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A shared collective consciousness of ecological intelligence
and responsible business is developing amongst market leading firms
Ecological intelligence is the conscious understanding that
consumption and the effects of consumption impacts on our environment.
Many corporations and businesses are becoming more aware of the big
challenges facing the planet and they're setting a more sustainable
course. Empowered leaders are assuming responsibility for creating a
sustainable future by developing a conscience for ‘caring and
conserving', rather than ‘competing and consuming'.
Many corporations, businesses, governments, communities, and
individuals are moving towards more sustainable ways of working and
living. We at TAFE
SWSi take the issue of sustainability very seriously and are
committed to integrating environmental sustainability into our
operations, practices and decision-making.
Business sustainability comprises the essential relationships between
economic growth and development, and social, environmental and
economic outcomes. Ecological intelligence and responsible business
goes hand in hand. In 2009, Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations (UN)
Secretary-General stated "Business as usual is not an
option". The UN is not alone in voicing their concerns, in 2010
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever said "those companies that wait to
be forced into action or who see it solely in terms of
reputation management or corporate social responsibility (CSR)
will do too little too late and may not even survive".
Globally, a shared collective consciousness of ecological
intelligence and responsible business is developing amongst market
leading firms. Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo commented
"PepsiCo's commitment to sustainability is about an idea of the
company which focuses on the long-term. We cannot contribute properly
to finding an end to the climate crisis until we bring environmental
and social governance into our long-term business
strategies/decisions. It's not all about the risks, but also about the
opportunities". Nike Inc., Vice President, Sustainable Business
and Innovation, Hannah Jones agrees and stated "Companies need to
be seeding innovation and new ideas now in order to thrive in a
resource constrained world. We need thought-provoking research to help
us collaborate and advocate for the right future solutions around the
most important issues on sustainability".
A transformation in corporate ecological intelligence is occurring
through raised awareness and education. Organisational leaders are
looking at ways to balance economic and societal goals through
"sustainable development that meets the needs of the present
without compromising the needs of future generations".