Every year, in the second or third week of January, Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of Black Rock, writes a letter to CEOs of the world. As one of, if not the, largest investors in the world – BlackRock oversees $7 trillion – these letters have impact. CEOs and Boards pay attention, and they react. As the New York Time’s Michael Barbaro says, his letters have ‘a kind of biblical quality in the world of business.’ This year Larry Fink has addressed the climate crisis.
via The New York Times, 24 February 2020See More
The 2019 Ethics Index quantifies the perceptions of adult Australians of the overall importance of ethics, and what the actual level of ethical behaviour is, within Australian society, examining various sectors, organisations, occupations, issues and influences across. On Climate Change the message for business leaders is clear – Australians believe they have an urgent ethical obligation to act.
Lawyers Weekly, December 2019See More
Emilie Prattico offers a framework for action on climate change – justice and deliberation are as important as the science. “While the requirement for scientific and technical expertise about climate change cannot be denied, there are ways to reconcile this reality with the needs for inclusive, democratic processes about climate action. In his theory of deliberative democracy, the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas (1929-) provides a framework within which democratic processes can distinguish between the different dimensions of discourse – scientific-pragmatic and moral-political. In the context of climate change, this means that there are pathways to address the problem that don’t require scientific or technical expertise, and that are geared towards tackling the collective issues it raises democratically.”
Aeon, 18 December 2019See More
Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, is calling on “heroic chief executives willing to step up and move outside of the comfort zone and take personal risks” to drive change in the face of political inaction. “We are now at a point in society where the cost of not acting in these areas is higher than acting.”
The Guardian, 21 July 2019See More
There is a wealth of research that suggests octopuses are one of the most complex and intelligent animals in the ocean. They can recognise individual human faces, solve problems (and remember the answers for months) and there is some evidence they experience pain and suffering. They are the only invertebrate that the 2012 Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness considers sentient alongside mammals and birds. They are also a culinary delicacy with growing demand, but scientists say farming them is not only unethical but extremely damaging to the environment.
weforum 19 May 2019See More