I love it when a plan comes together.
—Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, A-Team leader—
March was a great month. I’ve been counting backward from that date for two years. I wanted to co-release four new interrelated business case resources for sustainability champions. It worked.
|1. The New Sustainability Advantage
On March 11, I held my new book in my hands for the first time. It is a total rewrite of its 2002 version. Thanks to New Society Publishers’ usual outstanding help, our two-year writing and editing journey went perfectly. The first hot-off-the-press shipment of the book was waiting for me in my hotel in Vancouver in time for a book signing at GLOBE 2012 that week. The book is in stores now, and its printed and e-book versions are available through this web site.
The best part is that three companion resources to the new book were released at the same time. On March 13, this website was revamped to include them.
|2. Sustainability Advantage Slides
This is my master set of 700 presentation and backup slides that I have built over 10+ years of talks to hundreds of audiences. I humbly consider this as my most valuable resource because they summarize my four books, including the new one; they summarize current sustainability surveys, articles, books, reports, and other research; they are designed to be plagiarized; and they include two typical presentations to help users get started. A $39 annual subscription entitles you to the latest version of the slides, plus three quarterly updates.
|3. Sustainability Advantage Worksheets
These free, open source, heavily-annotated, downloadable Excel spreadsheets were used to calculate the +51% to +81% potential profit improvement projections for the two sample companies in the new book. Think of them as an interactive Excel summary of the book. Users can plug in data for a specific company and immediately see its potential profit improvement from sustainability strategies.
The language of the benefits, the assumptions, and the calculation formulas can all be tailored to better fit the realty of that company. I encourage users to treat the Worksheets as their own.
|4. Sustainability Advantage Dashboard
This is so cool! The online, interactive, slider-enabled dashboard is a five-minute version of the above Worksheets. You may want to play with it first and then download the Worksheets to drill down into specific areas of interest and fine-tune the assumptions.
The intent of these four resources is to give sustainability champions the confidence and competence to accelerate our journey toward a more sustainable future. We need to get on with it. These resources are designed to turbo-charge our progress.
Still to come is a fifth resource. A new Sustainability Advantage DVD will encapsulate my talk about the new, more compelling business case for sustainability. It will be ready in the summer and will include footage from several recent talks.
Stay tuned …