“I want to know what we’ll need to do to make our company a restorative enterprise. To put back more than we take from the earth and to do good for the earth, not just no harm.” – Ray C. Anderson, Founder, Interface
Climate change, forest and biodiversity loss, natural disasters and the scarcity of food and water are all combining to form the greatest challenge that our world has ever faced.
To reverse these destructive impacts, and restore our ecosystems and environment, nothing less than a fundamental and transformative change to our current global economic model will be required.
Business, governments and civil society all have a role to play in building a restorative economy where we can create more energy, replenish more water and restore more natural resources than we consume. Pioneering companies have begun this journey going beyond zero impact and circular business models with regenerative buildings and net positive commitments, but there is a long way to go. Companies must innovate and take risks and governments need to provide incentives and support for these restorative businesses that demonstrate truly positive impact.
The 4th B4E Climate Summit in London will bring together 120 business and sustainability leaders to discuss and frame how a restorative economy might look and agree on practical approaches towards this. Net positive workshops around energy & carbon, water and forestry will produce recommendations for industry and governments to support restorative and net positive businesses that can strengthen society, spur innovation and combat climate change.
Monica Hornung Cattan