A Seat at a Table

By |March 21st, 2012|Sustainability|

With the advent of market-driven sustainability standards there has been a variety of reactions from the Governments around the world who up until now ‘owned’ many national standards and controlled many trade processes such as food safety and export inspection. Some governments, cheered on by industry, saw the emerging standards as the threat, a loosening of control, and produced ‘Me too’ these standards. In some cases these were genuine attempt to manage sustainability in-house with credible environment and social conditions and continual improvement built in. […]

It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it

By |February 28th, 2012|Irrigation, Social Conditions, Sustainability|

My Brother in Law became a father relatively late in life. Before he had a Child of his own he was not renowned for risk aversion. But after fatherhood he became super conscience about every possible safety risk. All breakable objects had to be removed, there were no sharp edges allowed and any potential falls had to be blocked off. My wife began to refer to him as “Safety Bob”. Up until recently this was just an amusing family story but whilst working on sustainability systems in Papua New Guinea I had cause to remember the term Safety Bob. […]

Why become FSC Certified…

By |February 28th, 2012|Forestry, Sustainability|

The FSC (Forest stewardship Council) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. “Being FSC certified shows that your business complies with the highest social and environmental standards on the market. As public concerns about the state of the world’s forests and timber resources increases, FSC provides you with a credible solution to complex environmental and social issues. […]

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