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Top Ten Sustainability Megaforces

Here are the top ten sustainability mega forces below, according to KPMG last year.

They are extracted from the December-January edition of Ethical Corporation, the world’s single greatest sustainable business magazine.

In the usual fashion, the PDF is also embedded below.

Top Ten Sustainability Megaforces

Corporate reputation can hinge on how companies deal with the big challenges. Every business of every size will need to address the following ten sustainability-related issues, according to professional services firm KPMG.

1) Climate change: Predictions of annual output losses from climate change range between 1-5% per year depending on action taken by policymakers.

2) Energy and fuel: fossil fuel markets are likely to become more volatile and unpredictable because of higher global energy demand and supply uncertainties, among other factors.

3) Material resource scarcity: business is likely to face increasing trade restrictions and intense global competition for a wide range of material resources as demand from emerging countries increases.

4) Water scarcity: it is predicted that by 2030, the global demand for freshwater will exceed supply by 40%.

5) Population growth: global population is predicted to be 8.4 billion by 2032 in a moderate growth scenario.

6) Wealth: the global middle class is predicted to grow 172% between 2010 and 2030.

7) Urbanisation: by 2030 all developing regions including Asia and Africa are expected to have the majority of their inhabitants
living in urban areas.

8) Food security: in the next two decades the global food production system will come under increasing pressure from (eg) population growth, water scarcity and deforestation.

9) Ecosystem decline: the decline in ecosystems is making natural resources scarcer, more expensive and less diverse, among other impacts.

10) Deforestation: as forest areas continue to decline, companies may find themselves under increasing pressure from customers to prove that their products are sustainable.

Original Source: Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world, KPMG, February 2012.

(One could surely add quite a few more to this list: Human Rights, Capacity Building In Institutions, Corporate Political Engagement, Licence to Operate for Business, Employment and Tax also spring to mind)

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Tony,

    Many thanks for the interesting article.
    I would like to add another sustainability mega force to your list: the production and consumption of meat. This is one of the sectors responsible for most greenhouse gases.