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profit & environment, are they at odds?

The food and drink industry has cut its carbon emissions by more than a third since 1990, according to trade association the Food & Drink Federation (FDF), meaning the sector has already met the carbon reduction target it said it would achieve by 2020. See more here

What do you think of business’ record on improving its environmental performance?

Unilever’s Chief Executive Paul Polman has criticised business leaders for putting profit ahead of global issues, such as poverty and climate change.

In the Daily Telegraph (28.1.15) he is quoted as saying “People assume that if you do something good, it must cost money. I don’t know where they get that idea from.”

Do you think running an environmentally-friendly business is at odds with running a profitable one? Is profit good?

Meanwhile, the latest contributors to the CBI’s trust-in-business campaign, The Great Business Debate, include:

Matthew Spencer, Director, Green Alliance who writes:

The best companies understand this: that the environment is both a business constraint and an opportunity……………………..

business has a responsibility to help remove the ideological barrier to higher environmental standards, by making the case for smart regulation.”

Do we need more regulation?

Fiona Ball, Sky TV’s Head of Responsible Business says

Our designers …………ensure they are always making the most environmentally-friendly design choices……the latest Sky+ HD box is 20% more efficient than the previous model………Our team has developed the Sky product take back programme so, for example, when a customer upgrades a box or is no longer with us, they can send it back free of charge and we reuse or recycle 100% of it. Nothing goes to landfill.”

And see 8 ways that business is helping to protect the environment.

How does business’ record on the environment affect your level of trust in business more generally?  

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