Political cycles, the regular turnover at the corporate board level and remuneration structures all contribute to ever shrinking horizons where success is measured by the quarter, the year or the next election cycle. This is not sustainable for much longer. If you take a five, ten or twenty year view on the issue of resource scarcity, it is clear that there is an imbalance between the increase in demand and the natural limitations of supply. This presents some exciting and valuable opportunities for forward-thinking investors and business leaders.

If we look past the next quarter, we will see that opportunities exist to change the way we live and ensure a sustainable future for the coming generations. While arguments for longer-term thinking are not new, a growing sense of urgency is encouraging a shift in the way that companies do business.