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ACTIVITIES
in the SOCIO-ENVIRO-ECONOMIC SYSTEM
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ACTIVITIES USE RESOURCES
ACTIVITIES PRODUCE OUTCOMES
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ACTIVITIES HAVE IMPACT ON ALL CAPITALS
SOCIAL CAPITAL

Quality of Life
NATURAL CAPITAL
Essential enabler
ECONOMIC CAPITAL

Wealth / GDP
Activities use resources:
  • Social capital is a source of labor. Labor is a key input to almost all economic activity.
  • Natural capital is a source of natural resources like minerals and oil which are foundational for almost all production process, Many raw materials also originate from nature, whether via agriculture or activities like harvesting lumber.
  • Economic capital which includes the built environment including factories and production processes.
Activities produce good outcomes:
  • The work done by labor is part of a production process that produces products.
  • The wages for work are important for the economis suport of the worker and his/her family/
  • The products produced get sold to customers who get value from the products
  • The producing company gets revenues that pay for the costs of production and generate a return for investors.
Activites also produce bad outcomes:
  • Wages paid to labor are often too small to allow the worker to fund a decent quality of life ... an outcome that is bad for the worker and his/her family but frequently financially good for the business owner
  • Working conditions may be dangerous and cause injury to workers
  • The supply chain may be doing damage to the environment in many different ways
  • Depleting scarce moneral resources
  • Doing damage to the biological ecosystem
  • Emitting GHGs that are doing damage to climate systems
The use of resources reduces the beginning of period (BOP) capitals as does the pdoduction of bad outcomes. The production of good outcomes increases the capitals. The result of these changes generates the end of period (EOP) capital.
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OTHER FACTORS ARE ALSO IMPORTANT
PLACE

Where people live
PROCESS

How things are made
PRODUCTS

What gets made
Some people are very fortunate, and others less so. The accident of birth should not be the main determinant of success and a happy productive life. There should be opportunity for everyone. The characteristics of the place make a big difference to quality of life. The choices people make regarding the products purchased and consumed impact the person, the economy and the environment.
AND ALSO
PRIORITIES PREJUDICE POLITICS POLICIES
Not everything can be done!
Therefore choose what is most important and urgent.
Different places may have different priorities.
Different people may have different priorities!
Most people have preconceived ideas.
Racial prejudice is everywhere
So is religious prejudice
Be careful. Use facts.
Politics is important
Different viewpoints enable improvement but only when there are facts and thoughtful consideration.
Policies need to be practical
Perfect is rarely possible
Policy must be funded and implemented
Accountability is essential.
Some people are very fortunate, and others less so. The accident of birth should not be the main determinant of success and a happy productive life. There should be opportunity for everyone. The characteristics of the place make a big difference to quality of life. The choices people make regarding the products purchased and consumed impact the person, the economy and the environment.
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ACTIVITIES BEING CHANGED BY TECHNOLOGY
PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION
HORSE-POWER
STEAM-TRAINS
AUTOMOBILES
HI-SPEED TRAINS
AIR TRAVEL
Consumption is driving the modern economy. It looks like success as long as the depletion of natural resourcs and the degradation of the environment is ignored.There is strong correlation between better quality of life and more consumption in poor economies, but less so in mature rich econmies. Rich economies are increasingly associated with waste, luxury and inefficiency.
CARGO TRANSPORTATION / LOGISTICS / SUPPLY CHAIN
FREIGHT TRUCK
FREIGHT TRAIN
CONTAINER SHIP
AIR CARGO
PACKAGE EXPRESS
Consumption is driving the modern economy. It looks like success as long as the depletion of natural resourcs and the degradation of the environment is ignored.There is strong correlation between better quality of life and more consumption in poor economies, but less so in mature rich econmies. Rich economies are increasingly associated with waste, luxury and inefficiency.
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BASIC NEEDS CONSUMPTION IS ESSENTIAL
FOOD
WATER
SHELTER
SECURITY
HEALTH
Consumption is driving the modern economy. ??????
MORE CONSUMPTION GIVES BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
CONSUMPTION
PROCESSES
MATERIALS
ENERGY
PAYROLL
Consumption is driving the modern economy. ???????????
CONSUMPTION BY ULTRA RICH HAS BAD IMPACTS
CONSUMPTION
AIR TRAVEL
YACHTS
HUGE MANSIONS
TAX HAVENS
Consumption is driving the modern economy. ???????????
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ACTIVITIES OF CORPORATE ORGANIZATIONS
ALL HAVE SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT ON SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
DIGITAL TECH
Google
OIL & GAS
ExxonMobil
AERO ENGINES
Rolls Royce
BANKING
HSBC
ENGINEERING GE FOOD Unilever
Most of the global economy comprises products that are produced by very big organizations that are complex with multiple factories in many different locations, and supply chains that span the globe. It is not easy to understand these companies in a way that makes it possible to hold them accountable for their behavior. Nevertheless, despite their complexity, they are able to communicate their profit performance to investors, but not their social impact nor their environmental impact, even where these are material. This has to change.
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PROCESSES & FACTORIES
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
MINING
LOGISTICS ENERGY
ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION
OIL REFINERY
Every sector, every industry, has become very specialized and over a long period of time has been optimized for profit performance. Profit performance has been exceptional for decades, but too little attention has been paid to social and environmental issues. This must change. Process improvements are essential and must focus in improving social impact and environmental impact as well as merely being more profitable.
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SECTORS / INDUSTRIES
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
MINING
LOGISTICS ENERGY
FOOD - Vegetables HOUSING HEALTH
AG-GRAIN
PRODUCTION
REFINERIES
FOOD - Meat EDUCATION HEALTH
AG-LIVESTOCK RAIL ELECTRICITY CLOTHES MOBILITY HEALTHCARE
Every sector, every industry, has become very specialized and over a long period of time has been optimized for profit performance. Profit performance has been exceptional for decades, but too little attention has been paid to social and environmental issues. This must change. Process improvements are essential and must focus in improving social impact and environmental impact as well as merely being more profitable.
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STREAMS / STRANDS / STRINGS
WHAT ARE ALL THE IMPACTS FOR THE LIFE CYCLE OF PRODUCTS?
NATURE EXTRACTION
SUPPLY CHAIN PRODUCTION
USE
WASTE
Everything that is used to support a high standard of living and quality of life has a long supply chain, then production and distribution, then use, and then a post use waste chain. For metrics to be meaningful, all of these stages must be brought into account.
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PEOPLE ... THE ULTIMATE ACTORS
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PEOPLE MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THE CONSUMPTION OF PRODUCTS
Food - Vegetables Food - Meat Housing Clothes Mobility Recreation
More consumption correlates to a better quality of life up to a certain level. Beyond that level more consumption may well have negative consequences, as for example too much food may result in obesity and diabetes or worse.
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PEOPLE AS CONTRIBUTORS ... AS DECISION MAKERS
AS INDIVIDUALS

Live life ... work & family
IN ORGANIZATIONS

Do the work ... make the decisions
AS INVESTORS

Allocate financial resources
EMPOWER THE INDIVIDUAL AND ENABLE BASIS FOR A BETTER LIFE
Every individual is different, both in what they are capable of doing and how they want to live their lives. People should have the freedom to succeed in all sorts of good ways, and should be helped so that they never fail. People need the facts about themselves and everything around them.
ESTABLISH ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PEOPLE WITHIN ORGANIZATIONS
Companies are important drivers of the economy. Within companies it is people that make the decisions, and for many decades the dominant metric for success has been profit without taking into consideration impact on society and nature. This must change. Profit performance on its own is not enough!
IMPROVE DECISION PROCESS FOR INVESTMENT DECISIONS
The allocation of capital shapes the future of the economy. People make the decisions about what investments should be made and have been guided mainly by the potential for growth of financial wealth without taking into consideration issues relating to society and the environment. These other issues matter.
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PLACE
THE CRITICAL VALUE ADD FROM LOCATIONAL CAPITAL
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CITIES / COMMUNITIES
Cities and Communities are where people live their lives
MAIN ST.
SCHOOLS CHURCHES POLICE RECREATION HOSPITALS
SUBURB
UNIVERSITIES HOUSING FIRE RELAXATION PERSONNEL
Everything is needed in the place to enable Quality of Life. Everything is interconnected. Nothing important can be missing ... multi-sector is essential
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COUNTRIES
More than 200 countries ... with vastly different characteristics
China France Russia UK USA India Brasil RSA Indonesia Pakistan Nigeria
Data at the country level useful for broad comparisons, not so much for management of performance.
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PRODUCTS
PRODUCTS IMPACT PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS AND NATURE
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NEEDED FOR A DECENT QUALITY OF LIFE
Food - Vegetables Food - Meat Housing Clothes Mobility Recreation
More consumption correlates to a better quality of life up to a certain level. Beyond that level more consumption may well have negative consequences, as for example too much food may result in obesity and diabetes or worse.
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PRODUCTS START WITH NATURE AND HAVE A LONG LIFE CYCLE
NATURE SEA
STEEL
EATING
WASTE RECYCLING
NATURE ROAD
REFINING
CONSUMING
LANDFILL RECYCLING
EXTRACTION
RAIL
POLLUTION
DRIVING
FLOODS
NO WASTE
Products enable consumption that improves quality of life. The production of products is a critical economic activity and source of profit for companies. Production and products are only sustainable if they do not degrade the environment. Most modern industrial process are catastrophically unsustainable. Smarter processes are needed together with smarter products, smarter consumers and systems to enable a circular economic model.
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