Tragedy of the Commons: tragically common

Tragedy of the Commons: tragically common

Despite clear business case examples and regulatory reforms being so obviously required, the "tragedy of the commons" as described by Garrett Hardin in his 1968 paper* seems to repeat itself daily in many ways, in many sectors. Take the case Continue reading →

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Africa’s Mineral Wealth: Curse or Blessing?

Africa’s Mineral Wealth: Curse or Blessing?

Interviewed on CNBC on the outcomes of the Mining Lekgotla held in Johannesburg last week, the deputy chief executive of the South African Chamber of Mines acknowledged that his industry still has much to learn in how it manages its Continue reading →

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Natural Capital: Gaining Currency with Integrated Reporting

Natural Capital: Gaining Currency with Integrated Reporting

Natural Capital may be priceless, but it is due to increasingly make its way into the annual reports of corporations world-wide. Consider¬†Natural Capital at Risk - The Top 100 Externalities of Business¬†- published last month by the TEEB for Business Continue reading →

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Sign of the times: ESG Products & Services

Sign of the times: ESG Products & Services

Recent banking scandals have raised interest in corporate governance and organisational culture as make-or-break features of what makes a responsible financial institution. These can also be found in a longer list of sustainability expectations of financial institutions that have crystallised Continue reading →

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Are banking values bankrupt?

Are banking values bankrupt?

It has of late become significantly less glamorous to admit that you work in the banking sector. The banking crisis of 2008 and ensuing world financial crisis have been accompanied by a series of scandals and shocks involving major banks. Continue reading →

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Stick the environment where it belongs – on the balance sheet

Stick the environment where it belongs – on the balance sheet

Last month 37 chief executives of banks, investment funds and insurance companies signed up to a Natural Capital Declaration. It recognises the relationship between biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and business risk. Its launch signalled another step forward in a slow Continue reading →

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