One reason this company is notable is that they implemented one sustainability project with a 75 year return on investment. Projects with such a long ROI do not happen unless there is top management support and an organizational culture committed to creating a sustainable future.
I’ve been wondering which conditions support sustainability project managers’ success in small businesses and recently embarked on a research project to study this question. The 11 indicators listed in the graphic above were what I have observed to make the difference between implementation and a stalled initiative over my 20 years of sustainable project management technical assistance work.
My research project is taking an empirical approach, though. I’m not hypothesis testing. It will be interesting to see what conclusions we can draw from this.