about sherpa sustainability institute

The most famous Sherpa was Tenzing Norgay, who was the first human, along with Edmund Hillary, to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.  For decades, the fellows refused to share who placed his foot on the summit first; Tenzing did finally reveal that he had allowed Hillary to take the first summit step.  This selfless act is the hallmark of a true Sherpa.   Bestowed with many awards, Tenzing was recognized globally for his skill, bravery and perseverance, and was named one of the most influential people of the 20th Century by Time Magazine.

Likewise, your journey toward an ideal state of Social Responsibility does not belong to the Institute –

it is yours and your organization’s. 

We provide a method for making the journey successful and collaborative for the group. 

The Sherpa people of Nepal serve as guides in the Himalayas, clearing the way for groups of adventurers in the journey upward to a major summit.  Sherpas have a well-worn method for not only achieving the goal of getting to the top of the mountain, but also for making their way back to base camp.  Their primary role is that of a guide; while they do help transport supplies, Sherpas do not actually carry the climbers up the mountain.  The preparation for the climb, and every step of the ascent belongs to the climber. 

In international political summits, the name “Sherpa” refers to the representative of a head of state or government, who prepares for an international summit and attends multiple conferences where possible agreements are laid out ahead of time. This reduces the amount of time and resources required at the negotiations of the heads of state at the final summit. This type of Sherpa contributes to the well-being and sustainability of society.

about sherpa sustainability institute

Consider these comments by the Prime Minister of the UK, during the 1978 Bonn Economic Summit Meeting:  

 “There are blank spaces in the communique. If each of us can make contributions to fill those blank spaces, it will have a great impact.

The Sherpas demonstrated that what we all need is a package approach. Each of us will be called on to make conclusions that are not popular but will be of value to the world as a whole. The package approach can reach certain collective conclusions that we might not reach individually.

The fact of this meeting is important and the results will influence people. All of us should make individual contributions. The thought of individual decisions will be greater than the sum of its parts.”


Similarly, the Institute prepares you and your organization for successfully engaging with others to achieve the goal of Social Responsibility performance improvement. 

We do not do this for you –

it is your journey. 

Our role is to reduce the amount of time and the potential for you wasting resources, by providing a proven method to achieve your goal.  The journey is still yours and your organization’s.

Bottom line, we are much like both types of Sherpas.  We measure our success by your success, your organization’s success, and our overall contribution to society.