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Future of the workplace: Sustainability, climate change and COVID-19

Environmental and sustainability professional, Dr Leyla Acaroglu, and next generation employee experience platform and intranet provider, Unily, have launched the Future of Workplace Sustainability Report, which explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace. We are living in a time of great and immediate change, and COVID-19 and climate change are just two of

Could COVID breathe new life into supply chains?

As the coronavirus calendar passes the six-month mark, ideas of what constitutes a sustainable supply chain in a post-pandemic world have changed, for the better. Gone are the early days of disruptive consumer desperation, panic buying toilet rolls and searching shop by shop for flour. Now, we can question what we really want from the big reset.

True sustainability means building future-focused infrastructure

The ‘great reset’ post-Covid will be shaped by the infrastructure we plan, design and construct. And infrastructure development is likely to take a leading role in national economic recovery efforts in the wake of the pandemic. Historically, it has been a significant factor in catalysing economic growth. There is also a tide of opinion swelling

Google commits to sustainability and erasing its carbon footprint

Following on from Microsoft’s decision to undo its carbon footprint, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has announced the company’s sustainability commitments. Pichai said the company will be eliminating its entire carbon legacy, covering all operational emissions backdated to 2007, when the company became carbon neutral. In a blog post outlining the company’s sustainability plans, Pichai wrote: “We were

Sustainability must be at the heart of C-Suite thinking for the ‘new normal’ in the wake of Covid-19

Covid-19 has been a wake-up call for many CEOs when it comes to sustainability. While many companies had already increased their actions and commitment to sustainability pre-Covi-19, the pandemic has seemingly acted as a catalyst for urgent action on climate change. If a health pandemic can ground businesses to a halt in a matter of

Transforming Sustainability Into A Competitive Advantage

Many companies have some form of a sustainability program in place. However, many also lack deeper consideration as to how sustainability can enhance a company’s business model. What, then, does it take to transform sustainability into a competitive advantage? When I co-founded my company in Hong Kong in 2007, there was not yet much momentum

Food for thought on sustainability

Sustainability may be a big buzzword in business, but for chartered accountant Ravi Abeywardana it’s a basic part of his job. As Finance for Sustainability Lead at global food and agri-business Olam International, he has the task of working out how sustainability principles can be worked into the profit and loss account. It’s a challenge. Farming

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to Sustainability

Sustainability is usually framed as a problem of consumer choice, in which the solution to the climate crisis is in recycling, eating more organic vegetables, or cutting back on single-use plastic. This makes a sharp contrast with the current public health crisis—in which government, citizens, and business are combining to shelter in place and work

Why are boards reluctant to put sustainability on the agenda – and how can we change this?

Today’s corporations, faced with highly increased environmental as well as social challenges, are at a crossroads. They can take proactive steps to adapt or they can risk being left behind. Sustainability is a critical business issue. All companies should be focusing on it. Wall Street research, academic papers, corporate reports and trends from major investors

Will Sustainability Remain a Corporate Priority After Covid-19?

Key insights: Some companies are hedging previous commitments, such as eliminating single-use plastics. Other companies say Covid-19 demonstrates that it's not too late to have an impact on the climate. In Venice, Italy, without a gondola or tourist in sight, a jellyfish was spotted wading through the city’s famous canals. In New Delhi, India, the

Greenwashing Is Real—Here’s How to Avoid It

Sustainability is so hot right now. While some brands create truly sustainable products or use closed-loop production methods, some brands are misusing terms to attract conscientious clientele. “Greenwashed” products use deceptive eco-friendly jargon without full transparency as a lucrative strategy to appease do-good consumers. As a result, well-intended shoppers unknowingly purchase products after being misled by phony green initiatives that promote

Think Holistically About Sustainability — It’s Much More Than Climate

While many people think sustainability is about green policies, that is only part of the story, says VMware Vice President, Sustainability Strategy Nicola Acutt.  “Our view is holistic and inclusive of sustainability for people and the planet.” Indeed, Acutt says VMware frames its definition of sustainability around three ideas: people, planet and product. “For us,

Sustainability Isn’t Stopping: Just Ask These Companies

Over the weekend, a sustainability-focused Wall Street Journal article started making the rounds on social media. In it, business columnist John D. Stoll notes that several top companies are starting to pump the brakes on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs due to economic strain amidst the coronavirus pandemic. And he poses the question: Will the pandemic, like economic crises before it, put sustainability

Are The First Signs Of Sustainability Emerging From The Pandemic?

If there was ever a doubt the first signs of a more sustainable planet are emerging from the pandemic, consider this statement, a key finding from a recent Oxford Economics study of 1,000 supply chain executives: “Sustainability will be a growing focus for organizations across industries over the coming years as they seek to meet

Coronavirus has proven the dependence society has on scientific data

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said the coronavirus pandemic emphasized the importance of listening to experts during a time of crisis, and the same should be applied to climate change. Thunberg took part in a digital conversation with earth systems scientist Johan Rockström, who also serves as the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Sustainability: Which Airlines Are Leading The Way?

While “flight shame” may be a more widespread term in some parts of the world rather than others, there is no denying that a pivot towards a more sS is in the interest of the planet. Let’s take a look at which airlines are prioritizing a greener agenda. IATA wants a 50% reduction in CO2

To Consumers, Sustainability Looks Different Now

It’s easy to think that consumers, immersed in COVID-19 upheaval, are thinking less about the planet, and more about personal health now. And certainly, it’s always been true that in periods of economic distress, environmental concerns decline. But new research from Getty Images shows that people are now linking the health of the environment to

5 communications tips to market sustainability

While consumers are increasingly interested in buying products that are better for the environment and for people than the alternative, three factors involving communications often prevent them from doing so: not enough information; gaps in trust; and confusion. These are some top insights derived from The Conference Board’s recently published global survey of 32,000 consumers in 64

One Small Thing You Can Do To Save The Planet: Switch To Green Energy

Thinking about the climate emergency and sustainability can be overwhelming. The problem is so huge, the stakes are so high and the solutions can seem so complex, it is much easier to just not think about it. Deciding how to tackle the problem and improve the sustainability performance of a business can be even more difficult for