Thursday, November, 17, 2016
Dear ONE Members,
The ONE Executive has been discussing the implications of the recent U.S. election for the ONE Division. The Academy’s charter does not allow us to take overt political stands; but, after some discussion with the Academy President and President-Elect, we think that it is useful to remind our members of the principles of the Division, as stated in our Division Constitution.
Article II - Purposes and Strategies
The Organizations and the Natural Environment Division is dedicated to the advancement of research, teaching, and service in the area of relationships between organizations and the natural environment. We believe that these interactions may be among the most significant components in the continued existence, development, and management of human organizations and societies. The pollution of air, water, and land, and the depletion of both renewable and non-renewable resources as a result of actions of formal organizations are the most obvious manifestations of these interactions and relationships. This Division focuses its scholarly attention on the status, causes, and effects of these and other opportunities and problems that human organizations and societies encounter in co-existing with the natural environment, whether that environment is the workplace, the local community, or the global ecosystem.
The objectives of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division are: 1) to promote scholarship on the topics above among its members and to provide a channel for such scholarship via Academy paper sessions and symposia; 2) to develop a network of scholars interested in these topics through electronic media and social gatherings at the Academy annual meetings; 3) to promote environmental management practices for the Academy itself by educating other Academy members as appropriate; and, 4) to encourage scholars and students in related business disciplines and in related non-business disciplines (e.g., environmental sciences, environmental engineering, environmental law, and environmental ethics) to participate in the Academy and to work with practitioners in these fields to promote environmentally-sensitive policies and practices worldwide.
We encourage all members to engage professionally with the mission and to pursue these objectives. As part of that, the Academy leadership has said that in Atlanta it would be interested in seeing sessions debating the role of science and the nature of climate change. In the near future, the AoM Board will also be meeting to discuss these issues and whether some public statements can be made in defense of the Academy’s core operating principles.
The ONE Executive