Corporate Governance & Activism

Sustainable Futures: Building Resilient Businesses

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“A lot of organisations have been thinking about sustainability in terms of their impact on the planet; far fewer have been thinking about the dependencies. One of the lessons of the COVID-19 crisis is that we’re dependent on a lot more things than we thought we were. Businesses that want to be resilient and want to survive into the future need to figure out what the critical factors that they depend on are, and then need to think about how they can take more control over those factors.”

Paul Holland, Grant Thornton

Few predictions have aged as poorly as Francis Fukuyama’s grand declaration in 1992 that humanity had reached the “end of history”. If anything, it feels as if the ground is now shifting underneath our feet faster than it has for a very long time. Between mass social movements, political upheaval, a global pandemic, and the looming threat of climate change, the future feels a particularly uncertain place right now.

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