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Sustainable mindset key to long-term biz success

Sustainable mindset key to long-term biz success

Getting to grips with sustainability in the business world can be overwhelming. Where do you start – and how do you show that sustainability really means something and isn’t just a buzzword to mask old-fashioned attitudes? Alice Chapple, co-convenor of CISL’s Sustainable Finance online short course, accepts this is a tough path for businesses to follow.

“We can’t do business on a dying planet – which will happen if we don’t ensure a rapid transition to a net zero economy,” says Zoë Arden, a Fellow at CISL. “That makes the context in which we are operating very real to business leaders.”

“It is critical to be honest that this isn’t easy and will require a significant shift from business as usual,” she observes. “For the finance sector, a shift towards ESG [Environmental, Social and Governance] goals within the same profit-maximizing construct will not deliver sustainable outcomes. A message that all will be winners from the move towards a sustainable economy does not properly recognize the fact that the transition will be challenging and painful for many organizations and individuals.”

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

How did sustainability start for Tony’s? Our sustainability journey can be traced back to 2002, when we began sourcing Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown coffee. Since then, we moved to 100% green power, doubled our roasting efficiency, offset our roastery’s carbon footprint, and continue to support causes that we care about. Our commitment to sourcing…

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Aslan Brewing Company, a member of Sustainable Connections, is based in Bellingham, WA and was founded in 2012. From the beginning, every decision the Aslan founders made was through the lens of sustainability. When Aslan opened its brewpub doors in May of 2014, team members focused on crafting world-class beer with local ingredients and low-impact…

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Buckminster Fuller once said, “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” Colleen Unema combined her educator mindset with a…

California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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