Our Land, Our Home

  In 1848, German botanist Matthias Schleiden discussed the destructive manner in which humanity affected the planet’s resources, stating that, “Behind him, he [man] leaves the Desert, a deformed and ruined land and is guilty of the thoughtless squandering of vegetable treasures here again in selfish pursuit of profit…[man] begins anew the work of destruction.”…

Biodiversity – what is being done to halt the next mass extinction?

Team Mexico is in full swing and ready and raring to go to the WBCSD conference! This week started with a discussion about the contemporary environmental problems and their origins, each one of us having to research one of the 5 key topics brought into discussion by our tutor, Jess Davies. Considering that the world…

What about our oceans?

We are managing to survive, but is the world ocean doing the same thing? The short answer to this question is simply ‘barely’. Despite this unequivocally discouraging start, we still have the power to change the narrative. Currently, more than 8 million tons of litter, both visible and microplastics, are leaked into the ocean each…

Freshwater is not for everyone

When doing our research on freshwater, we mainly focused on availability and pollution. Our findings surprised us, in regards to how many people lack access to freshwater, yet how pollution levels are still in acceptable conditions. A great way to summarise our findings is that there is enough freshwater for everyone, yet 500 million people…

Status Update for Planet Earth: Atmosphere

Air pollution is the fourth greatest overall risk factor for human health worldwide [1] and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. [2] If this statement does not make you realize that it is time to make a change, then the following information should. Essentially, the rise of surface temperature, coming…

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…

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…

Human Rights? Wrong!

Somehow my blogs seem to follow the same style, about how a supposed ‘amenity’, such as water that was previously discussed, isn’t actually available to all residents of our planet. In this case it is human rights which again many individuals seem to be deprived of. A WBCSD session followed United Nations guiding principles and…