Published 25 October 2013
SEI key researcher, Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School and Daniel Nyberg, Professor of Sustainability, University of Nottingham have written an article for The Conversation which suggests how the environment is often on the losing side in the ‘corporate fight club’ we currently find ourselves in.
The article suggests that although there are instances where there are ‘win-win’ situations for the environment and corporations, it is generally acknowledged that these business interests ‘are pursued only when the benefits to the market, not the benefits to the environment, can be guaranteed.’
Christopher and Daniel suggest that boosting the bottom line remains the primary objective of corporations, which often come at the expense of the environment.
A question asked in the article is ‘whether the continued expansion of the market might be met with a counter-movement of protection and conservation through legislation. In short, can nature have a legal standing?’
‘The conflict between the environment and the market is likely to prove a source of even greater friction, criticism, and compromise as the physical realities of the natural world’s decline become ever more profound’ said the article.
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