Takashi Kiuchi on the Faults with Modern Economics Takashi Kiuchi believes that aspects of modern economics are outmoded. The Keynesian economic model is one example, with its emphasis on maximizing demand in order to secure full employment. Gross domestic product (GDP) as the key measure of economic progress is another.
Running time: 269 seconds
The Evolution of Socially Responsible Investing Tessa Tennant looks at the evolution of socially responsible investing (SRI). In Europe, SRI focuses on clean energy and recycling. In Japan, ethical investment involves corporate social responsibility. Recent developments include socially responsible investment funds in China and sharia investment in the Middle East.
Running time: 280 seconds
The Growth of Socially Responsible Investment Tessa Tennant recognizes the massive growth in socially responsible investing, or SRI. Ethical investment funds are now common worldwide. However, she warns that the social responsible investment industry must continue to push forward the leading edge in ethical investing or risk remaining a marginal movement.
Running time: 288 seconds
Why Tax Should Fund Development Colman discusses how tax can help fund development. Taxation can be used as a means to finance efforts to reduce global poverty. In his view, all countries must increase their aid budgets and provide more foreign aid to help fund development.
Running time: 165 seconds
The Case for Taxing Currency Trading Tony Colman says a tax on currency trading could generate a global fund to help fight climate change. He defines the Tobin Tax. Named after James Tobin, a very small tax on worldwide currency transactions could be easily administered by a global body such as the United Nations.
Running time: 275 seconds
Ending World Reliance on Fossil Fuels We’re ending our reliance on fossil fuel, says Jeremy Leggett. Oil prices are increasing, alternative energy costs decreasing. In 2009, over 60% of new electric generating capacity in Europe was from renewable energy sources, such as solar energy and wind energy. The threat of peak oil means a huge growth in investment in green technologies.
Running time: 119 seconds
Incentives for Businesses to Invest in Renewable Energy Jeremy Leggett makes the business case for investment in renewable energy. Whether as part of CSR reporting or a carbon management program, feed-in tariffs mean businesses using renewable energy such as solar energy can generate revenue and cut energy costs.
Running time: 99 seconds
What Industry Can Learn from Nature Janine Benyus believes that biologists have much to teach green designers. Biomimicry requires knowledge of biology, zoology and ecology. Sustainable design, engineering and technology need more biologists to come to the design table.
Running time: 187 seconds
How Natural Capitalism Helps Companies Dr Amory Lovins worked on making more efficient cars. For example, using carbon-fiber materials means that the weight of an average car can be cut in half. Add a hybrid petrol-electric engine or fuel cell engine and you have more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly cars that use less oil and create less pollution.
Running time: 307 seconds
How Businesses Can Regain Consumer Trust Businesses can engage with green issues through good media and marketing skills. Green marketing and communications can help companies innovate or inspire a change in behavior.
Running time: 44 seconds
Greenwash vs. Having Good CSR Dorothy Mackenzie says that companies can rebuild consumer trust if they are open and transparent. To build consumer trust, company communication and marketing must be clear and accurate. Business marketing strategies should focus on collaborative dialogue with consumers.
Running time: 79 seconds
Dorothy Mackenzie on Economic Growth and Sustainability Dorothy Mackenzie believes that greenwash will soon be a thing of the past. Consumers are highly skeptical and critical of what they perceive as greenwash. As a result, companies are realizing that their CSR policies are judged by their effectiveness, not by their messaging.
Running time: 103 seconds
The Importance of Communicating CSR Investments Dorothy Mackenzie talks about regulation in the context of greenwash damaging consumer trust. Regulation, whether by government or by the industry itself, can create an environment where eco-friendly businesses can communicate sustainable business practice without being accused of greenwash.
Running time: 91 seconds
Why Marketers Should Promote Green Business Many companies are investing time and money in corporate social responsibility policy and sustainable business strategies, says Dorothy Mackenzie. In order to maximize your investment in CSR, genuinely green, eco-friendly businesses need to properly communicate CSR policies.
Running time: 71 seconds
Environmental Sustainability and Economic Growth Dr Ashok Khosla thinks that we can make society better through green technology and localization. Biotechnology - technology that mimics nature - would help reduce our ecological footprint and environmental impact. Localized production systems means reduced transport better local economies.
Running time: 133 seconds
Dr Ashok Khosla on Fundamental Problems in Economics Dr Ashok Khosla discusses environmental sustainability and economic growth. To be sustainable, development must factor in well-being, fulfillment and personal happiness. We must move to a needs-based economy that works within our natural limits.
Running time: 263 seconds
When Deregulation Is Bad for Business Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, argues that we must return to sustainable methods of food production and farming even if food commodity prices rise. Cheap meat from factory farms comes at great cost to the consumer in terms of health and environmental damage.
Running time: 132 seconds
The Most Eco Friendly Countries in the World Frances Moore Lappe explains what ‘Living Democracy’ is and how it works. In her definition, Living Democracy involves communities and individuals in taking responsibility for solving the problems that face them.
Running time: 207 seconds
The Struggle of African Economies Gil Friend, leading expert in sustainable business development, says the US lags behind Europe in creating eco-friendly business strategies. Japan has shown leadership in CSR reporting. In China, we have seen economic growth at huge cost to the environment, but also sustainable cities and industry.
Running time: 264 seconds
Economic growth and Environmental Sustainability Achim Steiner believes that global economic growth needs environmental sustainability. Simply put, environmental sustainability, encompassing better use of resources, less fossil fuel use, lower ecological footprints, and green technologies - is a pre-condition for long-term economic development.
Running time: 86 seconds
How Business and Markets Can Make Better Use of Resources Depletion of the world’s resources, as in water scarcity, means that resource efficiency and better use of resources is critical for continued economic growth and development. Achim Steiner illustrates ways in which the market and business can contribute to better use of resources.
Running time: 154 seconds
How Climate Change Affects the Way We Do Business Achim Steiner argues that the impact of climate change on business is to merge business interests with diverse environmental and sustainability issues. Business strategies are now emerging around issues such as energy security, biodiversity, conservation, food, water and waste.
Running time: 261 seconds
The Role of Financial Markets in Environment Protection Adam Davis believes that financial markets have a role to play in protecting the environment. Sustainability cannot be achieved through government regulation or philanthropy. Sustainability will rely on engaging the markets and the power of finance. The provision of financial incentives is essential for success.
Running time: 288 seconds
Adam Davis on the Definition of Sustainable Business Adam Davis gives his definition of sustainable business. To be sustainable, business must have good corporate social responsibility policies and work in ethical and eco-friendly ways. It requires business to actively help the environment and reduce their ecological footprint.
Running time: 285 seconds