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Eleven reasons to be optimistic about sustainability

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Presentation looking at trends in corporate responsibility and business sustainability in 2014 and beyond

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Eleven reasons to be optimistic about sustainability

  1. 1. Eleven  Reasons  to  be  op.mis.c  about   sustainability  (climate  change  notwithstanding)       Toby  Webb,  Founder,  Ethical  Corpora.on  and  Stakeholder  Intelligence.   Lecturer,  Corporate  Responsibility,  Birkbeck,  University  of  London     Trends  and  Communica/ons  Briefing,  Stockholm,  February  2014     Tobias.Webb@stakeholderintel.com     A  much  longer  and  more  detailed  version  of  this   presenta.on  with  full  text  explana.ons  can  be  found  on  the   Smarter  Business  Blog  by  clicking  this  link    
  2. 2. 1)  The  scale  of  the  challenges  we  face  are   increasingly  accepted  
  3. 3. 2)  Governance  is  catching  up,  faster  than   before  
  4. 4. 3)  Companies  are  ge?ng  up  to  speed  on  solu@ons,   much  faster,  and  taking  swiBer  ac@on.  Management   systems  where  possible,  are  converging  
  5. 5. 4)  Collabora@on,  whilst  over  used  as  a  word,  is   in  places  making  a  real  difference  
  6. 6. 5)  ICT,  soBware  and  social  media  technology  is   adap@ng  for  the  beIer,  much  faster  than  many   might  have  predicted  
  7. 7. 6)  We're  realising  we  can’t  shop  ourselves  out   of  trouble  
  8. 8. 7)  Emerging  markets,  whilst  vola@le,  show  in   research  they  both  recognise  the  challenges  and   have  op@mism  many  can  be  tackled  
  9. 9. 8)  Business  models  are  star@ng  to  evolve,  and   that  is  accelera@ng  
  10. 10. 9)  The  idea  of  global  consistency  in  companies  is  no   longer  a  wacky  idea,  but  has  a  long  way  to  go  
  11. 11. 10)  Examples  and  case  studies  of  sustained   corporate  success  are  becoming  longer  las@ng  and   more  credible  and  business-­‐case  oriented  
  12. 12. 11)  The  media  and  financial  world,  though  laggards,   are  grasping  the  issues  and  making  faster  changes   which  will  only  accelerate  
  13. 13. Thank you!

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