Rio+20: distrust of business won't help sustainable development

Business and society... Whilst we need companies to make a profit, we also need them to have a positive impact on both society and the environment.

In England, at least, it is a time for a postmortem of Rio+20. Last weekend the story was the familiar failure at a penalty shoot-out watched by 23 million Brits on TV.

Observed by less people, but much more seriously, this is the week in which we have to come to terms with the realities of the Rio+20 Earth summit vividly conveyed to us by Jo Confino's Earth summit diaries.

In it, both Craig Bennett of Friends of the Earth and leading Euro MP and sustainability champion Richard Howitt talk about the disappointments.

Both acknowledge that some businesses are trying to move the world forward by arguing for stronger regulation that will lift the standards of business behaviour and encourage the most responsible businesses in areas like water, and sustainability reporting.

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