Business is engaged; global trends and stakeholder demands have seen to that. Energy pricing and security, natural resource pressures, population growth, lifestyle changes, and consumer preferences are compelling companies to act. Even those who are following the global climate change debate from afar understand that their key stakeholders are already focused on these issues and the need to capitalize on them.
As a result, there is a new clarion call for executives: leverage sustainability as a strategic lens on business operations – to enhance processes, grow revenue, manage risk, strengthen reporting, optimize costs, and spur innovation.
Successful, well led businesses and organisations are increasingly focusing on sustainability as a way to secure their long term future. This can provide opportunities as well as helping ensure we preserve precious environmental assets. The central challenge of our age – decoupling human progress from resource use and environmental decline – can also be one of the biggest sources of future success for business.