The tide continues to rise on sustainable business practices, and this is increasingly a 'pincer' bottom up, and top down phenomenon, as stakeholders and employees, investing shareholders, business leaders and directors, and Government, all get on board. Just how commercial enterprise and profitable returns can co-exist with our social and environmental responsibility to our children and future generations needs to be an active agenda and corporate planning cycle.
CSR (corporate social responsibility), or whatever label you prefer, is the new norm.
Therefore, successful investments that generate a beneficial social / environmental impact will be measured as delivering a premium over and above their financial return.
Following many years as a Partner at EY leading teams to make a real difference and impact for clients, I have now embarked on a governance and consulting journey via my company ACUMEN (www.acumen.kiwi.nz). I am actively involved as a Board member assisting two organisations - The National Parks and Conservation Foundation, and, Diabetes New Zealand (Auckland) Branch.