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Positive Responses to Sustainability issues


Some examples of the postive responses to sustainability issues, globally and in New Zealand.

Some examples of the postive responses to sustainability issues, globally and in New Zealand.

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  • 1. Sustainability – Positive Responses
  • 2. Awareness is changing…
    • … Science, business and lifestyle magazines!
    • Increasing consumer awareness and responsibility and demand for better choices
  • 3. “ This is not only a political issue it is more a moral issue. Our ability to live is what is at stake!” Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth Climate Change is Driving the Agenda
  • 4. Climate Change is Driving the Agenda Key Conclusions: #1 - Benefits of strong, early action far outweigh the costs and danger of inaction #2 - There is still time to avoid the worst impacts, if we take strong action now. #3 - Could have very serious impacts on growth and development. #4 - Action is required of all countries, and need not cap aspirations for growth. #5 – A range of options exists to cut emissions; strong, deliberate action is required to motivate their take-up. #6 – Climate change demands an international response, based on a shared understanding of long-term goals and agreement on framework for action. Stern Review - on the economics of climate change
  • 5. Climate Change is Driving the Agenda cont…
    • Key Policy Actions needed:
    • #1 –Pricing of carbon, implemented through tax, trading or regulation.
    • #2 – Policy to support innovation and the deployment of low-carbon technologies
    • #3 – Removal of barriers to energy efficiency, and to inform and persuade individuals about what they can do to respond to climate change.
  • 6. Kiwis are shifting their focus…
    • From a concerned citizen (remember save Manapouri)
    • To a concerned consumer (ethical & green purchasing)
  • 7. A Perfect Storm … of Opportunities Innovation Growth Productivity Brand Image Revenue $aving$ Competitive Advantage Business Value BusinessLAB 10 Market Forces 5 Mega-Issues 5 Demanding Stakeholders Climate Change Green Consumers Pollution & Health Activist Shareholders Globalization Backlash Civil Society / NGOs Energy Crunch Government Regulators Erosion of Trust Financial Sectors
  • 8. Customer preferences
    • 42% NZBCSD members have deselected suppliers for sustainability (2007)
    • Market for sustainable suppliers has grown from 6% to 32% between 2005 and 2007
    • 27% of NZers (1.17m people) have purposely avoided companies on sustainability grounds (2007) ( 279,000 on week of survey! )
    • 1.4 m NZers will pay premium for positive social / environmental benefit
    • Sale of organic products growing at 10 – 20% p.a.
  • 9. Problem or opportunity?