Why businesses should care about sustainability?

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CAp40 Business Wednesday Conference with Alexandre Lemille

27 years have passed since the Brundtland Commission where we agreed that sustainable development was about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Today more than ever we need to change gears. While Corporate Social Responsibility is not the answer, one starts to see pockets of hope in the required mind-set shift we are asking leaders to move on to. And these are full of innovations to improve people livelihood at the same time.

Learn what it takes to drive sustainability at the core of your business, no longer at its periphery.

*Speaker's Biography*:

Alexandre is the founder and manager director of Wizeimpact (Pty) Ltd (wizeimpact.co.za), a Cape Town based consultancy that enhance competitiveness of companies while simultaneously advancing the economic and social conditions in the markets in which they operate.

Since 2010 Alexandre has been working with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC - unglobalcompact.org) on how to improve companies' transparency with regards to the value they create or destroy, as well as on the UNGC LEAD companies, top companies achieving the "Blueprint for Sustainability Leadership". His work was part of the UNGC book distributed during the RIO+20 Summit (Spring 2012): "Globally Responsible Leadership: Business According to the UN Global Compact"). Alexandre is an Accredited SROI (thesroinetwork.org) Practitioner - measuring organisations' social impact -, is a Certified GRI (globalreporting.org) trainer - increasing corporate transparency via reporting -, holds a diploma from ECOA Ethics School, MA, USA and a MBA from Hult Business School, MA, USA.

*About Le Cap40*:

Le Cap40 is a social network for French - South African professionals and French South-African businesses in the Western Cape. The website has the ambition to be a platform for gatherings, exchanges and networking between its members.

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Why businesses should care about sustainability?

  1. 1. Business Wednesdays Conferences Why Businesses should care more about Sustainability? Speaker: Alexandre Lemille 09/04/2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  2. 2. Short Wizeimpact Presentation
  3. 3. A For-Purpose Business Wizeimpact Runs as a SocialBusiness
  4. 4. Our value proposition is to turn wealth centered businesses into value centric ventures. Wizeimpact ValueProposition
  5. 5. Sustainable Strategy Innovative Approaches Training & Reporting Impact Measurement Wizeimpact Our Services Wizeimpact.co.za
  6. 6. Why Businesses should care moreabout Sustainability?
  7. 7. The BrundtlandCommission(01987) “Sustainable developmentis developmentthat meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability offuture generations to meet their own needs”  We Lost Sight…
  8. 8. The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling down to 46 YEARS we’ve been here 4 HOURS and our Industrial Revolution began just 1MINUTE ago… …in thattimewe’ve destroyed more than 50 PERCENT of the world’s forests. WELCOME TO THE ANTHROPOCENE!
  9. 9. Planetary Limits Boundary Overshoot Source: Stockholm Resilience Centre
  10. 10. 400 PPM and Raising… Hawaii,March02013
  11. 11. Kids born in 02010… What’s left for them?
  12. 12. Where are Raw Materials? Not so much inAfrica…
  13. 13. AMajor Economic & Financial Issue Past 10 years:PriceIncrease& Volatility x4 x1.8x3.6x3
  14. 14. The Challenge of the Population +3bn MiddleClass by 02030 Food & Water Stress
  15. 15. Scarce natural elements Compared to Earth mass:fresh water & air
  16. 16. Ourcurrent economicmodelis a “globalsuicidepact. (...) We minedour way to growth. We burnedour way to prosperity. We believedin consumption without consequences. Those days are gone.“ AGlobal Suicide Pact Ban Ki Moon’s Warning
  17. 17. A Global Suicide Pact In Summary: 1. Not muchresources to rely on 2. Raw materialprices are volatile& increasing, due to scarcity 3. Planetlimitsignored 4. Fresh wateris scarce 5. CO2 threatening the climate 6. Expandingwealthierpopulation
  18. 18. Let us look at Africa
  19. 19. …and certainlynot inAfrica BAU is not an option… Region/Costs under BAU Trajectory North America LATAM Europe MENA Sub- Saharan Africa Central Asia South Asia East Asia Extreme Poverty Medium High Risk High Risk Food Insecurity Medium High Risk High Risk Medium Risk of Conflict Medium High Risk High Risk High Risk Medium Medium Relative Inequality Medium High Risk Medium Medium High Risk Medium Medium Medium High Fertility High Risk High Risk High Risk Medium Inadequate Education Medium Medium High Risk High Risk Medium Gender Inequality Medium High Risk High Risk High Risk Medium Medium Poor Health Medium Medium High Risk High Risk Medium Water Stress Medium Medium Medium High Risk High Risk High Risk Medium Poor Housing Medium Medium Medium High Risk High Risk High Risk Medium Poor Environment Medium High Risk Medium Medium High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk Extreme Weather Medium Medium Medium Medium High Risk Medium High Risk High Risk Sea Level Rise High Risk Medium High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk Ocean Acidification High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk High Risk Biodiversity Loss Medium High Risk Medium Medium High Risk Medium High Risk High Risk Source:WorldBank
  20. 20. Economic Progress & Social Advancement South Africa(69th /132nd) comparedto Brazil(57th) (71st) (40th) (94th) (128th) (71st) (92nd) (71st) (85th) (95th) (59th) (41st) (121st) (32nd) (50th) (42nd) Source: SPI
  21. 21. 1. No muchresources to relyon 2. Raw materialprice volatility 3. Planetlimitsignored 4. Waterscarcity 5. CO2 threatening the climate 6. Expandingwealthierpopulation 7. Business-As-Usualis not an option, especially in Africa 8. AnUnequalSouth Africa 9. SA HigherEducation Access, Ecosystem, Safety& Healthfallingbehind A Global Suicide Pact In Summary:
  22. 22. The Context & Concepts
  23. 23. Africa is Booming All Eyes are on the UntappedMarket DEBT 1/2 02050 02050 + ↑
  24. 24. = The Biggest Human Challengeof all Times Sustainability = Innovation
  25. 25. Source: Global Footprint Network, 2013 Timefor a Leapfrog Africa:Closest to 1-Earth-Economy
  26. 26. Change Your References Social& TechnologicalInnovations from/for Africa
  27. 27. More Than Enough Sun = 89K , Wind: 3.7 , Consumption 1.5 Terawatts
  28. 28. What can YOU do more about it?
  29. 29. 1 Burger uses 2400 L = 2.4 Kilolitersof water, Price of water : R8 per Kiloliter, Water value = 2.4 Kl x R8 = R19.2 Today’s price of a burger? R20 !! IncludeExternalities Step 1: Understand your Impact SVSVSV Responsible Supply Chain Lower Environ Impact Responsible Design
  30. 30. Step 2: Product Responsibility Consumption Impact = 3 tons of rocks SVSVSV Responsible Supply Chain Transparency
  31. 31. Interface:SucceedinginZeroImpact Growth Step 3: Reduce your Impact to Zero N°1 Carpet Tile WWD -66% oil based products SVSVSV
  32. 32. Because… So Why? 1. You willunderstand your impact & managerisks 2. You willinnovate constantly 3. Youwillimprove yourbusiness model 4. You willaddress all customers’ PP range 5. You willcut your costs down, not employment 6. Youwillstay ahead of competition 7. You willcreate Shared Value 8. Youwillexpand your markets & create futureones
  33. 33. ACT TODAY Be a Leader / Be an Intrapreneur
  34. 34. LetsTalk atWizeimpact dot com

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