Sector Archives: Natural Resources

Evaporating Asset

The World Economic Forum has identified “water crises” as one of the top ten issues of greatest concern to the global economy in 2014. What is causing these crises and how do we address them? Through research supported by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2014, SustainAbility explored the challenges faced by freshwater and freshwater ecosystems globally

Challenges, Performance and Accountability

In comparison to the 2011 edition of this survey, titled Key Challenges and Industry Performance this year’s results show a slight uptick in the level of urgency experts feel across top sustainability issues, as well as in their impressions of how well industry is managing the transition to sustainability. But, even while perceptions of performance

Water for Business (Version 3)

In 2009, WBCSD and IUCN released Water for Business – the first online guide specifically designed to help businesses manage water more sustainably by providing them with an overview of water tools and initiatives which they can use or engage with. The third edition is now out and was developed in collaboration with SustainAbility and

The World Needs more Paul Polmans

Copyright (c) Unilever It looks as though Unilever’s Paul Polman decided to take Rio very seriously and has been an active participant in many events here. If anyone doubts his sincerity, they would just need to hear him talk about how the current market system has failed so many on this planet. He spoke at

Will there be Icebergs near Rio?

Written with Dan Hendrix, president & chief executive, Interface, and Chris Coulter, president, GlobeScan. One hundred years since the sinking of the Titanic, it is still debated why that fabled and fated ship hit an iceberg and went under. But surely the root cause was the widespread belief that she was unsinkable. Twenty years since


Cities are where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures, where we come together to share experiences and exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we go in search of a better life. They will also be ground zero for the collision of economic, environmental and social imperatives that define sustainability. Cities therefore provide

Christmas Past and Christmas Presents

Sustainable consumption has been high on our agenda in recent months. Most recently, our latest report Signed, Sealed… Delivered? highlights the diminishing returns from sustainability labels and calls for sustainability to be ‘built-in’ rather than ‘bolt-on’ (or, in this case, labelled-on) to consumer brands. So with my antennae sensitised for unsustainable consumption, I was stunned

The Inescapability of Traceability

Supply chain transparency and accountability is reshaping what consumers expect of apparel, IT and food companies. This white paper sets out our expectation that growing pressure on oil companies to be transparent about the origins of their products will lead to a new era where businesses, customers and consumers become more discerning in their fuel

The True Cost of Traceability

SustainAbility’s recent paper – Signed, Sealed…Delivered? – provides thoughtful insight and constructive recommendations on ways to make large scale shifts to new models of production, which will result in more sustainable and socially beneficial conditions. My work is centered on linking market demands with improved raw material production through complex commodity supply chains and business

Empowering Farmers to Achieve Food Security

Appetite for Change discusses one of the most critical challenges of our time – Food Security. In other words, how do we feed a growing and prospering population without going beyond ecological limits and ensuring that farming communities thrive? This multi-faceted challenge is further complicated by the vagaries of nature, market speculation and agriculture’s interconnected