2. Champion inclusive collaboration
Organizations and communities are full of intelligent, creative, passionate people who may hold the answers to some of the world's most complex issues – including meeting the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. So how can leaders tap into this broad pool of talent to power innovation for the planet and your organization?
Building an ecosystem that can surface talent for knowledge sharing at speed is key to supporting inclusive innovation, opportunity creation, and collaboration. For example, the annual UN Solutions Summit invites global tech innovators and entrepreneurs to share what they're already doing regionally to address environmental impact. This gathering creates a mutual sense of purpose. It connects people who are tackling similar challenges and brings together a broad range of colleagues who have valuable resources and coaching to share.
Business leaders can apply these core values at the organizational level to power sustainable business practices. For example, by encouraging participation and collaboration across functions and departments. Or by empowering those with ideas already in the works to accelerate their development. These actions remind everyone that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Upskilling is another way to use knowledge sharing to draw in more voices and perspectives. Genpact, for example, recently launched a companywide training program – DataBridge – to increase the data literacy of all employees. By using technology to democratize access to learning and building welcoming learning cohorts, you give all employees a fair shot at advancing their skills and careers so they can apply that knowledge to serve clients better.
When you build inclusive practices into your business strategy, you deliberately create value for your organization, customers, and communities.