The Sustainability rhetoric does not work any more

Reimagined or Reimagining Sustainability is often a corporate jargon, as a green washing rhetorical device. Sustainability is social and environmental justice with teeth, and the normative politics is subsumed within the pragmatic instincts of neoliberal capitalism. I have heard always that sustainability is a cost centre than a profit centre and costly measures are taken to cover the compliance requirements as per home country legal architecture. Sustainability as a reputational risk management tool is again pragmatic and does not go far enough. Sustainability is ethics, and is contextual. In a start up or the ICT sector it might be gender diversity and grievance redressal mechanisms, while for a manufacturing stakeholder it might be waste management. Indicator building and Monitoring and Evaluation help, but in a post Truth Trump Era, Sustainability might just mean an ethical work environment.


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