Is Environmental Sustainability Unsustainable?

Sustainable development is about “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” So said Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway. Until the 1980s, business leaders used the word sustainability to mean a company’s ability to increase its earnings, steadily through time. It wasn’t until 1987 and the UN Brundtland Report …

Better Business Podcast: Adam Garfunkel

Accountability. Performance. Transparency. Three fundamental tenets of responsible business and, it turns out, three ideas that have framed the career of Junxion’s London MD, Adam Garfunkel. Adam was chatting with Tom Idle for issue 20 of the Better Business podcast and setting out the ideas behind the B Corporation movement. B Corps are companies that are committed to using business as a …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Mary Waldner

Mary Waldner had been sick most of her life without knowing why. When she was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1994, it was a life-changing relief—and was soon to be the ‘aha moment’ that sparked an entrepreneurial journey. “I developed a cracker recipe for myself so that I could have something to eat, especially when going out. And then …

Nordea | Growing the Social Role of Financial Services

It’s always a good idea, although sometimes difficult, to have something interesting to say when you launch your latest sustainability report. Our client Nordea Bank didn’t settle for “interesting”—they raised the bar to “inspiring” levels by launching an ambitious sustainability strategy with their 2015 sustainability report. Nordea is the Nordic region’s largest bank with over 10 million customers. They hold leading …

Social Venture Institute Impact Bio: Sonia Strobel

Sonia Strobel’s father-in-law, Otto Strobel, has been fishing the British Columbia coast since the 1960s. He’s seen the number of independent fishing vessels like his reduced to a skeleton fleet. Sonia and her husband Shaun started Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF) to make it possible for Otto and a few of the hold-out independents to continue fishing. Skipper Otto’s …