What hope for corporate accountability

Here are some musings on the – rather sad – state of corporate accountability in 2015. It is a report of a conversation I had with the folk at the SustainAbility consultancy.

Changing our mind

The biggest obstacle to sustainability is our mindset. See my Guardian article on why we need a new one.

The Social Stock Exchange: making an impact by creating value?

The idea of increasing the flow of funds to social enterprises is a great idea. But how do we know that they really are social enterprises? Would Unilever count? What about Green & Black’s? See my Guardian blog here, which discusses some of the problems of knowing what to measure.

Enclosing the sea

Large fishing companies are trying to privatise one of the few remaining wildernesses: the contents of the sea. The UK Association of Fish Producers (UKAFPO) is a secretive organisation with no discernible website. It is likely its ultimate sponsors are large, wealthy companies that already monopolise the majority of the British catch.

UKAFPO is suing . . . → Read More: Enclosing the sea

Barclays: banking on PR?

If I were an employee of Barclays, I would be very concerned right now. What if I don’t feel like abandoning my own ethics and adopting someone else’s? Apparently Barclays’ CEO has said that all employees must adopt a new code of ethics or go.

But suppose that I don’t mind changing my core values . . . → Read More: Barclays: banking on PR?

2013: the difference between hope and expectation is 20 years

What hope can we hold for 2013?

I think the most profound change we can hope for is that the recent growth in awareness of sustainability becomes real, rooted and universal.

Read my hopes and expectations, and the difference between the two on the Guardian blog.

Do sustainability standards really make any difference?

My new short e-book, Making the Most of Standards, looks at sustainability standards. Which ones are important? Why are they so boring? How do they relate to each other? And how do you choose amongst the thousands out there?

What will the economy look like in 2050?

Here is a panel I chaired for an ACCA virtual conference in the autumn of 2012. The panelists are Luke Wreford from WWF, David Aeron-Thomas from Forum for the Future and Tony Manwaring from Tomorrow’s Company.

The session covers issues such as what the green economy is, what it will mean for companies, what its . . . → Read More: What will the economy look like in 2050?

Sustainability: how much is enough?

WBCSD, the business-for-sustainability club, has got the idea of limits. WBCSD’s vision 2050 set out some scenarios for business sustainability. Now WBCSD plans to update this through linking up with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and putting numbers on how far businesses can go, based on SRC’s nine Planetary Boundaries.

This is good news. And it . . . → Read More: Sustainability: how much is enough?

Changing our minds on the environment

The Carbon Tracker Initiative points to an obvious problem: it’s no good having oil you can’t burn. At least if you are a company that sells it.

It follows that a large part of the valuation of the world’s major stock markets is founded on the psychology of the bubble – they are an ‘irrational . . . → Read More: Changing our minds on the environment