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Sense & sustainability, Educating for a circular economy

"this book sets a major challenge to educators and educational establishments by not only introducing the principles of sustainability to students but also seeking to change the way schools and colleges approach education and view themselves in the context of the local community and society in general."


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Should Banks be Ethical, Sustainable and Boring?

Should Banks be Ethical, Sustainable and Boring? | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

Ensuring that banks are boring may prove to be a key element of a new business model for the banking sector, enabling the sector to re-establish its ethical framework and focus financing on sustainability.

 

Good article on the future of banking and the financial sector in Forbes. Title is misleading in my view: what is boring about working for real value and the real economy?

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lelapin's comment, July 22, 2012 5:04 AM
Having boring associated with ethical and sustainable in same sentence creates, in my humble opinion, a link that I find not very sound, unless you'd find unethical and unsustainable exciting.
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Rio+20: WBCSD president says the future of the planet rests on business

Rio+20: WBCSD president says the future of the planet rests on business | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
With a disappointing political outcome at Rio+20, the president of the WBCSD says the only option is for business to spring into action and implement change at scale...

 

Can big business embrace limits to growth, develop a business model beyond short-term profit, empower leaders who advocate social and wage equality, adopt a no-lobby code, convince the fossil-fuel sector that the age of oil and gas has to end asap, tell the financial sector to downsize and serve the real economy, help SMEs to go sustainable? All very unlikely I would bet.

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Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits

Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Financial-market reform has fallen far short of securing the sector’s resilience, let alone driving investment in the technology, energy systems, infrastructure, and business models needed to develop a sustainable world economy."

 

Good article in Project Syndicate by sustainability expert Simon Zadek on the need to tackle the financial sector.

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Time is ripe for a global commitment on mandatory reporting at Rio+20

Time is ripe for a global commitment on mandatory reporting at Rio+20 | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Voluntary initiatives are not enough: a global agreement on reporting is needed to make ambitions on sustainability a reality...

 

I have started to become quite sceptical on this issue. As long as the power of the financial sector over government is not broken, even better and mandatory sustainability reporting alone will not help.

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Corporate Sustainability Efforts: Feast or Famine?

Corporate Sustainability Efforts: Feast or Famine? | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Is corporate sustainability on the wane or growing more important to top executives? At the beginning of the year, two big-picture reports on the state of green business painted divergent pictures.

 

Excellent analysis in Harvard Business Review blog of recent (disappointing) developments in corporate sustainability.

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Why True Leaders Make Us Uncomfortable

Why True Leaders Make Us Uncomfortable | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

Interesting piece on CSRWire John Elkington on how to take leaders out of their comfort zone to make them start thinking within the sustainability box.

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WWF scoreboard of the ecological footprint of the pulp & paper sector

WWF scoreboard of the ecological footprint of the pulp & paper sector | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
WWF's Paper Company Environmental Index offers the worldwide paper business—from paper producers to paper product buyers—the opportunity to learn about the environmental performance of major paper producing companies.
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KPMG Says 'Hidden' Environmental Costs to Double Every 14 Years

KPMG Says 'Hidden' Environmental Costs to Double Every 14 Years | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

The costs of environmental impacts from businesses are on track to double every 14 years, according to an analysis of 10 global "megaforces."

 

Ranging from climate change to the growing middle class, these megaforces are expected to significantly affect corporate growth over the next 20 years, says KPMG International.

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Greenpeace report: IT full of green rhetoric but little action

Greenpeace report: IT full of green rhetoric but little action | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
The tussle for the top of our Cool IT Leaderboard has taken its latest twist, with Google grabbing the top spot ahead of 20 other tech companies, including Cisco and Ericsson.

 

More interesting than who comes first is the fact that IT's energy footprint keeps growing and that the sector is not using its innovation power and its economic clout to push for more sustainability.

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Are ecolabels going through a midlife crisis?

On their blog, the sustainability experts of UK-based analyst Verdantix are asking some challenging questions on the future of eco-labelling.

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Does Sustainability Increase Profits or Not?

Does Sustainability Increase Profits or Not? | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
A UN-backed survey conducted by Globescan and SustainAbility, of 642 senior executives, campaigners and academics found that the vast majority feel that pressure to deliver short-term financial results is impeding their sustainability efforts.

 

Good article from Triple Pundit, although wrong title question. Sustainability is not only about profits; it is about the long-term prosperity and durability of a company in times of increasing ecological and energy limits to traditional growth.

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Why behaviour change is at the heart of sustainable business

Why behaviour change is at the heart of sustainable business | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Brands must find ways to be innovative in order to push people towards sustainable living without preaching to them...

 

Good article on the need for companies to take leadership in changing consumer behaviour. This article is sponsored by Unilever in the context of its exciting Sustainable Living campaign.

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Fool me twice, shame on me: The oil industry repackages the fake abundance story (from the late 1990s)

Fool me twice, shame on me: The oil industry repackages the fake abundance story (from the late 1990s) | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Only the oil industry would now have the audacity once again to peddle a story that it has gotten wrong for more than a decade as if it were brand new. Enlisting the media and its army of paid consultants, the industry is once again telling the public that oil abundance is at hand. And, what is doubly audacious is that it is promoting this tale as oil prices hover at levels more than eight times the 1999 low. Clearly, the industry is counting on collective amnesia to shield it from ridicule."

 

Good analysis by Kurt Cobb on how the pusher (the oil industry) is keeping the junkie (the economy) hooked on its stuff by offering dreams and fantasies. 

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Patagonia: a values-led business from the start

Patagonia: a values-led business from the start | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Patagonia becoming a benefit corporation formalises how the apparel firm has always done business without doing harm...
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Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life

Rio+20: Jeffrey Sachs on how business destroyed democracy and virtuous life | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
The world famous economist on corporate control, the search for happiness and why a multi-disciplinary approach is the only way to find solutions to sustainability challenges...

 

Excellent article from the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:56 PM

It will be taken back.

 

Society will either die or not stand for this stuff.  There is no room for a middle way between survival and death.

 

Think about it.

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The mining sector searches for sustainability

The mining sector searches for sustainability | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
IIED report into making mining sustainable finds major improvements as well as areas of concern, says Abbi Buxton...
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Leading Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science

Leading Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
Many of the country’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

 

Most climate talk of big business is just that. Just talk, little walk. Short-termism caused by their being hostage to Wall Street capitalism.

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The Semantic Economy

The Semantic Economy | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
In the semantic economy, that design will be generated through a complex network of entities. Competitive advantage will be conferred on those who can create new informational value.
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Will sustainability reporting ever grow up?

Will sustainability reporting ever grow up? | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
A new report from Ernst & Young takes a hard look at the state of corporate sustainability reporting.

 

More companies than ever are having sustainability reports but they are using "blunt instruments" to prepare them.

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Is there an optimal degree of sustainability?

Is there an optimal degree of sustainability? | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

Very interesting essay on the Ethical Corporation website looking at trade-offs when companies move to more corporate sustainability.

 

The essay concludes that there is indeed an optimal level of sustainability for companies but that in the future this level will be increasing.

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Capitalism with a conscience

Capitalism with a conscience | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
In difficult economic times, is it possible to create a profitable enterprise that also generates social value for communities?

 

Interesting report at the Sustainable Business blog of the Guardian on efforts to redefine a more sustainable and equitable business.

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Why ICT should focus on people not machines

Why ICT should focus on people not machines | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
A report suggests the sector could have a transformative impact on society if it focused on enabling people to connect and collaborate globally...

 

New study shows the ICT sector needs to improve its efforts on greening its activities.

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Compensation and the Myth of the Corporate Superstar

Compensation and the Myth of the Corporate Superstar | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it
The public is up in arms about some of the big bonuses being paid to the CEOs of big bailed-out banks.

 

Very good article on Harvard Business Review blog with striking conclusion: "The notion of the superstar CEO has been a fixture of business life for at least two decades and it is at the heart of the compensation problem that continues to vex the public. It's time we consigned the myth to the dustbin."

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Ratings, Rankings and the World’s Most Sustainable Company

Ratings, Rankings and the World’s Most Sustainable Company | Business & Sustainability | Scoop.it

 Marc Gunther comments on Corporate Knights annual ranking of the Gloabl 100 most sustainable companies. 

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