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…

Brands and consumers, welcome to the The Good Life 2.0

After expressing my hopes for the Montreux 2017 WBCSD Liaison Delegate conference in my first post, here I am, after four days of inspiring presentations and debates, with my brain struggling to organise the avalanche of information, insights, questions… One point, however, I feel I can closely relate to as a consumer, millennial and management…

Is Education Producing Business-as-Usual?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” (Mandela, 2003). If Mandela is right, and I am personally convinced he is, the question should be raised why education and especially higher education lays behind in terms of business sustainability education (Holtum, 2014). Why are the businesses taking the lead…

Sustainability Education Within Business Schools

Everybody has heard of sustainability in their daily lives for example through fair trade food or recycling but very few of us have had any formal education on the topic. Even in top management schools like Lancaster, sustainability is unfortunately not embedded in the curriculum. I believe this is an oversight and that as the…

Human Rights: A Business Taboo?

A topic that has recently sparked my interest is Social Responsibility, and how companies perceive and address issues on Human Rights. The Businesses environment is rapidly changing, mainly due to governmental pressures and the increase of regulations. However, regulations alone cannot change a company’s objectives, and motivation must often be intrinsic to be sustainable. Human…

Water changes in the pipeline?

“We will never know the value of water, till the well is dry” – Thomas Fuller Water is a convenient resource we take for granted, expecting it to always be readily available. Today I learned otherwise. I had the opportunity to sit in on a WBCSD session on improving the management of water. It began…