Valuing Natural Capital – A Double Edged Sword

I was in London last week and attended a very stimulating Green Monday evening that got me thinking about the term ‘value.’   Value can be defined as both:

  • The regard that something is held to deserve
  • The monetary worth of something

In a roundtable session after the presentations I joined a discussion about valuing natural capital. I hold natural capital in high regard. Natural capital has a monetary worth for sure. But it has an intrinsic value in its own right –to our own and to future generations — that potentially goes beyond its monetary worth as set by …

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The Loyal Opposition

The Loyal Opposition

I wrote an article for this month’s CR magazine on the trend I am seeing amongst CR practitioners to validate all sustainability programs within the framework of the CFO’s view of the world.   And that worries me.  The article, which came out online yesterday explores why I think this is a troubling trend.

Business looks to us to set the CR agenda.  And we need to talk the language of business.  But, far from falling into line with offering a single perspective, no matter how important it might be to operate using business tools and terms, CR …

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