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
About a year ago, I was asked by to participate with an esteemed colleague, Smita Premchander of Sampark, an NGO based in Bangalore, India (www.sampark.org) and board member of Friends of Women’s World Banking, in Crossfire of the journal for Enterprise Development and Microfinance (Vol. 23 No1.) for which we were to address the assertion “the ‘Occupy’ movement and the polarization of rich and poor demonstrate that we are losing the battle on poverty alleviation in the free market system.”
I was arguing to the negative, or that we are not losing the battle Read more
I was visiting a hospital in Canada the other day and overheard health care workers joking about their wages, saying “she was a low-income patient…. Heck we are all low-income now a days… there is no such thing as a middle class job.”
In the wake of the Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC), understandable, yet inexcusable gaff managing the outsourcing of some 45 IT jobs to iGATE Indian employees, one has to wonder if these nurses might not be right.
But who’s to blame? And what is a company to do about it? Read more
Twelve years into the industrial revolution Cromptons’s spinning mule and Watt’s steam engine were years from being patented. Within 25 years however the face Western economies would forever change.
Twelve years into the Sustainable Century consumer patterns, industrial tragedies, resource scarcity, sustainably certifications, government regulation, and stakeholder group pressure (with the aid of a little thing called the internet) conspire to make sustainability something companies simply cannot ignore.
But don’t uncork the campaign yet…. Read more