Sustainable business models: People, profit and planet critical

25 September 2016 is the first anniversary of the adoption of the ambitious UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets. These Global Goals are based on the principle of leaving no one behind, and aim to tackle poverty, climate change and inequality. Having just marked Earth Overshoot Day in August, time is ticking away.  Given the challenges thrown up by global mega trends and the SDGs, it is essential to accelerate the pace of change on the sustainability agenda, with everyone, be they individual, business or government, playing their part.

And business are indeed playing their part. Business in the Community’s Global Development Award 2016, sponsored by Unilever and supported by Business Fights Poverty, received an inspiring breadth of case studies across many sectors, showing the many ways companies, with their partners, are addressing the SDGs.

To effectively and sustainably tackle the challenges we have, it is vital to address business and consumer models. Here you will find examples of how top companies are tackling the development of sustainable business models, in the context of global mega trends.

These films show some of the international impact of our members.  Find out more about Business in the Community's International work.



Barclays: Transparency in your business model

Consumer, corporate and investment bank Barclays operates in over 40 countries, employing around 130,000 people.  Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive Officer, Barclays UK explains how the firm is building trust through transparent, technology-enabled business transformation.

Sustainability at Citi

Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi, CEO Citi Holdings on why Citi's commitment to sustainability is integral to its business strategy, and how it's led to better controls on finance for coal-based industries, more efficient datacentres and increased financial inclusion.

The Fujitsu Way

Leading Japanese information and communication technology company Fujitsu offers technology products, solutions and services in more than 100 countries. Gavin Bounds, COO Americas and EMEIA explains the how Fujitsu Way guides the company in its role helping governments and public organisations address global megatrends.

Linklaters: Sustainability and the business of law

Linklaters is a leading global law firm, which undertakes some of the most important and challenging assignments for the world's top companies, financial institutions, and for governments. Partner Richard Godden explains how the firm's work, including reports on the Rule of Law, has business sustainability at its core.

Walgreens Boots Alliance: Sustainable Business of the Future

Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise with a presence in around 25 countries.  Co-Chief Operating Officer Ornella Barra explains how cooperation inside and outside the company's global operations is making a positive impact.

BT's Net Good Programme

BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and across 180 countries worldwide. Here Luis Alvarez, CEO Global Sales explains how the company is putting sustainability at the heart of its business plan.

Diageo: From Grain to Glass

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with iconic brands in spirits, beer and wine.  Charlotte Lambkin, Corporate Relations Director, explains why it's essential to tackle megatrends throughout the entire supply chain, and why that means Diageo is using local grain to brew in Africa.

IHG cares

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) is a leading hotel company with more than 350,000 colleagues in almost 100 countries, delivering "great hotels guests love." George Turner, Executive Vice President outlines the wide range of strategies the company uses to achieve its aim of being commercially successful without negatively impacting on the environment.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products with sales in over 190 countries, reaching two billion consumers a day. CEO Keith Weed explains how the company is growing its sales while reducing its negative impacts.


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