How do we get there? There can be much to consider under each key step in a sustainability transformation roadmap but we will keep to a high-level overview for this blog and more detail can be explored in future blogs on each step. The typical roadmap towards becoming a sustainable organisation can be seen below:
Take note! 2020 is becoming known as the ‘super year’ for sustainability commitment and action. Not only is 2020 the ten-year mark for reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 but we are seeing more and more that current commitments aren’t changing our course towards a global climate emergency. Recent reports from the World Meteorological Organisation and the UN Environment Programme are fairly blunt. The summary of findings are startling as countries collectively failed to stop growth in global greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are
We have never stopped evolving and we must never!
In my last few pieces, I have written about the slave trade, conscious capitalism and how we have to do better in the world today. A review of history shows us so clearly how we as a race/species have evolved over the past thousands of years. Not all of our progress has been good, wars, genocide, extinction of species, pollution etc. But we have also made progress by reducing infant mortality, expanding human rights, education, life expectancy, technology etc.
This is not just a fad. It has to be the presenting question for all employees and all organisations. What role do organisations play in changing the world for the better?
We all know the terrible scandals that have plagued large organisations over just the last two decades. Fraud scandals, customers harmed, crimes facilitated, environment severely damaged, consumers lied to etc. And we should not dismiss these because chances are the next wave of scandals are waiting to be discovered.
Chris Forbes: My partner Julie Chen, had identified that finding a green product that helped the environment would be important to her own personal principles and in turn would make good business sense. Julie is from China and had seen for herself the range of uses of bamboo and suggested that a toilet tissue that could be made from bamboo would help the environment compared with the existing brands which were paper-based and thus came from trees which took a lot longer to grow and harvest.
You may have seen my interview last year with Henley Business School, talking about how to succeed with corporate change, and the need for organisations to invest enough time upfront to ensure that people are involved in co-developing the solution, and that they can see benefits of the change along the way. This will give you the best chance of the transformation being sustainable.