Sustainability progress at COP22

In our last blog we focussed on the importance of the continuing conversation on sustainability, yet, in November, the COP22 conference in Marrakech passed by with merely a whisper from international media. We thought it would be useful to summarise some of our most promising observations from Morocco in our latest blog.
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Reflections on sustainability in business

Early on the morning of Saturday 7th May, something remarkable happened. For 107 hours from 6:45am – nearly four and a half days straight – Portugal powered itself purely though solar, wind and hydro generated power. This incredible event is just one example of how several European countries are leading the world in using renewables.
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Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals as an SME

As a sustainability professional in a medium-sized organisation, setting aside time to engage meaningfully with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been challenging. As one of the ‘engaged’, and as a Senior Manager with a strong remit to deliver sustainability into our organisation, I want to connect these to my organisation, but have struggled to do this in a meaningful or practical way.
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Why do we need values?

In business, values are important. They demonstrate the organisation’s wider thinking, consideration of global issues, and that they are in touch with their customers and clients. However, traditionally this may not have always been the case. Read on to find out why, and how this is changing.
 
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Long-termism and the conflict of projects

“Future proofing” an organisation is often the business driver for change, whether supporting business growth or organisational restructure. However, the reality is that the behaviours and decisions made during this process are often at odds with the long term goals. We need to think of effective long term strategies which don’t turn into short term flurries of misplaced activity, or that require rework – adding additional costs to the business.
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Bhopal – Learning through process management

On the night of 2nd December 1984, in Bhopal, India, there was an incident which would be known to this day as the “world’s worst industrial disaster.” At the local pesticide plant water entered a tank, releasing harmful gases caused by runaway chemical reactions, unleashing a truly horrendous disaster on a huge scale. Over 3,500 people were killed, and at least 558,000 people were left injured. Last December marked the 30th anniversary of the tragedy but presents us with a stark question: could something like this happen again?
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