One effect of recent disruptions has been an increase in the number of consumers who choose to purchase in line with their values. For businesses built on sustainable values, that’s great news.
Sustainable business practices not only protect the planet, they also value workers and strengthen communities. The discussion around family-friendly business is especially timely right now, when many employers have mentioned difficulties in finding and keeping the good people who are so important to driving an organization’s success.
Terms like “sustainable,” “equitable,” etc., tend to be used pretty loosely these days. I spend a lot of time vexing on how we can find a common language and keep coming back to a framing question that helps bring things into focus for me: What public infrastructure is needed in order for businesses, communities and people to flourish?
Eric Griego, co-founder of SEED NM, notes some positive signs that the State is moving in the right direction in considering sustainability issues with its strategic plan. “A sustainable economy depends on healthy work environments, so it’s great to see the support for higher wages and more schedule flexibility for workers in the state’s plan.”