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Subject: Sustainable Business Date: 9/20/1999 5:53 PM
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Since this discussion has evolved and expanded wonderfully from the Socially Responsible Investing board and the Health & Nutrition board, I want to suggest we refocus and start a new thread back on the subject of business's responsibility to the Environment, and tie in what we've discussed about various spiritual beliefs, and historical and anthropological facts as well.

Some specific ideas I had for continuing the discussion are from an old post back on the SRI board:

1. New Sustainable business ideas
2. New Sustainable companies that are not public (or publicly known) yet
3. Ways existing companies can become more sustainable
4. Examples of projects that companies have done or Sustainability policies that companies have in place
5. Books, articles, seminars, lectures, etc, on Sustainable business
6. Sustainable business job opportunities
7. Government's role in sustainability
8. Other internet sites on Sustainability

Also, I'll repost The Natural Step's www.naturalsep.org definition of the 4 "System Conditions" of a sustainable society:

1.
IN ORDER FOR A SOCIETY TO BE SUSTAINABLE, NATURE'S FUNCTIONS AND DIVERSITY ARE NOT SYSTEMATICALLY SUBJECT TO INCREASING CONCENTRATIONS OF SUBSTANCES EXTRACTED FROM THE EARTH'S CRUST.

2.
IN ORDER FOR A SOCIETY TO BE SUSTAINABLE, NATURE'S FUNCTIONS AND DIVERSITY ARE NOT SYSTEMATICALLY SUBJECT TO INCREASING CONCENTRATIONS OF SUBSTANCES PRODUCED BY SOCIETY.

3.
IN ORDER FOR A SOCIETY TO BE SUSTAINABLE, NATURE'S FUNCTIONS AND DIVERSITY ARE NOT SYSTEMATICALLY IMPOVERISHED BY PHYSICAL DISPLACEMENT, OVER-HARVESTING OR OTHER FORMS OF ECOSYSTEM MANIPULATION.

4.
IN A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY RESOURCES ARE USED FAIRLY AND EFFICIENTLY IN ORDER TO MEET BASIC HUMAN NEEDS GLOBALLY.

Where should we go next? Do these System Conditions conflict with any religious beliefs we've been discussing?

Chris
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