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  • Adam Huawei, Director of Sustainability Programs, Huawei

    This article was originally published in Radar 09: Inside the Machine.

    Huawei is a global information and communications technology solutions provider headquartered in China. In November 2015 it published a research paper – Digital Enablement – aimed at accelerating progress in giving people access to digital information and resources. Adam Lane, Director of Sustainability Programs at Huawei, spoke to Alicia Ayars about the report.

    Alicia Ayars: What are the main findings of the report?

    Adam Lane: The core finding was that while more people are gaining access to the Internet those who are offline (upwards of four billion people) are getting further and further behind. While the digital divide is narrowing, it’s closing less quickly than it has in the past.

    Looking at those in extreme poverty, there is going to be real difficulty in connecting the last two to three billion to broadband internet — even though they are the ones who could benefit the most. It is clear that the problem is complicated and varied, but at the heart is the issue of business models that enable the provision of connectivity and the life-changing services the internet facilitates.

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  • Image © CC Paul Lowry

    For over 25 years, companies have valued our ability to serve as their early warning system—to interpret emerging issues and trends in the sustainable development agenda and help them anticipate, understand, and respond to shifts in the business landscape. Our Ten Trends for 2015 series distills SustainAbility’s thinking over the past year and forecasts the issues that will shape the sustainable development agenda in 2015. This is the fourth in our series of blogs expanding upon these trends.

    One of the biggest stories of 2014 was uncertainty across the energy sector, which is set to continue throughout 2015, a seminal year in the transition towards a sustainable global energy future due to the Paris climate negotiations in December 2015. Price volatility coupled with record gains in renewable energy provision, the rise of divestment from fossil fuel companies, and growing momentum for real emissions reductions is placing pressure on society to act quickly in the fight against climate change. No actor is more impacted by these changes than fossil fuel companies. The time has arrived for them to engage constructively around the provision of energy under emissions constraints and recognize their new role in society. …

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  • Image © CC Domiriel: Compfight

    The identification and engagement of a company’s stakeholders to build trust, reduce risk and develop effective partnerships have been at the core of our work with business leaders for many years. As the rhetoric grows that no singular business is capable of addressing environmental and social challenges alone, companies must think now more than ever about how they can engage with NGOs, governments and other actors to develop collaborative solutions to system problems.

    Over the years, we have seen stakeholder engagement move in this direction. It’s evolved from tactical, compliance and risk-focused to more strategic and solutions-orientated, with stakeholders engaged up and down the value chain—not only as partners on critical issues but also as key players to improve business performance. …

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  • As global carbon emissions rise and fossil fuel demands drive resource availability, the need for leadership on climate and resource innovation and for institutions to act with urgency, addressing long-term constraints is increasingly critical. Prominent examples of leadership in this space, however, remain …

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  • A compilation of SustainAbility's current and past thinking on the future of energy.

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  • Effective employee engagement is more essential than ever, both for sustainability and core business success.

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  • Public trust in companies is at record lows. Is improved disclosure a way to reverse the trend?

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  • Why energy rationing, not seen in the UK since WWII, may be exactly what's needed to jumpstart climate action.

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  • The good, the bad and the ugly of the Carbon Disclosure Project FTSE350 results.

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  • Cheering designers' increasing interest in sustainability.

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  • What does a web-savvy Belgian tree tell us about the evolution of corporate engagement on the web?

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  • Do both "global warming" and "climate change" fall short as descriptive terms for the huge challenges they describe?

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  • It seems as if the topic of integrated reporting is on everybody’s mind these days (at least within the circles I run).

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  • During a recent away day I proceeded to pick a fight about the merits of purchasing so called "green energy".

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  • I’d heard rumblings about a protest of considerable size taking place at the BP headquarters in St James’ Sq, London...

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