The triple bottom line
has the ability to change the future
of money forever. Not as a new money system but a new way of using the old one. A new type of accounting. In businesses money or profit is traditionally the bottom line but some businesses and governments are adopting the triple bottom line. 'In concrete terms, a TBL business would not use child labour and monitor all contracted companies for child labour exploitation, would pay fair
salaries to its workers, would maintain a safe work environment and
tolerable working hours, and would not otherwise exploit a community or
its labour force. A TBL business also typically seeks to "give back" by
contributing to the strength and growth of its community with such
things as health care and education.'
It works the other way round too that things have been just for 'the planets' sake
can also help people and turn a profit
. Willie Smits' work in Borneo (See his TED talk
) is a great example. He started out with some sick orangutans. Then he needed some forest for the orangutans to go into but the forest wouldn't work without local people. So he set it up so that local people had plots with sugar palms. Now there is a palm sugar factory
that makes money for the local people.
As money is largely conceptual a simple and an important
way to change its future is to change the way we think about it and use it.