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23
Feb

Racing to Zero Part 2: It’s the (Circular) Economy, Stupid.

Many organisations have not yet connected the dots between climate-change mitigation and a circular economy — the successful shift to which could be our greatest tool. Here, we examine the climate math for circular strategies, and the role of the humble car door in radical climate action.
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10
Dec

Racing to Zero Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’...
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07
Dec

The Great Reinvention: Cracking the code for circular economy business model innovation

Sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend explores four key shifts in search of the ‘holy grail’ – how we can generate circular business models that are sustainable and profitable, yet also attractive for customers and suppliers.
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18
Nov

Towards net-zero: Are we really the smartest of monkeys?

Sustainable business expert and commentator Mike Townsend takes a thought-provoking look at the various drivers, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses on our pathway towards a net-zero carbon, circular economy.
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14
Jan

Can we avoid the fall of giants?

The recent collapse of Carillion plc raises serious questions about the viability of corporate business models. This might not be an isolated event — presenting a major wake-up call for businesses, everywhere. The question is, what should be done:
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13
Jan

Next time you buy, try Remanufactured. Here’s why…

A new study demonstrates how remanufacturing within a circular economy delivers a wide range of benefits for society and the environment, as well as for business and the economy.
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09
Jan

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.
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07
Jan

CSR is dead. So, what comes next?

While there is more noise than ever when it comes to CSR, there is a huge question mark over how much of this translates into meaningful action, says Mike Townsend.
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06
Jan

Mind the gap between corporate behaviour and sustainability

What factors lie behind the misalignment of company behaviour and its sustainability goals, asks Mike Townsend.
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