(By Elizabeth Dove) Recently, Patagonia announced it was shutting down its sustainability department. Instead, the outdoor clothing and gear manufacturer is taking the responsibilities for sustainability to the entire company through a decentralized approach. Spokespeople for the company have said that management could see the limitations of a sustainability department framework with respect to involving the entire company in having positive impact on the planet.
Through the presentations at the Nov. 26 CBSR Summit in Toronto, a number of smart business arguments emerged about making sure corporate responsibility (CR) gets out of the CR (or CSR or Sustainability or ESG or … ) department and into other parts of the company.
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