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Why sustainability leaders don’t impress Wall Street

Why sustainability leaders don’t impress Wall Street | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
If sustainable business practices create profits and shareholder value, why aren’t mainstream investors paying attention?

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Some new research by McKinsey & Company has uncovered part of the answer. The short version: Investors don’t have the data they need, or understand how sustainability connects to creating shareholder value. And companies don’t know how to tell a story that’s relevant to Wall Street.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 4, 2014 2:07 PM

What about: because real sustainability is about real limits and Wall Street is about phantasy growth for ever?

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2013: a year to fight for scale in advancing sustainability

2013: a year to fight for scale in advancing sustainability | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Scale is the 'unreasonable challenge' we must meet to drive forward sustainability. Simon Zadek explains how to achieve this

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Scale is the zeitgeist in the world of sustainability. And although it's not in Merriam-Webster's top 10, it gets my vote for the most used word of the year. And there is a lot of it about. Our planet entertains more than 7 billion people, we are awash with digital data, our use of energy use has increased from 35 exajoules in 1900 to 550 exajoules in 2010, life expectancy at birth has increased by 21 years since 1950 and almost a billion people watched the opening of the London Olympics.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, December 30, 2012 3:39 AM

Sustainability "gurus"Simon Zadek and John Elkington highlighting the need for "breakthrough" capitalism and scaling up of sustainability at the end of a year which saw the freakiest weather ever, the expected failure or Rio and Doha,  political elites' obsession with the financial debt crises and new class wars in Southern Europe.

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Businesses seeking success should look to nature for inspiration

Businesses seeking success should look to nature for inspiration | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

"Today's rapidly changing business environment calls for businesses that thrive in such environments: businesses more akin to living systems. These firms of the future learn and adapt; they aren't structured and siloed, which stifles learning and agility. They are bottom-up, decentralised, interdependent, multifunctional, self-organising units – unlike the centralised, top-down, hierarchically-managed monoliths of the 20th century. Organisations need to transform into units that are inter-connected, value-led and inspired by nature."

 

Good article at the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog making the case for a change of thinking in business models: away from competitiveness and proft-maximising and focussing on cooperation, networking and resilience.


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Should Banks be Ethical, Sustainable and Boring?

Should Banks be Ethical, Sustainable and Boring? | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | 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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CEO survey is gloomy reading for the corporate sustainability movement

CEO survey is gloomy reading for the corporate sustainability movement | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
The world's largest CEO sustainability study shows most companies are not integrating social, environmental and governance issues into their core strategies

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The study, of more than 1,000 top executives from 27 industries across 103 countries, comes hard on the heels of depressing results from two other recent surveys, one from the UNGC and the other from the global NGO CDP, which also provide concrete evidence of the lack of corporate progress.

 
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Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:36 AM

Very good article once more from Guardian's Jo Cofino on the lack of real sustainability transformation of large companies. Even if CEOs understand the challenges, they cannot make the business case in these times of austerity and economic crisis.

Willy De Backer's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:37 AM

Very good article once more from Guardian's Jo Cofino on the lack of real sustainability transformation of large companies. Even if CEOs understand the challenges, they cannot make the business case in these times of austerity and economic crisis.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 1:34 PM

The failure to adapt and shift according to one's more generalized and larger self interest will be what kills the species.  More specifically, it'll be what kills their particular brain type amongst the species, assuming that the rest of us don't go down with it.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming

PwC: Supply Chains Threatened by Six-Degree Global Warming | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Some 85 percent of companies have more complex supply chains as a result of globalization, and adjusted climate forecasts mean businesses should expect climate change to have an even more destructive effect than previously assumed on supply ...

 

Two new remarkable reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers paint a scary 6-degrees climate future and economic turmoil for global business. High time one of the big consultancies goes beyond the usual "let's keep it positive" approach and starts talking reality.


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The Frozen Frontier: Is Shell Ready For The Risks Of Arctic Drilling? - Forbes

The Frozen Frontier: Is Shell Ready For The Risks Of Arctic Drilling? - Forbes | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
A new report by Ceres shows that oil and gas companies are not doing enough to manage offshore drilling risks and disclose their efforts to investors.

 

Forbes is one of the few media paying attention to this interesting new report on offshore and Arctic drilling for oil and gas.


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