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What is a Regenerative Business?

In today's world, environmentally conscious and socially responsible practices are more crucial than ever, as humanity consumes natural resources 1.75 times faster than our planet can replenish them. This alarming rate of consumption has severe consequences for life on Earth, human society, and the global economy.

Recently, many businesses and individuals have been gradually moving towards 'sustainability' to address these challenges. However, the progress made has been undermined by greenwashing, with some companies using Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives as a cover for profitable but environmentally and socially harmful practices. This corporate double-speak has created confusion and weakened the efforts of genuine changemakers in the realm of regenerative business and regenerative companies.

As an immune response, a growing wave of businesses recognises the need to go beyond sustainability and stay ahead of the curve by embracing regeneration and equity.

Regenerative companies, focused on creating a net positive impact on the environment and society, adopt transformational principles that transcend traditional sustainability measures. By exploring the concepts and examples of successful regenerative businesses, we can better understand and support this essential movement towards a more sustainable and regenerative future.

What is a regenerative company?

Regenerative companies adopt the following principles - inspired by The Regenerative Enterprise book by Niels de Fraguier and Stephen Vasconcellos.

Doing more good

Regenerative enterprises emphasise generating constructive results for the environment, society, and economy, instead of merely reducing negative consequences.

Living Systems Worldview

Regenerative organisations adopt a comprehensive viewpoint, perceiving their activities as intertwined with the larger ecosystem, appreciating the value of biodiversity and natural processes.

Evolutionary Purpose

Regenerative enterprises dedicate themselves to ongoing improvement, learning, and adaptability, aligning their objectives with the prosperity of individuals and the earth.

Collaboration Over Competition

By cultivating alliances and collaboration, regenerative organizations generate mutual benefits and advance collective progress towards enduring impacts.

Long-Term Thinking

Regenerative enterprises prioritize the needs of upcoming generations, reaching decisions that balance immediate benefits with long-term resilience and success.

Challenging the Status Quo

Regenerative organizations challenge established beliefs and pursue creative solutions to complex issues, expanding the limits of possibility.

Respecting Locality

By respecting regional communities, cultures, and ecosystems, regenerative enterprises devise tailored solutions that encourage social and ecological wellness.

Empowered Participation

Regenerative organizations involve stakeholders at every level, promoting fairness, inclusivity, and shared decision-making.

Systemic Transformation

Understanding the interconnected nature of global challenges, regenerative enterprises strive to tackle underlying causes and establish enduring, system-wide shifts.

Win-Win-Win Strategies

Regenerative organizations embrace a value-for-all mentality, exploring solutions that genuinely profit people and the planet.

Disrupting Traditional Business

By incorporating regenerative principles, businesses can redefine their practices, models, and sectors, fostering pioneering innovation and durability.

To learn more, we invite you to grab a copy of The Regenerative Enterprise - a book filled with practical insights and gathering more than 120 stories of change about businesses making a positive impact.

Book - The Regenerative Enterprise
Book - The Regenerative Enterprise


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