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.
Profit isn't very useful for measuring sustainability, or even for telling us much about economic viability. Why? Because profit is a lagging indicator and sustainability is inherently about long-termism. 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?
Ignoring the state of the planet is like ignoring the state of our house...except that when the walls fall down we won't have anywhere else to move to.
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?