Business and sustainability

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Business and sustainability introduction

Growth misgivings

It is taken as a given that unless political parties of whatever stripe promise growth, they are dead in the water.  Even within the green movement, anyone seeking to influence

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Beyond the pale?

Lebohang Liepollo Pheko is a South African activist academic who was one of the non-Europeans invited to speak at the recent Beyond Growth conference in the European Parliament. This conference

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More is less

Mainstream politics has long proved resistant to the arguments of those who question the pursuit of unending economic growth. Richard McNeill Douglas suggests a treatment. It is fifty years since

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The growing realisation

Tim Jackson has just published a new book, Post Growth – Life After Capitalism, examining our disastrous obsession with growth in a finite world and how we might escape it. 

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Environmental and social life cycle

All change

Former Czech Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla says our way of life is pulling into its final stop. He tells The Mint it’s time for the world to get off and

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Flogging a dead horse

Japan’s new leader is looking to revive the nation’s economy with the same strategy that floored it. Dr. Chris G. Pope explains. Abe Shinzo stepped down in September after becoming

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Value and business models for sustainable development

Moral bankruptcy

Colin Mayer CBE is an eminent Oxford University professor and fellow of the British Academy – the top club for social scientists.  He believes that capitalism is in crisis and

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Which way will water flow?

Justin Taberham examines the prospects for the UK water sector. Near daily media interest and criticism of water companies’ pollution performance has lately been often stimulated by public reporting or

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All things being unequal

Sarah McKinley describes a structural reset to democratise our economies. The results of the recent midterm elections in the US were less polarised than anticipated and the threatened Republican Red

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Cooperatives on the table

Jessica Gordon-Nembhard is a leading economist studying co-operatives. In fact she effectively invented this economic research agenda in the US. She was brought up by social activists who discussed Marx

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A politics of belonging

Seed-sharing commons help Indian women restore native crops while emancipating themselves from dependency on multinational corporations selling expensive, proprietary GMO seeds. The Commons as a set of responsibilities and entitlements:

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Natural capital ecosystem services and valuation

Can finance save polar bears?

Frederic Hache questions proposals that perpetual growth can be made sustainable by planting trees. In an article published by Le Monde in December, 2023, the President of the French Republic,

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The nature of the beast

Verity delves into the environmental economics undergrowth.  Our peaceful piece of suburbia is feeling particularly tame at the moment.  A far cry from the perilous encounters to be had in

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Local currencies and sustainability

A local lifeline

As developing nations sink in overseas debt, Bruno Bonizzi describes why local currency debt may be part of the solution. After a decade of sustained growth, Ghana defaulted on its

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Globalisation and sustainability

All for One

A combination of government edicts, broken promises and climate change has driven Malian villagers away from their collective livelihoods and traditions to bring prosperity for the few, not for the

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Carbon dating

Getting together to reduce carbon emissions brings hope in a world that doesn’t care, say Colin Nolden and Michele Stua On first sight, the global climate conference in Madrid was a

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Pro-environmental behaviour

Who knows what’s good for you?

Wendy Adamba works in Kenya to change behaviour to improve health and welfare outcomes.  She works closely with communities to understand their perspectives and build trust.  She tells The Mint

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Citizens Can

Anna Cura explains how thinking differently of ourselves can change the future of our food system to end its damaging influences on our world. I’ve always had a passion for food. The

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Sustainability reporting

Life by Numbers

Does a five-star rating say it all? Rita Samiolo ranks the ranks that pervade modern living Almost every aspect of our existence, from the mundane details of our shopping to

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You don’t count

Opaque reporting in company accounts is not in the public interest says Richard Murphy. The failings of accounting have been afforded much attention of late. This has been actively appropriate.

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Green and circular economy

Fibre optics

Looking good and being good people don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Zoe Gilbertson spins a worthy yarn. The £50bn listing on the London stock exchange of clothing giant, Shein,

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More ore or less waste?

Paul Ekins warns of the need for low-carbon-economy policymakers to consider the full circle. Many of the technologies seen as critical for the shift to low-carbon energy, as well as

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The circular root

Emma Fromberg experiments with new metaphors to illustrate the changes needed to cultivate a circular economy. It is undeniable that much of the sustainability buzz is generated by businesses putting

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Selling the circular

Thinking out of the box: currently, retail is largely about mass, transactional relationships. Can business ever be good? Henry Leveson-Gower explores. A year ago I was on the hunt for examples

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Policies on pollution

Which way will water flow?

Justin Taberham examines the prospects for the UK water sector. Near daily media interest and criticism of water companies’ pollution performance has lately been often stimulated by public reporting or

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