5 Best Sustainability Ted Talks

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you probably know of Ted Talks. They are short, powerful talks on topics that can change the world.  We’ve selected the 5 best sustainability Ted Talks which range from ethical sourcing of materials  and responsible supply chain to biodiversity alleviating global hunger.  Each one of these talks has the potential to create a massive shift towards more sustainable business practices, communities and planet. Ideas shared with communities can create lasting, sustainable change in the world, so here are the 5 best sustainability Ted Talks to inspire you to create a sustainable future.

Let’s go all-in on selling Sustainability – Steve Howard

“Sustainability has gone from a nice-to-do to a must-do.” Just look around at the big blue buildings of Ikea, which have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Steve Howard, the chief sustainability officer at IKEA, talks about his quest to sell Eco-friendly materials and practices — both internally and to worldwide customers — and lays a challenge for other global giants.

Profit it not always the Point – Harish Manwani

Harish Manwani, CCO of Unilever looks beyond short-term shareholder value to create long-term value. Harish Manwani makes a passionate argument  urging business to include value, purpose and sustainability in top-level decision-making. He embodies a holistic approach as the only way to run a 21st century business responsibly.

The Investment Logic for Sustainability – Chris McKnet

Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world’s most important goals; Chris McKnett believes that investment will change the world. If we all looked at the way made our money work for not just us, but for the planet we would see some drastic shifts from corporations. Chris McKnett makes the case that it’s large institutional investors can make a drastic impact on environmental progress. He shows how strong financial data isn’t enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company’s environmental, social and governance structures too.

The Complex Path to Sustainability – Olivia Tyler

We are not just responsible for the businesses we run; we are responsible for the entire supply chain. Patagonia has done an excellent job of educating their supply chain to encourage ethical practices and transparency. Too many companies have little to no visibility into where their products are sourced. Consumers are asking the right questions and creating pressure. In this talk, Olivia Tyler illuminates the challenges and possibilities companies face when enforcing sustainability across their supply chains.

Save the Oceans, Feed the World – Jackie Savitz

This next talk is one of the 5 best sustainability Ted Talks because it looks holistically at the ecosystem.  The current state of our oceans are having a devastating effect on  global hunger. In this talk, Jackie Savitz discusses what’s going on in our oceans and the consequences on our our global fisheries.  As a result, she offers smart suggestions to help heal our oceans, while making more food for all. Savitz aims to fix feeding the worlds billion hungriest people by fixing the worlds oceans.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching our picks for the five best sustainability Ted Talks. Now that you’re feeling inspired, why not connect with your community and have a thoughtful discussion about what you can do to create sustainable change in your home, business and community. We are all invested in a sustainable future.

We would love to know your thoughts on the 5 best sustainability Ted Talks. If you have a couple favorites, please share in the comments below.  Would you like to did deeper? Check out the Best Sustainability Documentaries on Netflix.  Do you want to find out how to make your business more sustainable? Bilancia provides actionable insights to businesses like yours. Contact us to find out more.


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