The 18th century Genevan philosopher, writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in his classic treatise The Social Contract, stated “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” While the word ‘man’ in Rousseau’s famous quotation refers of course to human beings of both genders, what is more true today is that women are born [...]
THE SUSTAINABILITY GENERATION – The Politics of Change and Why Personal Accountability is Essential Now!
As the world embraces the concept of sustainability at many levels and looks for solutions to reduce human impact on Planet Earth, varying ideas on what should be done are being proposed. Many of these proposed solutions can also have a rebound effect though. For example, the savings made in energy efficiency of products often [...]
In the wake of the building collapse in Bangladesh that killed well over 700 people, it is time to ask some difficult questions about the activities of the brands sourcing from the Rana Plaza complex. International attention has focused on poor health and safety practices, accusations of slave labour and the view, voiced in many [...]
Introduction A new era of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is emerging, focusing not just on the power of business to address global sustainability challenges, but equally on the responsibility, passion, and potential of “everyday” people. The formula for addressing sustainability so far has been lop-sided, focusing far too much on the roles of industry and [...]