The dangers of circular economy thinking

In this short five minute video, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, founder of The Natural Step, talks about circular economy as a means and not as a goal in itself. The circular economy is only a small part of being sustainable, and there’s a risk it may get sidelined along with so many other paradigms, suggests Robèrt….

After 1500 blog posts on sustainable/ethical business, what’s next?

The last post on this blog, “Better returns from better-run companies” was the 1500th since 2006. Three years ago, when I hit the 1000 post mark, I penned this post with some conclusions I drew then. Looking back, much of what I wrote then seems a little trite now. The list is quite communications-focused, which I…

Five questions for Stuart Orr on water risk, sustainability and opportunity

Stuart Orr and Guy Pegram have written a new short eBook on water sustainability. ‘Business Strategy for Water Challenges: From risk to opportunity‘ is published by DoShorts. I sent Stuart a few questions about the book and his views on water sustainability. TW: We’ve been hearing a lot for years about ‘water crises’ and the…

“Wildlife numbers plunge by 50%” – WWF report in pictures

Here’s a link to the Guardian story/picture gallery about the new WWF and the Zoological Society of London report on wildlife decline.  You really ought to take a look at it.  It makes for pretty sad reading. Chart below.  We’re obsessed with carbon, we should be more obsessed with plants and animals (sorry, ‘natural capital’, see…

  • Sep 30, 2014
  • NGOs
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Sustainable business: “the problem with 2020 targets is that they’re just way too distant” – Guest post by Scott Poynton

Scott Poynton gives a personal view on why the deforestation debate should focus on action now and not targets for future improvement Poynton: Has ‘sustainability’ become meaningless? I have seen many bad things, close up and personal, over the last 20+ years working on deforestation issues. I believe that our path to survival lies through…

  • Aug 19, 2014
  • Measurement
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So how DID Marks & Spencer gain £145 million from sustainable business?Q&A with Adam Elman

Marc Bolland in the suit some other CEOs get annoyed about  If you are familiar with the concepts of sustainable business (actually it should be “more sustainable”) and corporate responsibility then you will be familiar with iconic British-based brand Marks & Spencer. There are probably three main reasons for this. First, they’ve made serious commitments…

  • Jul 17, 2014
  • CSR and Sustainability
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Inside Interface Sustainability Podcast Series: From strategy,leadership and policy to account management, logistics, and trucks

About six months ago Ramon Arratia, head of sustainability for Interface EMEA, asked me to go to their offices in the Netherlands and interview executives from top to bottom of the company about sustainability. Then between the two of us we somehow lost the audio files. Then we found them, finally. Phew. So here they…

  • May 15, 2014
  • CSR and Sustainability
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Asia Pulp & Paper pledges to conserve and restore Indonesian Forest – A quick Q&A with Aida Greenbury

Aida Greenbury There are some impressive headlines being bandied about this morning. Mongabay.com has reported that: APP commits to conserve, restore 1M ha of Indonesian forest; WWF pledges support The company, Asia Pulp and Paper (also known as Sinar Mas Forestry) itself has a statement out here:  APP to support the protection and restoration of one…

  • Apr 28, 2014
  • Deforestation
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Are businesses mad dogs that must be controlled?

John Hilary, War on Want. Not a CSR fan A guest post from Mallen Baker. Sometimes I think we’ve moved on from the stale business good-or-bad debates of the last couple of decades.  There are more business – NGO partnerships taking place, even with formerly controversial companies such as Asia Pulp & Paper. But the…

  • Mar 7, 2014
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Sustainable forestry In Indonesia: Asia Pulp & Paper and forest protection

Asia Pulp & Paper / Sinar Mas concession area, February 2014 Here’s an image-based presentation with notes, which I put together on sustainable forestry, Asia Pulp & Paper / Sinar Mas, and Indonesia. The company took me out there* a few weeks ago to see how they are managing sustainable forestry a year or so…

  • Feb 21, 2014
  • Deforestation
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Seven sustainability/CSR trends for 2014, and some personal plans

Big year for companies and forests ahead This year I won’t offer my own summary of 2013, given what we published on Ethicalcorp.com and in the print edition, did the job rather well. You can read it here. In a general business sense you can also read the 2014 preview here. Here’s a few quick…

  • Dec 31, 2013
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From CSR to CR to Sustainability to CR&S? Maybe

Back in 2002 in the pages of Ethical Corporation magazine, we ran a campaign, also online, to ask companies to shift from talking about Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Responsibility. Why? Because we, like many others, felt a more holistic term was needed that included environmental impacts beyond just basic compliance. Over time, (not claiming…

Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe President, podcast on sustainability/CR progress and innovation

Hubert Patricot Here’s a podcast interview I taped this week with Hubert Patricot at Coke Europe. I asked him about progress on their sustainability plan, what innovation means to them, supplier engagement, leadership and how they encourage employees to be creative and find solutions to sustainability and CSR challenges. I’ve been pretty impressed by their…

  • Oct 3, 2013
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