The motivation behind multi-capitals approaches is to highlight their value to the economy. Why not focus upon the value of the planet as a going concern?
Defining and delivering true social utility requires a fundamental perspective and approach to assessing the purpose of enterprise in the first place.
There is plenty of evidence out there for sustainability and financial out performance, we must use such evidence to take us towards a brighter future.
For sustainability to really mean something, sustainability context is everything. How can companies start to place their activities within the big picture?
Multiple capitals seek to expand the notion of value beyond money, cost and price. How useful might they be?
Efficiency of use is a key aspect of sustainable energy, but quality may be more fundamental, how might we define it?
The discount rate makes a lot of sense but it also acts to restrict adequate investment in sustainable change. How might we compound future value?
Out with the old? The “new” seldom really is new, built as it so often is upon the ramshackle foundations of the old – not upon fresh footings of its own.
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.
Capitalism has no stated end-goal, no clear outcome or purpose, yet it dominates our planet. We need a little more from our operating system.