Becoming more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable will be the megatrend of the 21st Century because global population is increasing from today's 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050 while our resource base of natural capital is shrinking. To meet the needs and growing expectations of that population, resource and material efficiency will have to improve 400% to 1000%. Innovation on a massive scale in all sectors of the economy will be required and present tremendous opportunities for those who understand this new reality and are properly prepared and positioned.
In response to the expressed need of businesses for such individuals, the Environic Foundation International has developed a unique, four-step process to analyze the most powerful global forces that will drive change in the 21st Century, examine how companies are responding, and provide a framework for decision-making.
The program combines analysis of the implications of one or more of the forces with individual and group work to develop personal analysis and decision-making skills. The program explores long-term changes, emerging trends, new business models, case studies, and a host of examples of change-driven innovation so that students learn to recognize opportunities where they may have previously seen obstacles.
First offered in 2010, Sustainable Societies for Business develops individuals who can recognize opportunities arising out of the need to adapt to changing global conditions, markets, attitudes, policies, and practices. Because of the program's universal relevance, past participants have included Fortune 500 company managers, individual entrepreneurs, technical and service industry leaders, government officials and nonprofit officers.