Climate vs Commerce: 3 Sustainability Truths Every Business Should Know

Climate vs Commerce: 3 Sustainability Truths Every Business Should Know

Friday, 19 November 2021

What does sustainability REALLY mean in practical terms for business, and what does the future look like? Mark breaks down what is currently happening in big business, and what still needs to be done at both corporate and SME levels. He’s currently writing a paper on how his business (Larking Gowen!) needs to tackle sustainability, and his sources are steering away from the ‘trendy stuff’. His personal research aligns with the reports coming from COP26, that businesses play a key role in improving the environmental outlook. In making it his mission to improve practices in his own business, his eyes have been opened wider and his mindset has changed.

How do businesses become more sustainable, when considering the energy they use each day, which includes transport, consumables and more? GDP and economic growth can be at odds with sustainability if we don’t think smarter. Mark offers some great insights into how sustainability and profitability can really work together.

If you are an expert in sustainability and the environment, particularly for business or know someone who is, we’d love to hear from you, with a view to inviting you to be interviewed on a future special guest episode.

Speaking of experts, Mark asked David Attenborough to special guest on this episode. Did he get a polite yet resounding ‘No’ or will Sir David provide this week’s top tips…listen in to find out!

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Show notes

Top tips
• Energy use - 08:00
• Material efficiency - 16:13
• Accountability and B corporations - 22:00

Doughnut Economics – Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist
Green Swans – The coming boom in regenerative capitalism
The Ecology of Commerce

Certified B Corporation – “Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment”
United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – “an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.” - Marks business! James and Mark do accountancy stuff too...

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