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Sustainability reporting has come a long way but we cannot stand still. Ernst Ligteringen argues the new G4 reporting framework will drive it further
When I was writing my MBA dissertation on Business Strategy and Sustainable Development at Bath University I struggled to find good examples of corporate sustainability reports. My four years of a modular programme had not touched on sustainability as an issue. Indeed as an environmental professional in classes made up of executives whose primary interest was the bottome-line (after their pay cheque that is) I felt like I was talking a different language and thinking in a very different way to the carnivores around me.
It is good to read that in the ten years since I graduated (for the third time) that practise has moved on significantly - but it still has a long way to travel:-
||Twenty years ago, there was no Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and no company published sustainability reports. Fast forward 10 years and there were a mere smattering of pioneers. Even five years ago, when I met leaders of some of the world's largest corporations, the level of understanding could be described as mixed at best. Ernst Ligteringen||
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ST. GEORGE - Offering wildlife and resource conservation education in a one-of-a-kind visitor experience, the Red Hills Desert Garden will soon be open for business.
The value of nature, natural capital and sustainability has still to make a full impact on economic thinking and resource managment. The Environment is looked on as a growth asset at best and a constraint to development at worst.
It is very encouraging to read:- The garden is Southern Utah’s first interactive education site offering information on water conservation, irrigation, native and endangered wildlife species and prehistoric fossils in one location. From behind glass display windows, visitors can observe a variety of live plant and fish species, some of which are endangered and rarely seen in the area.
Sustainable development required fully integrated understanding, apprioceiation and integration of ecosystems, Landscape scale working is emenging as a tool for both restoration and reinvigoration of ecolgy; human and wild.
The benchmark has been establsihed by the Time / Goolge interpretation of NASA sateliite imagery. We must undo and avoid the global destruction of ecological resources that have been the trademark of the last 100 years of growth.
In students' eyes, American University's Kogod School of Business has the most green-focused business program
How would UK business schools rank if there was a global table? The S word was not mentioned in the four years that I studied for an MBA (except by me - the odd environmentalist in the class).
Sustainable approaches for value creation Users’ benefits Solvis zero-emissions factory
“For more and more manufacturing companies, ecological efficiency is the obvious complement to economic efficiency,” observed Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann, an executive board member of the Institute for Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) at Brunswick University of Applied Science.
“But,” Herrmann continued, “changes towards sustainable production are possible only if the product’s entire lifecycle — from raw material procurement, part manufacture and assembly, actual use, all the way through to final disposal, is taken into due account.”
Qatar, with one of the highest solar irradiation rates in the world, has plans to utilize the sun's rays as a sustainable energy source over the next few years
It is good to see a public commitment ot renewables but Qatar's ambition seems somewhat modest:-
"Actually, Qatar aims to generate 20% of its energy from renewables by 2024, and to have 1,800MW of installed green capacity by 2020. These are ambitious targets given the current power generation mix, but not an unobtainable one, thanks to the financial resources at its disposal and its year-round sun, which makes it well suited for solar development."
If I were to say, "Quick -- name five green products!" I'm betting Jack Daniels wouldn't be at the top of your list. It should be.
Lemmie as a sustainability ambassador? - perhaps not.
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Billionaire property magnate attacks decision to build experimental offshore windfarm near his golf course as 'purely political'
Even Donald Trump does not always get his way.
The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission is a community-based organization grounded in principles of nonviolence, solidarity with the poor, sustainable living and social and economic justice.
Fracking to extract oil reserves from sedementary rokcs is established as a technology in North America. It is not without vocal opponents who fear for groiund water contamination and seismic damage.
This a very impressive analysis of local election promises and political intentions. Fracking is a subject that will become a debating point in UK politics and in many other political systems around the world.
Valuing Nature and the true importance of sustainable development to economic stability still lacks a bedrock of evidence henceMalta Environment Minister Brincat's view that:-
' without factual commitment for a strategy for green economy and a clear action plan on green jobs, no country will be able to concretely strengthen sustainable development.'
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'Weighing a pig does not fatten it but it does tell you if you are getting the process right' - Sustainability Reporting is key to rolling out better practice
Heriot-Watt University runs an annual Industry Day, each year focusing on important sectors in Scotland. 2013 will centre around energy sustainability.
Looks good - Book now to reserve a place
The outdoor clothing and equipment company says we need to develop very different measures of success if we are to prevent environmental collapse
Global environmental problems require radical economic chage; will the charge come from the business and industries that have the most to loose
Businesses do not always fulfil their "wonderful sustainability strategies" due to a weak partnership with HR, according to Unilever's Geoff McDonald. - edie news centre
Companies don't walk their talk on sustainability because the words aren't turned into actions at the most important level - people:-
||Speaking at the Sustainability Communications Forum yesterday, Unilever's vice president of HR marketing, communications and sustainability said: "When culture and strategy collide, there is only one winner, every single time, and that is culture." McDonald insisted that the reason there had not been sufficient environmental or social progress around the world was because companies often had superficial strategies which were meaningless, if the cultures within organisations were not embedded in sustainability. "If we put the same amount of energy and effort [put into drawing up sustainability strategies] into developing and ensuring the cultural aspects are there, we might see a bit more progress," he said.||
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Aston hosts a free online webinar on Sustainable Development and Sustainability Solutions. Wednesday 8th May, 12pm BST
An online webinar run by Aston Business School, a world-class, triple-accredited School, explores the topic of Sustainable Development and Sustainability Solutions. Held on Wednesday 8th May at 12pm BST, it is open to all and free to attend. Book a place to be part of the discussion.
In the race to conform to the latest sustainability trend, companies are losing sight of the bigger picture, writes Ioannis Ioannou
When I completed my Bath MBA dissertation on Business Strategy and Sustainable Development in 2003 the world was a simpler place. Now there is a whole industry and sprawling lexicon of wordage relating to CSR and Sustainability. Has there really been that much progress?
|| In addition to the endless discussion around environment, social and governance (ESG) data, green "strategies", responsible investments and the latest reporting standards, we are experiencing a shameless propagation of buzzwords, mindless imitation tactics and the proliferation of self-proclaimed sustainability gurus who, based on no rigorous research or data, claim to know how to transform organisations. ||
Groundswell of interest from countries such as China and Korea looking to develop carbon markets
Carbon trading allows countries to meet emissions reduction mandates under the Kyoto Protocol, which came into force in 2005
Critics warn that so-called cap-and-trade systems are inefficient and create incentives for polluting industries to continue with business as usual. They also warn that the new systems in the United States are dependent on mechanisms that adversely impact on poor and indigenous communities in developing countries.
In part, the idea is controversial because it allows certain countries to maintain high pollution levels while shifting the burden for greater cuts to other countries. Yet proponents point out that revenues from these markets are being ploughed back into research on renewable energy, increased electricity transmission inefficiency and, in some cases, low-income housing.
In this issue of the Global Sustainability Perspective we look at what it takes to create a strategy that successfully engages employees in sustainability initiatives. We also provide some concrete examples of how major companies around the world are tackling this issue
'....A successful employee sustainability engagement program is based on a clear strategy, goals and metrics. Its implementation involves three main phases:
A good introduction to World Wetlands Day in Rotterdam was paying 10€ to park in the open space of a former industrial plant, which has been converted into a “green” conference center.
Sustainability must move centre stage and be seen to be key to business performance. It is good to see that there are some thought leaders operating on this premis:-
'A simple example: WLE is developing a paradigm shift which moves from enhancing agricultural productivity while minimizing environmental impacts, to a paradigm where sustainability is the entry point to agricultural development.'
A growing number of graduate-level management courses are teaching sustainability, in and out of the classroom.
I am delighted that :- 'Whether because of increased student demand or new hiring strategies among employers, business schools are paying greater attention to environmental issues.'
My MBA course in bath 1999-2003 did not cover sustainability at all. Charities were discussed twice in four years. Commercially orientated MBA courses have a great deal to learn from new thinking and values based strategies.
climateadaptation: “ Redefining sustainable development “ “Climate change and other global environmental threats will increasingly become serious barriers to further human development,” says lead...
Are the three pillars of the classic sustainable development model still relevant?
This is a good analysis of the six new set of goals — thriving lives and livelihoods, food security, water security, clean energy, healthy and productive ecosystems, and governance for sustainable societies
Experts in public health have struggled with behaviour change for years. The sustainability sector should learn what it can from their experiences, says Steven Johnson
Sustainability professionals need to look at the immediate and urgent health case for better communication of long term complex ideas.
Getting the message across and changing behaviours are mighty barriers to sustainable development. The language in that sentence shows the scale of the challenge. If the words aren't simple to understand and the messge is not inspiring then no progress. The health sector is making changes, otheres need to pay attention.
George Osborne will on Monday back Lord Heseltine’s call to overhaul support for business, heralding the transfer of billions from Whitehall to a new pot of money controlled by local people.
Local Nature Partnerships, DEFRA's answer to Local Enterprise Partnerships, are the Cinderella of Big Society implementation. Nature is taken for granted yet again.
Nature is not getting a fair deal. 'LEPs will compete for funds, reflecting Lord Heseltine’s longstanding belief that the competitive process itself unleashes new ideas.'
Local Enterprise Partnerships get high level Whitehall support; Local Nature Partnerships don't.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says the benefits derived from biodiversity or ecosystem services are estimated at R73bn, contributing to 7% of South Africa's GDP per annum.
Nature works for everyone. It is good to see an analysis that does not pit business against the natural world.
Scrutinising the issues around diet, disease and poverty will allow us to make informed choices about how to tackle them
I could not do better than repeat these words from this excellent blog:
Sustainable diets are characterised by low environmental impacts, contributions to food and nutrition security, as well as healthy lives for present and future generations. They respect ecosystems......