A Busy Week
I have struggled to keep fresh posts on my blog for the last couple of weeks. Not for lack of things I want to write about, but because I have been attending some really inspiring events and been involved in a couple of related articles that took up my writing energy.
Last week I attended the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York “Architects of a Better World”. It was an inspiring event. Ban Ki-Moon provided the opening remarks on the second day of the summit and was presented with the results of the UNGC Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013. The study identifies that CEOs want business to do even more but concludes we are on a plateau due to three barriers. While I recognise the barriers, I see that the consensus that the report uncovers is exactly the opportunity we need for companies to act together to overcome the them. I wrote about this in a post that was published on the Guardian Sustainable Business UNGC Leaders Summit Hub.
In anticipation of today’s release of the UN IPCC Climate report I wrote this article for Business Green talking about how increasingly variable weather conditions are impacting on business now. Here is an excerpt;
Weather variability impacted customer services significantly enough that it made it into our Chief Executive’s introduction to the 2013 Annual Report and Accounts. And this is no ‘one off’. Unusually poor winter weather was quoted in the CEOs introduction in the 2011 Annual Report and Accounts and extreme weather was referenced to [in the annual Report] by one of our key lines of business in 2010.
Now that’s integrated reporting !
And to square the circle, Guardian Sustainable Business launched a Circular Economy Hub earlier this week and I contributed to the opening article with some thoughts about the opportunity CE presents for business and for sustainability. I see a comment up there now saying it is the same as Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – I will see if I can articulate in a response what I think Circular Economy adds to the RRR concept.
Do take a look at these articles and let me know what you think.