Posts made in December, 2012

What does it take to be a Chief Sustainability Officer?

“The great sustainability challenge is this: how can 9bn people have a good quality of life on our planet by 2050?” commented Gwyn Jones of the Global Association of Corporate Responsibility Officers (GACSO) to a packed room of sustainability professionals at Oxford’s Jam Factory. With rapid urbanisation and social mobility set to trigger ever-increasing levels of consumption, business will be under pressure like never before to ensure these increasing demands on Earth’s resources are met responsibly. As the most powerful force on the planet, companies must channel their energy into a...

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Catalysing collaborative change within cotton supply chains

Katharine Earley speaks to Rosanne Gray about CottonConnect’s role in catalysing positive change within cotton supply chains, creating economic opportunities for global brands and smallholder farmers, and the business benefits of sourcing more sustainable cotton. ‘More sustainable cotton’, encompassing Fairtrade and organic cotton, represents less than 2% of the world’s fibre. The great majority of cotton is still cultivated conventionally, using 16% of the world’s pesticides and consuming colossal amounts of water – it can take up to 2,600 litres of water to produce one...

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