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Corporate America's sustainability gains 'not enough,' says Ceres

Corporate America's sustainability gains 'not enough,' says Ceres | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Fresh analysis of 613 of the largest U.S. companies says incremental progress is a good start — but a new report shows it's time to pick up the pace.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 2, 2014 2:15 AM

Most corporations still see sustainability as a "nice to have", not as a critical necessity for their long-term future. "Incremental progress in tackling global climate change and other sustainability threats is simply not enough". We need Pavan Sukhdev's "Corporation 2020" .

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Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back

Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Businesses will stick to the status quo whatever the disastrous consequences unless we build a credible sustainability vision

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:08 AM

"To create the pathway for fundamental change, it is therefore vital that we mainstream a credible vision of a prosperous future within planetary boundaries, but the sustainability movement has so far failed to do this." - so correct!

Antoine Moore's comment, April 16, 2013 8:47 AM
To me the most salient statement of this article was this: Standing back from the whole sustainability debate, the sense I have is that before we can come up with a credible future vision, we must firstly let go of our egoic need to be in control and be right. The paradox is that only by embracing uncertainty, will the way forward start to manifest." Business leaders have to become more comfortable with uncertainty and not knowing upfront the way forward which presumably might also suggest the possibility of not acting but rather sensing into the storyline unfolding in the field of one's experience.
Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:25 PM

Even if a new and functional vision of the world were to come up, would they listen?

 

Would they see?

 

We're a species that is perfectly capable of adaptation and self-produced evolution.

 

How is it that these folks aren't changing themselves for the sake of their own long term (and short term, btw) beneft?

 

Where is the failure to connect?

 

And, more importantly, how do we actually change them, before it's too late for all of us?

 

Think about it.

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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 | Sustain Our Earth | 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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Realizing Private Capital’s Public Benefits

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"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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Leading Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science

Leading Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science | Sustain Our Earth | 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).

 

 


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Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics

Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"Some businesses are beginning to expand their focus beyond the surprisingly recent, single-minded obsession with maximizing shareholder value. Yet we haven’t solved the core problem, because the game is fundamentally defined by its rules. And markets, for all their agility and elegance, are massively distorted in several critical ways:..."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:32 PM

Excellent ideas from Gil Friend on the radical business reforms needed to make our economies sustainable.

Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:24 AM

I've been saying this for a few years now.

 

Money HAS to be put in its place, relative to the biological, social and environmental needs of humanity, in both the short and the long term.  Otherwise, we're going to kill ourselves for what amounts to pieces of cloth rag or digital signatures that we don't honestly need and shouldn't really want, if produced by those methods which kill our society, our environment and, ultimately, ourselves through killing our society and environment.

 

This would all start in the private financial sector which makes the investments and the decisoins as to what gets funded and what doesn't.  Who cares if the return is less, especially if you're still able to make a return?  Why should society and the will of society as expressed through the law tolerate or accept the pathological behavior of a few individuals who have mistaken money for something that they need over their physical, social and environmental needs?

 

Think about it.

 

Because it is a pathological mindset/brain type that's at work here.  It shows in the person's behavior, actions, perspectives and attitudes about all things that relate to them.  They need help, more than anything.  And, I don't think they should have a choice about whether they receive help or not, considering how dangerous their actions are for themselves and the rest of us.

 

Think about it.

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Sustainability management at oil firms slippery, study finds

Sustainability management at oil firms slippery, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"A new report from oekom research, a German research firm, shows that many oil and gas companies are failing to keep up with sustainability management as they look to open up new oil reserves."

 

The only priority for fossil fuel companies are "sustainable" profits.


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Should Banks be Ethical, Sustainable and Boring?

Should Banks be Ethical, Sustainable and Boring? | Sustain Our Earth | 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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Sustainability should not be consigned to history by Shared Value

Sustainability should not be consigned to history by Shared Value | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
If Shared Value is to offer real, long term transformation it must address the flaws of capitalism, look beyond incrementalism and not just align commercial and societal goals, says John Elkington...

 

Good critique by sustainable business expert Elkington of the Shared Value approach developed by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer. But Elkington's own "triple bottom line" is as flawed as Porter's. Both of them do not put "ecological limits" at the heart of the transformational agenda.


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Can disruptive policy create a sustainable finance system?

Can disruptive policy create a sustainable finance system? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"The ideas for creating a new and sustainable finance system are out there. If this thinking doesn't get greater exposure to policy makers and the media, the world of finance will remain a barrier to social and environmental progress."

 

Good analysis by Chris Hewett on the Open Democracy site.


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