Sustainability Over the Next Two Decades – Forward? Backward? Something We Just Take For Granted in Running a Company or Investing In One?




Next Two Decades – Forward? Backward? Something We Just Take For Granted in Running a Company or Investing In One?

Predicting the way forward (that is, defining the future) is always challenging but pundits do try anyway. One of the most often quoted of such predictions is the 1944 forecast for the computer and copier markets with CEO Thomas Watson of IBM projecting…a market of perhaps five computers and as many as 5,000 copying machines!  
This week we bring you a two-part look at where Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility may be headed over the next 20 years, with 20 business leaders with expertise and experience in sustainability and CR weighing in on Edie.net.

The experts bravely putting forth their views of the future include the John Elkington, well-known author and Co-founder, Volans Ventures; the Director of Sustainability for Carlsberg (Simon Boas-Hoffmeyer); the Managing Director, Energy Services of Renault-Nissan (Francisco Carranza Sierra); Moody’s head of Global CSR, Arlene Isaacs-Lowe; Interface’s Jon Khoo (Innovation Partner); Leonie Schreve, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at ING, Peter Harris, the director of sustainability at UPS…and others.

Among the intriguing perspectives shared in the two-part feature on Edie.net are these brief outtakes:

What is “sustainable” today will be the new normal so we’ll need something transformational.

We are witnessing the design of the future city; it’s an urban design experiment and the future city will need to be cleaner and greener.
The next two decades for sustainability in real estate will be absolutely critical.  The window of opportunity for preventing the worst effects of climate change is fast closing and so meaningful action across all parts of the R.E. value chain is essential.

The sustainability role is going from being executing sustainability-related actions to be a driver of change.  Driving the development through an integration of the sustainability agenda in the different functions of the company…going from doer to change maker.

Companies have always been bottom-line driven but the question now is whether their views will shift from short-term return perspective to long-term sustainability perspective.  The reality is that because of the way we invest, there needs to be a deliberate focus on what the long-term future of a company is going to reveal.

There’s much more for you in the two part feature.  Say – what are your thoughts about the directions of sustainability (forward… back… sideways… really unknown?) for the next 10 or 20 years?  Send us your views and perspectives so we can share them in our newsletter and on the blog!

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Thinking Forward: 20 Business Leaders Define the Next 20 Years of Sustainability - Part One
Thinking Forward: 20 Business Leaders Define the Next 20 Years of Sustainability - Part Two      
(Thursday/Friday - August 23 &24, 2018)  -
Source: Edie - we've gathered the insights of 20 sustainability experts to give their views on the next 20 years of corporate sustainability, across of range of key areas. From resource efficiency to green finance; board diversity to consumer...

 

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Greenpeace Finds US Retailers Have Vastly Improved Seafood Sustainability — in Some Areas   
(Monday - August 20, 2018) Source: Sustainable Brands - The 10th edition of Greenpeace’s Carting Away the Oceans report, released this week, found that while grocery retailers across the US have vastly improved on providing sustainable seafood, many have largely failed to take... 

Why Sustainable Branding Matters   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Source: Forbes - A sustainable brand is one that has successfully integrated environmental, economic and social issues into its business operations. However, many companies that consider themselves to be sustainable only meet one-third of this... 

The Midwest: A heartland with a heart for sustainability   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Source: Proud Green Building - Few environmental concerns are more paramount than how we process water that has been exposed to contaminants after it has fallen in the form of precipitation or been used in the service of manufacturing, farming, commercial or... 

Understanding the Sustainability Impact of Ecommerce Packaging  
(Wednesday - August 22, 2018) Source: Multi Channel Merchant - Companies use a host of tools and processes to keep damage rates at an acceptable level such as quality control checks and returns tracking reports. They keep an eye out for spikes that indicate a problem, and the rest of the... 

Sustainability and Green Business in Latin America During Globalization Waves   
(Thursday - August 23, 2018) Source: Working Knowledge -Harvard Business School - Capitalism has created much wealth, but at the cost of massive ecological destruction. This has been particularly severe in Latin America over the past century. Yet the last three decades have also seen a wave of businesses... 

Of beef's sustainability, fake meat and other random thoughts   
(Thursday - August 23, 2018) Source: Beef Magazine - As fake meat hits the market in greater quantities, companies will market the product as more sustainable than real beef, because fake meat doesn’t do all the bad things to the environment that cattle are accused of. 

Business is bringing sustainable change to global communities   
(Friday - August 24, 2018) Source: SI News - To keep these diverse economies flowing, societies must strategically strengthen their business models with sustainable business practices and keep a watchful eye on the financial, social, and environmental risks. 

Want To Be More Sustainable? Become More Resilient   
(Friday - August 24, 2018) Source: Forbes - With changing family demographies, rapidly shifting industries and a global economy, coupled with the desire to make an impact, the need to be nimble and meet challenges becomes essential for those families who connect their... 

 

Our Focus This Week on A Range of ESG Topics & Issues – More For You to Think About – What Will Be the Future Impact of These Developments? 

Global warming can make extreme weather worse. Now scientists can say by how much.   
(Monday - August 20, 2018) Source: NBC News - When the heat waves, droughts, wildfires and deluges come — as they seem to with increasing regularity these days — the question inevitably arises: Did climate change play a role? 

US says conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative   
(Monday - August 20, 2018) Source: Fox Business - WASHINGTON — Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement that threatens to undermine decades of government campaigns for gas-thrifty cars and..

8 Ways the Next Round of China Tariffs Could Pinch Consumers   
(Wednesday - August 22, 2018) Source: NY Times - WASHINGTON — President Trump’s trade war with China is about to hit home for many consumers. This week, the administration will impose a 10 percent tariff on another $16 billion worth of Chinese products, bringing the total so.

Air Pollution Is Shortening Your Life. Here’s How Much.   
(Thursday - August 23, 2018) Source: NY Times - Air pollution is shaving months — and in some cases more than a year — off your life expectancy, depending on where you live, according to a study published Wednesday.

Acidification in oceans highest in 300 million years   
(Friday - August 24, 2018) Associated Profiles : International Programme on the State of the Ocean Source: Digital Journal - In a report called State of the Oceans, which is filed every two years, the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) said this, according to The Raw Story: “This [acidification] is unprecedented in the..

From the Corporate Sector - Both Positive & Negative – Headline Scans for You 

Denim rebooted: three brands reinventing denim with sustainability at heart   
(Monday - August 20, 2018) Source: Vogue - The most popular fabric in the world is causing environmental havoc – but no one wants to give up their jeans. Vogue meets three pioneering denim labels who are leading a production revolution that focuses on sustainability... 

Everlane Is Launching 'Clean Silk' In A Move Toward Greater Sustainability   
(Monday - August 20, 2018) Source: Fashionista - Direct-to-consumer basics brand Everlane has long been a millennial favorite for its wearable design, transparent approach to production and accessible pricing. And while its participation in the ethical fashion movement has...

US poultry industry gains new leadership for sustainability and welfare initiatives   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Source: The Poultry Site - USA - In an effort to begin the collaborative process of addressing and advancing issues related to animal welfare and sustainability, the US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs (US-RSPE) and the International Poultry... 

Anheuser-Busch's new accelerator seeks sustainability solutions   
(Wednesday - August 22, 2018) Source: Supply Chain Drive - Anheuser-Busch is looking to bring "anyone with a passion for building a more sustainable future" together at its recently announced 100+ Accelerator program to fix global sustainability issues.

How much trouble is Elon Musk in?   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Source: CNN 

Walmart Just Made a Huge Announcement That Will Completely Change How You Think About Walmart   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Source: Inc.com

ConocoPhillips and Venezuela's PDVSA reach $2 billion settlement   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Source: Yahoo

Monsanto slammed with 8,000 lawsuits after Roundup cancer verdict 
(Friday - August 24, 2018) Source: Fox Business

 

 

News & Opinion: Asset Managers, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds 

New Zealand’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Gained 26% Last Year—Thanks to the Financial Crisis   
(Tuesday - August 21, 2018) Associated Profiles : New Zealand Superannuation Fund 
Source: Quartz - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, the country’s sovereign-wealth fund, has averaged a solid 8.8% annual return since it was founded in September 2003. But it gained 19.2% in 2012 and 25.8% in the fiscal year ending in.

CALPERS/CalSTRS Shortfalls   
(Friday - August 24, 2018) Associated Profiles : California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Source: Hanford Sentinel - When do you suppose an honest tax discussion will occur in Hanford, Lemoore, and Kings County' One Hundred and eleven local tax measures appear throughout the state: sales, parcel, marijuana, utility, hotel, parks &... 

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