During the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, I had the privilege of chairing two small roundtables on what business could contribute. The first was on sustainability. We had a particular brief. We came up with three conclusions which seemed very consistent with what others were saying too.
- Work together to agree a range of global standards, such as for organics and fair trade, with a monitoring process to uphold them.
- Promote the standards; share best practice so that more companies achieve them, especially small and medium size firms; build these expectations into business education programmes.
- Acknowledge progress generously to encourage this, rather than dismiss others’ efforts towards these goals.