What are the risks and opportunities facing big business in 2010 around sustainability?
I’ve been out and about talking to writers, corporate execs, bankers, NGOs and others for a few weeks now, as part of getting back into the groove after summer and also thinking about products, issues and ideas for next year.
Here’s my back of the matchbook summary of some big issues which should be on all our agendas next year.
I’d like to know what you think I’ve missed, and why. No doubt there will be some/many…
Here we go:
- Climate change, obviously (the mess post-Copenhagen, and technology opportunities/incentives)
- Supply chain and the Wal-Mart effect (see link if you are confused)
- Landfill and waste exports / dumping by OECD nations (often under the banner of recycling)
- Lobbying, new EU Commission members and their interests / priorities on regulation (big food, booze marketing, cartels and competition challenges in particular)
- Technology/science debates: Nuclear, biochar, water foot printing and risks, including carbon capture and storage/recycling, electric vehicles, smart grids, infrastructure, (i.e. cement/concrete, how it’s made and used, and steel etc) biotech expansion etc
- Ecosystems services and their value post Copenhagen
- Agriculture and commodities tracing in general (from trees to leather to cotton, sugar cane etc)
- Internet privacy / corporate spying (big scandals in Germany right now, and of course, China et. al.)
- Digital and social media use (greater use for advertising eco credentials), including corporate reporting/communications on difficult complex issues, (pick any from the above), using mediums that are not just dull reports that no-one reads or regards as credible
- Banks, pay, regulation, and how the big finance houses work with difficult clients on tricky issues in emerging economies to improve sustainability risk management