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Welcome to our first edition of MOSS News Views and Events for 2010
Whether we like it or not, the news this year will be dominated by the Copenhagen Accord and whether governments around the world will successfully manage to agree to legally binding targets that keeps temperature rise below 2 degrees.
The views from Copenhagen vary dramatically. Some say it was a complete failure, others say we are a step closer to resolution. Personally I feel very optimistic we are nearly there. For the first time ever world leaders had consensus of the science, consensus that immediate and urgent action was necessary, and there was consensus and overwhelming support by business that governments must take immediate action.
There is no doubt Copenhagen did not deliver the full agreement the world needs to address the climate change challenge, which now makes the task ahead even more urgent. Over the coming weeks and months governments around the world must reconsider their targets and their commitment to renewable energy. They must consider their financial contributions and the mechanisms they adopt to fight climate change.
From a business perspective, Copenhagen showed what was possible. Around the world progressive businesses and communities are positioning themselves ahead of the curve. Companies such as Coca-Cola, Google, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Siemens, Dow, HP, Pacific Gas & Electricity, Duke Energy, Goldman Sachs, Chevron, Veolia, BP, Phillips, Whirlpool, GE, Vestas all participated at Copenhagen. Business stood beside leading local and state governments. Many showcased leadership and commitment to action. Even leading academic institutes such as Yale participated.
There were over 1000 side events and exhibitions providing the latest thought leadership and technologies. So what does it all mean? Over the coming weeks delegates to COP 15 will share key learning's from the largest environmental conference in the world with you, through a series of events in Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and NZ. Click here for full details Let us save you thousands of dollars and weeks of your time by giving you a snap shot of the key issues and thought leadership.
Throughout 2010, MOSS intends to follow the progress of the Copenhagen Accord as we finalise a global agreement in Mexico City. Australia was highly criticised in Copenhagen for being a fossil, part of the problem as opposed to being part of the solution. It's now time we work together as progressive responsible businesses to show the world what we can contribute through innovation and proven technologies. The financial world is ready to pour money into technology - they are just waiting for the global agreement to be signed to give them security. This is our greatest opportunity to build a strong robust green economy. If your organisation would like to show global leadership and showcase your technologies to the world as part of COP 16 in Mexico, please drop me a line or give me a call.
I look forward to seeing you at our Copenhagen Briefings.
In the interim, HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY and please play your part in this the Year of Biodiversity to help take care of our environment and the species that inhabit it with us.
Founder and CEO
Models of Success & Sustainability - Fostering Responsible Business
Industry News 3rd Living LOHAS Report by Mobium
indicates that despite the weaker economy, consumer spending on healthier and sustainable products has increased by a third from $12 billion in 2007 to $19 billion in 2009. Nick Bez Mobium Group Research Director predicts the market for healthier, more sustainable products will reach $27 billion by 2012 as behaviours become more entrenched in the community. Request a summary of the reportIf changing consumer trends and the thirst for knowledge to capitalise on this growth is important to you, stay tuned as MOSS pulls together webinars for early March.
CDP introduces Water Disclosure
The United Nations forecasts that by 2030 almost half of the world population will live in areas facing water stress or water scarcity. In order to increase the availability of high quality business information on the risks and opportunities associated with water scarcity and other water-related issues, the Carbon Disclosure Project recently launched it's Water Disclosure Program. More...
2010 is International Year of Biodiversity. This year as we celebrate the year of Biodiversity, MOSS will bring you an array of solutions. Here's the first in our series. WeForest.com bring you a short video narrated by Stephen Fry titled How to repair our world
The European Environmental Agency shows first hand the impacts of climate change...Check out One Degree Matters which follows social and business leaders as they travel to Greenland and experience for themselves the dramatic effects of the melting of the ice cap and come to understand the planetary effects of climate change and the impacts these will have on society and the economy. The film brings to the screen the latest science from the Arctic and shows why a further rise in global temperature of one degree matters for the future of humankind.
Australia's First Master of Corporate Responsibility
La Trobe University's Graduate School of Management will present Australia's first Masters Degree wholly focused on corporate responsibility - the Master of Corporate Responsibility. This program extends on the groundbreaking Graduate Certificate in Corporate Responsibility that was launched in 2009.
The course is designed specifically for the working professional, with all classes being taught in block mode modules over weekends by leading academics and professionals from around the globe and is aimed at people working - or wanting to work - in the developing area of Corporate Responsibility. Applications are now open. For more information, go to www.latrobe.edu.au/gsm or find the 2010 Prospectus online at here
Top 10 Trends / Tensions
With the start of every year / decade the social researchers and futurists outline their predictions. Whether you follow them closely or not, they are worth a read. Check out the Now or Next blog and the Top 10 Trends that will define the next decade by Social Researcher and Futurist Mark McCringle.
The Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney has several positions available.
Research Assistants - closing date 5 February 2010. ISF is offering a unique opportunity for up to three talented and dynamic recent graduates to work in teams on a range of sustainability projects. These positions are initially for a 1-year fixed-term contract, with the possibility of renewal. They would like to hear from graduates who can offer a flexible approach to both work tasks and discipline. Suitable applicants must have outstanding results in their undergraduate degree; however, above all, we are looking for graduates who have a genuine desire to learn and a real passion for sustainability. In return, we will provide the opportunity to work in teams with exceptional senior researchers across a range of disciplines. Full details and to apply online refer: http://jobs.uts.edu.au/job/job_details.cfm?id=437421
Senior Research Consultants / Research Consultants - closing date 12 February 2010. ISF is also currently seeking up to two individuals with research skills and experience in energy and climate change, or water and sanitation. Those with additional skills and experience in other aspects of sustainability and environmental resource management please also apply. You will have experience in the application and communication of research findings in policy, industry or community contexts. Full details and to apply online refer: http://jobs.uts.edu.au/job/job_details.cfm?id=437423
Further positions will be posted to: http://isf.uts.edu.au/workingwithus/employment.html
How can large companies effectively respond to and take advantage of the current business environment? IBM offers a compelling story. While the market values of some its peers have eroded by as much as 30 percent since January 2008, IBM has continued to perform well, increasing its share value by approximately 15 percent over the same period. More...
Keys to innovating your business model. In today's increasingly complex environment, business model innovation can be critical to organizational success. In a follow-up to the "IBM Global CEO Study 2008, The Enterprise of the Future," IBM analyzed 28 successful business model innovators to understand how and when business model innovation is most valuable. The business model consists of four components: the value delivered to customers, how revenue is generated, how a company positions itself in the industry and how value is delivered. Read on...
Late last year Griffith Business School hosted the Asia Pacific Academy of Business In Society (APABIS). To download presentations and research, teaching and events related to sustainable enterprise refer www.asiapacificsustainableenterprise.com
And a warm welcome to Professor Malcolm McIntosh, the new head of the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at Griffith Business School in Brisbane. We wish you well in your new position and may you enjoy your first Australia Day in Oz!
Industry Reports2009 London Benchmarking Group Annual Report
The not for profit sector rreceived a boost by the corporate sector in 2009 with 44 Australian companies contributing $295 million, an 86% increase from 2008. Across the group, a total of 37,356 employees actively participated in community activities during paid working time, equating to almost $20 million in value. Read more...
Ethical Corporation report suggests How to embed corporate responsibility across different parts of your company.
This 100-page report covers winning methods for encouraging and monitoring corporate social responsibility in operational departments. It looks at ways to engage internal stakeholders through leadership and reporting, gives advice on designing CSR metrics that are department-specific; Guidance on common challenges such as working with minimal budgets, getting buy-in, and ensuring the right people are trained and Case studies from leading companies including: Alliance Boots, PepsiCo, Innocent Drinks, Tata, Vodafone, Man Group, Starbucks, Novo Nordisk, BP, Sedex, Cambell's Soup and more. Get more details here.How to manage carbon reduction, and make it pay.
Ethical Corporation have a plethorea of great reports. This hands-on management briefing provides real life ways big UK companies cut carbon, and their costs. The UK have lead the way in CSR and now they are leading in Carbon Management as a result of the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). More...
How do population dynamics affect greenhouse gases and climate change? Will urbanization and an ageing population help or hinder efforts to adapt to a warming world? And could better reproductive health care and improved relations between women and men make a difference in the fight against climate change? Find the answers in the State of World Population 2009
The whole world has been talking about carbon credits, carbon trading and emissions targets. But not enough has been said about the people whose activities contribute to those emissions or about those who will be most affected by climate change, especially women. Many believe the climate-change debate needs to be reframed, putting people at the centre. Unless climate policies take people into account, they will fail to mitigate climate change or to shield vulnerable populations from the potentially disastrous impacts.
Population and Climate Change: What Is the Link?
Karen Hardee, vice president of research at Population Action International, answers questions about population and adaption to (or mitigation of) the effects of climate change. She addressed the role of family planning and reproductive health and the population component in the current global discussions of climate change. Download here...
The Population Reference Bureau recently published the policy brief, Strengthening the Integration of Family Planning and HIV Services. This article highlights five good reasons why integration is a sound investment that will pay multiple dividends for individuals, communities, societies, and health systems.
Industry EventsWant to know what really happened in Copenhagen? Did we seal the deal and what does it mean for Business, Government and Community Organisations?
To share in the thought leadership from Copenhagen and hear the views from those who were there, to learn what this means to you, your business and community, to discover the latest in non-financial reporting and to glean insight into how progressive businesses are tapping into the opportunities of climate change, MOSS invites you to join delegates to the UNFCCC COP 15 from around the country at an event near you...
PERTH - Friday 29th January 8.45am to 11am @ RAC WA Head Office, Kimberly Room, Level 5, 832 Wellington Street, West Perth.
DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM HERE
MELBOURNE - Tuesday 2nd February 8.45am to 11am @ DLA Phillips Fox, Level 21, 140 William Street, Melbourne CBD
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CANBERRA - Wednesday 3rd February 8.45am to 11am @ DLA Phillips Fox, Level 3, 55 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, ACT
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BRISBANE - Friday 5th February 8.45am - 11am @ Gardens Theatre Foyer , QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street (next to City Botanic Gardens)
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SYDNEY - Thursday 11th February 8.45am - 11am @ DLA Phillips FoxLevel 38, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney CBD
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HOBART - Details will soon be released
WELLINGTON / AUCKLAND - Details will soon be released
Tickets: MOSS and WA SEA Members plus DLA Phillips Fox Clients $66 Non Members and Non clients $88.
Tickets include speaker notes, special event podcasts from Copenhagen along with a light morning tea and networking. Please note tickets are strictly limited in all venues and will be accepted on a first in best dressed basis - so Book your tickets today to avoid disappointment.
Book online here.
We look forward to sharing our knowledge and insights with you.
That's it for another edition. We trust this has provided you new insight into the world of responsible business and that it has either informed or inspired you to improve your sustainability score card. 2010 will be a significant year as we move closer to a carbon constrained economy. MOSS aims to be there to support this transition. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.
Yours in sustainability
Anne-Maree and the MOSS News and Events Team