Integrating Sustainability in Corporate Strategy

For this week’s article I am proposing an altered version of the first paper I wrote for tthe sustainable strategy seminar during the course of my MBA in Sustainable Business and Energy at Presidio Graduate School. 

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Pope Francis to urge a billion Catholics to act on climate

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, is due to call over a billion Catholics to act on climate. Ahead of the Paris Climate talks later this year, this is a big move that may even more tilt the balance on action.

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100% renewables in Denmark by 2050

You must have read or heard about it by now : Denmark is willing to be powered by a hundred percent renewable energies by 2050. The government have set an interim goal of 35 percent by 2020. Additionally, the country is willing to cut by 34 percent its emissions by 2020 compared to 1990. This … Read more

3M announces new efficiency targets for 2015

As Sustainable Business notes : ” As part of its new sustainability goals, 3M aims to improve its energy efficiency 25% by 2015. 3M’s 2015 Sustainability Goals build upon its record of environmental achievements, which go back to 1990. “ ” Since 1990, the company has cut greenhouse gases 72% and reduced solid waste indexed to sales by 66%. … Read more

Does the European Union really leads on climate ?

European UnionSome six weeks ahead of Copenhagen, the Guardian published an article on how the European Union believes it is taking the lead on climate change mitigation. At first I was quite optimistic with the title.

However there is nothing new: the EU is still willing to cut by 20 percent its emissions by 2020 and by 30 percent if other major emitters join. I don’t call this leadership as leaders don’t wait for others to join, they go forward.

The United Kingdom is leading by pledging for 34 percent less CO2 by 2020 (compared to 1990). It would have been nice if the whole Union took the same drastic measures.

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Is this really a problem of rhetoric ?

Climate change, aka global warmingMankind as a whole – and particularly its leaders – is slow on acting against climate change, an issue that could be its doom if nothing was done fast and big to avoid the worst crises.

Recently several articles – including on Grist and Dot Earth  – have been published wondering if this fact was due to bad rhetoric (or PR, but this term is to me more business related)

I believe there indeed is a problem. Solutions exist and would bring many improvements over our current energy sources and lifestyle. So why aren’t we applying them already ?

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Do our leaders care about the environment?

Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is not satisfied by the lack of attention given to environmental and social issues at the current Poznan talks.

I was right in my article on sustainable development, our leaders only think about the economy, the economy and the economy. Climate change is a HUGE threat, it should have their attention.

Governing is all about foreseeing the future problems and acting proactively to avoid them. In this regard, not many of our leaders are doing their job.

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