Beyond the Perfect Storm: The Corporate Sustainability Challenge
Transforming the world to sustainability requires organisational leadership, skilled professionals and a desire for change. Concerns that were once viewed as distant and risks that were uncertain are now increasingly having an impact on businesses, economic prosperity and communities, health and wellbeing. Climate change, population growth, threats to nature, resource concerns, and global development pressures all combine to herald a ‘perfect storm'.
Sustainable development is the goal many businesses and governments are working towards. Innovating and resolving the sustainability challenge, rather than balancing and trading off impacts between environmental, social or economic conditions, is essential. Sustainability and environment professionals are central to this agenda.
Some companies are collaborating, innovating and engaging with stakeholders across their value chains on sustainability. Leading organisations are renewing and rebuilding their business models and opening doors for change locally and across continents.
In Preparing for the Perfect Storm, published in 2014, IEMA outlined the key environmental risks and challenges affecting businesses and the role of skilled environment and sustainability professionals in helping organisations to adapt. Beyond the Perfect Storm updates these risks, opportunities and dependencies, providing a vision of corporate sustainability and a review of practitioner insights on the challenge of transforming organisations for sustainable development.