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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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Energy as a human right…what could we achieve if our ambition was not constrained by the impacts and availability of energy?
Contextual analysis is not new, but conventional approaches ignore the real big picture. Sustainability context is on the rise and about time too!
Natural philosophy for sustainability – science must recombine with its philosophical component to deliver the future we want.
Biodiversity is one of the current buzz words in corporate sustainability. What is it, what does it mean for you and is it time for a radical reappraisal?
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.
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?