Any change in organisational priority implies a change in organisational approach and capacity. Successful sustainability must be approached as a change issue, in the norms, values systems and structures of an organisation as much as the specific ambition, goals and performance commitments of a sustainability strategy.
Sustainability is a transformative agenda. It requires companies to not only develop new priorities, but also to become corporate activists – to act to affect the wider system within which they operate.
Why isn’t profit useful for measuring sustainability, or even for telling us much about economic viability? Because profit is a lagging indicator and sustainability is inherently about long-termism. Assessing and delivering sustainability requires forward-looking indicators.
In September 2017, we ran a Towards 9 Billion workshop on sustainable finance, to explore how the finance sector could build a sustainable future. To get the workshop report contact us.
What sustainability trends will be important in 2018? What questions does your company need to ask in 2018?
A sustainable financial system requires both rethinking the very nature of value, as well as creativity in how we would project that value over time.
Alongside the challenges to sustainability we already face, there is growing concern about how these might accelerate in the future. One key issue is population growth and its impacts, but should the scale of humanity be seen as a threat or as an opportunity?
Effort is going into into exploring how we might develop sustainable energy systems – what are the issues and dimensions to consider?
All that environmentalists are trying to do is ensure that the value that we get from the planet is reflected in the priorities and decisions that are made by politicians, economics and markets, so that we might continue to have freedom of choice. Even if the choice of some of us is to treat the planet with disdain or ignorance.
Associating sustainability with a political viewpoint is an eternally frustrating issue that threatens our chances of achieving a sustainable future, why is it so common?
Business sustainability continues to grow but are you focussing on what’s important? What big sustainability issues should you pay attention to in 2017?
Sustainability practitioners need ways to maintain optimism, celebrate small successes but also keep an eye on the scale of change required.
A flourishing future – what business models and technologies do we need for achieving sustainability?
Corporate sustainability must recognise the planet’s limits, sustainable context describes the ‘safe space’ for activities. What does it mean for you?
We have just produced a series of short, sharp blogs for sustainability practitioners on Edie. Each one provides a bridge between the big ideas and analysis in our Towards 9 Billion book series and the challenges and issues encountered by sustainability professionals in their daily lives. The pieces cover the rise of sustainability context, technology […]
Incrementalism and transformation are often seen as divergent paths yet they may actually be the long and short term outcomes of the same journey.
Our free Towards 9 Billion books series. Big hopeful, playful ideas for a sustainable, equitable future.
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Science & sustainability tell us life is complicated. Does the populist desire for simplistic answers pose a threat to our chances for a sustainable future?