August is the start of harvest in the northern hemisphere, a time for looking back on the season and assessing what went well, what should be improved next year, and what was beyond your control. In business, continuously assessing how things are going helps you make small corrections rather than waiting and having to make major course changes that can be costly and disruptive.
This month we talked about materiality assessments as a tool for integrating sustainability into business strategies, building trust with stakeholders, attracting responsible investors, and enhancing competitiveness. We also explored the benefits of a diverse board of directors, including increased innovation, better risk management, and increased stakeholder trust. Rounding out the month we reflected on ways to promote urban biodiversity, and global efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with shipping. Check out this month’s articles that explored these topics.