Increasingly, sustainability and business go hand in hand, as larger corporations are being challenged to develop policies and practices that don’t endanger the planet and its communities.Being a sustainable business is about more than adopting green, environmentally friendly practices such as encouraging staff to recycle or switching the office heating and lights off overnight. Sustainability in business involves a long-term commitment and strategic approach that marries up business growth with positive environmental and societal continuity. As part of this, companies are expected to manage their financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities. A sustainable business should encourage staff to consider how their organisation can make a long term positive impact on the local and global environment. From commitment to the eradication of slave labour and improving factory conditions in the developing world to tackling climate change, the role of businesses in safeguarding our future should not be underestimated. It is incredibly important to get young people, the next generation of employees, employers and entrepreneurs, behind sustainability missions.
In the internet age it’s impossible for young people to ignore global inequalities, falling wages and increasing social tension in the world around them. We shouldn’t just be presenting problems to them, however; we need to educate young people about how to address these serious issues. One of the ways we can help young people discover solutions is by encouraging them to start thinking about real life problems and answers while they’re still in education.
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On the topic of the UK’s youngsters, a study revealed the top eight business idols as decided by the nation’s students – reality TV star Kim Kardashian came out higher on the list than the likes of West Ham CEO Karren Brady and Apple CEO Tim Cook.Michael Mercieca is the chief executive at charity for development of youngsters’ business skills Young Enterprise
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