The Sustainability Management Association is transforming leadership. Sustainability management simply incorporates economic performance, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship—to include all three in strategy, decision-making, function, and process.
Sustainability management is the next step in the evolution of the management discipline, that is well-underway. The management discipline’s evolution has progressed from governance to going beyond compliance, social responsibility to values-based leadership, the quality movement to sustainable manufacturing, and onward to the current evolution of understanding how organizations impact the environment and how actions impact society and the economy.
Simultaneously managing for economic and social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship is well-known as Triple Bottom Line. The bottom line is that sustainability management reduces cost and risk, and creates opportunities for innovation and revenues to develop a strong brand reputation. Sustainability management absolutely creates long-term value for stakeholders.
SMA members strive for organizational efficiency through fostering talent and conserving natural resources. Innovation and collaboration are the powerful drivers that transform leadership.
The SMA serves two main purposes:
- To provide networking and opportunities to exchange ideas among members
- To accredit the knowledge, skills, and abilities of professionals who manage for economic performance, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship
Certification can be obtained in two separate tiers:
- Sustainability Management Certified Professional (SMCP) – the premier designation reserved for professionals with significant experience and exposure to a body of knowledge
- Sustainability Management Certified Associate (SMCA) – the designation for students or professionals who wish to certify their general knowledge of sustainability management frameworks and methodologies
Education and commitment to long-term responsibility and integrity are the answers to sustainable growth. An exciting rejuvenation of ingenuity is underway due to combining innovation and designing products for the environment. Entrepreneurship and ingenuity is the solution. The journey is well underway, so join us today to transform leadership.