Category Archives: Sustainability and Business

Is there life beyond growth for business?

May  2, 2012 (Reprinted from sustainability-dō – The art of blogging sustainability, succinctly by Alan Atkisson) The short answer is:  yes, there must be. But we have not seen it yet. The search continues. To illustrate the point, let me … Continue reading

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‘Uncomfortable (environmental) Targets’ Necessary – Unilever’s CEO has message for governments

Can governments learn something from business?  I think that Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever  could  teach a thing or two to certain governments who hold the future of my children in their hands.  If the key messages in Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report … Continue reading

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Six Surprising Sustainability Facts

By Jim Harris 1. Fuel efficient cars would eliminate North American Oil Imports If every car in North America got the same fuel efficiency as my Toyota Prius there’d be no need to import any oil into North America and … Continue reading

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Are we following the “collapse” scenario predicted 30 years ago?

Dennis Meadows, one of the original authors of the 1972 book The Limits to Growth, thinks it is far too late to achieve sustainable development as that term is commonly understood. Speaking March 1, 2012 at a joint symposium in … Continue reading

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A generous way of being: holding paradoxes, ambiguities and multiple worldviews.

These days, I think nothing could be more paradoxical than the way we live in this world.  We face the greatest environmental crisis in the age of human-kind, yet doggedly push on with massive fossil fuel and resource extraction projects … Continue reading

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Systemic change required: A comprehensive sustainability strategy is a leading business strategy

In a system, everything is connected to everything.  It is messy.  That is why Descartes and those who followed him in the 16th Century introduced linear procedures of thinking, dualisms and rationality as aspects of modern consciousness.  We are stuck with … Continue reading

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Exploring a Flawed Paradigm: Why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not enough

By Chad Park, Executive Director, The Natural Step The following editorial by Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada, appeared in the Corporate Citizens Mediaplanet Special Report in the National Post on December 28, 2011.   Reprinted with permission. … Continue reading

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Sustainability Strategy – a luxury or competitive advantage?

Joseph Schumpeter was an Austrian-American economist who likened capitalism to a  “perennial gale of creative destruction”.  It’s funny how many economists did not / do not like Capitalism, but that is a discussion for another day.  Last week the Schumpeter … Continue reading

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Are Consumers Really Losing Interest in Green Products?

A recent headline in the Globe and Mail “Is the environmental movement dying?” may have grabbed your attention.  It sure did mine.  It was an article about a Bensimon Bryne study that says Canadian consumers are losing interest in “green” products.  … Continue reading

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There’s Still Room in the MBA Toolbox

It is said, around darkened pub booths and student haunts, that there was a time long ago when jobs were reasonably available. Legend has it an applicant would have a good chance of success if they had a bit of … Continue reading

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