sustainability Reporting firm)