One thing that all corporate board have in common is the shared interest for progress. It is well known that corporations are aiming to maximise the profits while minimising the expenses. Thus, if you want to approach a corporation board, you have to use an approach that they are open to. So, the best way to sell sustainability to corporations is to focus on the benefits of such agendas, rather than on the actions themselves. For example instead of saying that “we need to cut down on the amount of paper we use”, focus on the results: “by cutting down the amount of paper we use, we will save up to x% of the costs”. For maximum result don’t hold back on using other companies as an example. By seeing how their competitors are benefiting from such changes, the board will be more eager to accept it.
Some corporate boards are reluctant to adopt sustainable agendas because they do not fully understand what sustainability is and requires. So be prepared to educate. Before presenting your thought and suggestions, make sure you are confident on your knowledge surrounding this subject. You may need to spend time explaining what a sustainable approach is, before you have to convince them of the benefits.
Not all of your suggestions will be accepted, and those who made the list will most likely be subject to change. This should not discourage you but motivate you to make the most of them. Be open to negotiation and make sure you state your desires clearly.