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Prosperity without growth?

Prosperity without growth

Date posted: 1 Apr 2009 - Category: report

Author: Prof Tim Jackson

Organisation: Sustainable Development Commission, UK

Description: Prosperity Without Growth? says that the current global recession should be the occasion to forge a new economic system equipped to avoid the shocks and negative impacts associated with our reliance on growth. Ahead of the G20 Summit in London, the report calls on leaders to adopt a 12-step plan to make the transition to a fair, sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalitythree stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallthree stars

Our comments:  Disappointed to be giving such a miserly rating for this report, since it covers an absolutely key area and SDC chair Jonathon Porritt's description of it as the organisation's "Magnus Opus" raised expectations. On the plus side, it brings together some key themes that show that emerging from the other side of the financial crisis to resume 'business as normal' is not an option. It is part of an essential debate that needs to take place. On the negative side, it has a lot of rhetoric and not much clarity. Such statements as those made about GDP as a target of policy were being made 20 years ago in the emerging 'new economics' movement. Surely we have moved forward further than the feeble '12 steps to a sustainable economy'. Would have benefited from 50 fewer pages and a 'so what?' chapter. But make no mistake that the themes outlined here will be ones that will come back to bite.

Tags: Environment, Climate change, Marketplace

Link to resource:  Prosperity without growth?

Telus: Leading the Canadian Telecommunications Sector in CSR

Date posted: 12 Mar 2009 - Category: case

Organisation: Interdepartmental Working Group on CSR

Description: "TELUS is considered a leader with respect to sustainability activities taken by North American telecom companies.8 It recognizes that those companies who can prove that they are providing open and timely financial and other information to shareholders and investors will have more of a chance to climb out of this economic downturn."

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightthree stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallfour stars

Our comments:  A detailed case study, hosted by the Canadian government. On the one hand, it has moments of frank acknowledgment of some of the challenges - particularly its discussion of the disconnection between commitment to CSR and the behaviour of the company's share price. On the other, it is all told from the corporate entity's perspective (Telus thinks this, Telus does that) and its length is about covering all the different aspects of the agenda, rather than providing great depth on one. A case study needs to give more than you would find anyway in the CSR report.

Tags: Environment, Philanthropy, Workplace

Link to resource:  Telus: Leading the Canadian Telecommunications Sector in CSR

Sustainable consumption - Facts and Trends From a business perspective

Sustainable Consumption - WBCSD

Date posted: 18 Feb 2009 - Category: report

Organisation: World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Description: This document takes stock of recent developments and trends in global consumption patterns. It presents an overview of documented facts and trends on the relationship between business activities, consumer behavior, and environmental and social challenges.

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalityfive stars
Credibilityfive stars
Overallfive stars

Our comments:  This is a well-written and compelling account of how product issues have become central to understanding the sustainability of companies

Tags: Environment, Customer issues

Link to resource:  Sustainable consumption - Facts and Trends From a business perspective

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