THE TEN INFLUENCES
International accountancy firm KPMG is also stressing the value of values beyond the dollar signs. A recent 180-page report from the firm presents ‘a system of 10 sustainability megaforces that will impact each and every business over the next 20 years’. These include climate change, energy and fuel, material resource scarcity, water scarcity, population growth, wealth, urbanisation, food security, ecosystem decline and deforestation. According to the report: “The world is too uncertain and too complex to rely on linear forecasts; therefore, business leaders and policy makers should prepare for the unexpected. This means learning to take account of globally interconnected megaforces.” Jamie Sinclair, director of sustainability advisory at KPMG New Zealand added: “As the environmental costs identified in the report become recognised globally, the supply chain impacts on New Zealand will be significant. The message for New Zealand businesses is clear: our success as a nation depends on our ability to decouple growth from natural resource use and environmental harm.