Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Recycle Message from MASSCASH

Posted on: September 7th, 2010 by admin-kablooey No Comments

I just came back from a 3 conference with MASSCASH (part of the MASSMART group, South Africa’s largest retailer). They’re a client I’ve done work with for around 7 years now. I don’t spend a large amount of time with them during the year, and during the last few years have only been involved at their conference. Change is therefore easy to spot. And change they have. In many areas.

As part of the ‘conference pack’ I was given a notebook and pen. On first glance it looked just like any other book and pen. When I got home and inspected it a little more I noticed a short message on the back of the book. It made for a powerful read and reminder about recycling:

The cover and pages of this notepad are made from recycled paper and board.

By choosing recycled materials you are limiting your impact on the environment and helping to save our planet.

In the last 30 years production of domestic waste has increased by 60%, we can recycle 40% of this waste but only 8% is actually recycled… please help us increase this.

One tonne of recycled paper saves 1.3 tons of wood or the average person’s yearly power consumption + 2 months of water usage. By simply recycling 25 000 tonnes of paper we could produce an extra 15 billion pencils or save 15 000 hectares of forest.

One tonne of (recycled) plastic save 800kg of oil or saves the 12 months power consumption + 1 months water consumption for 2 adults! The plastic used in just one bottle could manufacture 1 scarf! The plastic used in 27 bottles could be used to manufacture 1 sweater!

Think about what you use… help save our environment!

PodCast Update – Nine Business reasons to go Green

Posted on: May 19th, 2010 by admin-kablooey No Comments

We’ve just added a new PodCast to the TomorrowToday feed.

Graeme Codrington discusses Nine Business Reasons to go Green for your organisation. Not only are we impacted by an environment that requires us to change our behaviour, but we have a younger workforce entering our businesses with a strong environmental focus.

If you’d like to listen to this audio track please click on the following:

2010 will be an important – but bad – year for green business

Posted on: January 4th, 2010 by Graeme Codrington 1 Comment

Cop15, the global conference in Copenhagen last year, produced about as much as anyone could have expected (a lot less than was hoped) – a fudged solution that requires much further discussion and negotiation. And in the UK, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (the renamed Carbon Reduction Commitment) initial deadline for creating baselines was pushed out a year to April 2011. It’s unlikely the USA will be able to get to a final cap and trade agreement into legislation during 2010 (the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 must still pass through the Senate). While China made positive noises before Cop15, it seems that they were really sticky in Copenhagen and were a big reason that the final agreement did not include any operational terms.

With all of these issues in mind, it seems clear that 2010 is likely to be a year of talks and discussions, but very little action. For companies involved in green industries this will be frustrating. Many of these companies are startups, gearing up for the expected demand in sustainability issues (technology, consulting, business processes, engineering, energy, and much more). But many of them won’t survive another year of waiting and delays in implementation and client demand. It seems likely they will have to.

Companies that are keen on implementing green strategies (for whatever reason) have probably started to do this already. Companies looking for an excuse to delay implementation, however, will have plenty of excuses in 2010. They’re likely to keep delaying. They’ll do so until they’re forced to change (and that’s the main reason I support emissions trading legislation!).

So, 2010 will not be a good year for those involved in the sustainability industry. But it is an important year nevertheless. It’s important to continue lobbying. It’s important to continue to search for the best solutions and the best processes that will not only produce the best outcomes, but will also be compelling for those who are not yet convinced that anything needs to be done. It’s an important year for science – more must be done to show the scientific evidence of climate change and the need for changes in our lifestyles. And it’s an important year for venture capitalists, who must try to separate out those startups that truly have something to offer from those that are just taking a chance on the bandwagon (remember the shakeup in the online IT industry just 10 years ago?).

TIDES of Change: the five trends disrupting business in the next 5 years

Posted on: December 3rd, 2009 by Graeme Codrington 9 Comments

Updated in May 2010

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As the world slowly emerges out of recession over the next few years, it will become increasingly clear that this was more than just an economic downturn. Disruptive forces are significantly reshaping the world of work. Some of these changes have been brewing for a decade or more – and now this recession has exacerbated their influence and speeded up their effects. Companies that have survived the downturn need to shift their focus to surviving the upturn. We are not ever going to “get back to normal” – a new normal is emerging for everyone, everywhere.

The most successful companies will be those that find ways to be strategically responsive. To do this, it is important that everyone – at every level of the organisation – has an understanding of the forces that will be shaping the next decade. Some key trends that were already vaguely evident a few years ago have now been catalysed by the downturn, and will fundamentally change the way we work, the rules of the game and the methods by which companies will gain and retain competitive advantage in their industries. When your people understand this, they can contribute meaningfully to your company’s success. You can develop these insights through regular analysis of your environment and strategic conversations throughout your organisation with all of your people. Their understanding will help them buy into your vision and strategies. And it is also essential for problem solving, creativity, innovation and the proactive identification of opportunities and threats in your industry and marketplace.

There are at least five key drivers of disruptive change that every organisation in every industry and sector needs to track. These are the T.I.D.E.S. of change. (It’s a corny acronym, I know, but hopefully it will help with both remembering the framework, as well as making it easy to use on a regular basis in team meetings and informal conversations throughout your organisation). Here then are the key drivers of disruptive change in the next decade, and some questions to ask yourself and your teams as you plan to respond to them:

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The James Martin 21st Century School – understanding the future

Posted on: November 19th, 2009 by Graeme Codrington No Comments

I am a huge fan of James Martin. Not the celebrity chef. Nor the inventor of the aircraft ejection seat. Nor any of the other famous James Martins. I am a huge fan of James Martin the futurist and author of one of the best books of all time, “The Meaning of the 21st Century” (see a previous post about the book here).

I recently discovered that a think tank “school” has been created at Oxford university, and named in his honour. It’s the James Martin 21st century school. It seems to be a fantastic institution. You can see an 8 minute video of the Dean of the school, ex-South African, Ian Goldin, speaking recently at TED. Follow the school at Twitter/21school.

The school’s aim is to tackle the toughest challenges of the 21st century, and provide input and resources for the Oxford university community on these issues (see the list below). They aim to formulate new concepts, policies and technologies that will make the future a better place to be. Very nice!

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