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
I wish sustainability was more difficult or more expensive to achieve than it actually is, then we might have an excuse for not doing too much about it.
But a couple of reports out recently, tell us otherwise.
Can You Say $3.7 Trillion?
First there is Mobilizing for a Resource Revolution (McKinsey, http://bit.ly/Apk5bL). The report explores coming resource scarcities as the estimated 3 billion new developing country middle class consumers enter the market by 2025. The story in a nutshell: demand for natural resources will soar and supply will dwindle.
The study identifies 15 areas of opportunity for improved resource productivity Read more
I just wanted to let those of you who drop by to read my blog that I am on a lengthy mission for the UN in Africa, including stays in the newest country in the world, South Sudan, with stops in Ethiopia and Rwanda.
My days are filled with people who give me great hope, though as always, time in Africa is ever so humbling. Read more