It is no longer good enough to play on the side-lines, businesses around the world need to take a stand on sustainability and lead by example.
Businesses need to question their purpose, connect with the world, the needs of society and our common humanity. They need to act, rather than react.
In South Africa, we are beginning to see the impact of business purpose informing business strategy. Netcare was, for instance, recently recognised internationally for its environmental sustainability programmes, winning four Climate Champion Awards in the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge.
Likewise, Woolworths Good Business Journey is another world-class example. The group's approach to sourcing sustainable seafood is just one initiative in a multi-faceted strategy that commits Woolworths, by 2020, to selling only seafood that is World Wide Fund for Nature-SA Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI) green-listed; caught from Marine Stewardship Council-certified fisheries; farmed by Aquaculture Stewardship Council-certified fisheries, or sourced from credible fisheries improvement projects.
The automotive industry has also been disrupted with investments in electric car and more environmentally sustainable manufacturing plant.
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