Question: Can a Country Provide a Quality of Life Existence and Be Sustainable For the Long-Term? Perhaps – None Do So Today




Question: Can a Country Provide a Quality of Life Existence and Be Sustainable For the Long-Term? Perhaps – None Do So Today

This week’s top story choice for you is quite fascinating.  How can a country provide a quality way of life for its citizens and also strive to be more sustainable over the long-term?

Researchers at two universities collaborated to see what countries are doing / and need to do / to provide quality of life for their citizens and to be sustainable (at the same time) to protect the planet.  The researchers explain where we are and where we need to go to achieve both (in balance).  There's an XY charting of the prominent nations for you as well.

This is certainly a good news / bad news story, authored by Karen Kaplan, the Medicine and Science Editor of The Los Angeles Times (since 2005).  The research was done by The Sustainable Institute of the University of Leeds (England) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin.

There are 11 necessary ingredients to make for a “well-lived existence” in a country, the researchers concluded, with some being necessities (like food and water) and others being “social goals” (such as the quest for equality). Countries were ranked 1-to-10, with 6.5 being a minimum level to strive for.  There were seven categories considered in the environmental area (such as carbon emission levels and clean water availability) to measure the sustainability of the country.

A total of 150 countries were evaluated; none provided a well-lived existence and did so on a sustainable basis.  Just three (3!) nations provided their citizens with all of the 11 items; seven (7) more offered 10-of-the-11 items.  Two (2) provided 9-of-the-11:  the United States of America and Canada. Again, no country today is doing so on a sustainable basis (the bad news). 

There were 35 countries that were rated by researchers as miserable in the well-lived category.

The LA Times headline tells us where we are: “Humanity Will Need to Make Some Drastic Changes If It Wants to Keep the Good Life Going!”

This will get us thinking as we continue to strive for greater sustainability for the planet and the good life for our fellow citizens!  As the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility points out, there is no Plan B for our common Earthlings home, the planet!

This Week's Top Story

Humanity will need to make some drastic changes if it wants to keep the 'good life' going
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Source: LA Times - Right now, there's not a single country on Earth that provides its people a good, sustainable life. 

 

About Sustainability: Progress Is Being Made - We See Forward Momentum! For Your Attention: The Editors' Scans

Behind the Scenes at the Super Bowl:

Super Bowl LII brings sustainability to sports with a zero-waste initiative
(Monday - February 05, 2018) Source: NBC News - From bottles and wadded up napkins to food scraps — the U.S. Bank Stadium will be the site of more than 40 tons of waste by the time Americans know whether the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots triumphed in Super... 

And at the Winter Olympics:

The era of stand-alone sustainability is over
(Monday - February 05, 2018) Source: GreenBiz - At our 25th anniversary conference in October, BSR launched an effort to collaborate with our member companies to redefine sustainable business. Our new report launched Jan. 29, "Redefining Sustainable Business: Management for a... 

On the other hand:

Global warming makes Winter Olympics risky bet for many bidders
(Tuesday - February 06, 2018) Source: Gazette Journal - Human-induced climate change could make future winter Olympics risky business for some of the world’s likeliest host venues. 

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Sustainability is the future of management  
(Tuesday - February 06, 2018) Source: Green Biz - In a world dominated by media images and symbolism, the difficult work of sustainably managing our organizations can take a back seat to the easier job of looking like we are accomplishing something. The operational reality of..

Sustainability at ISPO Munich 2018
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Source: ISPO.com - Sustainability and environmentally friendly business practice have been playing an ever-greater role in society for some time now. That’s positive on the one hand, but also illustrates the drama of the situation on the other... 

Get Ready for First-Time Sustainability Reporting
(Thursday - February 08, 2018) Source: Triple Pundit - “The first report is hands down the most difficult report you’ll have to do,” Rassier explained, which was oddly reassuring. The first one is always the hardest. But the most important thing is to get started, because each... 

This kind of behavior is the bedrock of sustainability
(Thursday - February 08, 2018) Source: GreenBiz - Sustainability is hard. Making even modest progress is daunting. Working effectively in this domain requires us to think not only about the scientific, technical and organizational challenges, but also about human psychology and... 

'Sustainability revolution' is progressing quickly, regardless of politics, Gore says
(Thursday - February 08, 2018) Source: Devex - Changing policies and politics could affect the “pace of change,” but the direction towards sustainable solutions is “undeniable,” Gore said. Previous concern of the U.S. withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate... 

Strategic sustainability focus delivers competitive advantage
(Friday - February 09, 2018) Source: Phys.org - Once the domain of a company's production/operations department, environmental awareness has steadily expanded to include functions across the entire organization. Over the last three decades, Earth-friendly actions have evolved...

7 key trends all sustainability execs should watch
(Friday - February 09, 2018) Source: GreenBiz - It is 2018, and it arguably never has been a more difficult, unpredictable, yet exciting time to run an international business. 

Our Focus This Week on A Range of ESG Topics & Issues – More Things to Think About…

Ethical business leadership can have negative consequences, Baylor research shows  
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Source: Baptist Standard - Ethical leadership is a good thing, but it can have negative consequences, according to new research from management faculty in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. 

Fracking comes with risks, but it can benefit the economy — and the environment
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Source: The Hill - Unfortunately, partisans of both sides of the debate often exaggerate the research that supports their view while ignoring evidence that cuts against it. 

Cape Town’s Water Crisis Should Be a Warning to the World By Jonah Shepp
(Friday - February 09, 2018) 
Source: NY Magazine - Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 4 million people, is just weeks away from becoming the world’s first major city to run entirely out of water — but of course, it won’t be the last 

 

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Talking Sustainability, Soup And Stout With Campbell's Dave Stangis
(Tuesday - February 06, 2018) Source: Forbes - Dave Stangis has dedicated over three decades of his career to steering sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts at two iconic American companies, Intel and Campbell Soup Company. As Vice President of... 

Environmentalist: Big Business Threatens the Planet, Despite Boasts of Sustainability
(Friday - February 09, 2018) Source: EcoWatch - Transnational corporations, or TNCs, or just plain big businesses, are everywhere. They have an overwhelming influence and impact on our lives—and on the planet. 

JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America & Citi bar people from buying bitcoin with a credit card
(Monday - February 05, 2018) Source: CNBC

Fed Slaps Unusual Penalty On Wells Fargo Following ‘Widespread Consumer Abuses’
(Monday - February 05, 2018) Source: NPR 

Carillion’s collapse speaks volumes about the Tories’ idea of good governance
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Source: The Times 

Rabobank admits complicity in laundering border drug money
(Thursday - February 08, 2018) Source: VC Star 

Dunkin' Donuts aims to ditch foam cups for paper by 2020
(Thursday - February 08, 2018) Source: CNBC

Chipotle has a plan to regain customers it keeps losing to food safety issues
(Friday - February 09, 2018)  Source: CNBC

News & Opinion: Asset Managers, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Pension Funds

CalPERS, AXA move money towards the Paris Climate Agreement
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Source: GreenBiz - How can institutional investors seize the market opportunities promised by the transition to low-carbon energy? Pension leaders recommend four key actions to help move towards the goals of the Paris Agreement: increased... 

Rhode Island state pension fund loses $466 million">Rhode Island state pension fund loses $466 million
(Saturday - February 03, 2018) Associated Profiles : Employees Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI) Source: The Providence Journal - The Rhode Island state pension fund lost $466 million over the past ... The formal name of the pension fund is the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island. Its financial results, made public...

Alaska Permanent Fund Generates 8.45% Return for 1H FY2018
(Wednesday - February 07, 2018) Associated Profiles : Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation 
Source: swfinstitute.org - The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) generated an 8.45% return in the first half of fiscal year 2018. APFC closed out the 2017 calendar year with assets under management totaling US$ 64 billion. APFC experienced a wide... 

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