The world we live in today is ever shrinking, and although increased communication and globalization play their part, they are not the only reasons. There is a growing realization that everything and everyone has become very interdependent.
With more than 7 billion people living on the planet, regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you do, you are impacted by and have an impact on the health of the planet, society, and the world economy. The decisions we make as employees, as consumers, and as citizens on a daily basis impact both business and the wider society.
Consider this: People are wondering what is happening to the bees. Bees play a crucial role in the supply of the world’s food as they are essential for the pollination of one-third of the world’s crops, valued at US$215 billion annually worldwide. Unfortunately, no one knows exactly why bee colonies are disappearing, and few people seem particularly bothered by it . . . yet.
Since we are so dependent on these little creatures for the food we eat, perhaps we should be more concerned about the worldwide loss of these bee colonies.
While there appears to be no single definitive cause for this potential disaster, intervention by man and industry through the use of pesticides and stress to colonies are considered to be factors.
One of the results of this decline is that businesses themselves who used to benefit from free pollination now have to pay to bring pollinators to their crops.
The world’s challenges are also business challenges. Not only do environmental, economic, and social issues impact the ability of a business to operate now and in the future, they also impact their employees, the communities in which they operate, their customers, the sources of their materials.
For this reason, managers and employees at all levels and in all types of organizations are placing greater emphasis on sustainability, and are increasingly interested in bringing sustainability culture and tools into their daily operations.