2019 – year of global initiatives
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.