The summer vacation is over for many of us and it’s time to dress up in some kind of presentable mode again. The Greengoats are excited to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. It will be an exciting autumn!
The vacation has delivered quite a few goodies: a new Swedish strategy for a circular economy, a European hydrogen strategy and a new European Taxonomy, just to mention a few initiatives; tools we’ll need to achieve the global goals for economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development.
A lot has happened since 2015, when all UN member states adopted the 17 global sustainability targets, but back then, we agreed on them. Now, there are less than 4 000 days left until 2030 and we still have quite a lot left to achieve.
GDP is also up for debate, not just for the historic collapse. The debate is not new, but as the focus on sustainability increases, the issue gets hotter. It’s just a matter of fact that a system based on infinite growth works very poorly in a world with finite resources. It only works if you are interested in revenue only and don’t care about the costs in terms of well-being, environmental degradation and biological silliness. We’re beyond that however. A quick glance at the crystal ball is enough to realize that a revolution of thought is about to take off. Exciting!
Things are starting to happen, which is fantastic. This also means more to keep track of as a company. So, what to do? When it’s time to gather the team, we think there are two questions to ask:
- What are the sustainability rules and requirements for our company?
- What do we need to measure and report?
- What are the requirements from our owners?
- How does the Taxonomy affect us?
- Are there other non-financial directives on which we need to take a position?
- Are we perceived as we want to be perceived?
- Is the communication on our website consistent with our level of ambition and the work we do in sustainability? Customers and investors as well as potential employees will be looking for their information there.
- Are our employees on track? Do they know what’s going on? Keep in mind that they are your most important ambassadors.
Do you need help? Let us know! Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for all the trees.