Some issues are perennial favourites: paper and its role; last mile delivery and its evolution; carbon footprint and the growing desire to become carbon neutral; the changing workplace and the increasing concern for and implementation of wider CSR issues… the list goes on.
Much progress has been made in all of these areas as the following pages will demonstrate. Germany’s Faber-Castell is an outstanding example of a company that exudes green and CSR credentials and is completely carbon neutral to boot, while French reseller Bureau Vallée demands the highest ecological standards not just from within its own organisation, but also from its suppliers.
The larger picture was looking pretty good too. Out of last year’s climate conference in Paris – COP21 – came the Paris Agreement, a deal that has now been ratified by more than 100 countries and which came into effect on 4 November 2016.
So why do I say “was" looking good? Because there’s the not-to-be-underestimated impact that the brand new President-elect of the US might have. Environmental regulations and agreements have repeatedly been attacked by Donald Trump, he wants to slash funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (if not abolish it altogether) and he said he would "cancel" the Paris Agreement and other international efforts that address the “hoax” issue of climate change.
With all this said, it remains to be seen how much of a game changer the Paris Agreement will be if the world’s biggest economy is not on board. This scepticism aside, others will still do their utmost to make sure it will be.