The business case for sustainability is (shockingly) still either not recognised strategically (i.e. it is understood as an additive factor for operational efficiency or marketing/PR but not as a strategic value creation/destruction factor), or in many cases it is little understood at all.
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.
Sustainability management has in many ways entered the mainstream, but practitioners are often hampered by resistance, apathy and misunderstanding. There are many examples of excellence in specific areas, but few companies are pursuing a transformative agenda at significant scale.
All UK companies with more than 250 staff must report their gender pay gap by 4th April 2018. The relatively small proportion who have reported are revealing a hugely asymmetric gender pay gap.
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?
Population growth is routinely blamed for many sustainability issues – this video explodes the myth
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?
VIDEO – Building strategic resilience through sustainable business practice starts with understanding the risks and dependencies of the business within the context of a changing world.
Sustainability is a strategic issue but might require a longer-term perspective than is normally taken. How can you navigate your sustainability context?
Diesel air pollution contributes to 40,000 annual deaths in the UK. Weak regulation and ‘cheating’ have contributed towards a health crisis that affects us all.
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?
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.
Earlier this month law firm Client Earth won its air pollution case against the UK Government in the High Court over illegal levels of air quality across the country. So why is it that a law firm has stepped in to achieve something that would appear to be in everyone’s best interest?
Ada Lovelace is generally credited as being the first computer programmer. 173 years later, how have things changed for women in STEM careers?