It’s not so long ago that sustainability was seen by most companies as little more than a peripheral ‘green’ issue. Often packaged as useful for reducing energy and waste disposal costs or supporting some worthy community causes, it was rarely sees as central to a company’s core business.
That view is changing, and rapidly. Companies from all sectors are having to confront and adapt to a range of disruptive forces including globalisation, increased urbanisation, intense competition for raw materials and natural resources and a revolution in technology that is challenging the business models of many sectors while forcing all companies to be more accountable to, and transparent with, all their stakeholders.
As a result, sustainability is moving from the corporate side-lines into the mainstream. Faced with a future of uncertain energy costs, looming regulation on carbon emissions, concerns about access to raw materials and the availability of natural resources like water, companies all over the world are waking up to the reality that environmental sustainability is a key consideration. At the same time those same companies are coming under greater scrutiny about their role in society. Fuelled by the explosion in online social networking, consumers, NGOs, the media and their own employees are holding companies to account about their treatment of workers, the sourcing and quality of their products and their corporate culture.
So how do you create a sustainable business, let alone monitor that it stays on track, and manage interventions to make improvement?
June 28, 2016
A new market environment is confronting power and utilities companies and the demands on top executives are intensifying.
June 20, 2016
In our 2016 edition of Aviation Perspectives, we continue analyzing cybersecurity in the airline industry. This second volume of our special cybersecurity mini-series addresses the topic of prevention. What are the challenges and considerations?
April 14, 2016
Two hundred and ten million people who are looking for work, for a safe home, for food, water, and care.
April 13, 2016
Active management of real estate assets is becoming a strategic imperative for users, and real assets include investment alternatives that present new and unique risk factors.
November 20, 2015
UN Climate Change Conference could dramatically change how business manages energy, natural resources and plans for a low carbon future.
October 28, 2015
The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
September 22, 2015
Governments have agreed new global goals to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical?
September 14, 2015
Countdown to a deal on climate change: What does this mean for business success?
June 24, 2015
Business and government are joined by mutual self-interest in long-term, city wellbeing.
April 13, 2015
Water is a business risk that needs active management. Explore why and how to collaborate well with others sharing a water basin.