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Centre for Building Sustainable Value

Rachel D'Hollander

I was born and raised in Syracuse, New York and as a dual citizenship (Take out status) decided to move to Canada to attend university when I was 18. For the first two years of university my major and focus of studies has been in Political Science and International Relations [IR]. My time in IR enabled me to gain a greater perspective of the global impact of decisions in business and government actions. In addition to academics, I also have been involved in Western's mentoring program and held positions in student organizations. In the recent summers I have worked as an assistant teacher.

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Personal Definition of Sustainability
When exploring the concept of sustainability, I define it as businesses operating in a socially or environmentally conscious state, where their decisions are made considering more than their own perceived gain but consideration for a decisions greater impact of a global or local scale. These considerations take into account the long-term returns and community obligation that a company has in today's society. Going beyond the traditional perception of sustainability being when companies work to reduce their carbon footprint, I consider social messaging, human labour relations, and community contributions equally relevant to business sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Sustainability-in-ActionWhen exploring the concept of sustainability, I define it as businesses operating in a socially or environmentally conscious state, where their decisions are made considering more than their own perceived gain but consideration for a decisions greater impact of a global or local scale. These considerations take into account the long-term returns and community obligation that a company has in today's society. Going beyond the traditional perception of sustainability being when companies work to reduce their carbon footprint, I consider social messaging, human labour relations, and community contributions equally relevant to business sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.