As a Canadian with more than 15 years in Mexico and work experience in over 35 developing countries, I am keen student of how corporate sustainability emigrates to and from developing countries. A particular interest is to identify what people believe is driving or blocking corporate sustainability in various regions of the world.
I have learned over the years that while there is an emerging global consensus on what constitutes corporate sustainability, many developed country folk tend to portray solutions as resolvable technical riddles. Some do “get” that fact that ultimately sustainability is more about the collective action desperately needed to remake a viable social contract with Mother Earth than just another more cleverer algorithm for recycling a few more cans. But I suspect Read more
All too often, successful new business model becomes the model for companies not creative enough to invent their own. Resource scarcity and population growth imperatives, ensure by design or disaster, the 21st century will be the Sustainable Century and only a very few companies are prepared.
Most companies have developed integrated environmental considerations into their business strategy and as a result, environmental performance is more about achieving and maintaining competitive parity than strategic advantage.
Sustainability competitive advantage is vested in more complex social and economic processes that focus on stakeholders, clients, and supply chain management. Very few companies have a strong sustainability strategy Read more
Pushed by horrific tragedies such as the deaths of over 1,100 people in a Bangladeshi textile industry, the personal values market, or the marketplace of consumer ideas and concerns, is constantly expressing greater demand for companies to address social and economic – and not just environmental — sustainability issues.
This is good news for sustainability but challenging for sustainability managers many of whom already feel they are fighting too many fires on the sustainability front as it is.
It’s about Priorities
On the wall by my desk I have a set of themes printed on big bits of paper, Read more