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.
   With staff, colleagues, and partners around the globe, ECOLOGIA is building global connections to create civil society and support sustainable development initiatives.

"Building Global Connections
to Create Civil Society
and Support Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability"

ECOLOGIA works with innovative leaders in dynamic, fluid situations - often before trends are dominant or even clear to others.

A New Route to Sustainable Development

May 2016: We are posting this article as a first step in our discovery of a radically different and ongoing approach to sustainable development:

"The Orthogonal Economy:
Approaching Business and Sustainability
from a Different Angle"

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Global Support for Social Responsibility from an Established Institution: ISO 26000

Power Point Slides: Basic Unified Training for ISO 26000
This presentation was created by the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization, March 2016. It 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.

Your feedback on its merits will be deeply appreciated!

ECOLOGIA comments on a Japanese Multinational Insurance Company:
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa is a global leader in responsible management. Its annual report includes Third Party Comments, which are a process by which a company can signal its interest in feedback from outsiders, as well as demonstrating transparency and accountability. View last year's Third Party Comments 2015 by Carolyn Schmidt of ECOLOGIA, and the responses by SJNH Director Shinji Tsuji.

Bali, Indonesia: Open Forum on ISO 26000 Social Responsibility

Over 200 representatives from Indonesian mining, energy, and cement companies, local government and civil society organizations gathered in Bali in October 2014. The goal was to exchange information and practical experiences about ways to improve business impacts on their communities. The Indonesian participants were joined by experts involved in ISO 26000, from Japan, the Netherlands, and ECOLOGIA.

ECOLOGIA's Handbook for Implementers of ISO 26000

ECOLOGIA's Handbook is designed for small and medium sized businesses, to encourage them to use the new global guidance standard, ISO 26000, to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility.

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)

ECOLOGIA's Handbook is copyrighted, and licensed under Creative Commons ( You are encouraged to download, view and/or print, and use our Handbook, as long as you credit ECOLOGIA, and do not alter the Handbook or charge a fee for using it. It is posted on this website in a .pdf version. For background information on the goals, participants and development processes of ISO 26000, see "ECOLOGIA Works on the ISO Global Social Responsibility Standard".

ECOLOGIA's "Sustainable Fibers" Program.

Better Risk Management Through Stakeholder Involvement