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Stockholm October 18

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth- a conferenceabouthowtomove from wordsto action

The role and challenges of firms and entrepreneurs in a sustainable economy

Eva Alfredsson

the role and challenges of firms and entrepreneurs in a sustainable economy
The role and challenges of firms and entrepreneurs in a sustainable economy

13.00 – 13.15: A green sustainable business arena

- Boundary conditions for businesses and entrepreneurs in the green economy and its tentative consequences and opportunities.

Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

13.15 – 13.35 Comments:

Anna Borgeryd - Polarbröd

Anders Eklind- Forsman & Bodenfors

Karl-Henrik Robèrt  -Founder The Natural Step , Professor Blekinge Institute of Technology

13.35 – 14.30 Discussions - Moving from words to action

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

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Greeneconomy”The concept of ”green economy does not replace sustainable development but reflects a growing recognition that achieving sustainability rests almost entirely on getting the economy right.”UNEP Towards a Green economy, 2011

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

unep defines a green economy as
UNEP defines a green economy as:

“one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.”

In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is:

  • Low carbon
  • Resource efficient
  • Socially inclusive

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

an economy within planetary boundaries
An economy within planetary boundaries

The Planetary boundaries

approach by Rockström et al

defines broad limits for

Economic activity.

Nature461, 472-475 (24 September 2009)

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

an economy above socially sustainable and just limits
An economy above socially sustainable and just limits

CAN WE LIVE WITHIN THE DOUGHNUT?

OxfamDiscussionPapers 2012

Kate Raworth at Oxfam have added a social dimension consisting of minimum requirements above critical human deprivations – such as hunger, illiteracy, poverty and voicelessness.

Together these boundaries form a safe and just space for humanity – and economic activity

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

how do we translate this into policy for a sustainable inclusive green economy
How do we translate this into policy?- for a sustainable, inclusive green economy

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

framing economic activity within environmentally sustainable boundaries
Framing economic activity within environmentally sustainable boundaries

Sustainable caps on emissions and waste:

CO2, ozone, chemicals etc

  • Sustainable withdrawals:
  • Renewable &
  • Non renewable
  • resources

Economic

Activity

Maximizing marginal utility

Safeguarding biodiversity

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

framing economic activity within socially sustainable boundaries human rights
Framing economic activity within socially sustainable boundaries (human rights)

Minimum livable

Income

Regulated working hours

Economic

activity

Job security

Safe working environment

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

today s corporation a cost externalizing monster
Today´s Corporation: ”A cost externalizing monster”?

Corporation 1920 has four defining characteristics:

  • Determined pursuit of size and scale in order to achieve market dominance
  • Aggressive lobbying for regulatory and competitive advantage
  • The extensive use of advertising, largely unhindered by ethical considerations, in order to influence consumer demand and, to create entirely new demand by playing on human insecurities and ”turning wants into needs”
  • Aggressive use of borrowed funds to leverage the investment that shareholders have made in their corporation

Source: Corporation 2020, Transforming Business for Tomorrow´s World, Pavan Sukhdev, Island Press

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

corporation 2020 a capital factory aligned with the goals of society
Corporation 2020: ”A capital factory aligned with the goals of society”

Corporation 2020 - Four Strands of a New DNA:

  • Goal Alignment - Goals that are closely aligned with those of society
  • Capital Factory - A vision of the corporation as a capital factory
  • Community - An understanding of the corporations role as a community
  • Institute – A commitment to developing the corporation as an institute of learning

Source: Corporation 2020, Transforming Business for Tomorrow´s World, Pavan Sukhdev, Island Press

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There is a lag between increasingly strong evidence within the natural science of climate change and a lack of reliable knowledge in climate economics  we need a strategy for action based on risk management in the face of uncertainty

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis

discussion
Discussion
  • What can be done now to jump-start transitioning businesses into a green sustainable arena?
  • What is the role of policy – to set the stage or to assist in the transition?
  • What are the main policy tools to be applied
  • What are down-sides and up-sides of this transition for the stakeholders (entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, customers)?

Pathwaystosustainablegrowth, Stockholm October18 - Dr Eva Alfredsson, Growth Analysis