Author name: Chris Milton

is a seasoned sustainability journalist focusing on business, finance and clean technology. His writing's been carried by a number of highly respected publishers, including The Guardian, The Washington Post and Scientific American. You can follow him on twitter as @britesprite, where he's one of Mashable's top green tweeters and Fast Company's CSR thought leaders. Alternatively you can follow him to the shops... but that would be boring.

Three Lessons for a Sustainable Economy

In 2008 Lehman Brothers collapsed in a fiery inferno and the capital markets were consumed by brimstone. Or so some would have us believe.  The truth is it was all perfectly predictable because sudden collapses of confidence are built into today’s business cycle, where those with assets to protect try to inflate their value as

What is Sustainability?

Any business, any person, can understand sustainability.  It’s not difficult, in fact it’s remarkably easy.  It’s all about give and take, and making sure you give more than you take. Is that such a terrible thing to say, to say that a business ought to create more than it absorbs?  Not just in terms of

Why it pays BP to be criminal

Earlier today I was scribbling away furiously trying to keep up with the news that BP admits criminal liability for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  Then an astounding thought struck me: it’s actually paying BP to be a criminal. My thinking goes something like this.

How Will A Carbon Market Drive Economic Land Reform?

Gazing into the future of a carbon market, two things seem certain: a fundamental change to the economy and sweeping land reforms. There are two well known and highly charged sayings about land: —–agriculture is the foundation of economic growth —–all land use is inherently political The fast approaching world of a carbon market could

Taxpayer Bailouts : The Lie You Need To Know

I have an issue. A problem, a concern. A nag. It’s an itch, and I just gotta scratch it. It’s this. America, the UK and Iceland have all been bailed out by the taxpayer. You see it and you hear it: “Taxpayer to pump billions of squidoos into financial system” etc. Except it’s a bald

GDP Growth Needs Replacing, But With What?

Last week, while poking around a few dusty corners of the internet, I came across a small business future group which one person had left because of disagreement about the prominence of sustainability in the group’s charter. This is a shame. Those who are facing up to the current challenges in business need to work

Will Business Ever Take Human Rights Seriously?

The UN Global Compact has a whole basketful of detractors. This is not surprising: like anything emanating from UNHQ in Manhattan it is unwieldy and slow moving, and often seems to work against itself. Recently it hit back at these critics and got tough by introducing “integrity measures”. These resulted in over 20% of its

Global Top Twenty Sustainable Businesses Announced

Identifying those businesses that are genuinly sustainable can often be a trial of endurance. To try and relieve some of the pain, Sustainable Business has recently released the 2008 SB20: the top twenty sustainable company stocks worldwide. The aim is to showcase innovative companies which have either made considerable progress in making their management practices

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