Bridging the Global-Local Gap
ECOLOGIA’s programs bring international perspectives and resources to local sustainable development projects, and bring locally based ‘on the ground’ experience back to the world of international decision making.
Our programs combine a practical focus on local projects with direct involvement in international policy-making arenas. We believe that local leaders create the best, most sustainable long-term solutions to problems, and that this local experience should shape the development of national and international decisions.
ECOLOGIA works by creating direct people-to-people connections. By linking individuals to one another, we foster the emergence of a global civil society a worldwide network of individuals and organizations sharing common interests, information and resources.
ECOLOGIA works with innovative leaders in dynamic, fluid situations - often before trends are dominant or even clear to others.
"Building Global Connections
to Create Civil Society
and Support Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability"
Two Paths Toward Sustainability
For 25 years ECOLOGIA has worked to promote sustainable development in societies in transition, and also in developed countries. We explore innovative and unorthodox methods of applying and adapting mainstream practices. We continue our work to develop and implement international standards.
Recently, we have discovered an additional and previously unrecognized path to sustainability that uses many traditional business methods, but places profitability in a less dominant position and thereby achieves sustainability outcomes that a conventional "business case" approach does not.
The Orthogonal Economy
We have identified and named this new path the "Orthogonal Economy", which we define as "that sector of mainstream and Main Street business activity where owners accept marginal profitability as a trade-off for maintaining personal, community and environmental well-being, because market-based solutions don't always work"...read more
"The Orthogonal Economy:
Approaching Business and Sustainability
from a Different Angle"
Variations on a Familiar Route:
ISO Global Standards for Businesses
ECOLOGIA works to develop and implement international standards through ISO, the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization. In particular, we have worked on greenhouse gas accounting with ISO 14000 (environmental management systems) and on corporate social responsibility with ISO 26000 .
Power Point Slides: Basic Unified Training for ISO 26000
This presentation, developed by the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization Stakeholder Advisory Group, gives definitions of key concepts and topics, and directions for use of this voluntary guidance standard by leadership in any organization interested in improving its social responsibility performance. It is free for download and use; easy to download - only 931 KB, 59 slides.
ECOLOGIA's Handbook for Implementers of ISO 26000
ECOLOGIA's Handbook is designed for small and medium sized businesses, but useful for anyone seeking to use ISO 26000. Open source through a Creative Commons license.
The 33-page Handbook features:
- Explanations of the goals and value of ISO 26000
- Workbook - with worksheets, tables, graphics, questions and examples
- Definitions, principles and action suggestions of the seven core subjects (summary)