Posts con el tag ‘sustainability’

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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“Just a damn commie!”

By Pep Mària, Researcher at Institute for Social Innovation and Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences of ESADE

On the 7th of September there was a “Day of Reflection” on the mining industry inRome. The Day had been organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, whose president, Cardinal Peter Turkson, had wisely and carefully prepared the event with a group of collaborators. Participants were mainly CEOs and top executives of the main global mining companies, but also members of global NGOs, some of them linked to the Catholic Church (Caritas Internationalis and Misereor).

I was gently invited by Cardinal Turkson to prepare and participate in the Day. The climate of confidence was high, and consequently the discussions turned around deep and fundamental questions related to environmental sustainability and the welfare of workers and communities around the mines.

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