Now, more than ever, society is leaning on businesses to lead us through the climate and ecological crisis. At the same time the corporate world has never expressed more willingness to rise to this challenge. This offers cause for great optimism, but it also forces the recognition of a significant problem – corporate sustainability isn’t working and needs to dramatically change to solve the problems the world needs it to.
Corporate sustainability is not new, and yet we treat it as such. We treat it as a discipline and movement that is too novel to be critically appraised and too subjective to be measured against real-world outcomes. In reality, corporate sustainability is a quarter century old, and we have more than enough information to measure its success against the real and urgent boundaries of planetary sustainability.
Our new report, Enough – A review of corporate sustainability, in a world running out of time, represents just that, a critical review of the ability of corporate sustainability to rise to the challenge it has set itself – embodying the goal of Sustainable Development.