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 find embarrassing.
What should my list be, I wonder, at the 1501 post milestone?
Nothing on communications. I couldn’t be less interested these days in ‘authentic communications’, except when it accompanies something significant (disaster or breakthrough).
So, in no particular order, the big sustainability issues that may occupy my next 1500 posts.
Many of these are of course interlinked.
- Climate policy, regulation and the end, at some point, of fossil fuels.
- The role and activities of large companies in preventing deforestation world-wide.
- Technology / power / waste innovation, the changes that will be truly significant in delivering step change.
- Process, product and service innovation for sustainable business.
- Sustainable infrastructure and resilient cities, what that means, how it can happen.
- Agribusiness and changes in market structure, big company behaviour towards supply chain.
- Smallholder farmers and how they can be persuaded to keep farming the crops we need.
- Ethical trade beyond audits to genuine engagement.
- Oceans, from pollution to biodiversity to climate role.
- Sector approaches to sustainable products and services (e.g. car sharing) as activity deepens and becomes more mainstream.
- Stakeholder engagement in general: From vulnerable communities to dodgy governments.
- How and when companies will actively and consistently join the ‘good lobbying’ agenda, and the issues that throws up.
How Business Can Tackle Deforestation – 14th-15th April 2015 (Washington D.C.)
All the major brand players meet with the leading NGOs to debate progress. With: Staples, PepsiCo, Disney, Asia Pulp & Paper, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Domtar, Sime Darby, Canopy, TFT and many others. Click here for more details.
The Circular Advantage Business Forum 8-9 June 2015 (London)
Strategy for integrating circular business advantage with: Royal DSM, Accenture, Kingfisher, Suez, Coca-Cola Company, HP, and many others. Email Boris.Petrovic@innovation-forum.co.uk for details or go here.
This event may be of interest to readers:
The Measurement and (e)valuation of Corporate Sustainability, does it all add up? June 29-30 (London)
A cold hard look at how companies put numbers against progress, and what those numbers mean for investors, internal and external stakeholders. With: Rio Tinto, Tullow Oil, Walgreens Boots Alliance, JP Morgan, Oxfam, Aberdeen Asset Management, Trucost, First State, Marks & Spencer and many more. Email: Natasha.Bodnar@innovation-forum.co.uk for details or visit this link.
Analysis on all the above topics can be found at: http://innovation-forum.co.uk