Pictures of Success is a set of images and stories that show how UK companies and NGOs are helping to address poverty, hunger, climate change, environmental degradation and other pressing issues.
Every story shows how constructive engagement with the big issues in the world can enrich the lives of people in mainstream companies and be the motive force for completely new and pioneering enterprises.
What makes Pictures of Success unique is the framework of the Earth Charter – a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society. By associating each story with a specific principle, the actions of organisations can be seen in the context of a global citizen’s view of sustainability.
Pictures of Success in a box – order now
Now the pictures and stories are available as a high quality boxed set of 80 laminated A5 cards that can be used to help bring alive sustainability, ethics or development issues at any event. Whether a five minute icebreaker or a day-long workshop the Pictures of Success cards are suitable for a variety of uses including:
• workshop facilitation
• conference warm-up
• corporate training
• community engagement
As well as being a powerful educational resource, the card set can serve as a useful aid for specialists in corporate social responsibility, environmental management and sustainability and as a model for activist and campaigning organisations seeking positive results.
Pictures of Success training for trainers
Workshops and training sessions are now available for teachers, trainers, sustainability practitioners and others including in-house sessions for companies. Introductory sessions, half-day and one-day training programmes can be customised to help you make full use of this resource.
If you would like to join an open training session, enquire about in-house training for your own staff, community group, suppliers or others, or to discuss details or planned dates, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choosing Pictures of Success
While aiming to be completely open about our choices, they were inevitably personal rather than definitive. Some companies have a history of social and environmental engagement and their inclusion provides a route to learning for others. Others - often early stage enterprises - provide fresh thinking and a new approach.
Some companies fail to achieve compliance with existing laws on, for example, pollution or corruption; some have chosen greenwash or regressive lobbying; others persist with core activities such as arms manufacture or GM foods that are at odds with the Earth Charter. We have tried to avoid those.
Many companies have made only limited or faltering attempts to acknowledge wider responsibilities. In inviting their inclusion we were not condoning partial or superficial engagement. Instead, we hoped to encourage them to build on small beginnings and to truly and actively engage with the complex and wide-ranging journey towards a more sustainable way of living on the planet.
Peter Martin & Antony Turner, CarbonSense Foundation
The Earth Charter in Business Project
Pictures of Success forms part of a project to enable companies and individuals to increase their ability to respond to development issues by accessing and making use of Earth Charter frameworks, tools and processes.
The project also involves helping companies to use the Earth Charter to recognise their influence on interconnected global issues and inform their responses.
The Earth Charter
The Earth Charter is a philosophy for success. It charts a way forward for the human race, for business and towards a more sustainable way of life.
Peter Head OBE, Director, Arup
The Earth Charter was launched in The Hague in 2000 after a worldwide, cross-cultural conversation about common goals and shared values. It has been used as a guiding framework by governments and civil society organisations around the world. More recently, it has started to become better known amongst companies and other organisations in the UK.
The Earth Charter seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family, the greater community of life and future generations.