Talk:Sustainable business

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  • Keep This is a very valid topic that is likely to become very expanded. Ronreed 07:06, 15 July 2005 (UTC)
  • Comment I have added information in the history section and deleted a link to what appeared to be a commercial web site that appears to be what caused the recommendation for speedy deletion. I believe this is a real topic and an article that I will probably revisit to improve.

Green business[edit]

Is there a way to link this article so that it appears under searches for "green business"? I strongly believe the 2 names are related.

I agree. I actually searched for that first before searching for sustainable business and finding this. I have created a redirect. Plymouths 18:36, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

Please Keep. There is also much more that can be linked here on Business and Human Rights, for example the work of the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.139.235.80 (talk) 22:26, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Merge proposal: Sustainability practices in organizations[edit]

I have tagged that article for merger here. It is a rather woolly essay, so there may not be much useful to bring in, but I'll leave that for editors here to decide. Anyway, it tries to cover the same topic as is covered here. Itsmejudith (talk) 20:50, 3 March 2009 (UTC)

Sustainable economy redirects to Sustainable business?[edit]

It doesn't seem right that Sustainable economy redirects to Sustainable business. Sustainable economy is a much larger scope that involves (oddly enough) economics at a national and international level and presumably would discuss such things as the ISEW, the GPI and the reliance of standard economics on continuous economic and population growth. Thanks. --220.253.116.9 (talk) 02:33, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Actually, never mind. Being bold and changing the redirect myself to point at Sustainability#Economic_dimension --220.253.116.9 (talk) 03:06, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Proposed External Link[edit]

I propose adding an external link: "Network for Business Sustainability" - http://nbs.net . Funded by academic research grants, the Network is a non-profit organization whose goal is to put reliable academic research into the hands of business managers - for free - so that they can make decisions that are economically, environmentally and socially beneficial.

I work for the Network. Our Topic Editors are university professors (some of them Deans of Canadian business schools), and our research is all subjected to rigorous standards of objectivity and reproducibility. PlanetProfitsPeople (talk) 14:10, 18 March 2010 (UTC)


Suggest adding the Six Essential Characteristics[edit]

Can someone tell me why this was removed?

A mature and authentic sustainable business could contain these six essentials. These essentials are rooted in many sustainability principals but are also dynamic as well. There is no reason in the future for essentials not to shift or adjust as we evolve our understanding of a sustainable business.

1. Triple Top-line Value Production

"The TTL Establishes three simultaneous requirements of sustainable business activities - financial benefits for the company, natural world betterment, and social advantages for employees and members of the local community - with each of these three components recognized as equal in status." Note that other do call this the Triple Bottom Line but triple top line stresses the importance of initial value rather than after the fact effects.

2. Nature - Based Knowledge and Technology

"This biomimicry-based principal involves the conscious emulation of natural-world genius in terms of growing our food, harnessing our energy, constructing things, conducting business healing ourselves, processing information and designing our communities"

3. Products of Service to Products of Consumption

"Products of service are durable goods routinely leased by the customer that are made of technical materials and that are returned to the manufacturer and re-processed into a new generation of products when they their usefulness.(These products are mostly non-toxic to human and environmental health but toxic materials that are used will be kept within a closed loop type system and not escape into the environment). Products of consumption are shorter lived items made only of biodegradable materials that are broken down by the detritus organisms after the products lose their usefulness.(These are non - toxic as well) This principal requires that we manufacture only these two types of products and necessitates the gradual but continual reductions of products of service and their replacement with products of consumption as technological advancements allow." [Cradle to Cradle for other thoughts on Technical(Products of Service) and Biological(Products of consumption) nutrients.]

4. Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Ocean Energy

"This principal advocates employing only sustainable energy technology - solar,wind,ocean and geothermal - that can meet our energy needs indefinitely without negative effects for life on earth."


5. Local-Based Organizations and Economies

"This ingredient includes durable, beautiful and healthy communities with locally owned and operated businesses and locally managed non-profit organizations, along with regional corporations and shareholders working together in a dense web of partnerships and collaborations." To See examples of the importance of local business.


6. Continuous Improvement Process

"Operational processes inside successful organizations include provisions for constant advancements and upgrade as the company does its business. The continuous process of monitoring, analyzing, redesigning and implementing is used to intensify TTL value production as conditions change and new opportunities emerge."[1]

Minor edits on 9/2/2010[edit]

Please note that any changes made on 9/2/2010 were to minor non-disputable typographical errors only. For example, I changed "ad" to "and." —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ostbying (talkcontribs) 14:18, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

RiskMetrics Carbon Beta[edit]

Perhaps that a link to RiskMetrics Carbon Beta can be added. This was a tool to put a price on the financial risk a company had due to the co² emissions the company was emitting. Appearantly, it's been taken over by MSCI, and I can't find it there anymore. It has been mentioned by http://blogs.natlogic.com/friend/

  1. ^ Tueth. Matthew Ph.D (2010). Fudamentals of Sustainable Business|A Guide to the Next 100 years. Hackensack: World Scientific Publishing Co.