The business case for sustainability is no longer in question and companies who remain on the outskirts of the movement do so at their own risk. This is not only because they may eventually lack the ability to compete operationally, it is also because they may suffer as a result of a growing procurement trend that is linked to informed perceptions and principles.
The Green Economy Journal is South Africa’s only business publication reporting entirely on trends, analysis and insights in the green economy. Among the fastest growing segments of the economy, the green economy offers investment, economic growth, and job creation, while simultaneously shifting South Africa onto a more sustainable development trajectory. Economic, environmental, and social sustainability are the unique focus areas of this business journal, supporting labour intensive, low carbon growth, while promoting the principles of efficiency and corporate responsibility and associated business performance. The Green Economy Journal provides and promotes environmental leadership among business decision makers and policy makers in South Africa, explaining the issues and telling the stories of successful innovation and problem solving. Articles penned by thought leaders and reporters providing readers with news, facts, profiles, theories, and best practice, designed to provoke discussion, challenge conventional wisdom and stimulate action.
South Africa has put in place various strategies and policies that are aimed at the development of an environmentally sustainable, climate-change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society:
- National Development Plan (2030)
- New Growth Path (2020)
- National Strategy for Sustainable Development and Action plan (2014)
- Integrated Resource Plan,
- Industrial Policy Action Plan,
- Environment Sector Green EconomyImplementation Plan,
- National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
- National Climate Change Response White Paper.
Collectively these are a framework within which business and society can create change and an opportunity for first mover advantage and leadership in various sectors.
We look forward to this next chapter with our readers, and to playing a meaningful role in the development of knowledge and understanding of the green economy and the issues that surround it.