Keeping consumers and voters happy while dealing with climate change

Tuesday, February 13th, 2019

Meaningful responses to climate change require social change, but can we take the measures needed and still keep voters happy? In this blog, Charles Seaford is introducing some numbers to help exploring the dimensions of a politically feasible sustainability.


There is an absolutely central question about sustainability which is often avoided: can we take the measures...

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How to put wellbeing at the heart of the workplace

Monday, January 21th, 2019

This post was originally published by Karen Jeffrey on the New Economics Foundation blog.

What does it mean for an organisation to be doing well? Can its success be judged purely in terms of profit or is there more to it than that? Perhaps organisations should be judged according to the impact they have on society as well as on their bottom line.

Social impact takes many...

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Does altruism have a place in modern economics?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
Where do kindness and altruism come from? Nature or nurture, culture or evolution?

These are the questions that George Price sought to answer, and in the process became one of the most respected evolutionary biologists of the 20th century. I’ve been reading about Price and his life story in a compelling book, part biography, part scientific history by Oren Harman: The...

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Shock Horror! Tories and Lib Dems Don’t Agree about the Economy

Friday, January 9th, 2019

by Jonathon Porritt

I can’t deny that it’s highly entertaining watching the Coalition Government energetically tearing itself to pieces over the future of the economy. You’ve just got to laugh out loud at the wounded indignation of Danny Alexander suddenly waking up to the fact that his ‘close colleague’ at the Treasury, namely George Osborne, is driven primarily...

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Transitioning to An Economy That Works: Defining and measuring success

Monday, January 5th, 2019

by Toby Roxburgh

It is widely recognised that transitioning to a sustainable economy is necessary. Mounting evidence also shows that it will also strengthen UK Plc – promoting competitiveness and stimulating new investment, innovation and job creation. For example, a recent report by Cambridge Econometrics (commissioned by WWF-UK) showed that meeting decarbonisation targets...

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Chaos and ‘An Economy That Works’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2018

by Arlo Brady

I’ve never been a huge fan of the butterfly effect. The idea that small changes have big effects – like the eponymous fluttering of distant butterfly wings creating the appearance of a hurricane weeks later – can, I have always felt, lead to rather pessimistic thoughts. At its worst, blaming momentous events on a butterfly lets us abrogate our responsibility...

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Slaying the ghosts of Christmas past

Tuesday, December 9th, 2018

 by David Powell

Big business setting out a vision for a green and fair economy? What the Dickens?

Whoop! It’s nearly Christmas, and that means I get to watch Scrooged.

Apart from being ace, Scrooged is also just about the only big Hollywood film I could think of* in which a big rich businessman is a central character and isn’t the bad guy**.

Big business, and the...

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Seeing the big picture will rescue our economy, society and environment

Tuesday, December 9th, 2018

by Sir Ian Cheshire – Published today in the Independent

It comes naturally to most CEOs to optimise company performance and target new percentage points of growth each year. But it’s also important to scan the horizon if you want to thrive and survive in a rapidly changing world.

In retail, we have witnessed the seismic impact of the internet on consumer behaviour where...

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Transformational economics: understanding natural capital

Monday, December 8th, 2018

by Paul Dickinson

The success and survival of every business is dependent on the Earth’s natural assets: fresh water, fertile soil, clean air, nutritious plants, fish and animals. Many of these resources are finite and yet our economic activity, which has advanced in scale and pace since the industrial revolution, is consuming, depleting or degrading our precious natural...

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An Economy That Works

Friday, December 5th, 2018

by Mike Barry, Director of Plan A, M&S

We launched our Sustainability Programme, Plan A in 2007. One of its consistent strengths has been its breadth. Its willingness to tackle all social and environmental issues and not ‘cherry pick’ a few. The other has been its focus on integration, ensuring that sustainability is not the preserve of the few in the centre of the...

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