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.
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.
How does budget address sustainability? Here in the UK the Autumn budget is a big thing, even if only for policy wonks and reporters. Everyone else generally tries to ignore it or remain in a state of denial, particularly regarding the downward revisions of our economic growth prospects. However, behind the rather tedious statements, analysis […]
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?
Building a sustainable business requires understanding sustainability context and the risks and dependencies that matter for your business. Last month we explored this in detail in Navigating sustainability context. It’s holiday season so we’ve pulled out the key messages for building a sustainable resilient business and popped them in this short video – so you […]
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?
Ada Lovelace is generally credited as being the first computer programmer. 173 years later, how have things changed for women in STEM careers?
Our free Towards 9 Billion books series. Big hopeful, playful ideas for a sustainable, equitable future.
Preserving and enhancing Global Commons will require changes to systems of law, economics and ownership – an overview of existing and new ideas.
Unless we ask the big questions, we won’t find the answers which meet the scale of the challenge we face.
A sustainable future depends upon our ability to perceive the limits of certainty, and to embrace the uncertainty that has always been there.
Defining and delivering true social utility requires a fundamental perspective and approach to assessing the purpose of enterprise in the first place.
The mass effect of individual actions can produce an outcome at odds with the original intent of those decisions. Is this the manifest will of the people?
Allowing the values we hold to be expressed through action should not be a matter of guilt. Sustainability will come when we turn the tide.
Sustainability echoes the European Enlightenment period. Today, 21st century Natural Philosophers hold their thinking up against today’s orthodoxies.
What’s the state of the planet in 2014? Here’s our SWOT on Earth for the new year
Suicide by planet…will our current model of capitalism make us the first species to willfully self destruct?
The right to trade now is actively protected. With predicted social and environmental disruption, should we also develop the Rights of Future Trade?