Business has a key role to play in addressing climate change

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Charles Wookey, Blueprint CEO 

As the last week of protests by Extinction Rebellion (XR), the recent schools strikes and the hard hitting messages delivered by Greta Thunberg to MPs this week have highlighted, the world faces a catastrophic threat from unchecked climate change. Public scrutiny, and the challenge provided by informed citizenship, is a vital way in which society can hold business, and governments, to account to meet their responsibility to protect the natural world and conserve finite resources.

All businesses need to take urgent action to address the environmental challenges we all face. We welcome the decision by 24 UK business leaders to voice their support for the XR wider agenda in their letter to the Times and their new project XR Business. It is important that the CBI has voiced its support as well. Going forward, it is essential that a broad movement develops around engaging with the business community, with businesses actively taking part in initiating change and calling on their peers to do likewise. Every leader who makes a statement has the potential to inspire more to feel able to join them.

Many businesses support and are committed to playing a role in delivering the transformation XR are asking for, but in many cases much of this effort is limited to better reporting and taking action to manage financial or reputational risk. This is important but there is much more businesses can do by acting quickly and decisively to move beyond minimising harm to actively seeking to have a more positive impact. They need to innovate – for example creating more products and services which encourage and enable their customers to make their own commitments to contributing to a sustainable future.

For more on Blueprint perspective read our earlier blog Calls for climate action from across society

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Calls for climate action from across society

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Amelia Watts, Blueprint

At Blueprint, we believe that every step towards climate action is something that should be recognised. There has been a huge surge in citizen activism – notably the school strikes across the world – and the last few days have seen a flood of activity around the challenge that climate change presents to society.

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Discussing Fairness in Business

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Charles Wookey – Speaking at the RSA – 5th March 2019

For more on this topic download A Blueprint For Better Business’s paper Fairness in Business.

You can also watch the event in full here and listen to it as a podcast.

Thank you, Matthew and the RSA team for collaborating with us to hold this event this evening and to the panel.

Who is us? A Blueprint for Better Business is a charity focussed on helping build a better society through better business.

Along with many others, we believe that there is now an urgent need to move from an economic system optimised for growth and profit to one optimised for human well-being and a sustainable ecosystem.

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Paper: Fairness in business

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On March 5th A Blueprint For Better Business hosted a panel discussion on How Not To Run An Unfair Business in partnership with the RSA to explore what fairness in business is, why it matters and how business leaders can challenge themselves to go further on fairness.

You can watch the event in full here and listen to it as a podcast.

If you would like to explore this topic in more depth, you can download A Blueprint For Better Business’s paper Fairness in Business

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