March 31, 2020

Next month marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and Earth Month [1]. Given the current crisis – the level of coverage may be muted but must not forgotten. What is increasingly clear is that the COVID-19 pandemic offers both important clues and potential solutions to...

March 20, 2020

By Jim Ormond and Jane Fiona Cumming

Ahead of World Water Day, and in recognition of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, we wanted to share a reflection on our planet’s largest expanse of water – the ocean.

  • The ocean produces over...

March 6, 2020

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality.

The World Economic Forum’s 2020 report shows that, at the current pace of pro...

March 3, 2020

As well as the ethical and environmental considerations surrounding your supply chain there is an increasingly important social need to be met, the income threshold above which an individual is able to ‘live’.

We are becoming more familiar with the concept of a living w...

February 20, 2020

In support of the World Day of Social Justice today, and its theme of ‘closing the inequalities gap’, we examine the scale of social injustice and the role of business in helping to address it.  

As part of our annual research, we monitor the progress of the w...

February 17, 2020

By Jim Ormond and Jane Fiona Cumming

As we begin Year 9 of our annual research into how businesses can embed planetary boundaries and social thresholds into their strategy, we wanted to share the highlights from a powerful recent paper which examined how to translate ou...

December 5, 2019

On World Soil Day 2019, we’d like to take the opportunity to examine its role in our two most important Planetary Boundaries.

Soil holds 3 times as much carbon as the atmosphere, it reduces the risk of flooding by absorbing water, it is a wildlife habitat, and it delive...

November 21, 2019

  1. The World Health Organisation reports that mental disorders affect 1 in 4 people globally. Mental wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the natural environment and doctors now prescribing nature experiences as alternatives to medicines

  2. Nature experience direct...

November 14, 2019

The global metric for this social threshold is 'Countries scoring <0.5 in the Voice and Accountability Index'. Nearly 2/3 of countries* score below the threshold and little has changed in the past 10 years.

Voice and accountability capture perceptions of the extent to...

November 4, 2019

1.    What is ocean acidification?

Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere due to human activities not only affects the climate; it also has direct, chemical effects on ocean waters with the formation of carbonic acid increasing the acidity (lower pH) of the sur...

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