Every January, around the time of the World Economic Forum in Davos, there are various announcements of new initiatives on global issues.
This year, there have been 3 of major significance.
- The first was from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, criticising current food production practices and advocating a more circular economy, with increased local and regenerative sourcing, less waste and better planning.
- The second was the EAT-Lancet Commission report, saying that we must halve our meat and sugar intake while doubling our consumption of nuts, fruits, legumes and vegetables for future global health and sustainability.
- The third was the launch of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste by 30 energy and supply chain companies, with a $1,500 million investment in recycling and clean-up projects over 5 years.
It is increasingly clear that governments no longer have the capability to tackle these issues alone.
Only if industry acts in partnerships will companies be able to chart a course of long term, strategic common sense amidst the competing pressures of the day.