LATEST NEWS
  • 8 Aug 2014: Is There Life Beyond Capitalism? We think so! We have more choices than we realise, as new solutions to fix our broken and dysfunctional systems of economy and commerce are emerging and converging. Mike Townsend, in his latest article Life Beyond Capitalism - published in the Summer 2014 Edition of the RSA Journal - sets out the direction of travel for the increasingly influential Sustainable Economy Project and the emerging network of progressive business schools and universities that are supporting the transition towards the Sustainable Economy.

  • 11 Jun 2014: Congratulations! 25 Years of the Exeter MBA. Earthshine was proud to support the University of Exeter Business School and WWF with their celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the Exeter (One Planet) MBA – a great evening in London, hosted by EY, with a keynote from our CEO, Mike Townsend – looking at the key challenges and big shifts required in our business-economic thinking and practice, if we are to deliver on the promise of sustainable prosperity. We wish the whole team at Exeter all the very best for the next 25 years and beyond!

  • 28 May 2014: From Great to Even Greater Expectations! Despite some good work by a few leading lights, businesses around the globe are struggling to make progress on sustainability – CEOs admit they are struggling to make the business case for long-term investments. Our perspectives on investment will need to undergo a radical shift if we are to give our businesses the right conditions in which they can move forward with confidence and deliver long-term prosperity, says Mike Townsend in his latest article Greater Expectations, published by edie.net.

  • 12 May 2014: Dangerous assumptions lurking in virtually all of our business plans: Is the pursuit of continuous growth the single biggest issue for our businesses and our economies? Will the circular economy provide the silver bullet, or do we need to get more scientific with our business planning? Mike Townsend investigates in his latest article, Is Growth the Real Elephant in the Room? published by edie.net.

  • 25 Mar 2014: Telesummit: Demystifying the Purpose Economy. Our economy is entering a new period where ‘purpose’ is coming increasingly to the fore, as the ultimate capital and the cornerstone for making a real difference in the world. Earthshine is pleased to support the Purpose Telesummit, ‘Demystifying the Purpose Economy’, being run online from South Africa, this week. The Telesummit involves contributions from eleven thought leaders from around the world – and you can now access all videos via The Purpose Economy Telesummit Compilation , brought to you by Proudly for Purpose.

  • 20 Mar 2014: Sustainable business: Is it time to change our story? We talk about sustainability becoming embedded in everything we do, as part of our corporate DNA. It is certainly true that sustainability has come a long way over the last decade – and with each step, we’re getting closer to the heart of business strategy and decision-making – but we’re not there yet. Mike Townsend explores what a new narrative for business – within a sustainable economy – could really look like, in his latest article New Chapter, published in the final edition of Sustainable Business magazine.

  • 19 Mar 2014: Good Evening, Copenhagen! Mike Townsend was pleased to deliver a seminar on the future of sustainable business models and strategies, entitled ‘Capitalism 2.0? Managing Risk, Opportunity and the Transition to Sustainable Economy,’ as part of the Sustainability Seminar Series at Copenhagen Business School. Mike said after the event, “Business schools have a vital part to play in shifting the conversation and helping the necessary transition to a sustainable economy – and it is a real pleasure to work with one of the most progressive business schools in the world, to help get this message across.”

  • 23 Jan 2014: Sustainable Economy Project Gathers Pace! We are delighted to announce great progress on our new project, which aims to support the transition to a sustainable economy, where businesses, people and the planet can all prosper.
    Since the launch of our Paper – A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0 – in collaboration with TSSS last October, the Sustainable Economy Project is going from strength-to-strength, and now has over 4,000 supporters, and growing.
    Prominent supporters include Paul Polman (CEO, Unilever), Yvon Chouinard (CEO, Patagonia), Bob Massie (President of New Economy Coalition) and David Korten (leading author & Co-chair of the New Economy Working Group) – and we are delighted they are sharing their great blogs and articles, helping to spread awareness and progress the debate.
    As Polman nicely puts it, we all have a role to play, so please do join us – and become part of the quiet revolution!

  • 6 Jan 2014: New Strategic Report – Risk or Opportunity? From 1st October 2013, all private and quoted businesses - except the smallest – are now required to produce a Strategic Report, as part of their Annual Reporting.
    In essence, this should allow the company to tell its story, share its strategy and business model, and identify the principle risks and challenges, including material sustainability issues. The new approach is designed to improve transparency, shareholder awareness of key issues that can impact on company performance (and value), and help build trust and confidence in our companies.
    At first glance, this may appear to be a burden. But, if executed well, it can help take the business to the next level of performance – adding real value – for the top line, the bottom line, and by de-risking the business. The Strategic Report also aligns with our holistic Sustainable Business Transformer – developed and refined over the last seven years – which enables a proactive, commercially-focused, and integrated approach to sustainable business success.
    Compliance is a given, but the magic comes when we turn this exercise into real opportunity! For an informal chat about how may support you with your Strategic Review, please feel free to contact us strategy@earthshinesolutions.com.

  • 18 Dec 2013: Interview: Too much talk, too little action! Michael Townsend gives his verdict on the progress of corporations, and where businesses need to be heading, in the necessary transition towards a sustainable economy: interview with Jonas Rehnberg, originally published by EYE Magazine, December 2013.

  • 13 Dec 2013: Top contributors of 2013: who are they and why are they so passionate about sustainability? Michael Townsend was delighted to be included in the 2-degrees Network leaderboard of Top Contributors for 2013. Michael was also pleased to have two articles in the Top 5 for strategy and engagement in 2013.

  • 28 Nov 2013: The revolution is already happening! We do not have to be constrained by our current dysfunctional system of capitalism, argues Michael Townsend. People are already finding and implementing more attractive alternatives, driving a range of key shifts that will change everything. Read latest article for The Ecologist.

  • 25 Nov 2013: Natural Capital? There Is No Wealth but Life! It may be that the emerging concept of Natural Capital provides the answer we are looking for; a pragmatic expedient to modify business behaviour towards a more sustainable world, or is it naturally missing the point? Michael Townsend picks up the arguement for the Huffington Post.

  • 15 Nov 2013: Video Interview: Suffering from Corporate Schizophrenia? Following his keynote address at this year's EY RiskConference in Stockholm, Michael Townsend was asked to share his thoughts on the business case for sustainability, and how we might overcome what he refers to as "corporate schizophrenia..." We would like to thank the EY team in Sweden for this short Interview.

  • 25 Oct 2013: Interview: Capitalism is Flawed, But An Alternative System is Well Within Reach! Tom Idle, Editor in Chief with 2-degrees, puts Michael Townsend through his paces, on the launch of our ambitious new project that aims to bring about a better, healthier and sustainable economy: 2-degrees Interview.
    Please also join us; read and reflect, join the debate on our Online Community, share your own stories, and be the change!

  • 24 Oct 2013: How do we realise the true business case for sustainability? Our CEO, Michael Townsend, was delighted to deliver a keynote speech at Ernst & Young’s RiskConference in Stockholm, Sweden, last Friday. “A fascinating day, with some great presentations, engaging discussions and workshops,” Michael shared afterwards. “I was also very impressed by the very progressive mindset of the business community out there, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been too surprised; Sweden was recently rated No. 1, the Most Sustainable Country on the planet, by Corporate Knights! And it is always the people that make an event so special; Anne Lise Kjaer was inspiring, Tomas and the EY Team were all marvellous, and it was fantastic to work with Elisif Elvinsdotter. I look forward to going back again, very soon.”
    Here's a link to Michael's slide deck - a journey of discovery at various levels of the business case; the risks and opportunities for sustainable business: Realising the True Business Case.

  • 15 Oct 2013: A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0: Part 1 - Blueprints for a Sustainable Economy. At long last, we are delighted to share our new Paper, released this week; you can download a free copy via this link: A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0.
    Our aim is to share our journey with people around the world, to help generate greater awareness of the issues and possibilities, to promote debate, to provide a sense of hope for what might be, and how we could all make the transition towards a more sustainable economy.
    Please join us; read and reflect, join the debate on our Online Community, share your own stories, and be the change!

  • 4 Oct 2013: In Search of Capitalism 2.0: A Clean Slate? We set out on a journey in search of Capitalism 2.0, but we found so much more - read our latest article on the Huffington Post.
    Please also join us on our journey and register for our new paper to be released next week, A Journey in Search of Capitalism 2.0.

  • 21 Aug 2013: What's the real business case for sustainability? In his latest article for the Guardian, Michael Townsend turns the conventional business case on its head, urging the board to take a business strategic view - before reality really starts to bite: Guardian Sustainable Business - Real Business Case? And for a full unedited version, here's a copy on the The Sustainable Business Lab - Real Business Case?

  • 5 Aug 2013: NEW COURSES: Integrating Mindfulness for Long-term Business Success: Mindfulness is increasingly cited as a breakthrough technique, in helping organisations better manage the unexpected in a challenging, and highly competitive environment - and the results are impressive!
    We are pleased to announce that - in collaboration with Dr Bronwen Rees of the East West Sanctuary - we have put together a unique series of courses on Mindfulness in Business. These courses will provide an introduction into mindfulness techniques, but also the practical application in a business context; working through real business and life challenges.
    Please feel free to download our Mindfulness in Business Courses Summary for further details.

  • 6 Jun 2013: Kick-off with the B Team! Earthshine is delighted to be partnering with Richard Branson’s B Team - helping to drive their Plan B for Business – a plan that puts people and planet on an equal footing with profit.

    The B Team is a collective of some of the world’s leading figures in business, including Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz. Their focus is on execution and action – catalysing and amplifying others’ efforts on large scale ‘Challenges’ – and these Challenges will be revealed at their launch event on 13th June, 2013.

    We would like you to join us for the official B Team Launch – you can follow this link at 9:30am (BST) on 13th June – to watch the live broadcast, or view the recording at any time afterwards: http://earthshine.bte.am

    We are particularly excited about this collaboration, as there are strong synergies with our CAP2 Project – with shared values and goals – and, through our combined efforts, the potential to create a bigger impact.

    Our own CAP2 Paper, in collaboration with TSSS, will be published in early July – please follow this link to sign up for more details, and watch this space for further announcements and exciting news.

  • 29 May 2013: Wisdom at work? We are delighted to share the latest edition of Interconnections Journal with you, entitled 'Wisdom at work: capitalism in transition'. A fascinating selection of articles on this hot topic, includes a contribution from our CEO, Mike Townsend – Capitalism: from crisis to opportunity – which looks at the emerging variants of capitalism, and develops a Manifesto for systemic change - at financial, institutional, and organisational level - one that encourages the resourcefulness and adaptability of people in meeting our challenges. Simply put, we can be the change we want to see! This edition also aligns quite nicely, with our forthcoming CAP2 publication and campaign. Watch this space!

  • 23 Apr 2013: Could Mindfulness hold the key to unlock a sustainable future? In the fifth and final part of the Sustainable Business Strategy series, Mike Townsend explores how mindfulness might help us unlock the more fundamental challenges, as we seek to transform our businesses: Part 5 - Grace Under Pressure?
    This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 3 Apr 2013: What's the real game changer in sustainable business? Part 4 in the sustainable business strategy asks: Can we really be sustainable without addressing the fundamental issue of ownership? And could this be the key to unlock the necessary transformation of our economies? Part 4 - Ownership is Everything.
    This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 18 Mar 2013: How will our organisations need to adapt? Part 3 in the sustainable business strategy series looks at the appropriateness of our business formats; is it time to consider alternatives, such as the B Corporation approach? Part 3 - Better by Re-design.
    This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 21 Feb 2013: The Capitalism 2.0 Project. In December 2012, Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series (TSSS) hosted an event that initiated an exploration of what Capitalism 2.0 could look like – few events have evoked such enthusiasm among its audience. There’s definitely a strong desire towards a deep reflection upon the system that we take for granted as the only operating system for our global economy.
    Under the strategic direction of Michael Townsend and Brad Zarnett, Earthshine and TSSS have joined forces to raise awareness and advise companies of the shift towards a new business model – one that creates wealth, opportunity and satisfaction for the greatest number of people.
    This effort will move up a gear with the release of a White Paper, “Capitalism 2.0: Strategies for 21st Century Enterprise”. This paper will provide strategic guidance on how organizations can thrive in a new economy – an economy that we’re calling CAP2. To be notified when the White Paper is released, and to join our email list, please register at the TSSS website.

  • 12 Feb 2013: How will you transform your business? The second in a new five-part series for 2-degrees Network, considers how we might adapt our approaches and re-discover our strategic side, in developing our sustainable business strategies: Part 2 - The 12 Pillars of Sustainable Business Success.

    This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 25 Jan 2013: No more heroes, anymore? We are delighted to share the recent Eco Hero interview with our CEO, Mike Townsend - discover the radical changes he'd make if he were Prime Minister for a day, and his very own Eco Hero. Greenhouse PR presents Eco Hero: Mike Townsend, the latest in their fascinating series.

  • 21 Jan 2013: What does your sketch of the future look like? At this time of year we see a flurry of articles, with predictions and trends for the coming year. But, given the profound nature of the shifts we are experiencing, and their lack of respect for our arbitrary calendar, it is also useful to look further ahead, to take in the bigger picture, and look at where all this could be heading. Michael Townsend provides his Top 15 Hopes for 2013 and Beyond..., published by the 2-degrees Network.

  • 14 Jan 2013: What is the shelf life of your business? We are pleased to announce a new five-part series for 2-degrees Network, which explores the development of genuinely sustainable business strategies – from the compelling need, through an integrated board agenda, new business and ownership models, frameworks for change, to re-booting the business mindset. In the first part, we see business strategy at the crossroads, and how the sustainability strategy and the business strategy should be one and the same – totally integrated: Part 1 - Is Business Strategy Fit-for-Purpose?. This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 7 Jan 2013: Leadership: what were the top five stories from 2012? We were delighted to learn that Michael Townsend's article on The Sustainability Gap was ranked number 3 in the most popular articles on the Guardian's leadership hub. for 2012. We hope you enjoy reading and reflecting on this one, and we look forward to sharing more with you, through 2013 and beyond!

  • 21 Dec 2012: Capitalism 2.0 - Is There a Better Way? A summary of Michael Townsend's four-part exploration of the limitations inherent within the current economic framework, what might be needed to promote a genuinely sustainable economy, the risks and opportunities for business, and how business leaders may contribute, is now available on both Huffington Post and 2-degrees Network.

  • 28 Nov 2012: Skills for a Greener Economy: Our CEO, Michael Townsend, was delighted to present and participate in the Skills for a Greener Economy event in Cambridge yesterday – a fascinating day, with some great presentations, discussions and workshops - organised by Anglia Ruskin University and the Higher Education Academy. Here's a link to Michael's slide pack: Realising the Potential. Looking ahead, Earthshine hopes to do more in sharing our research and engaging with the academic community, to help influence a curriculum for a sustainable future.

  • 13 Nov 2012: How can business leaders transform our economies and shape the future? In the previous instalment in this series, we asked what the impacts, opportunities, and risks for business could be. In the fourth and final article, we look at how an economic transformation might come about, along with the risks and challenges involved, and how business leaders can help shape the future: Capitalism 2.0 Part 4 - Metamorphosis. This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 31 Oct 2012: Could Capitalism 2.0 actually be good for business? In the third article in our four-part series for the 2-degrees Network, we explore the impacts and the opportunities that could arise for business, should we take the opportunity to develop a more sustainable approach to capitalism: Capitalism 2.0 Part 3 - Good for Business? This series is based on ground-breaking research from our Global Research Project - for more information please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 19 Oct 2012: Capitalism 2.0 - Part 2: In the Nursery of the New. The second article in a four-part series, published by the 2-degrees Network, we explore what the future might hold, the features of a sustainable economy, and what the business landscape could look like. Capitalism 2.0 Part 2 - In the Nursery of the New. For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 28 Sep 2012: Enlightened business strategy: closing the sustainability gap: New article published in the Guardian. Too many businesses are sleepwalking towards extinction - unaware of the limits to their business models. Our CEO, Michael Townsend explores how the companies that will survive and prosper are going way beyond eco-efficiency, to integrate sustainability into the very core of their business strategies: Enlightened Business Strategy. For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 26 Sep 2012: Capitalism 2.0 - What does the future hold for business? The first in a four-part feature, published by the 2-degrees Network, we investigate the limitations inherent within the current operating system, and explore what might be needed to promote a genuinely sustainable economy. Capitalism 2.0 Part 1 - Out with the Old. For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 15 Aug 2012: Mind the Gap Between Corporate Behaviour and Sustainability: New article published in the Guardian. Our CEO, Michael Townsend asks what factors lie behind the misalignment of company behaviour and sustainability goals: Mind the Gap. For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 13 Aug 2012: What Would a Sustainable Bank Look Like? We are delighted to share our new in-depth case study, which explores the Triodos approach to sustainable banking, published on our project website & online community at the Sustainable Business Lab. Read more about one of the world’s leading banks with sustainability at the heart of its mission, to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change.

  • 9 Jul 2012: Conference - Sustainability Applied 2012 - Toronto, October 17/18: The Earthshine Team is delighted to be supporting this groundbreaking event, which will see more than 300 leaders, decision-makers and doers from across North America and around the world, discover the business value of fully integrating sustainability within their organizations - to improve resource efficiency and create long-term economic, environmental and social benefits. In addition to participating on the conference Advisory Panel, and the BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Award panel, our CEO Michael Townsend is leading a session on Smarter Business Strategies. Early-bird discounts are available until July 31st: please feel free to visit the conference website for more details.

  • 30 Jun 2012: Making Life Better! - Sustainable Business magazine ran a feature in May on ‘Life Technologies’, one of our clients in the US. “We want to change a moment into a movement," vows Cristina Amorim. As vice president of Global Citizenship at the US biotechnology business Life Technologies, Amorim is working hard to prove that sustainability pays – not only in reducing risk, but also in finding new markets for its innovative products." Please feel free to download a copy. This article was based on the detailed case study work developed for our Global Research Project.

  • 20 Jun 2012: Sustainabilitylive! 2012 Seminar Programme - Developing Smarter Corporate Strategies: the inspirational and thought-provoking presentations from our session at Birmingham's NEC, back in May, are now available for download.

  • 23 May 2012: In Conversation with... (podcast) With the conclusion of the 'Sustainable Business: As If People Matter' series, Tom Idle (Editor of Sustainable Business magazine) came to Peterborough to meet with Earthshine's CEO, Michael Townsend, to discuss his epic series, along with Earthshine's wider remit in working with the sustainable companies of tomorrow. Listen to the Podcast. Please feel free to contact us, if you would like to discuss how Earthshine can help you deliver sustainable business success.

  • 22 May 2012: Developing Smarter Corporate Strategies Michael Townsend, our CEO, presented and chaired a session on Smarter Corporate Strategies at SustainabilityLive! in Birmingham today. "A very enjoyable and thought provoking session." Michael commented, "With some great stories and insights from organisations taking an integrated approach to sustainability and business performance." A copy of the presentation is available here: Setting the Scene. Please feel free to contact us, if you would like to discuss how we can help you go further, with your smarter business strategies.

  • 16 May 2012: Earthshine on Facebook - Official Page Launch We are delighted to share our new Facebook page with you - please do feel free to come and visit, 'like' and engage with us - daily updates, insights, dialogue and collaboration: Earthshine on Facebook.

  • 16 May 2012: Green Skills: time for joined-up thinking! New article published in the May edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The fifth and final part in the Sustainable Business: As If People Matter series, Michael Townsend looks at the skills challenge, and how we might close the gap as we move towards a sustainable and low carbon economy: Green Skills For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org. For more information on Sustainable Business magazine, please visit their website.

  • 12 Apr 2012: Pity the Poor Investor? New article published in the April edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The fourth in a five-part series, Sustainable Business: As If People Matter, Michael Townsend takes the investors' perspective, as they too try and make sense of a changing world: Pity the Poor Investor? For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org. For more information on Sustainable Business magazine, please visit their website.

  • 6 Mar 2012: Rising to the Challenge! New article published in the March edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The third in a five-part series, Sustainable Business: As If People Matter, Michael Townsend discusses the qualities that business leaders must show, if they are to shine in a changing world: Rising to the Challenge! For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org. For more information on Sustainable Business magazine, please visit their website.

  • 27 Jan 2012: Connect, Encourage! New article published in the Jan/Feb edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The second of a five-part series, Sustainable Business: As If People Matter, Michael Townsend explains how engaging people is vital in making a successful and lasting transition towards sustainable business, as well as delivering tangible business benefits: Connect, Encourage! For more information on our Global Research Project please join our free online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 12 Dec 2011: A Ray of Earthshine! We were delighted to catch the eye of the business editor at Peterborough Evening Telegraph, following our relocation to UKs environmental capital a few months back: “Working with Earthshine you can make the transition (to sustainable business), better, faster and more cost-effectively.” Ray of Earthshine, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

  • 26 Nov 2011: For The People! New article published in the November/December edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The first of a five-part series, ‘Sustainable Business: As If People Matter’, Michael Townsend explains how a people-centered approach leads to superior business – and economic – performance: For The People! For more information on our Global Research Project please join our online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 21 Sep 2011: Surviving Creative Destruction New article published in the October edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The world is going through a major economic transition in which capitalism must evolve. Michael Townsend considers the 'strategic icebergs' on the horizon - and how businesses should respond: Surviving Creative Destruction. For more information on our Global Research Project please join our online community at www.sustainablebusinesslab.org.

  • 12 Sep 2011: On the Move! After five years in London, we have decided to relocate our UK HQ to Peterborough, a city dedicated to becoming UK’s environmental capital. From Monday 12th September our UK HQ will be located at The Eco Innovation Centre, Peterscourt, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1SA. Our new office telephone number is 01733 294552. The move has come at a convenient time in the evolution of our business, reflects the wider geographic spread of our UK customer base, and also our desire to be working at the heart of the sustainable, low carbon economy.

  • 29 Aug 2011: Twelve Principles for Sustainable Business - now published! This item, sharing some of the key insights from the first stage of our global research project In Search of Sustainable Business, is now published in the August edition of Sustainable Business magazine. Twelve Principles for Sustainable Business SB Aug 2011. For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 12 Jul 2011: 12 Principles for Sustainable Business:
    There is much talk of business needing to become more sustainable, in the face of an increasing number of challenges, including climate change, peak oil, new legislation, reputational risk, and increasing costs. That companies need to change is no longer the debate, but there is a need to understand (in easy terms) what businesses could be doing and how this action will deliver sustainable business success, as well as helping to save the planet. We are pleased to share some of the initial insights from our Global Research Project, distilled into twelve principles for sustainable business. Many of the lessons we believe are transferable and, therefore, helpful to businesses in all sectors. Feel free to follow this link for a summary of the 12 Principles: For a copy of the full report please visit the Case Studies/Learning section at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 8 Jul 2011: Sustainability in the DNA of Your Business? New article published in the July edition of Sustainable Business magazine. Following up on the previous month’s item on the higher purpose of business, Michael Townsend considers how companies can address this challenge through effective management of business risk and long-term profitability: Sustainable Business Models SB July 2011. For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 28 Jun 2011: Sustainable Business: Insights & Inspiration Earthshine is pleased to publish Insights and Inspiration, the first report arising from the groundbreaking Global Research Project “In Search of Sustainable Business”. The project seeks to help accelerate the transition to a sustainable and low carbon world, through improving the awareness of the real possibilities for sustainable business and the positive business case for change.
    Jonathon Porritt, Founder of Forum for the Future and former Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, offers his support: "Insights and Inspiration provides a really interesting (and useful!) snapshot of all the different ‘cutting edges’ in the fast-moving world of corporate sustainability."
    Michael Townsend, CEO of Earthshine added “We’ve come across some pioneering companies; some well known names, some emerging businesses, but each offering a fresh insight and something to inspire. We want to help spread this message and engage with businesses, large and small, interested in tackling the most fundamental challenges of our time as well as managing business risk and improving long-term profitability. The business case really is a no brainer!”
    You can download the Executive Summary: GRP Insights & Inspiration Exec Summary June 2011. For a copy of the full report, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org where you can join-up and download your free copy from the Case Studies, Learning section.

  • 8 Jun 2011: Time for a Business Model Amnesty? New article published in the June edition of Sustainable Business magazine. Some risks can be tamed through eco-efficiency initiatives, others require the business model to be re-evaluated. This first part in a series of articles considers the higher purpose of business and the ability to generate long-term profitability: Business Model Amnesty SB June 2011. For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 27 May 2011: Integrating Sustainability into Your Business Strategy? Our CEO, Michael Townsend made his presentation Time for a Business Model Amnesty at the SustainabilityLive! conference at Birmingham's NEC yesterday. "A very enjoyable and thought provoking session" Michael commented, "But we have a long way to go in truly integrating sustainability within business; in some cases we've sorted the short-term money, through eco-efficiency initiatives, but we have to go much further and sort the long-term money as well: we need to review and re-build our business models". A copy of the presentation is available here : Time for a Business Model Amnesty? For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 5 May 2011: Mind the Gap! New article published in the May edition of Sustainable Business magazine. The 'energy gap' is looming large, but the good news is that companies can develop a structured response to save 30-40% in energy and costs, right now: Mind the Gap SB May 2011. For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 14 Apr 2011: Integrating Sustainability into your Corporate Strategy Our CEO Michael Townsend will be speaking at SustainabilityLive! NEC Birmingham on 26th May, 2011. In this session Michael, along with Ramon Arratia from InterfaceFLOR and Dr Bevis Watts from Triodos Bank, will explore how companies who go beyond eco-efficiency and realign their business models are able to deliver a far greater impact, for the economy, business and the planet: SustainabilityLive! SB Conference Programme.

  • 8 Apr 2011: Transition to Sustainable Business: are we going far enough and fast enough? New article published in the April edition of Sustainable Business magazine. A major new survey is being undertaken, building on the detailed case study insights from our Global Research Project, to develop a better understanding of the overall topography of the sustainable business landscape: Transition Survey SB April 2011. For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 1 Mar 2011: Green Shoots? New article published in the March edition of Sustainable Business magazine. As the Global Research Project moves on to North America, Michael Townsend looks at the programmes and approaches making a difference in Ontario: Green Shoots SB March 2011. For more information and case studies, please visit our Global Research Project site at www.globalsustainablebusiness.org.

  • 25 Jan 2011: Towards a Sustainable Economy? New article due for publication in the February edition of Sustainable Business magazine. This month Michael Townsend considers how the UK government needs to go further in delivering a green and sustainable economy. For a copy of the article: Pointing the Way SB Feb 2011

  • 17 Jan 2011: Growth & Sustainability? Michael Townsend has published his latest column in the January edition of Sustainable Business magazine. This month Michael considers how moving towards a circular economy, perhaps utilizing Braungart's Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy, may help us resolve the apparent paradox between sustainability and economic growth. For a copy of the article: Circular Economy SB Jan 2011

  • 8 Nov 2010: New Business Models Required: Our CEO, Michael Townsend, has published his latest column in the December edition of Sustainable Business magazine. This month Michael reflects on the companies that are fundamentally changing the way they do business to deliver superior business performance as well as saving the planet. For a copy of the article: New Business Models SB Dec 2010.

  • 29 Oct 2010: Sustainable Business Pioneer Endorses Earthshine Project: We are delighted to announce the support of Ray Anderson, Founder & Chairman of Interface, for our Global Research Project "In Search of... Sustainable Business". Ray has kindly agreed to write the Foreword for The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business (forthcoming). "Ray has been at the forefront of developing sustainable business practice over the last fourteen years and we are delighted to have him on board", says Michael Townsend, Earthshine CEO. "His passion, commitment, persistence and determination are inspirational. I feel a great deal of alignment in our respective missions to help others find a way forward in sustainable business." For more information on Ray's inspirational journey with Interface.

  • 29 Sep 2010: Global Research Project Update: We are pleased to publish our monthly column in the October edition of Sustainable Business magazine. This month we feature the new online community at "globalsustainablebusiness.org". For a copy of the article: GSB Online Community SB Oct 2010.

  • 20 Sep 2010: News Release: A New Online Community for Businesses Integrating Sustainability Principles We are pleased to announce the launch of "globalsustainablebusiness.org" a new online community for businesses interested in integrating sustainability principles to improve their top line, bottom line and do their bit for the planet. Tobin Aldrich, Director of Fundraising with WWF-UK comments "Achieving the scale of change needed is a massive challenge. Business is critical to this and every type of business has a role to play. This project is a very practical way to spread the growing body of experience of sustainable business practices and the successes, but also the challenges and setbacks as well, in a way that is relevant to all sizes of company in all sectors." GSB News Release.

  • 27 Aug 2010: Too Much Hot Air: Estates Review (Sept/Oct 2010): Our CEO Michael Townsend is featured in the latest edition of Estates Review. This article urges Government to make the most of the sustainability and eco-efficiency agendas in tackling our economic challenges as well as moving towards a low carbon future. Too Much Hot Air article.

  • 19 Aug 2010: Sustainable Business magazine (Aug/Sept 2010): We are delighted to publish an article in SB, due out the first week in September: "Bravery Pays Dividends" is written by our CEO Michael Townsend. "This piece provides a summary of the initial insights emerging from our first tranche of case studies on the Global Research Project," Mike explained. "There are some impressive companies out there, not always just the big brands, delivering some great results. We are very happy to share this learning in the hope that it helps inspire other businesses to forge a way forward." Bravery Pays Dividends article.

  • 1 Jul 2010: Earthshine included in Skanska UK Corporate Responsibility Report 2009: We are delighted that our work is gaining recognition within one of the UK's leading project development and construction companies. Skanska UK is clearly committed to becoming a 'Deep Green' company and we are pleased to be associated with their progressive stance and for their support on our Global Research Project "In Search of Sustainable Business". Skanska CR Report 2009.

  • 3 May 2010: Earthshine in Canadian Business Journal (May 2010): We are delighted to be featured in an article "Sustainability Just Makes Good Business Sense" written by Dwayne Matthews (President of Drayton Weissenfels Inc) in this month's Canadian Business Journal. "It is great to be getting more involved in the North American scene" said Mike Townsend, CEO of Earthshine, "There is a real buzz out there, a growing community of people and businesses doing some great work, it's a real pleasure to be be involved." Canadian Business Journal Article.

  • 15 Mar 2010: Earthshine Collaborates with Carbon Council: Earthshine Solutions has expanded its role within ESCI's Carbon Council, to allow its members to work with them on the Global Research Project. ESCI Carbon Council News Release.

  • 2 Mar 2010: European Supply Chain Institute: Thought Leaders - Our CEO Mike Townsend shares his views on carbon emissions management and the link between sustainability and running profitable businesses with ESCI Chief Executive John Connors. ESCI Thought Leaders.

  • 1 Mar 2010: Sustainable Business Magazine (March 2010 Edition) - Earthshine Solutions is featured in this month's Sustainable Business magazine with an article on the 'Global Research Project.' Copy of 'Earthly Reasons' article  

  • 15 Feb 2010: Sustain Awards 2010 - We are delighted to be shortlisted for the International Prize for our Global Research Project 'In Search of Sustainable Business'. “It is great to see some recognition for what is proving to be a very exciting and influential project” said Earthshine CEO, Mike Townsend on receiving the news, “I hope our association with the Sustain Awards helps to promote the Project further and get even more businesses engaged”. Shortlist for Sustain 2010 Business & Society Awards  

  • 12 Feb 2010: EIC Guide to the Environmental Industry 2010 - Earthshine Solutions is pleased to be included in this year's directory and definitive guide to the UK's Environmental Technology and Services Industry. Earthshine: Adapt & Prosper  

  • 20 Jan 2010: News Release: The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business - Earthshine Solutions announces the signing of a book contract with Rough Guides to write The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business. The book forms part of the Earthshine Solutions global research project “In Search of Sustainable Business” which aims to inspire and support businesses as they implement strategies to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in a low-carbon economy. A community of transition companies will be developed as part of the global project to build networks and encourage change. The Rough Guide to Sustainable Business will help businesses get their sustainability strategies and priorities in order and to separate the facts from the myths. The guide will use the language of business, making sustainability easy to understand and to do, cutting thorough the noise & babble and enabling companies to make good decisions and get on with it. Andrew Lockett, Reference Director of Rough Guides says: “There’s a lot of talk, but apparently so little real change. This guide will give guidance to readers they can apply in their workplace and their own businesses and how to make more money. The authors will show to avoid the pitfalls, overcome the challenges, and how to get started, together with signposts to further information resources. This guide complements the already published Rough Guides to Ethical Living, Green Living and Climate Change taking our publishing into a new and vitally important area.”Earthshine are currently scouring the world for exemplar case studies of sustainable business practice and would be delighted to hear from businesses large and small interested in this project and who may be engaged in making a real difference in this important arena. For further information please contact: • Jeremy Sumeray jsumeray@earthshinesolutions.com For Rough Guides News Release  

  • 17 Nov 2009: News Release: Global Research Project - Earthshine Solutions announces the launch of its latest initiative to help accelerate the transition towards a sustainable, low carbon world by promoting greater awareness of the ‘art of the possible’, highlighting exemplar case studies from around the world and the positive business cases for change. “If we can make it easy for business to do and it delivers financial as well as sustainability results, it becomes a ‘no brainer’” said Earthshine CEO, Mike Townsend, on launching the initiative. For GRP Press Release  

  • 21 Sep 2009: ESCI Carbon Council - Earthshine Solutions is pleased to have been invited to become Partner with the European Supply Chain Institute's Carbon Council; "This move aligns with our mission to support the transition to a sustainable, low carbon world, by giving us a greater platform in Europe." Mike Townsend (CEO). For press release 

  • 18 Sep 2009: Industry Development - Mike Townsend, CEO of Earthshine, is pleased to be supporting the Environmental Industries Commission, elected in the role of Vice Chair of their Carbon & Environmental Working Group.

  • 4 Sep 2009: Global Research Project "In Search of... Sustainable Business" - We are pleased to announce a major new project aiming to support business in the necessary transition to a sustainable world. The project sponsored by a number of leading organisations will identify, promote and share world-wide best practices and the business case for change. For more information on this project please contact Jeremy Sumeray by e-mail: jsumeray@earthshinesolutions.com.

  • 22 Jul 2009: R&D Project "Waste" - We have recently undertaken an R&D project, looking into the capacity & capability of the waste recycling and processing market in UK. This project demonstrates that the opportunity for organisations to significantly reduce the volume of waste they send to landfill is now both realistic and economic, with significant business benefits arising.

  • 9 Jul 2009: R&D Project "Alternative Fuels" - There is much rumour and speculation on what the most appropriate fuels to power transport in the future will be. Earthshine is pleased to announce a new R&D project, looking into the key characteristics, availability & supply of the new and emerging alternatives to fossil fuels.

  • 1 Jul 2009: New Faces - We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Sumeray has joined Earthshine as Associate Director (Marketing). Jeremy, who was formerly Strategy Director with UKGBC, will be driving our business growth strategy. In addition he will be leading on the Global Research Project "In Search of Sustainable Business".

  • 25 Jun 2009: New Faces - We are delighted to announce that Peter Walsh OBE has joined Earthshine in the role of Associate Director. Peter brings a wealth of experience and will be supporting our development of new business opportunities in a number of interesting territories!

  • 15 Jun 2009: New Faces - We are delighted to announce that James Kelly has joined Earthshine in the role of Head of CR. James brings an invaluable dimension to our business and joins following his year at Harvard University. Prior to this James was Head of CR at Mace.

  • 6 Mar 2009: New Business - we are pleased to announce that we have been engaged on a further major improvement project for Norwich Union.

  • 27 Feb 2009: New Business - value management/engineering training for a number of market leading companies - in support of their value delivery strategies.

  • 1 Dec 2008: New Business - major change project started to deliver sustainable commericial benefits.

  • 29 Sep 2008: New Business - we are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with NORWICH UNION, providing strategic level support on a range of supply chain projects.

  • 18 Jul 2008: Wanted - Commercially-focused Project Leader/Lead Consultant: we have a new and exciting position at Earthshine, outlined in the attached profile.  We are looking to hear from experienced people who are interested in rising to new challenges and influencing the successful spread of sustainable business practices.  If this is the role you have been looking for please send your CV and a covering letter to careers@earthshinesolutions.com.

  • 16 Jul 2008: Enabling Sustainable Business: We are pleased to have joined the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), where we look forward to extending our influence and supporting the successful spread of sustainable business practices and results.

  • 23 May 2008: Earthshine Joins "2degrees" Sustainable Business Networking Platform:  We are delighted to be involved with 2-degrees, which aligns with our goal of spreading sustainable business practice - better, faster, cheaper!  For more information, please follow this link to their web site.

  • 31 Mar 2008: Earthshine CANADA: we are pleased to announce our expansion into Canada & North America with the establishment of our Toronto office.  We would be delighted to hear from consultants looking for new challenges in the field of sustainable business.  In the first instance please send your CV and a covering letter to: careers@earthshinesolutions.com.

  • 11 Feb 2008: New Business - We are pleased to be working with Elliott Thomas on a number of business enhancement projects.

  • 29 Jan 2008: New Business - Earthshine has been appointed by Logicap to support the development of their integrated value proposition

  • 21 Jan 2008: New Business - We are pleased to be working in partnership with Simply Green, supporting them in the delivery of sustainable energy solutions to homes and businesses across the UK.

  • 11 Dec 2007: Greenwash Forum at the Royal Society of Arts - Earthshine & PostStone co-hosted an executive level forum to explore how we can avoid the problem of “greenwash” and ensure that organisations become truly sustainable.

  • 30 Nov 2007: Sustainable Construction Strategy - Earthshine is pleased to have developed and submitted our response to the Government’s Strategy for Sustainable Construction. While we are very supportive of the overall direction taken by BERR, we believe there is a need for a broader scope, to represent the complete sustainability agenda, and more radical targets and actions to ensure we develop a truly sustainable industry. We look forward to seeing the Strategy evolve as a result of the consultation exercise.

  • 28 Nov 2007: Work Won - Renewable Energies - Earthshine has been appointed by the Zero Carbon Company to support development of its value proposition and bid strategy for providing renewable energy solutions to housing developments.

  • 6 Nov 2007: UK Green Building Council – Sustainable Construction Strategy - As an active member of UKGBC, Earthshine is pleased to have participated in the workshop today, to support the development of the response to the Government’s strategy for the construction industry.

  • 19 Oct 2007: Think! - Earthshine has been invited to join the “Think 100 Club”, which aims to provide a strategic think tank for the disparate groups looking at sustainability within the built environment.

  • 16 Jul 2007: Work Won - Business Case - Earthshine has started work with Bovis Lend Lease & Wilson James on a project to establish the business case for applying the Consolidation Centre approach on construction projects.

  • 20 Jun 2007: Sustainability Forum at Royal Society of Arts - Earthshine & PostStone co-hosted an executive level forum to explore how we can develop a positive business case for sustainability (please click here for a summary of the key points discussed).

  • 3 Apr 2007: Work Won - Sustainable Development - Earthshine has been appointed to advise Brook Lyndhurst on its work with a FTSE 250 property developer. The project aims to develop a robust and aligned approach to CSR reporting, sustainability performance measures and improvement initiatives.

  • 30 Mar 2007: Earthshine Joins UK Green Building Council - We are pleased to announce our support for UKGBC in achieving its mission “to dramatically improve the sustainability of the built environment by radically transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated”. This provides us with a great opportunity to extend our influence and contribute towards a sustainable future.

  • 9 Mar 2007: EU Takes The Lead - European Union leaders have adopted a new set of binding targets for renewable energy use; the aim is to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by the year 2020. Member states have also agreed to set a 10% minimum target on the use of bio fuels in transport in the same time frame. There is further hope that targets will be extended if US, China and India come on board? This looks to be a positive move, although some commentators believe that a more radical 80% reduction will be required by 2050.

  • 9 Mar 2007: The Great Global Warming Swindle? - An interesting Channel 4 documentary screened last night presented an alternative view on the causes of global warming. It is clear that scientists are not as united on this issue as we would think; the alternative explanation being that CO2 is produced as a result of and not the cause of global warming; the root cause is considered to be solar activity and the associated level of (shielding) cloud formation. There were definitely some interesting evidence and testimonies presented, although no real disagreement that we are in a period of warming and climate change. Who is wrong and who is right on the explanation of the causes? We may not know at this stage, but does it matter? The alternative view does not really detract from the central and wider sustainability challenge, that we need to adapt to climate changes and live in more sustainable ways. We still need to be efficient and sustainable in how we use our finite resources, and consider the impact we have on society and the environment. At Earthshine we also believe it still makes good business sense to be efficient and sustainable. Furthermore, regardless of whether CO2 is a lead or lag indicator of global warming, politically and economically it is probably a good idea to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in any case? Scientists and academics will always disagree on causes and effects, the key is that we make the best decisions about where we invest our time and valuable resources to make a positive difference to our lives.

  • 30 Jan 2007: Earthshine Solutions is pleased to announce it's new Apprentice Scheme. We strongly believe in developing young talent and are committed to improving the social infrastructure to provide young people with opportunity, a purpose and a career path. It also makes good business sense for us to "grow our own talent", in addition to sourcing senior-level expertise in the market place. We are therefore looking for bright, enthusiastic individuals who wish to join a young, dynamic and growing company and who are committed to developing their skills as consultants and potential business leaders of the future. If you are interested please send your CV to us at careers@earthshinesolutions.com

  • 22 Jan 2007: We are pleased to announce that Rod Bennion has taken up the position of non-executive Chairman with Earthshine Solutions. CEO Michael Townsend said "Rod brings a tremendous amount of integrity and experience to this pivotal role, he shares our vision and passion, and we are looking forward to some exciting times." Talking about the challenge ahead, Rod stated "I aim to help guide Earthshine to achieve their mission and become the consultant of choice. I strongly believe the direction we are taking through integrating sustainability within economic solutions will have a major impact in the market place."

  • 4 Jan 2007: Recruitment drive announced – if you are interested in a career with Earthshine, please send a copy of your CV to us

  • 2 Jan 2007: The Companies Act is the biggest shake up of UK company law for 150 years: there are now many more responsibilities for companies to demonstrate and report on minimising their social and environmental impacts

  • 2 Jan 2007: Earthshine Solutions web site launched

  • 12 Oct 2006: Earthshine Solutions registered at Companies House and open for trading!