Lean and Sustainability Series with CIRAS and ISBF – Nov 2023

Iowa Sustainable Business Forum (ISBF) and the Iowa Lean Consortium (ILC) are partnering to offer a free webinar series about the applications of Lean and Sustainability for your organization.

With businesses increasingly scored on sustainability performance, continuous improvement in sustainability performance has become necessary simply to maintain market position.

The first webinar, Lean Methods for Sustainable Organizations, Brion Hurley from Business Performance Improvement will introduce those in sustainability roles to Lean methods, which have become some of the most popular improvement methods used in high-performing organizations in manufacturing, healthcare, government and many other industries.

The second webinar, Sustainability for Lean Organizations, Adam Hammes from SGS North America will demonstrate to process improvement specialists, engineers, and management the business case for applying risk and quality management strategies like Lean to sustainability performance.

Regardless of your current role and level of Lean expertise, you won’t want to miss out on the case studies presented throughout.

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Webinar #1 – Lean Methods for Sustainable Organizations (Nov 28th, 1-2pm Central)FREE – REGISTER
Webinar #2 – Sustainability for Lean Organizations (Nov 30th, 1-2pm Central)FREE – REGISTER
Webinar #1 and #2 – Sustainability Mini Series (both webinars)FREE – REGISTER


Lean Methods for Sustainable Organizations
Brion Hurley – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement

Lean is a continuous improvement method that applies to many organizations – not just manufacturers. Join Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Brion Hurley to explore the basic pillars and principles of Lean along with case studies of how organizations like the St Bernard Project, City of Denver, Free Geek, and Province of Saskatchewan have applied Lean to reduce environmental and social issues.

Through this webinar, you will learn:

  • The origins of Lean methods along with the basic principles
  • About the eight types of waste, and how they impact the environment negatively
  • How Lean has been applied to other organizations looking to improve their environmental or social impact
  • About resources and websites to enhance your Lean knowledge


Sustainability for Lean Organizations
Adam Hammes – ESG Director at SGS North America

Recently, investors began receiving scores on the sustainability performance of publicly listed companies from ESG (environmental, social, and governance) rating agencies like DJSI, MSCI, ISS, and Sustainalytics. Now, even small and medium-sized private businesses are being scored on sustainability performance due to governments and big customers asking their suppliers to report in platforms like CDP and Ecovadis. Most of these scores are public. Risk is everywhere: investment risk based on shareholder satisfaction, capital risk based on lender satisfaction, contractual risk based on business partner satisfaction, and revenue risk based on consumer satisfaction. The majority of ESG rating agencies also score companies against their peers. So, doing nothing is a strategy for steady decline. Continuous improvement in sustainability performance is necessary simply to maintain market position. A proactive approach is necessary to improve and stand out amongst competitors. It has never been more important to understand operational and financial risks related to ESG and sustainability. And how risk and quality managers and management strategies (e.g., Lean) need to be integrated into every stage of the sustainability journey for organizations.
Through this webinar, you will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of ESG & sustainability definitions
  • Gain a clear understanding of ESG & sustainability ratings and performance
  • Learn where and how risk and quality management strategies (e.g., Lean) integrate into ESG & sustainability performance
  • Review real-world examples related to managing risk and quality within two key ESG & sustainability topics
  • See risk and quality managers as the foundation for ESG & sustainability.


Want to learn more about Lean and Six Sigma tools, and apply them to an improvement projects? Check out these low-cost online courses and certification programs



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