Posts con el tag ‘sustainability’

Collaborative governance and sustainable rivers

Today more than ever, sustainable natural resource management is a societal challenge of dramatic importance. Among those resources, freshwater stands out as particularly vital, irreplaceable and complex. Climate change, increased demographic and economic pressures are expected to increase the demand for freshwater, while restraining the quantity and quality of this resource. Our societies are going to have to learn to do more with less in terms of water management, and business-as-usual solutions won’t make up for it. Looking at the urgency and magnitude of the threats resource systems are facing, scientists are calling for disruptive changes.

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How citizens, companies and entrepreneurs are transforming Europe towards sustainability

Sonia Ruiz (@soniaruizmas), sustainability consultant and researcher at ESADE Institute of Social Innovation. Co- author of the book “Innovating in search of Sustainability: Citizens, Companies and Entrepreneurs”

According to the latest predictions, by 2030 the planet will be short of the resources required to power an economy that will have two billion more consumers. Poverty, food insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and environmental degradation are some of the significant global challenges facing the world today. How are companies and entrepreneurs innovating to face those challenges, while building a more sustainable Europe has been key question behind the European research project EU InnovatE and the main motivation behind the publication of this new ESADE study. Read the rest of this entry »

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EU Innovate: How Citizens, Companies and Entrepreneurs are shaping a more Sustainable Europe

Sonia Ruiz, (@soniaruizmas) Researcher and Collaborator, Institute of Social Innovation, Founder at NOIMA Meaningful Communications

Those were two of the key questions behind the European funded research project EU InnovatE: Sustainable Lifestyles 2.0: End User Integration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which has gathered researchers, sociologists economists and sustainability experts from fourteen leading academic institutions and think tanks from all over Europe. The main goals of the project have been, on the one side: to make end users, companies and policy-makers aware of their active roles in sustainability innovation and entrepreneurship (by creating institutions, organizations and opportunities) within a European context; and, on the other: to demonstrate the scale of opportunity for entrepreneurs to create wealth, jobs and well-being within the context of Europe’s transition to sustainable lifestyles and green economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Advocacy and divestment: the power to hold business to account

Katinka C. van Cranenburgh, secretary general of the International Interfaith Investment Group and researcher at ESADE’s Institute for Social Innovation.

When the Quaker based Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (UK) decided to divest from Reed Elsevier after having tried to convince the company to sell its arms fairs division, it couldn’t have imagined that its action would have such a significant impact.

The Quaker-based trust’s decision became not an end of the two-year shareholder engagement process but the tipping point. While all the letter writing and C-level meetings did not change the company’s standpoint that its business was legal, publicised divestment resulted in the public opinion turning against the company, and made Reed Elsevier switch from focusing on a strictly legal approach to more of a stakeholder approach.

While an exit – a shareholder selling all the shares in the company – might be perceived as an end to the engagement process with the management of the company, it seems that threatening divestment, or divesting itself, actually forms part of an ongoing process for socially engaged shareholders. Investors concerned about the social and environmental impact of companies are increasingly choosing to use voice – or advocacy – over exit as a strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

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