Regenerative Enterprise: Pioneering a Sustainable Future, with Niels de Fraguier

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Regenerative Enterprise: Pioneering a Sustainable Future
Can regenerative enterprise create the sustainable business model needed to address climate change, end poverty, and help everyone be included in a better future?

In the world of activism and scepticism, there are calls for radical divergence from capitalist, consumerism. Social Impact Pioneer Niels de Fraguier is championing another path – regenerative enterprise. A term that encapsulates the idea of not just sustaining but actively replenishing and restoring through business. On the eve of COP28 – as the world sharpens its focus on the global challenge of climate change – listen in to this podcast for refreshing insight into how business can be a part of the solution.

Niels is a seasoned activist who started his career working with refugees and vulnerable groups. This work involved policymaking and collaboration with organisations like the UN, European Commission, and the Council of Europe, before he turned his attention to business. Exploring the question – how can the energy and efforts of business be harnessed to ensure the sustainable future we need?

Listen in to Niels as he thoughtfully unpicks how businesses can pivot to support more people…this is a conversation of practical steps and key questions that could enable business decision makers to pivot their work – resulting in better run businesses fit for the future and, hopefully, regenerating social and environmental outcomes. As Niels explains ‘doing no harm is not good enough – businesses must contribute positively and regeneratively.’

Questions this podcast explores:

How do we make sure business is fit for the future?

To make businesses fit for the future, it’s crucial to embrace regenerative practices, going beyond sustainability to replenish and repair the world. This involves redefining success to prioritise social and environmental goals alongside profit, ensuring business activities contribute positively to society and the environment. Key strategies include adopting a circular economy model, respecting local communities and ecosystems, fostering diversity and equity in the workplace, and innovating for positive impact. Businesses should strive to be a force for good, transforming their operations to create a more equitable, sustainable, and thriving future for all.

Can business continue as before for a sustainable future?
Businesses must evolve beyond traditional sustainability for a sustainable future. Regenerative enterprise focuses on replenishing ecosystems and empowering human potential, not just minimizing harm. This approach involves embedding evolutionary purpose, respecting interconnections and locality, and fostering well-being, participation, and resilience. It’s about creating value in multiple forms, not just financial gain. Companies should challenge the status quo, promoting systemic change towards a more equitable, thriving world. This transformation requires collaboration, innovative thinking, and a commitment to long-term, positive impact on people and the planet.

How should business tackle climate change?
Businesses can address climate change by adopting a regenerative approach, focusing on restoring and replenishing ecosystems and communities. They need to shift from exploitation and resource extraction to sustainable practices that consider human potential and intergenerational equity. Collaboration, embracing diversity, and innovating for systemic change are key. This holistic approach ensures businesses contribute positively to the planet and people.


Niels de Fraguier –
Niels de Fraguier articles:
The Regenerative Enterprise –
Positive resources –
Think into the Future: a Canvas to lead positive change and become a good ancestor – 
FUTURs : Le jeu pour faire de demain un meilleur lendemain

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