This year’s CERES conference in Boston was provocative and challenging -- as it should be in celebration of 25 years of creative, innovative, and collaborative advocacy to bring greater openness and accountability to corporate behavior. And it is behavior, of course, that needs to change; openness and accountability are only the tools of the trade in modifying corporate practices.
Since participating recently in the UN Investor Summit on Climate Risk, and in preparing for the Sustainable Land & Water Program Expert Workshop in Amsterdam on Friday, I’ve been thinking more about risk as fundamental conceptual framework for making meaningful comparisons and connections.
I am comforted by the awareness that changes we dismiss as inconceivable are often viewed by historians as having been inevitable. A Happy New Year might thus include news of the following momentous changes.
Richard Stone has produced a provocative and important new documentary on nuclear power that was screened this week at the Sundance Film Festival. But as important as it is, Pandora’s Promise is a film that in its current configuration undermines itself.
From the Beard Foundation 2013 conference-planning meeting – the focus this year will be ‘appetite’ – to the screening last week at the Ford Foundation of A Place at the Table, the importance of food as central to a sustainable future is becoming ever clearer.
As Hurricane Sandy shifted the national conversation in the closing days of the U.S. 2012 presidential campaign, so too has the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School interrupted the partisan machinations over government spending and taxation. As we look forward to 2013 and beyond we thus have a rare moment to reflect and observe that these issues share a common root: the respective roles of government and business to shape our future as people and as a national community.
As I prepare for meetings next week in London, and a presentation to Unilever, I wonder what I will be asked about the U.S. election – how to make sense of it. The explanations and interpretations are many.
The businesses that will dominate future markets are weaving purpose into the core fabric of culture, brands, and operations. #Purpose is where self-interest and service meet. Don't miss the memo: https://t.co/87B58Rf9c1
Dems have 100 messages on #TaxScam: big bill, no time to read, handwritten scribble, artic refuge, fairness, wealth transfer, donor payback, defunds government, trillion $ debt, etc. 100 messages = no message. Outrage is not strategy. https://t.co/JoicNjErhH
Who run (& fund) the world? #Girls. "Donations to giving circles have tripled to $1.29 billion over the last decade, driven largely by women.Out of 1,600 giving circles nationwide, 70% have mostly female membership & ~50% were exclusively women." https://t.co/zrEBgC50W1