There Were Many Positive Developments for Sustainability Professionals in 2018 and Much Promise for What’s to Come in 2019 – We Are Watching for You
There were many positive developments and trendlines in 2018 that we believe were encouraging for corporate sustainability & responsibility managers, sustainable investing champions, NGO managers and members, and other stakeholders. The analyses and wrap-ups are beginning to appear now in the many media outlets and platforms that we monitor. We bring you some highlights in this first newsletter of the exciting new year, 2019!
One of the most compelling and sweeping of essays to kick off the year was the commentary of Andrew Winston in the Harvard Business Review – “The Story of Sustainability in 2018: We Have About 12 Years Left.”
Author Winston came to broad attention with the publication of his books, “Green to Gold” and “Green Recovery”, and the recent “The Big Pivot”. In his end-of-year HBR commentary, the author begins with the important 2018 sustainability themes that he sees as having lasting impact, and his belief that the year just ended brought “incredible clarity” about the scale of our challenges and opportunities.”
Clarity: the world’s scientists sound a “final” alarm on the climate -- citing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change/IPCC report on where we are; that is, dear reader, in a global, universally-perilous state with just a dozen years left for bold, collective action on carbon emissions.
Clarity: the key elements of the government of the United States of America told a similar story in the U.S. National Climate Assessment released at Thanksgiving time (with the White House attempting to bury on a slow Friday after holiday) – climate change inaction could knock off 10% of this, the world’s leading economy’s enormous GDP. The U.S. GDP was US$19.39 trillion in 2017, said sources including the World Bank.
Clarity: Business must dramatically change how it operates and companies must push well past their comfort zones.
There’s lots of information for you regarding the threats and challenges posed by dramatic climate change. And, Andrew Winston points out the positive developments as well, by corporate leaders at organizations such as Unilever, Salesforce, Nike, Kroger, and Danone (which became the world’s largest B Corporation in 2018).
We present Winston’s wrap up for you in this week’s Top Story.
Looking into 2019 “possibilities,” one of the exciting developments as the 116th Congress convened was the bold package of ideas put forth by the new member from New York City, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the “Green New Deal” proposals. Before you roll your eyes and tut-tut (she riles people, that’s for sure) take a look at the meat of the proposals to learn more about “the possible” to help the U.S.A. address climate change challenges. We present our views in the second Top Story this week.
Happy New Year to all!
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