Building A Low Carbon Economy
$4.1 trillion of private investment is now at work growing a greener, cleaner, knowledge-richer economy.Markets and their metrics are slowly reforming to catch up with the new realities. The Beyond GDP surveys with GlobeScan in 11 countries since 2007 show that the public in all these countries understands the need for correcting GDP to include health, education, poverty gaps and environmental quality.
Further, the Carbon Tracker has shown that most of the “investments” in fossil fuel reserves of companies in London’s FTSE are “toxic assets” that can never be burned without exceeding the 2 degree Celsius rise in temperature due to CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere and many groups around the world are now calling on pension funds and investment houses to write down these fossilized holdings and shift their assets to companies in the green sectors.
This sector will give you some insight into what we call: Building a low carbon economy.  Some call it a clean economy others a green economy. What ever your language – it will provide some valuable insights into the changes ahead, and how to navigate that path with many organisations now leading by example and profiting from their leadership!  We start with a world class case study – that of Interface.

The Circular Economy Awards: 2015 Finalists
The Circulars, Market: Global, Year: 2016
The circular economy is a resource efficient alternative to the traditional wasteful linear economy. It decouples growth from scarce resource use allowing economic development within natural resource limits and allowing companies to innovate to enable customers and users to do ?more with less’. The Circulars is an award program offering recognition to all individuals and organisations from commerce and civil society across the globe that have made a notable contribution to driving circular economy principles.  Discover the fantastic array of Winners, Runners Up and Finalists that were selected across the seven categories
5 Critical Components to Advance a Sustainable Economy
Rob Cameron, SustainAbility, Market: Australia, Year:2015
The UK election was fought largely on the issue of the economy. The Conservatives, with its surprise majority have promised to reduce the deficit by £30 billion. Fixing the economy and balancing the books is undoubtedly of great importance for the economy-as long as it is done sustainably. It’s a simple fact: the economy is a sub-system of our ecosystem. And yet, it has become commonplace to believe that the opposite is true – that the economy is the dominant system… Read more
Momentum for Change
UNFCCC, Market: Worldwide, Year: 2015
Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future. Momentum for Change recognizes innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges… Read more
2degrees Sustainability Leader of the Year Awards 2015
Two Degrees Market: Global, Year 2015
The 2degrees Champions Awards were established to recognize the individuals and companies driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of sustainable business, as voted for by their peers. The entrants and their stories are inspirational.To view the full list of 2degrees Award winners and shortlist click here. Past winners can be found here
National Capital Coalition Resource Libraries
Natural Capital Coalition, Market: Singapore, Year: Unknown
NCC is launched by Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Singapore. Its activities focus on global stakeholder engagement, focused research and development of methods for natural capital accounting. In this library of resources, you can find publications of the NCC and its partners, as well as links to additional key documents and programmes on natural capital valuation and related topics… Read more
 5 Critical Components to Advance a Sustainable Economy
Rob Cameron, SustainAbility, Market: Australia, Year:2015
The UK election was fought largely on the issue of the economy. The Conservatives, with its surprise majority have promised to reduce the deficit by £30 billion. Fixing the economy and balancing the books is undoubtedly of great importance for the economy-as long as it is done sustainably. It’s a simple fact: the economy is a sub-system of our ecosystem. And yet, it has become commonplace to believe that the opposite is true – that the economy is the dominant system… Read more
We will let the sun shine.
The Australian Institute Market: Australia, Year: 2014
A new report by the Australian Institute shows jobs in the solar sector having recently eclipsed the coal-fired energy sector and is likely to become a huge job creator with another 8000 jobs expected to be created by 2018.
Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles
World Resources Institute Market: Global, Year: 2014
The Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles frame the challenges and common needs faced by large renewable energy buyers. Twelve corporate signatories developed these principles to spur progress on resolving the challenges they face when buying renewable energy, and to add their perspective to the future of the U.S. energy and electricity system. WRI and WWF facilitated their efforts.
Company unlocks secret to making plastic out of air
CBS News Market: USA, Year: 2014
The plastics industry creates 1.8 trillion pounds of carbon emissions every year, but now one company has figured out a way to take the pollution and turn it into plastic you can hold in your hand. This is a blue game changing innovation! More…
Ahead of the Curve: How the Circular Economy can unlock Business Value
Corporate Citizenship, Market: Global, Year: 2014
As the circular economy continues to be the latest buzzword in sustainability, this paper unravels the complexities around the topic and presents it in a compelling, easy to read language – packed with best practice and advice that companies can relate to… Read more
Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change – How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change
World Resources Institute Global 2014
Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change analyzes the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This report makes a strong case for strengthening the rights of indigenous and local communities over their forests as a policy tool for mitigating climate change.
Headlines of a Sustainable Lifestyle
Business in the Community Market: UK, Year: 2014
For 9 billion people to have access to a good quality of life in 2050, we need to change what citizens perceive as high quality living, as well as changing products, services and business models. High quality lives need a thriving resilient economy that works in the context of finite resources and fragile eco-systems, and where personal wellbeing is measured as much in life satisfaction as it is on finances and material wealth. The Headlines provides a set of indications for what a high quality, sustainable lifestyle could look like in 2050.
Sustainable Business Toolkit
Business in the Community Market: UK, Year: 2014
The Sustainable Business Toolkit provides practical guidance on how companies can create and test new innovative ideas that deliver commercial, environmental and social benefit.
IPCC AR5: Climate Change: Implications for Buildings
IPCC Market: Global, Year: 2014
The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. In 2010, the world’s buildings accounted for 34% of global final energy use and 24% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. Global final energy use in buildings, and related emissions, could double or even triple by 2050. This briefing explores the challenges and opportunities climate change poses to the building sector.
How Australia can thrive in a low carbon world
Source: Climate Works Australia. Market: Australia. Year: 2014
Global decarbonisation will affect Australia’s economy. But Australia’s economy is flexible, adaptable and resilient. Meanwhile, Australia has great potential and multiple options for low carbon growth. This project explores how Australia can decarbonise while maintaining economic prosperity.
The World’s Biggest Challenges Deserve Even Bigger Solutions
VERIZON Market: Global, year: 2014
Thirty years ago, the first commercial cell phone call was made on a Motorola DynaTAC phone that weighed almost two pounds and cost around $4,000. Today we’re very close to having as many cell phones as there are people on earth. Almost 40 percent of the world’s population is connected to the Internet.  Read more on Verizon’s 2013 annual report.
Interface – The business case for Corporate Sustainability
Ray Anderson – Founder and Chairman Interface Inc (USA)
Interface had an ambitious goal is to be the first fully sustainable corporation, with a zero foot print by 2020. But to reach its goal, Interface, which operates in 100 countries with more than 5,200 staff, had to completely rethink its business philosophy and redesign its entire production systems and processes globally. Most would think this would cost money – but it actually saved money, lots of money and became a massive marketing differientiator and opened the door to innovation. This case study is the vanguard of the future and a must see video presentation of Ray Anderson at Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit in 2005.
This second video also by Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of InterfaceFLOR shares more of the company vision “mission zero” to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment, by the year 2020. Whilst at the healm of Interface, Ray Anderson increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional “take / make / waste” industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
How corporate social responsibility is really a corporate social opportunity.
Prof David Grayson OBE – Director Business in the Community (UK)
If built in and not bolted on, CSR can open the flood gates to an exciting new source of creativity and innovation that can lead to corporate social opportunities in the form of innovation in products and services, access to new markets, building new business models (how products are conceived, developed, marketed, distributed, financed, staffed etc.) And these opportunities can be commercially very attractive. David challenges business, and those engaged with business to think about CSR in a very different way…. as an authentic and genuine commitment to environmental and social responsibility, as ethical business practices and a new route to market, one that is not only sustainable, but profitable. Check out this presentation of David at Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. And, if you’d like to purchase books by David Grayson referred to in this video presentation Download the order form here. We have good stocks now available in Australia.
Case Study
2012 and 2013 UK Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out winners in Built environment from 2012 and 2013
Transition to low-emission HVAC&R: Issues and solutions
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating, Market: Australia, Year: 2013
AIRAH undertook this project on behalf of the whole of industry to provide a forum or mechanism whereby the transition to low-­‐emission HVAC&R practices and technologies could be discussed openly and transparently. Download Here
Blueprint 2013
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
The purpose of blueprint2013 is to foster discussion and innovation in harnessing the potential of stormwater to overcome water shortages, reduce urban temperatures, and improve waterway health and the landscape of Australian cities in their transformation into Water Sensitive Cities.
Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters
Deloitte Access Economics. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities commissioned a fact-based, comprehensive White Paper, Building our Nations Resilience to Natural Disasters, through Deloitte Access Economics. This White Paper aims to considerably assist decision making about the allocation of scarce resources and support the development of policy around natural disaster mitigation.
Not surprisingly it shows the government is currently only investing $50m a year on mitigation while $560m per year is spent on recovery measures.
Conscious capital: bridging the gap between business and investors
Business in the Community & Legal and General. Market: UK, Year: 2013
Balancing short-term investor demands with planning for the long term is one of the greatest challenges facing leaders today. How can businesses attract conscious capital, which understands and takes account of longer term plans and performance? How can leaders tell their responsible business story effectively to investors? This report offers recommendations for businesses to help them have the right conversations with investors, and ensure that their business can attract long-term, sustainable investment.
Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy
McKinsey Global Institute. Market: Global, Year: 2013
This report cuts through the noise and identifies 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years. The report also looks at exactly how these technologies could change our world, as well as their benefits and challenges, and offers guidelines to help leaders from businesses and other institutions respond.
Faster, Smarter, Greener: The state of City Innovation on climate change and other urban challenges
Climate Group. Market: Global, Year: 2013
Municipal governments around the world are facing challenges of increasing complexity, including climate change and the need for sustainable, resilient and low carbon development. This report presents the findings from a survey and case study analysis of 50 diverse cities to understand how they are identifying and communicating their challenges; finding solutions to these challenges; and what barriers they faced in implementing these solutions.
Fortune Favours the Brave
Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2013
Fortune Favours the Brave details the opportunity for UK businesses to unlock around £100 billion a year in value from new innovation opportunities that address social and environmental challenges
Green Transition Inflection Point: Green Transition Scoreboard 2013 Report
Hazel Henderson – Ethical Markets. Global, Year: 2013
As the blue and green innovation revolution gathers speed, 2013 promises further shifts away from the fossil-fueled Industrial Era.  The Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) tracks private investments growing the green economy across five sectors: Renewable Energy; Green Construction, Energy Efficiency; Corporate R&D and Cleantech, representing broad areas of investment in green technologies, many overlapping. Each covers an area of substantial capital investment in technologies that are contributing to a sustainable future.
How Australia’s carbon price is working – one year on
Clean Energy Future. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
It is a year since the Australian Government introduced carbon pricing to help tackle climate change. The carbon price, introduced on 1 July 2012, is working in tandem with a comprehensive set of policies under the Government’s Clean Energy Future plan. A year on this report provides the evidence that the policies are doing what they were designed to do – reducing carbon pollution, driving investment in clean and renewable energy, and transforming Australia’s economy to be more competitive as the world tackles climate change.

Order Within Chaos: A New Business Paradigm Inspired by Nature
CSR Wire. Market: USA, Year: 2013
The economic, social and environmental volatility now facing business means organizations have to operate in a dynamically transforming landscape. Organizations inspired by nature are resilient, optimizing, adaptive, systems-based, values-based, and life-supporting.  Its time to understand the fundamentals that drive it.
Renewables 2013, 2014: Global Status Report
REN21. Market Global, Year: 2013, 2014
REN21s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR2013) (GSR 2014) has grown to become a truely collaborative effort of over 500 authors, contributors and reviewers, and is today the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends. It provides testimony to the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind power, solar hot water/heating, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal.
Six Growing Trends in Corporate Sustainability.
Ernst and Young. Market: Global, Year: 2013
One key findings of this Ernst and Young report is how the sustainability focus in a growing number of companies is moving from eco-efficiency efforts to a discussion concerning risk reduction and mitigation. As with other sustainability and CSR issues, language is critical and sustainability executives need to learn how to translate the issues they are tracking into the language of enterprise risk management.
Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy: A voluntary framework for tracking and communicating progress 2013
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Market: USA, Year: 2013
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy established under the leadership of America’s dairy producers – has launched the Stewardship and Sustainability Guide for U.S. Dairy identifying the most important indicators and metrics for assessing dairy sustainability and communicating sustainability performance.
Sustainable Australia Report 2013
The National Sustainability Council. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
The National Sustainability Council was established by the Australian Government in October 2012 as an independent, expert body to provide advice on sustainability issues. It reports to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. It’s key role is to deliver a public report against the sustainability indicators for Australia every two years.
This, its first report was published in May 2013}1 and provides a picture of Australia – what we look like and who we are. It tells the story of how we have changed as a nation over the last 30 years. We have made great progress in many areas. Australians are living longer, our health and levels of educational attainment have improved. We have benefited from a strong economy, with low unemployment and increasing incomes. However, inequality has increased and the health of our natural environment has continued to decline in some key areas.
The report provides an evidence base for decision-making and planning about the future. It highlights a number of trends in Australia and the world that are set to have a significant impact on the next generation of Australians. It shows we need to plan for an ageing population, rising health costs, growing cities and changes in traditional work and family roles.
The Critical Decade: Australia’s future – solar energy
Climate Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
This report identifies the enormous, but largely underutilised, potential for solar generation in the world’s sunniest continent. It provides an overview of the rapidly changing solar industry, including international developments and opportunities for Australia to better utilise and benefit from solar resources in the future.
The SE4ALL: Global Tracking Framework Report
World Bank. Market: Global, Year: 2013
This unique report, written by a multi-agency team led by the World Bank, identifies countries with most potential to make “high-impact” progress on sustainable energy and specifies policy measures to scale up action. It puts numbers to SE4ALL’s three objectives (universal access to modern energy services, doubling of both the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix) and identifies what needs to change where and how to do it. The report also calls on countries, international organisations, private sector investors and civil society to increase energy investments focused on the three objectives by at least $600 billion a year until 2030, more than doubling the current estimated $409 billion.
The State of Green Business
GreenBiz. Market: Global, Year: 2013
Green Business has been expanded to include data on 1,600 companies worldwide, as well as on the U.S.-based S&P 500. Find out where the world of sustainable business is headed and the leading indicators of future progress. The sixth annual edition of this report
Tracking Australia’s Progress Towards a Low Carbon Economy
Climate Works. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
Tracking Progress is the first whole-of-economy report on Australia’s progress in reducing emissions. It covers key sectors – Power, Industry, Buildings, Land-use and Waste, as well as a Special Report on factors affecting energy efficiency activity for 47 large industrial companies that account for 70 per cent of Australia’s industrial energy use.
Frugal Innovation by Social Entrepreneurs in India
Serco Institute. Market: India, Year: 2012
Over the last 60 years, innovation in India’s public services has frequently emerged in the absence of state involvement, with social enterprises stepping in where the government has failed.
“Frugal Innovation” is the idiom applied to this sweeping revolution in public service design and delivery. The term is used in India and other developing economies to describe innovation that minimises costs by creating frugal solutions to deliver improved or previously non-existent public services. Frugal innovation has given more people access to a wider range of services.
This paper provides insights into how solutions developed from the bottom-up in some of the most challenging public service environments can better meet the needs of citizens. It investigates a range of new perspectives applied to services by over 40 social enterprises in India. It challenges the notion that uniformity in delivering public services driven by a top-down centralist ideology translates into good value for money.
Leadership for a Clean Revolution
Climate Group. Market: Global, Year: 2012
The Clean Revolution requires a massive up-scale of clean technologies that will improve the efficiency and use of our natural resources to create jobs and boost economic growth. But to drive this change we need bold, transformational leadership. Leadership for a Clean Revolution aims to inspire the world’s most influential business, government and thought leaders to take transformative action on climate change, creating a tipping point for the low carbon economy.
Mobilizing for a resource revolution
McKinsey and Company. Market: Global, Year: 2012
Economic advances in emerging-market economies dwarf the pace and scale of the Industrial Revolution. Over the next quarter century, the rise of three billion more middle-class consumers will strain natural resources. The race is on to boost resource supplies, overhaul their management, and change the game with new technologies. This report explores some of the implications.
Pathways to efficiency in South Asia Brickmaking Industry’s
Carbon War Room. Market: Asia, Year: 2012
This report produced by the Carbon War Room with leading US university John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, identifies the technology and process opportunities that will drive emissions reductions. Pathways to efficiency in South Asia Brickmaking Industrys report
Shared goals, shared solutions: research on collaboration for a sustainable future
Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2012
This study provides a guide to how, when and why businesses are collaborating with others. It identifies common structures and success factors to provide practical guidance to companies.
Sustainability: The How
Nick Pennell and Dr Greg Lavery. Market: Global, Year: 2012
Most organisations face three common challenges on their sustainability journeys and typically struggle with at least one of them. This paper presents a sustainability transformation roadmap and practical, proven solutions for overcoming the challenges. Sustainability_The_How.pdf
Sustainable Capitalism
Generation team. Market: Global, Year: 2012
To address these sustainability challenges, generation team advocates for a paradigm shift to Sustainable Capitalism; a framework that seeks to maximise long-term economic value creation by reforming markets to address real needs while considering all costs and stakeholders.
The objective of this paper is twofold. First, they make the economic case for mainstreaming Sustainable Capitalism by highlighting the fact that it does not represent a trade-off with profit maximisation but instead actually fosters superior long-term value creation. Second, they recommend five key actions for immediate adoption that will accelerate the mainstreaming of Sustainable Capitalism by 2020.Sustainable Capitalism.pdf
Towards Resource Efficiency: A Report on Impact 2008-11
WRAP. Market: UK, Year: 2012
With growth under pressure because of wider economic conditions, WRAP has provided organisations with valuable tools to help them realise the business benefits of greater resource efficiency which, in turn, can underpin growth. This report is a great summary of their work with case studies across a range of industries from construction to local government.
For more resources and case studies refer:
Upskilling towards a sustainable future – briefing note
Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2012
This briefing note makes the case for companies to develop new skills for a sustainable economy in order to become the transformational leaders of the future.
How Cities are Vital to the Future of Sustainability
SustainAbility. Market: Global, Year: 2012
Cities are where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures, where we come together to share experiences and exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we go in search of a better life. They will also be ground zero for the collision of economic, environmental and social imperatives that define sustainability. Cities therefore provide a compelling frame through which to understand and drive sustainability. As models of characteristics such as connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation they provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within and beyond the city. This report puts forward seven characteristics that enable us to explore the current and potential nexus between cities and sustainability and understand what risks and opportunities cities might hold for global companies who intersect with, provide for and depend on them in many ways.
Renewables 2012 Global Status Report (GSR)
IREN 21. Market Global, Year: 2012
Renewables now around half of new additions to global electricity projects. The REN21s Renewables Global Status Report reveals the world has changed how it sources energy. 118 countries have now implemented RE targets .GSR is issued to emphasise the importance of renewable energy and to generate discussion of issues central to the promotion of renewable energy. It provides an overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. The report covers recent developments, current status and key trend which is design.
Bridging the greenhouse-gas emissions gap.
UNEP. Market: Global, Year: 2011
Produced to aid discussions at the Durban UNFCCC COP, this report provides twenty-one coherent major initiatives could together stimulate sufficient reductions by 2020 to bridge the global greenhouse-gas emissions gap.
A New Era of Sustainability
United Nations Global Compact & Accenture Sustainability Services, Market: Global, Year: 2010
The ways in which CEOs are addressing sustainability issues are changing. The research reveals three key ways in which approaches and strategies are shifting as we move toward a new era of sustainability.

Beyond Copenhagen – The Green Race is on
World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2010
This report suggests several ways for countries as well as businesses to survive in the future when the world is turning green.

Business and Development
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2010
What are the links between business and development? And what is the business role and opportunity in addressing sustainability challenges of developing countries and emerging economies? These are the key questions addressed in this WBCSD report. The report draws on a decade of WBCSD thought leadership and practical experience in promoting business solutions to sustainability issues in the developing world.
Enabling frameworks for technology diffusion
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2010
In its latest report, the WBCSD puts forward six key elements to enhance investments and sales of low-carbon technologies in developing countries. These range from government signals to foster low-carbon solutions to engaging business more actively into the international and national climate change process. Enabling_frameworks.pdf


Vision 2050: The new agenda for business – full report & summary
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2010
The Vision 2050 report lays out a pathway leading to a global population of some 9 billion people living well, within the resource limits of the planet by 2050. This work results from an 18-month combined effort with CEOs and experts, and dialogues with over 200 companies and external stakeholders in some 20 countries.
Full Report Summary Report
The Green Race is On
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2010
The Green Race is On is the title of the WBCSD’s Annual Review 2009. It is only in the past five years that thoughtful companies have begun to understand the vast opportunities of moving toward a sustainable world, and that science has made clear the global catastrophes inherent in un-sustainable development. Green_Race_is_On.pdf
The Sustainability Yearbook 2010
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group. Market: Global, Year: 2010
For the sixth consecutive year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group launched the Sustainability yearbook 2010. The yearbook offers you an overview of the results of SAM’s 11th annual assessment of corporate sustainability practices, which provides the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. The_Sustainability_Yearbook_2010_FINAL.pdf
Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level: From Recovery to Sustained Growth
The OECD Council. Market: Global, Year: 2010
As the focus of policy makers moved from crisis management to more structural issues in order to sustain recovery, this year Council Meeting at Ministerial Level addressed the key challenges facing governments in the months and years ahead. These included ensuring a sustained and jobs rich recovery, while also looking at ways to boost innovation and promote green growth. From_Recovery_to_Sustained_Growth.pdf
Leadership skills for a sustainable economy
Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2010
To enable the potential of business to play a lead role in moving towards a sustainable economy, it is critical that individuals at every level in all types of businesses are equipped with the skills they need to take action. Leadership_Skills_for_a_Sustainable_Economy_July_2010.pdf
OECD Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy: Implementing our Commitment for a Sustainable Future
OECD. Market: Global, Year: 2010
This Interim Report provides first insights to better understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and assesses some of the measures taken in the context of the crisis. It is the result of the work of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and partner countries. It has benefitted from the perspectives of business and civil society stakeholders. Interim_Report_of_the_Green_Growth_Implementing_or_Commitment_for_a_Sustainable_future.pdf
The Sustainability Yearbook 2009
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group. Market: Global, Year: 2009
For the fifth consecutive year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group launched the Sustainability yearbook 2009. It is one of the world’s most comprehensive publications on corporate sustainability and the related challenges and opportunities for companies. The_Sustainability_Yearbook_2009
Towards a Low Carbon Economy – A business contribution to the international energy & climate debate
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2009
This publication aims to share business experience in technology development and deployment, finance and carbon markets, cooperative sectoral approaches and adaptation and proposes policy recommendations for a future agreement. TowardsLowCarbonEconomy.pdf WBCSD_rapport_annuel_08.pdf
Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2009
This scoping study report reaches the conclusion that any attempt to advance corporate ecosystem valuation should focus on new ways of valuing ecosystem dependencies and impacts and incorporating these values within existing financial and business planning tools, drawing where relevant on the existing methods that have been developed specifically to value ecosystem services. Scoping Reportbrief Issue
Green Talent – Creating a low carbon economyBusiness in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2009
Britain’s productivity per capita puts the country 10th in the EU ’15’ and 15th out of 30 in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The 2006 Leitch Review of Skills emphasised that maintaining and improving this economic position will depend, above all, on how well we shape a culture and environment that encourages the development of the talent, skills and creativity of our people. The UK’s success in developing a low carbon economy will also be dependent on nurturing the talents and skills of our people. BITC_briefing_note_-_Green_talent_-_creating_a_low_carbon_economy_-_February_2009_(2)-1.pdf
WBCSD Annual Review 2008 – What a way to run the world
WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2009
“What a way to run the world” is the title of the WBCSD’s Annual Review 2008. The theme was chosen almost a year ago, well before the financial meltdown proved just how badly the world was being run. As WBCSD’s Chairman, Samuel DiPiazza Jr. points out: “economic crises must remind us that sustainable development is not just about environmental or social issues but also about sound economic development.” WBCSD_rapport_annuel_08.pdf
Innovation, Sustainability and Complexity
European Best Innovator Club. Market: Europe, Year: 2009
This is a synopsis of the European Best Innovator Club annual meeting. This paper summarizes the insights generated by bring together many of Europe’s leading innovators. Innovation_Sustainability_and_Complexity.pdf
Value Chain Approaches to a Low-Carbon Economy: Business and Policy Partnerships
Market: Global, Year: 2009
This paper is prepared in support of a workshop at the World Business Summit on Climate Change Summit on leveraging value chains to reduce climate impacts and build a low-carbon economy. BSR_WBSCC_Backgrounder.pdf
Visibility, Ambivalence and Trust: Cultural Stumbling Blocks to Greater Household Energy EfficiencyMarket: US, Year: 2008
This paper has been written for EcoAlign to provoke critical thinking on why consumers who may “talk the talk” in relation to understanding global warming and the need for energy conservation do not “walk the walk.” In this essay, the author examines consumption from an anthropological standpoint and suggests that the moral stance taken by many environmentalists against consumption and materialism flies in the face of societal realities, creating ambiguity, guilt and ambivalence among consumers. One logical conclusion of this effect is to shift the emphasis towards changing the nature and quality of consumption rather than the just the quantity. 
CSR and social business: the gentle revolution and lessons from the UK.
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Market Australia, Year: 2007
Cheryl Kernot – Former leader of the Democrats and ALP Shadow Minister for Employment has been living and working in the UK since 2001 as Director of Learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Bethnal Green, London and for the last two and a half years at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurs at the Said Business School, Oxford University. She is Program Director of the pioneering Health Accelerator Program preparing health professionals for social enterprise start-ups which deliver innovative health and social care services, both within and outside of the NHS and will share with us her thoughts for Australia’s way forward based on lessons from the UK. Cheryl KernotCheryl_Kernot_Thoughts_for_Australias_Way_Forward.pdf
Energy Efficiency in Buildings – Summary report
World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2007
This study highlights opportunities to promote green building know-how and technologies as the WBCSD pushes for zero net energy construction worldwide through its Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project. Zero net energy buildings will reduce demand by design, be highly efficient and generate at least as much energy as they consume.
From challenge to opportunity: The role of business in tomorrow’s society
WBCSD Market: Global, Year: 2007
Companies able to tackle issues such as poverty, climate change and population shifts are those most likely to succeed in the future. This is a view shared by eight global business leaders in a major new publication from the WBCSD. From Challenge to Opportunity sets out a “manifesto for tomorrow’s global business” as defined by the Tomorrow’s Leaders group of the WBCSD. It also discusses why and how four key areas of business and sustainable development need to be profitable in order to be effective.
Grow me the money.
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit Market Australia. Year: 2007
Associate Professor Dr Suzanne Benn – UTS School of Management and co-author of Organisational Change for Corporate Sustainability.
Professor Dean Forbes – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Flinders University.
We explore how corporations are growing market share, engaging employees and building sustainable businesses based on CR and Corporate Sustainability strategies and values and how universities, as large public-private hybrids (with nationally significant commercial and export interests), are building strategies to improve both environmental and broader sustainability, particularly in the way in which they seek to insert ?community engagement’ into their strategies and connect with broader government sustainability thrusts.
Dr Suzanne Benn and Professor Dean Forbes
How to gain management buy-in that there is a better way to run a business by moving from a shareholder single bottom line approach to an all encompassing stakeholder triple bottom line approach and on the flip side, why (if at all) management need to buy in.
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit Market Australia. Year: 2007
Andrew Beatty – Partner Environment and Environmental Markets Group Baker & McKenzie (Co-author of Corporate Responsibility A guide for company directors).
Dani Fraillon – Director, Mettle Group.
John Reid – Research Director, Opinion Leaders.
Managing tomorrow’s people
Market: UK, Year: 2007
This study, unlike many studies that have been undertaken to explore the future of society, the environment, business and even the workplace, focuses explicitly on the business context and the impact on people and work. The pace of change in the next decade will be even more fundamental. Therefore it is important to get ourselves ready to prepare for the future business environment. pwc_managing_tomorrow_people.pdf
Now that climate change is recognised as a major risk to business, how do you elevate from belief to action? In this panel discussion, we will talk about the challenges and benefits of improved environmental management including bio-remediation, carbon trading, systemic change etc.
Environment and community.
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit Market Australia. Year: 2007
Professor Dean Forbes – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Flinders University.
Peter David – Vice President Sales, EC3 Global.
Louise Hicks – Head of Planning, Environment and Local Government Law Practice DLA Phillips Fox.
Professor Dean Forbes
Peter David
Louise Hicks
So you have company support for a TBL approach. How do you elevate from belief in what’s right to action and get immediate results?
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit, Market Australia. Year: 2007
Scott Delzoppo – Fosters, Sustainability Manager.
Russell Workman – Manager Corporate Responsibility & HBOSA Foundation Corporate Affairs, HBOS Australia.
John Fisher – a former senior partner of PWC, now business mentor, strategist and owner of several companies including BRW 2007 Fast Starter – Box Built.
Scott Delzoppo
Russell Workman
John Fisher
Learn how all levels of Australian Government, business, all major Australian Universities, CRCs and the CSIRO are building a framework for establishing a Green Economy’ at Sydney Olympic Park.
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2006
Presentation by Con Lambous – Manager Environment Sydney Olympic Park Authority
This includes the creation of business clusters for:●      Sustainable design and development●      Government partnerships●      Research: CRC’s, Centres of Excellence & R&D

●      Sustainable business / industry

●      Education: primary, secondary, tertiary, vocational education and training

●      Ecotourism

The successful delivery of a ‘Green Economy’ at Sydney Olympic Park will see the precinct established as a national destination for sustainable industries, businesses, research institutions, environmental organisations and government agencies which share the same aspirations for innovation and creative thinking to realise a more sustainable future. a Green Economy’ at Sydney Olympic Park

The Sustainable Economy Dialogue: Report and Reflections
Cambridge University. Market: Global, Year: 2006
This Cambridge University Business and the Environment report discusses the economic world growth and debates if it has been smart or dumb growth. It discusses the difference between the growth in income and the growth in quality of life and overall economic realities.
Critical Choices. Could a journey into the future transform your organisation?
Tim Longhurst – Project Director – The Futures Foundation Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit.Year: 2005
Lessons from the past are not enough any more. Even learning from the present is often too late. It’s time to learn from the future – and quickly. There’s a growing corporate culture gap between organisations of the past, who were accustomed to making their own decisions behind closed doors and those of the future, who will share their decision-making with more and more stakeholders. Tim will help us explore the future so organisations can leap that corporate culture gap, turning the challenges of tomorrow.


CSR and SME’s.
David Grayson OBE, CBE – Director Business in the Community; Principal BLU; Director /strategic Rail Authority, Co-Founder Project North East (UK). Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005
Since December 2001 David has been the part-time Principal of the BLU – the world’s first, virtual corporate university for small business development professionals. The BLU has been established by the UK Government’s Small Business Service and the Business Link operators. David shares key learning’s around responsible business practices for all small to medium enterprises and companies that deal with small to medium enterprises. And, if you’d like to purchase books by David Grayson referred to in this video presentation Download the order form here.
Facing the Future – Business, Society and the Sustainable Development Challenge
Market: Global, Year: 2005
The articles in this publication address six key themes critical to facing the challenge of sustainable development, namely 1) Limits to growth, 2) Transformative leadership, 3) Adaptive technology, 4) Age of insecurity, 5) Whose rules?, and 6) Power of civil society. This publication includes a collection of insights from organisations involved in the Business & the Environment Programme and provides a host of encouraging pointers to the future. Their experience reflects the very real business benefits of sustainable development which we emphasise to our delegates. 
Global Case Study. How BT integrated CSR within the telecommunications industry globally.
Janet Blake – Head of Global CSR, British Telecom (UK), a global services division that concentrates on multi-site organisations which are headquartered in Europe but have global ICT and solutions requirements.
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005
Janet shares how CSR can improve marketplace performance using quantified evidence and examples from BT’s experience in both the consumer and business markets. She highlights the challenges of a fast-changing business and explain show to implement global CSR practices whilst maintaining the balance between local and global business needs. BT has some 102,000 people across 49 countries including 90,000 employees in the UK where BT is one of the largest employers.
The complexities of CSR in IT.
Janet Blake – Head of Global CSR – British Telecom (UK), a global services division that concentrates on multi-site organisations which are headquartered in Europe but have global ICT and solutions requirements. Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005
Janet Blake has responsibilities for a global services division that concentrates on multi-site organisations which are headquartered in Europe but have global ICT and solutions requirements Join Janet as she takes you through case studies and the complexities of CSR in IT. 2005_CSR_Summit_Day_3_04-Ecology_And_Environment_Janet_Blake.mp3
What is CSR and how do you apply it?
Dr. Leeora Black – MD Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility and James Chisolm – Director and Co-founder ExperiencePoint Inc (Canada).
Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005
With the assistance of Canadian developed ExperienceCSR (an award-winning e-learning business simulation that teaches participants to understand the five pillars of CSR), learn how to integrate CSR into strategic planning across an organisation and comprehend the skills and techniques for leading corporate cultural changes.
Dr Leeora Blacks Video presentation can be viewed here.
James Chisolms video presentation can be viewed here
Do your people have the know-how to make your company competitive and sustainable?World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Europe
Chronos is an e-learning tutorial on the business case for sustainable development. Developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the University of Cambridge Program for Industry, it is concise, interactive, motivational and easy to use. Society now expects business to be part of the solution to issues like poverty alleviation, environmental protection, health and security. And business leaders increasingly recognise that their company’s future success depends on how well they address these challenges. So it’s time to know if your people have the know-how to make your company competitive and sustainable. chronos-teaching_employees_about_sustainability.pdf
The Business Case for Sustainability
The Business Case for Sustainability is explained by Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of InterfaceFLOR. Interface’s bold vision “mission zero” is the company’s promise to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment, by the year 2020. At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional “take / make / waste” industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
Vision 2050
World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global
This report calls for a new agenda for business laying out a pathway to a world in which nine billion people can live well, and within the planet’s resources, by mid-century. It is a consensus piece that was compiled by 29 leading global companies from 14 industries and is the result of an 18 month long combined effort between CEOs and experts, and dialogues with more than 200 companies and external stakeholders in some 20 countries.