Sustainability – Not just plastic forks
You stop for a crayfish and rocket salad to go and feel good because there’s a bamboo fork on offer. No more plastic forks! No more injured sea turtles! Happy though this moment is, there’s a whole lot more to the journey towards true sustainability. The true sustainability story of that salad is a little more complex. Who caught the crayfish? Who picked the rocket? Who put it all together? Were they paid a fair wage to work in safe and healthy conditions?
The conservation of marine life is critical, but sustainability is about protecting people, as well as about protecting the planet. While it’s always about stopping business practices that damage the environment, choosing eco-friendly materials and reducing our carbon footprint, it’s also about championing social justice issues. It’s about challenging unfair and illegal inequalities in pay. Guaranteeing safe and healthy working conditions. And seeking out and eradicating modern slavery wherever it exists. It’s also about ensuring our businesses embrace the best economic and regulatory practices.
In simple terms, sustainability is about doing business in ways that guarantee environmental protection, social justice and accountability. The three pillars of sustainability are separate, but inextricably linked at the same time. In case you’re feeling overwhelmed, we have to say, don’t. Sustainability is not something you can buy from the ‘sustainable events’ shelf. It is, undoubtedly, a journey. A journey along which every step counts.
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