Navigating internal politics to ‘get it done’
Getting things done in corporate sustainability is easier said than, well, done. Lofty goals and good intentions don’t automatically yield reduced impacts, and the most brilliant environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy means little if it can’t be implemented.
Often the most difficult aspect of a corporate sustainability professional’s job isn’t conducting materiality assessments, developing SASB indices or creating ESG reports — it’s dealing with good, old-fashioned organizational politics.
Love it or hate it, politics exists wherever humans come together to take collective action. And the root cause of organizational politics are scarce resources, social and structural inequalities, and individual personal motivations, according to Harvard Business Review.
From the burgeoning startup to the flourishing Fortune 500, organizational politics determine budgets,…