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Sustainability in modern business models

Sustainability in modern business models
Published on
November 2023

In a constantly evolving world, businesses play a crucial role in shaping our future. Sustainability is increasingly emerging as a fundamental value in modern business models. This evolution is not just a trend but a necessity to address the environmental and social challenges our planet faces. In this article, we will explore why integrating sustainability into business models is so vital, highlighting key figures, and how it can benefit not only businesses but also contribute to a better world.

Sustainability : More than a trend

In an era where environmental and social concerns have become unavoidable topics, sustainability can no longer be considered a passing trend. It's a vision and strategic orientation that are increasingly integrated into business decisions. This evolution is based on the recognition that companies have a crucial role to play in preserving our planet and improving the quality of life in our societies.

Sustainability is not limited to ecological practices, although they play an essential role. It's a holistic approach that considers the environmental, social and economic impact every action. Companies are now evaluated not only based on their financial performance but also on their contribution to broader goals, such as reducing their carbon footprint, promoting human rights, wage equity, and many other crucial issue.

According to a recent survey, 88% of consumers say they want brands to help them lead more sustainable and equitable lives. This underscores a significant shift in consumer expectations, where they now want to spend their money with companies that share their values. Companies that ignore these concerns risk losing the trust and loyalty of their customers.

Sustainable businesses seek to minimize their carbon footprint by adopting environmentally friendly practices. They also aim to promote fair working conditions, support local communities, and embrace ethical business practices. These businesses recognize that long-term sustainability requires a balanced and responsible approach where profitability is not achieved at the expense of ethics and responsibility to both people and the planet.

In summary, sustainability is not merely following emerging trends; it defines the path forward of businesses concerned about their impact on the world. Companies that embrace this vision not only contribute to the common good but also position themselves for success in a changing business landscape, where sustainability has become a crucial criterion for a long-term success.

The economic benefits of sustainability

When it comes to integrating sustainability into business models, some might think it involves additional costs and reduced profit margins. However, the reality is quite different. Sustainable companies are not only guided by social responsibility, but they also enjoy tangible economic benefits that enhance their long-term viability.

According to an in-depth study conducted by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), companies that incorporate sustainability into their business strategies have seen a remarkable increase in their profits margins. Indeed, sustainability-oriented companies recorded a 51% increase in profit margins compared to their less sustainable-focuses counterparts.

The economic benefits of sustainability extend far beyond improved profit margins. Sustainable companies are often more resilient to economic fluctuations and market disruptions. By adopting responsible resource management practices, they are better equipped to cope with potential shortages and cost increases. Moreover, reducing waste, energy consumption, and other resources not only cuts operational costs but also contributes to overall business efficiency.

Another aspect of this economic advantage lies in increased appeal to consumers. As awareness of the environmental and social impact of companies grows, consumers increasingly turning to products and services that reflect their values. Sustainable companies are better positioned to meet this growing demand and build long-term relationships with customers, which can boost brand loyalty and increase sales.

In summary, sustainability is not financial burden but source of substantial economic advantages. Companies that invest in sustainability not only reap financial benefits but also enjoy a stronger market position, increased resilience, and enhanced reputation. Integrating sustainability into business models is not just an ethical decision but also wise economic decision to ensure sustainable growth and prosperity.

The case of Retreeb

A concrete example of successful merger between sustainability and business is the Retreeb initiative. In addition to offering a convenient mobile payment method, Retreeb integrates sustainability into its core operations. The company has chosen to allocate significant portion of its revenue to local, environmental, and societal associations, demonstrating its commitment to responsibility and contribution to essential causes.

Retreeb's unique approach lies in its commitment to donating 33% of transactions fees directly to selected associations. This approach creates a virtuous circle where each transaction made by users directly contributes to sustainable development and social well-being projects. Not only do customers benefit from a convenient payment method, but they also become active participants in improving their community and environment.

This model goes beyond corporate responsibility; it embodies a holistic vision where business success is closely tied to a positive impact. Retreeb illustrate how company can significantly contribute to important causes while maintaining a profitable operation. By doing so, Retreeb inspires other businesses to rethink their business models and consider the social and environmental impact of their operations.

Retreeb's innovative approach underscores the fundamental importance of sustainability in business models. By closely aligning its economic goals with social benefits, Retreeb shows how companies can become agents of positive change, serving both their business interest and the public interest. It is a powerful example of how businesses can play a vital role in building a more sustainable and equitable future.

Creating long-term value

At the heart of sustainable business models lies the belief that value creation should not be limited to short-term financial gains but should extend over the long terme for all stakeholders. Sustainable companies take a long-term perspective, seeking to invest in initiatives that generate lasting benefits for society, the environment, and the company itself.

A study conducted by McKinsey revealed that companies prioritizing sustainability experience a significant increase in employee satisfaction. Indeed, these ethically and responsible engaged companies are perceived as employers of choice, attracting diverse and committed talent. Satisfied and invested employees contribute to a positive corporate culture, greater innovation, and increased productivity.

Morevover, sustainability offers companies the opportunity to build trust and loyalty among their customers. Modern consumers are increasingly informed and aware of the impact of their choices on the planet and society. Companies that adopt sustainable practices not only respond to this demand but also create long-term relationships with customers. This loyalty leads to sustainable benefits, as satisfied customers are more likely to recommend the company and maintain a long-term business relationship.

Creating long-term value also extends to the impact on local communities and the environment. Sustainable companies seek to engage positively with the communities in which they operate. These efforts help strengthen the bond between the company and the community, creating an environment conductive to long-term sustainability.

In conclusion, the positive impact on society resulting from the integration of sustainability into modern business models goes far beyond mere commercial benefits. These companies become drivers of change and leaders who inspire others to follow their example. Their influence extends beyond the boundaries of their own company to contribute to positive transformation on a social and environmental scale, thereby providing considerable added value to society as a whole.

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