1. Most of us, myself included are committed to generating energy by sustainable and ‘clean’ means. However, I believe that there is a risk in blindly relying on green energies to bail us out.


  2. ESG can no longer be ignored

    As we face growing pressure on the earth’s limited natural resources, the emerging effects of climate change and a global financial system in crisis, it is encouraging to see our regulators taking steps to promote approaches to responsible investing in South Africa.


  3. Perspectives on globally responsible leadership

    In order to get a better appreciation of what “globally responsible leadership” means, one has to first provide some context. My starting point is that businesses are not just profit-seeking entities, but should be much deeper than that.


  4. Just start

    Dan Barwick is an eco entrepreneur.  A few years ago he risked his family’s future on making compost. Today he runs Turfnet, the largest landscaping and composting company in Johannesburg and has branched into managing the production of vermicast (he’s “managing” because, as he says, “the worms do all the work, I just make sure that […]


  5. Tough times ahead for South African taxpayers

    There was little reaction in the media when Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan presented the National Budget 2011/12 to parliament on 23 February 2011. There should have been a lot more, as the warning signs are there that tougher times are ahead for the taxpayer.


  6. Incentives and penalties: Getting counter-intuition and paradox out of the equation

    A central feature of most economic theories is that economic actors are rational beings who react in an anticipated manner to changes in economic stimuli such as prices, wages and interest rates.


  7. The balance in life

    Just over 20 years ago, I wrote a book with two prominent environmentalists – Brian Huntley and Roy Siegfried – about the future environmental possibilities for South Africa. The model we used in the book was that human wellbeing had to be a balance between economic development, quality of life and environmental health.


  8. Saying no is easier than saying yes

    The challenge for sustainability programmes are ensuring that they become internalised through the organisation; not just the whim of the CEO or of a micro-group of enthusiasts.


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