How Sustainability Consultants Help Business John Elkington is a business sustainability consultant, who is an expert in corporate social responsibility policies and practice. He discusses his work as a sustainable business strategist for Shell, Ford and Monsanto. He has helped shape their CSR reporting agendas on areas from GM food to the oil industry.
Running time: 410 seconds
How Feed-In Tariffs for Renewable Energy Pay Off Jeremy Leggett says businesses should use feed-in tariffs offered by governments to promote investment in renewable energy, such as solar rebates for solar energy. Even without feed-in tariffs, investing in solar energy can cut energy costs and provide an annual return of 3 or 4% for your business.
Running time: 199 seconds
What Happens If We Run Out of Oil Jeremy Leggett sets out what will happen if we run out of oil or run out of fossil fuels. If the world oil reserves run out, it would cause a global oil crash which would severely affect business and life as we now know it. However, peak oil could lead to a revolution in green technology.
Running time: 165 seconds
John Elkington on Corporate Social Responsibility What is corporate social responsibility? John Elkington is an expert in corporate social responsibility and sustainability in business, who coined the term ‘triple bottom line’. He has worked for companies such as Monsanto and Shell. He discusses progress towards corporate environmental sustainability, CSR reporting and other green business.
Running time: 661 seconds
John Elkington's Triple Bottom Line John Elkington explains what the ‘triple bottom line’ is and how he coined the term. Elkington is an expert in corporate social responsibility and sustainable business strategies who has worked for companies such as Monsanto and Shell.
Running time: 673 seconds
John Elkington on the New Green Economy John Elkington believes that social and environmental problems could cause a global economic crisis. Mainstream corporations are now looking to social entrepreneurs for business ideas that mitigate these risks and leverage market opportunities. This contributes to a green, sustainable economy.
Running time: 522 seconds
What Peak Oil Means Professor Heinberg explains what ‘peak oil’ means. The theory of peak oil started with M. King Hubbert, who said that global oil production would decline. Predictions for when global oil reserves will run out vary but there is general consensus on oil depletion.
Running time: 246 seconds
Sustainable Business Strategies and CSR Karl-Henrik Robert draws upon his sustainable business experience and describes how corporations can embrace sustainability while also improving bottom-line performance. He explains business strategies for improved sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Running time: 286 seconds
The Profit Aspect of Sustainable Businesses Dr Karl-Henrik Robert, founder of the Natural Step, discusses what the Natural Step approach is and how it helps business be more sustainable and profitable. In an increasingly unsustainable world, sustainable business strategies will help business to avoid future costs and seize profit opportunities.
Running time: 312 seconds
Being a Business Woman in the 21st Century Lynne Franks discusses the role of women in 21st-century society and workplace. Women, she says, often have to adapt to a male work environment. Progressive businesses are increasingly redesigning their physical and cultural environments to better integrate feminine or feminist principles and values.
Running time: 396 seconds
Survival of the Fittest Theory in Business Dr. Mae-Wan Ho discusses how the Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection has been misappropriated by business leaders and economists. The notion of 'survival of the fittest,' coined by Herbert Spencer to describe the process of natural evolution, has been mistakenly applied to corporate culture, business and neo-liberal economics.
Running time: 292 seconds
The Problem with the Study of Economics Manfred Max-Neef believes that the problem with economics is that modern economics is taught in isolation from other schools of economic thought. Economics calls itself a 'value-free science'. Max-Neef believes that economics must consider the economic reality of human poverty.
Running time: 343 seconds
How Investment Law Can Be Made Sustainable Marie-Claire Segger discusses socially responsible investing. She says we can improve the investment climate by ensuring investment law supports sustainable development. By linking global agreements on environmental problems, solutions and technologies to investment mechanisms, we can support delivery of global treaties while providing a fair return to investors.
Running time: 319 seconds
How Global Trade Laws Work Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger talks about how global trade, free trade and trade laws work. She says global trade is unfair and is controlled by a handful of rich countries and multinational corporations. Global trade laws must change to become more fair and sustainable.
Running time: 301 seconds
How to Make Money Through Socially Responsible Investing Peter Head, director at Arup, discusses opportunities for socially responsible investing. He believes the best sustainable investments will come from projects that integrate together investments in green technology, such as combining water efficiency and energy efficiency, in order to achieve a greater return.
Running time: 79 seconds
How Peak Oil Will Affect the Economy Economist Richard Douthwaite discusses the impact of peak oil on the world economy. Our current economic model requires sustained growth based on cheap fossil fuels; oil depletion, rising oil prices and climate change will cause a global economic crisis.
Running time: 429 seconds
Richard Douthwaite on the Economy of Debt Economist Richard Douthwaite explains that our current economic system relies on debt for money supply. This means that our economic model requires constant economic growth. He goes on to imagine what happen in a sustainable economic system.
Running time: 362 seconds
Ways to Deal with Global Oil Scarcity We need to find ways to deal with oil scarcity, Professor Heinberg. Peak oil is more than an economic risk. We must control reduction in global oil supply and consumption. This would reduce the likelihood of oil wars and help stabilize oil prices.
Running time: 218 seconds
Relocalizing Our Economies Professor Heinberg says that we need to rebuild local and sustainable economies in order to live without cheap fossil fuels. He looks at how Cuba coped with the energy crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Running time: 288 seconds
Peak oil and Global Warming Professor Heinberg discusses the links between peak oil and global warming. We need to reduce our use of fossil fuels to prevent climate change. This would reduce the risk of oil wars and help stabilize oil prices as the global economy transitions to renewable energy.
Running time: 209 seconds
Why local Economy Is Better Than Global Economy Local economies are good for us, says Professor Heinberg. Globalization and the global economy rely on cheap oil but oil reserves are declining. Localizing economies will have benefits for communities and sustainability.
Running time: 336 seconds
Richard Heinberg on the Effects of Peak Oil Professor Heinberg explains the effects of ‘peak oil’. The theory of peak oil says that global oil production is in decline. Because our economies rely so heavily on cheap oil, global oil depletion will affect everything from transport to housing to food supply.
Running time: 387 seconds
The Limits of Modern Economics Stephen Marglin believes we must see the limits of mainstream economics. He says that we should start to rethink assumptions behind modern economic thought, and work to create a new economics based on the needs of community.
Running time: 168 seconds
Takashi Kiuchi on Sustainable Economics Takashi Kiuchi believes that we need a new system of sustainable economics, what he calls Natural Economics, an economics in tune with the environment. Business and economic activity needs to become sustainable and green. It should focus on renewable energy and natural resources.
Running time: 182 seconds