Is there such a thing as being ashamed to act morally?

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First, I was afraid that people would find me weird. Peter Smith of Klean blogs about his first experience in picking up litter. In the Dutch workshop People, Planet, Participate he tells passionately about his work. The effects of waste on the street are enormous. In the Atlantic Ocean there are heaps of trash the size of Spain and France together. […] If litter is not cleaned up, it will sooner or later blow in a puddle, ditch, canal, river … Read More

Moral myths about making money with sustainability

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You can say a lot about making a lot of money. And a lot is said about making a lot of money. In recent years, making a lot of money is associated with immoral behavior. Lately I often get the question whether making money with sustainability is moral or immoral. The answer is not so simple. First, it’s more important reflect on the (often unspoken) moral myths about making money, because these myths blur the discussion. Immoral behavior and making … Read More

Why is ethics important for sustainability?

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First I need to make something clear. Lately you hear the words Ethical leadership, ethical business, ethical products, ethical investing etc. a lot. The word ethics is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the context of sustainability. You would think that it is already known that ethics is important for sustainability. But the way ethics is used in these examples is incorrect and undesirable. Ethical says absolutely nothing in these examples. Let me explain what ethics is. Ethics is the branch … Read More

3 dichotomies which paralyze the road to sustainability

Some discussions about sustainability take so long that it seems that they will never come to an end. In such discussions you hear people repeating their views and arguments, but it doesn’t come to a solution or decision. The reason for discussions on sustainability get stuck is that views and arguments have certain underlying principles that can cause unbridgeable differences. Resolving these differences (also called dichotomies) is often difficult, because these principles are unknown or not formulated explicitly. If you’re … Read More