The business risks in ignoring the ‘Triple Bottom Line’

M&S Plan A

Looking at corporate responsibility in terms of the risk posed by not doing anything can be extremely beneficial. But how? We look at how to turn risk tobenefit across five areas: stakeholders, consumer demands, company reputation, shareholder expectations and transparency.

Myth: investors are more likely to be cynical than ethical

financing businesses to go green

The idea that people are naturally cynical investors, blocking out ethical concerns in the search for profit, is a myth. It is also a myth that investors want their financial institutions to act in the same cynical narrow way.

Could gamification and humanisation provide the answers to increasing recycling rates in the home?

'Less' - making recycling a social effort

Gamification and humanisation look to be at the heart of future approaches to recycling, if winners of an online innovation platform competition aiming to improve the way people deal with domestic waste is anything to go by.

Why can’t I find a decent plumber for my biomass-powered heating system?

Biomass heating system

How do you find a good biomass heating plumber? The short answer is with enormous difficulty.

Is green investment finally going mainstream?

Bank station 48 sheet

A recent ad campaign by renewable energy crowdfunding platform Abundance saw people clicking online at rates that beat the market average by a factor or 10 or more. So, does this mean that green and ethical investments are finally going mainstream?

Bushcraft business: can nature inspire the next ‘industrial’ revolution?

Bushcraft is a good for staff to reconnect with nature

Bushcraft is a great way to reconnect staff to nature, and biomimicry – the study of nature to inform technology – is increasingly shaping the way we do business.

Can you solve the ‘energy trilemma’?


The Energy Catalyst has been launched to support businesses and research organisations, including academia, to respond to three challenges – energy security, social impact and environmental sensitivity.

Harnessing the power of ‘community’ to tackle the big sustainability challenges


Virtual communities are proving invaluable for tapping into to help tackle the big environmental and social challenges that we face now and in the future. But why do ordinary people get involved and what motivates them?

Will you pass the Tesco test? Five steps to using sustainability to win business

tesco cheetham hill

Whether you want to work with a giant like Tesco, or simply differentiate your business from the rest, you need to know how to use sustainability to ensure you win business. Here are five steps to using sustainability to win business.

Is your business ready for ‘prosumers’?


Jeremy Rifkin’s new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, makes a convincing case for an emerging alternative to conventional capitalism – termed “collaborative consumption” . So what does this new type of consumerism mean for your business?