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SnippETS for 1 August 2019

August 1, 2019




Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.


In this week’s SnippETS we begin with a group of articles on sustainability in business: in terms of leadership; how employees or prospective employees are making choices about where they work; and how clients and consumers want the businesses they frequent to behave. The “common people” are once again having a big say in how things are done, and “citizens assemblies” are being seen as a good way to find solutions to the climate crisis.


We then have a number of stand-alone articles on a variety of topics we found interesting. The carbon cost of flying; emissions in concrete; hydrogen as a replacement fuel; a new look at improving the way we recycle clothing; sharing solar power across huge distances; and protein from algae – a possible new alternative.


We hope you find these articles interesting and thought provoking.





In our first article we examine how leadership and sustainability leadership differ. Sustainability leadership has to be able to work with complexity, beyond the limits of current human knowledge, where they can grapple with emergent phenomena – not theoretically, but literally.  It must engage the whole person: feelings, senses, intuition and intellect must all be engaged and explored.  This requires physical, emotional and social experiences – as well as intellectual ones. It's a journey full of unknowns, opportunities and risks. Read more.....




Employees too are increasingly raising their expectations of the company they want to work for. Bringing a sense of societal mission into today’s workplace appears to be a necessity. Nearly half (48%) of Fortune 1000 employees consider finding a sense of purpose through their everyday work very important. Yet, only 26% of employees believe that their company’s environmental commitments are reflected in their day-to-day jobs. With a predicted global human talent shortage of more than 85 million people by 2030, employers will have to do more to attract talent. Read more.....





The importance of sustainability for consumers only continues to grow. According to the annual 2019 Trends Report, today’s consumers want to be active participants in a company’s efforts to address climate change and pollution. In fact, consumers demand purpose-driven organizations that are building sustainability into their products, services and nearly every facet of their supply chain. Allowing consumers to personally take steps toward sustainability as part of their brand experience is a powerful