Fiona Wilson is an assistant professor of strategy, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.
What role do companies play in advancing sustainability?
The social and environmental problems facing our world are increasing, not decreasing. It is becoming rapidly apparent to many that government and non-profits will not, alone, be able to help address these issues, and that we need fundamentally different approaches.
The business world has tremendous power and influence: for example, business corporations make up 52 of the world’s 100 largest “economies”; just one company alone, Walmart, has annual sales that are greater than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 85 percent of the world’s countries...