Sustainable Cities: Rediscovering the Concept

It’s been sometime since I came back from the trip to Chennai, so I had plenty of time to reflect on the experience obtained during the WBCSD’s meetings and sightseeing in Chennai area. Over the last weeks I was brought back to India many times in my dreams, recollecting the numerous moments and episodes I…

Sustainability and business: where does the media come in?

  Michael Mander The Guardian has not reported on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development since 2014. The BBC quoted a Tweet from the WBCSD last year, but little more in the last 5 years. I couldn’t find a single mention of the WBCSD in any of The Independent’s online content. These are the…

Business Motives for Sustainability

During my time in Chennai at the WBCSD annual meeting I had the opportunity to experience a corporate environment like one, I could never have imagined. Before this trip, to me the concepts of sustainability and corporate business were worlds apart, I assumed that businesses only had one motive and that was profit. I did…

Rainbow Home- Residential Hostel for Girls

Katie McAllister While in Chennai we, LUMS students, were given the amazing opportunity to volunteer at an organisation of our choice- either a rehabilitation centre for men with mental disabilities or at a hostel that teaches English to young girls- organised by Chennai Volunteers. Volunteering has always been something that I have wanted to do,…

Banking on sustainability

Our visit to India led us to acknowledge how important sustainability is in today’s world. It was evident through discussions and sessions with senior leaders that we are still not prepared, as a society, for achieving social responsibility and sustainability. There is still so much we need to accomplish as a society to grow towards…

Thoughts on homestay networks and their effect on climate change

Not always the most comfortable, but certainly the cheapest option: Online networks have made it possible to find hosts willing to accommodate travelers for free or low cost. The emergence of such platforms has strongly facilitated traveling, triggering a rise in overall air travels and resulting in higher greenhouse gas emissions. Couchsurfing and Airbnb are…

“Sustainability: A Lesson for Change”

“The Greatest Threat To Our Planet Is The Believe That Someone Else Will Save It” Robert Swann I ask you firstly to close your eyes and imagine a perfect world: Human utopia. Vibrant Trees, lots of Happy People and Green scenery. I then ask you to open your eyes and look around. Take a hard…

Luxury Hotel vs. Slum

Thursday evening in Chennai: We were out eating in the Hilton hotel, because for Western people, expensive hotels and restaurants seem the only safe places to eat without risking an upset stomach the next day. So we had a nice meal and a drink at the rooftop bar. A decent evening to end the conference time…

Social innovation champions: helping your systems and planet thrive

We live in a range of systems, both natural and manmade. The systems we have created are in place to help our societies thrive: government, health, economy and transportation. Many have benefitted from these systems, but a large number of the global population have been left out, resulting in poverty, homelessness, unemployment and discrimination. Throughout…

Chennai – an experience of a lifetime!

by Jack Hill I am writing this on the final leg of the journey home with an average of 5 hours sleep over the last week, so I apologise for any grammar mistakes in advance. Being a part of the WBCSD and their “comms team” alongside Freddy and Michael met and exceeded all of my…