As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, there are so many things for which I am grateful! Some are obvious: family, friends, health, hearth, good nourishing food, clean air and water…I could go on. But, what strikes me as different this year, in this special time of thanks-giving, is an aspect of my job - the values that my colleagues and I share, and that help make us a true team.
We started work on codifying these earlier in the year, and at our annual company meeting a few weeks ago finalized our list of the values we all share AND that our company upholds as well. They are:
We value honesty, transparency, and above all, integrity. A rigorous, data-driven approach gives our clients genuine insight into their systems, products and processes, and helps our colleagues become stronger and more capable.
Strong, mutually beneficial bonds with colleagues and clients are the essence of our business. When we build enduring relationships, we foster new types of collaboration over time, and the pursuit of new pathways towards ever-evolving sustainability goals.
We succeed when our clients learn and we learn from them, because achieving prosperity through sustainability requires new understanding, knowledge, and abilities. And we succeed when our colleagues and even our competitors grow, because our collective abilities are enhanced by individual development and health.
Broader perspectives are central to achieving greater sustainability. Our work incorporates multiple value systems and beliefs, to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table. Our actions embrace humanity, with all of its cultures, values, languages, ages, and other differences.
We value and respect the earth, all its inhabitants, and its profound interconnectedness. We choose this line of work because we want to build better relationships between human culture and the natural world, in socially equitable and economically sound ways.
I’ve had a lot of different jobs over the years, but never before engaged in the sorts of discussions that led to this list. It was an inspiring exercise, and I hope we can connect with you and your colleagues in these meaningful ways.
About the Author:
Holly O. Harris, Latin American Business Development, heads EarthShift Global’s Latin American Business Development. She has represented EarthShift Global at conferences including CILCA 2015 and 2017, the International Conferences on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America, where she has co-authored papers, unveiled the Spanish-language version of EarthSmart, and helped conduct training sessions. She is a key participant in EarthShift Global’s Latin American Pathways Challenge Network, which is developing Sustainability ROI data for a support program for small and medium-sized businesses, with funding from the U.S. Department of State and the World Environment Center.