The Business Logic of Sustainability

Sustainability = bad for business?

It has been said that zero waste, zero carbon, sustainable industry is not profitable, that is, businesses can’t make money. As a result, it’s very difficult to make a big impact on this problem.

But is this true? Is sustainability (持続可能性) bad for business? Ray Anderson (July 28, 1934 – August 8, 2011) had a very different idea.But is this true? Is sustainability ( bad for business? Ray Anderson (July 28, 1934 – August 8, 2011) had a very different idea.

Interface has reached a series of major sustainability milestones at its European manufacturing facility in Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands. As of January 2014 the company has been operating with 100% renewable energy (both electricity and gas), using virtually zero water in its manufacturing processes and has attained zero waste to landfill.

Top-down or bottom-up? Or both?

What could we do here at Kochi University? At your table, discuss this with your friends. What are your top three recommendations for what we could do at Kochi University to increase sustainability? Write them on the small boards and be present them to the class (in English).

Of all the ideas you heard from presented today by your classmates, which one do you think would make the greatest impact at this university? Why?

Refugees in Japan

There are refugees from Asia, Middle East, Africa and many other countries globally who seek refuge in Japan. In many cases, they did not specifically choose Japan and they come here, out of the limited number of countries they can go, by chance as their Japan visa got approved. For those refugees fleeing from their country of origin in fear of persecution, it is a major challenge for them to obtain a legitimate passport and in some instances, they had to pay brokers in order to obtain a “fake passport” and leave the country.

–The Japan Association of Refugees
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Refugees & Us

Honduran refugees heading towards the USA…and this guy:
“I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me –and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
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