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Patrick Lane (MBA'16) at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Patrick Lane

 

“I had the opportunity to create a process that applies the value-chain analysis to the life-cycle of an employee in an effort to present opportunities for companies to effectively engage employees in their sustainability and social responsibility efforts…” - Patrick Lane (MBA'16)

For the second year in a row, GSEI placed students as Fellows at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development thanks to the support of our founding partner, Bank of America. These Fellowships offer offer a practical training ground for the next generation of leaders whose decisions will make a positive social and economic impact on the world. Below, Patrick Lane, a recent graduate of the McDonough School of Business, reports on his work this summer. 

 

Patrick Lane (MBA'16)

Summer Associate: Employee Engagement 

As businesses look to cut costs and increase their margins, they have frequently turned to a tried and true business school tactic; the value-chain analysis. More recently, companies that recognize the impending challenges that climate change will present have utilized the value-chain analysis to identify opportunities to make their activities more sustainable.

At the World Business Council for Sustainability and Development, I had the opportunity to create a process that applies the value-chain analysis to the life-cycle of an employee in an effort to present opportunities for companies to effectively engage employees in their sustainability and social responsibility efforts during each phase of an employee's time with the organization. This "holistic employee engagement program" will be a powerful tool for WBCSD's member companies to evaluate their interactions with employees and address ways in which they can inspire their employees to take actions and make choices that more directly align with the company’s environmental and social commitments. I am thrilled that my contributions may play a small part in aiding WBCSD’s member companies in their sustainability and social responsibility efforts.