The Fortune Change the World list – my view

I am back from holiday and had a closer look at the Fortune 2016 Change the World List I did a quick blog post about last week.

Well I intended to take a closer look to be honest. But once I spend a minute on the website and looked for more details I quickly realized that are none. Very irritating I have to say.

Where is the real content of this list? Yes there is this methodology. But not much really. Click the image to see it in detail.

Forbes Change the world list method

Too me this is very strange. Why publish a fancy list with all sorts of social media engagement with not much to offer?

I do not want to sound overly negative but I expected a bit more depth to be frank. And I am just looking for meaningful content that I can use to write about. But this is not it!

If you have a better idea about this list please let me know. All feedback appreciated.

News review: Sustainability leadership, supply chain trends and Sustainability risk

Tuesday, 23.08.2016 Sustainability / CSR news review.

All articles have been sourced from my RSS feed or Twitter. This list does not represent any kind of endorsement of the websites or companies. It is simply a list of Sustainability / CSR news I came across and found of interest to share.Sustainability CSR News

  1. Food Supply Chain Ethics Increasingly Important to UK Consumers, Studies Find: Good article based on 2 recent surveys including research from Globescan that UK consumers are increasingly demanding more ethics in food sustainability supply chains
  2. Sustainability leadership amid fear and pressure: Part 1 of a 3 part series about the challenges for a Sustainability professional working amid fear and pressure.
  3. 5 Reasons Executives Fail to Engage Students: Not directly Sustainability but also useful reading about some possible reasons why executives fail to engage students. I am adding this here in the list this problem might also be an issue with sustainability focused executives and their challenges to communicate sustainability properly.
  4. 6 trends in supply chain sustainability: Article on the EY report, The state of sustainable supply chains: Building responsible and resilient supply chains published not so long ago.
  5. To Price Sustainability Risk, You Need an Industry View: And interesting financial perspective on the topic of Sustainability disclosure and how much is needed.

More Sustainability / CSR news tomorrow. If you have any news you would like to have considered for the daily Sustainability / CSR news review feel free to get in touch via my contact form.

Picture Credit: manoftaste-de

Merger Tesla With SolarCity and why it can be a revolution

You might think of Elon Musk what you like but one thing is clear. He mixes up the automotive and solar businesses like never before.

I recently read this article about the merger of Solarcity and Tesla in the US.: Why Elon Musk’s Plan To Merge Tesla With SolarCity Will Probably Work. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has come under huge pressure to explain himself about why this is good for Tesla.

solar matrixMy key learning from this article really is simple but also powerful:

If we want to change the world we need to be team players but at the same time also try and be different in the way we think of the now and the future.

And just imagine what Elon Musk is trying to achieve here: With the merger of Solarcity and Tesla he can actually change the whole way we use solar energy for us as consumers – if he is successful with this merger that is.

If he is not Tesla/ Solarcity will go bust. But that is a risk he is willing to take it seems.

Can this merger be the initiation of a revolution in the solar and related markets? 

100% yes. I am living in Europe and will not directly be affected by this merger as it is a US only merger. But if it all works out we will most likely see more mergers like this to create a whole new customer base for the solar and home appliances market. And who knows maybe other sustainability related products will have similar cross-functional mergers in the future. It would definitely help to reignite the global Sustainability discussion.

So thank you Elon musk for stirring up the Automotive and Solar market. In my view we need more people like you to change the world for the better!

Picture Credit: clearlyambiguous

News review: Sustainable Development Goals, Greenwashing and embedding Sustainability

Here are a few Sustainability / CSR newslinks to get your Monday going.

I will try to post daily Sustainability / CSR news here when I come across them. So make sure you are subscribing the blog (Email or RSS – links are in the sidebar):

  1. To Make Real Progress On The SDGs, We Need More Collaboration and Communication via Huffington Post Impact
  2. The troubling evolution of corporate greenwashing via Guardian Sustainable Biz
  3. 7 Steps Leading Corporations are Implementing to Achieve Resilient Supply Chains via Julie Urlaub
  4. The Journey to Embedded Sustainability: International Paper via TriplePundit
  5. Video: The Business Case for Sustainability with Andrew S Winston.

More posts to follow in a bit. So stay tuned.

Increased early childhood development for higher sustainable awareness?

I am the proud father of a 4 year old daughter and enjoy every minute of it.

Once she is older I will be trying to make her aware of Sustainability related topics as much as possible. But  this will be tough in a busy world like today with all sorts of influences bombarding our children so early on in life.

Today I came across an interesting article on the topic of early childhood development investing by philanthropists.

This is the article: Meet The Billionaire Philanthropist Placing Big Bets On Early Childhood Development

It is an interesting article with many useful details on how important the first 5 years of a children’s life for an optimal development are.

Sustainability awareness in early childhood development

If this is so important, to what degree should we try to include Sustainability  topics in this early childhood development phase? And if we do, should this be done with government supervision or mainly be privately funded?

I am a big of a combination of both. In my view the government plays a huge part in initiating a change in early childhood development across the educational systems in the future but privately funded initiatives by philanthropic donors willing to invest in social change are the key to the future.

Our sustainable future in the end totally depends on our children continuing the work we have been doing over the past decades. And hopefully they will have more success to steer it in a direction that has sustainability included into everything we do. And I am sure early childhood development is a part of making our world a more sustainable place if we have more philanthropists willing to help us out giving our children the best start in life they can get.