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The Relationship between Sustainability, Businesses and the Government

The Relationship between Sustainability, Businesses and the Government


More and more companies are pressured to implement sustainability practices in their operations. However, these companies are faced with huge challenges of implementing them. In order to ensure that solutions for sustainability are gotten, there is need to change strategies (Martin and Hall 2002, 17). This paper will review and analyse two newspaper articles about sustainability concept. The Article by Hahnen illustrates lack of government as well as the financial market support will deter the ability of companies to implement sustainable development while the article by Luxon has established that there is need for collaboration between different bodies in order to solve sustainability issues.

What is the article about? What is it overtly/covertly suggesting?

The article by Hahnen illustrates and highlights what companies are doing to solve sustainability challenges and what still needs to be done. According to the article, many organisations have made an effort to ensure social and environmental sustainability (Hohnen, 2013). They have come up with goals and policies regarding sustainability. However, implementing these goals and polices along the supply chain has been a challenge. Significant implementation gaps are available in terms of staff incentives, stakeholder dialogue and training and development (Hohnen, 2013). Companies have a long way to go regarding sustainability issues as faster change is needed to avoid climate change. According to Hahnen, solving sustainability require collaboration between bodies such as the government, non-governmental bodies, and private and public sectors (Hohnen, 2013).

The article by Luxon highlights that sustainability challenges facing the world today include climate change and population growth among others. The world is consuming natural resources very fast. Business plays a major role in solving these challenges. Business must not only think about profit, but must take sustainability into consideration. In order for this to be possible, businesses need to be smarter on sustainability. According to Luxon (2015), the collaboration between businesses, government and community is required. Although the government is required to play a major role in sustainability such as harmonisation and education, businesses have a significant role too (Luxon, 2015).

Organisations face challenges to being environmental and social sustainable, thus the regulators and other bodies are required to assist in solving the issues that result from this (Aras and Crowther 2012, 112). A good number of organisations were established when sustainability was not a priority thus they have to re-evaluate their operations to incorporate better practices. For this reason, business organisations face a number of changes that the government is required to help in overcoming (Luxon, 2015). The two articles by Luxon and Hohnen indicate that sustainability can only be solved through collaborative strategy. The article by Hohnen illustrate that businesses are the major players in sustainability issues while Luxon illustrate that the major player is the governments.

Who is it written by/for? (Why might this be significant?)

The article, “Sustainable development: business has a long way to go” was written by Hahnen. It is aimed at communicating to companies, the government and other bodies that are involved in ensuring sustainability practices. Sustainability is very important for global development. Communicating the need for collaboration will ensure that sustainability challenges are minimized significantly.

On the other hand, the writer of “Christopher Luxon: The challenge of sustainability” is Christopher Luxon. Luxon wrote this article in order to point put the challenges brought about by sustainability (Luxon, 2015). In addition, the article highlights the challenges companies face when trying to implement sustainability practices. The article is written for bodies that are involved in sustainability agenda such as the government, community and businesses.

Who is the publisher? (Why might this be significant?)

The publisher of “Sustainable development: business has a long way to go” is the guardian newspaper. This newspaper is accessed and read by many people. Publishing this article in the guardian is important since the information will be accessible to many people. The publisher of “Christopher Luxon: The challenge of sustainability” is Herald New Zealand. Herald is a newspaper that is accessible by companies, community and the government. Publication of this article is significant as it creates awareness of sustainability challenges. It ensures that the community, the government and businesses know the extent of sustainability challenges and how solutions can be implemented.

What are some of the underlying assumptions, values, and ideologies found in the article?

The ideology of the article by Hahnen highlights that lack of government as well as the financial market support will deter the ability of companies to implement sustainable development (Hohnen, 2013). It is impossible to solve sustainability challenges without collaboration of different bodies. Sustainability challenges are hard to solve and require a more systematic approach. According to Luxon (2015), new relationships with the government, local community, non-governmental organisations and other business organisations must be established in order to offer a more stout proficiency pool of resources that can be used to solve sustainability issues.

The notion of taking environmental and social concepts into consideration in the decision making process has been around for more than forty years (Soderquist and Overakkar 2010, p. 199). Organisation leaders therefore need to accept environmental and social responsibility of the organisations. Although the notion is not at all new, the difficulties of incorporating and integrating environmental and social sustainability into the business industry is significant (Pompper 2015, p. 83).

Why did you choose this article? What concepts does this article demonstrate?

The two newspaper articles are about sustainability and are very informative. Sustainability is a crucial issue whose solution is beyond individual influence and remits. Partnerships are important in solving sustainability challenges (Luxon, 2015). The three pillars of sustainability that need attention from businesses include social, environmental and economic agendas (Hohnen, 2013). Businesses should not only focus on profit making but they should also take into consideration sustainability agendas. Therefore, companies are required to support the initiative and invest more time and resources in achieving the same (The World Bank, 2015). Luxon and Hohnen highlight that sustainability goals should be incorporated into business objectives in order for the companies to be accountable for driving sustainability agenda.


In conclusion, sustainability has attracted the attention of the media. The government, community, business organisations and non-governmental bodies are required to collaborate together in order to come up with solutions for sustainability challenges. Businesses have a long way to go to ensure sustainable development. The sustainability challenges facing the world today include climate change, poverty and population growth among others. Partnership and collaboration is the key to solving sustainability challenges.


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Hohnen, P 2013, Sustainable Development: Business has a Long Way to Go, Guardian Sustainable Business. Retrieved 15th Sept. 2016 from

Luxon, C 2015, Christopher Luxon: The Challenge of Sustainability. Herald. Retrieved 15th Sept. 2016 from

Martin, S. and A. Hall. 2002, “Sustainable Development and the Professions”, Planet, vol. 3, pp. 17-18.

Pompper, D 2015, Corporate social responsibility, sustainability and public relations : negotiating multiple complex challenges, New York, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Soderquist and Overakkar, S 2010, “Education for Sustainable Development: A Systems Thinking Approach”, Global Environmental, Research, pp. 193-202

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