Real Challenge for CSR Sustainability Reporting

There is a recent discovery of just how much of our real economic impacts are not traceable from the information we can find.   The problem is caused by the nature of self-managing systems, that in working by themselves they also don’t “report” or leave traceable information about how they do it.   It’s recently been shown to cause a major undercount for the energy demand of business products and services, and would seem to apply to all business impact assessment methods.(1)

There’s a very “fat tail” to the distribution of physical impacts of business, usually much larger than what is traceable, and that changes the rules of impact accounting .

Every purchase uses the whole economy

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