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.
Provocations, Thoughts and Big Ideas
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.
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 did the 2017 budget mean for sustainability? A concise overview of what it means.
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?