Reflecting on my WBCSD experience…

Since experiencing everyday life with the knowledge gained from the WBCSD conference, I have begun to more fully understand the nature of environmental issues in our society, and the experience has opened my eyes up to the accumulative dangers in our everyday actions. Since understanding that my passion lies within sustainability, I have also begun…

Reflecting on my time at the WBCSD

Since leaving Switzerland my life has been in a bit of a whirlwind, I’ve written a 15,000-word dissertation and finally finished my exams and my university degree. It has only been recently that I have been able to sit down and to properly reflect on my experience at the WBCSD Liaison Delegate meeting. My experience…

What is a sustainable diet?

Food: the critical issues Having adapted my own diet, and been enlightened by leaders at the WBSCD, I have begun to understand the rising importance of the ‘food sustainability’ issue. I have researched the topic further, and begun to think about how others can act and eat more sustainably. I hope that my blog will…

Reflecting on an amazing experience…

Already over six weeks since the amazing experience of the WBCSD conference in Montreux came to an end. Time flies. I came back from Switzerland with new conviction and hope. Hope that business sustainability is an achievable goal and conviction that I have a role to play in reaching this state. Nevertheless, six is also…

Reflecting Upon the WBCSD Experience

It has been almost two months since the Lancaster delegation attended the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Liaison Delegate meeting.  The experience has helped me develop a new personal framework to generate solutions to complex business problems. Not only has this framework given me a more environmentally conscious mindset, but it has challenged me…

The three C’s that help to reduce food wastage through businesses

(by Annika Klesen) Every year more than 1,3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This accumulates for more than 990 $US (Fao.org, 2017). But this is not even the worst part of it! While many industrialized countries throw their food away, because of aesthetic reasons, expired ‘best-before dates’ or pure overconsumption, more than 795 million…

The alpha and the omega? Strong leadership!

12 December 2015. COP 21 just came to an end and the future seemed bright. Governments recognised the fundamental need for a shift in mindset and behaviour to tackle the threat (and reality) of climate change. Even the most reluctant countries, which are (not really surprising) both the two most polluting nations as well as…

All Hands On Deck: Why Every Voice Matters

As I was first preparing for the week in Montreux, I began exploring the WBCSD in more detail. I looked into individual member companies, and some of the work being done around the globe as a result of these important annual meetings. While I was familiar with the group’s Vision 2050 document, their work was…

First Impressions! And a framework for the future?

A lil bit about Montreux Nestled between the cold embrace of two Swiss alpine ranges lies the warm, welcoming town of Montreux. Montreux’s city structure is brilliantly planned with each level of the city neatly stacked upon each other. Filled with unique architecture ranging from minimalist, modern homes, to unsymmetrical blocks that stack up to…

How can we collaborate with competitors?

One fascinating session I had the privilege to attend dealt with “The challenge of collaborating with competitors”. The economist Milton Friedman argues that “There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules…

Expanding a Sustainability Driven Fiduciary Responsibility

The Evolving Concept of the Fiduciary Fiduciary responsibility outlines the duty of a person or provider to give the highest standard of care to a beneficiary or principle (Temchenko 2016). A fiduciary is commonly seen in a financial context as loyalty to a client to serve their best interest, avoiding conflict of interests. It has…