Nature is slowly climbing our collective consciousness. As WWF have put it ‘the world is where we live’. We’re waking up to the fact that we can’t continue to use our land, water, air and oceans in ways that damage, disturb, pollute and degrade them. Will 2020 be the year that we turn the corner away from decline?
In a business context it’s often been necessary to justify why sustainability is important with a business case. While it gets less visibility now, it’s still common to see the symptoms of not having a good business case, or one that’s not widely implemented.
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.
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.
What did the 2017 budget mean for sustainability? A concise overview of what it means.
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.
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?
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.