Business Ethics

Business Leaders Change Faster Than Business Values - Lessons From Barclays

Ed Mayo | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Ed Mayo

Barclays Bank came from Quaker and non-conformist companies in England that were famed for their ethics. Even so, the charges announced by the Serious...

Building House Of Khadi - An Ethical Fashion Label

Rima Sams | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Style
Rima Sams

I am very open to sharing information and knowledge with other ethical and sustainable fashion designers and bloggers to strengthen the message of high standards of environmental awareness and eco-consciousness in our industry. Together we are stronger!

Manchester United Announce Deal With Halal Online Shopping Site

Lauren Booth | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Sport
Lauren Booth

Manchester United, on Wednesday, announced a five year sponsorship agreement with the world's first halal e-marketplace. The club's latest branding ...

How Can We Democratise Tourism?

Justin Francis | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

We have various hypotheses about the possible benefits of these trips - in time we'll try to research and prove them but in the meantime it's my personal belief that travel can have a transformative effect, that it can foster a greater understanding of other cultures and to open our eyes to the possibilities in the world.

Freedom, Women And Business Etiquette In The Arab World

Rana Nejem | Posted 02.09.2017 | UK Politics
Rana Nejem

Freedom, right and wrong, honour and shame are not universal concepts. They mean different things to different people and their bases of reference are not the same across all cultures. Do not fall into the trap of assuming that women who do not drive or women who wear the veil are somehow oppressed and will 'see the light' once they learn more about Western gender equality.

Considering The Ethics Of Our Investments

Tamara Sword | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Collectively we would wring our hands, but for the mobiles in our hands. How to reach out and touch more than glass. How to change what seems through the indifferent screen to be immutable, an endless cycle of meaningless horror.

Why A Neutral Central Registry for Company Transparency in Supply Chains Reports Is Key

Andrew Wallis | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK
Andrew Wallis

In March 2016 Section 54 of the UK's Modern Slavery Act - Transparency in Supply Chains etc. (TISC) provision took effect. It required businesses with a global turnover of £36 million or more and doing business in the UK to publish an annual statement about their efforts to tackle slavery in supply chains and their own organisation.

The Climate for Corporate-Charity Partnerships Is Hotting up

Beth Burgess | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK
Beth Burgess

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a watchword for a few decades, but only recently has it come to matter more than ever before. Consumers...

Ethics: Need to Be Taken More Seriously by Business

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

How well business behaves should be governed not just by rule books and regulations, there needs to be an instinct for good behaviour that gets talked about. For ethics. Common sense? Apparently not. What we are seeing instead is a gradual erosion of ethical standards, or at least any sense that they represent something important to a firm or can be articulated.

CSR Is Dead - Long Live Responsible Business

Stephen Howard | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Howard

The Volkswagen emissions scandal is a poignant reminder of the fragile nature of trust and reputation for organisations and reinforces the importance of being a responsible business.

The Steep Drop in Volkswagen's Shares Show the Importance of Ethical Business

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

Management accountants, with their role as business partners, are ideally equipped to navigate this arena, providing the relevant insight to manage the risks as well as innovations that come with ethical scenarios. And while the Volkswagen story unfolds before our eyes, seemingly with no end in sight, it serves as a timely reminder: ignore acting ethically at your own peril.

Love on the Agenda

Charles Elvin | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

More than 70% of managers surveyed said they had no problem with workplace romance as long as those involved acted professionally.

Tempted to Leave Your Job? Maybe You Need More Autonomy at Work.

Charlie Mowat | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I'm particularly interested in autonomy, the need people have to choose and be in control of the things they do. In the workplace, this means a sense of ownership over tasks.

Ten New Year's Resolutions for Ethical Capitalism in 2015

Ian Baxter | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Baxter

The end of January is rapidly approaching, but it's not too late to adopt some good habits for the year ahead. As a small business owner I'm a big fan of capitalism. There is no other economic system that generates the wealth we need to make society work...

Ethics is a Global Issue

Susan Liautaud | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Susan Liautaud

Professor Schwab has put ethics on the WEF agenda for the first time. He is right that trust has suffered and that ethics is critical...with a few nuances.

Benchmarking Business Ethics

Jo Swinson | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

For decades, a company's performance has been measured almost exclusively in economic terms. Social and environmental issues such as health and safety in garment factories in Bangladesh, the use of conflict minerals in our mobiles, the privacy policies of internet service providers or forced labour on our doorstep have been seen as immaterial to how a company should be valued and how investors should assess performance. This is finally - and thankfully - changing.

Employees Behaving Badly

Charles Elvin | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The corruption of the world's biggest currency dealers was exposed recently, leading to US and UK regulators imposing £2.6bn of fines on six major banks. Although an extreme example, what we have here is a prime illustration of how bad behaviour in the workplace can have incredibly serious consequences for the organisations involved.

Helping Leaders Achieve Positive Change

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

When Prime Minister, Tony Blair said that it's not the role of business to solve social problems. Business should just get on with the business of making money and leave social issues to others. How things have changed...

The Secret's Out! How Big Business 'Legally' Takes Our Money For Nothing

David Green | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
David Green

I use and like easyJet. I don't even mind that they charge me extra for taking my suitcase along: £30 for the privilege, bumping the fare up by over 20%. But I do mind when they 'take' money for nothing when I no longer need an optional extra...

Wake Up to Reality: We Must Be Bolder With the Minimum Wage

Charlie Mowat | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

The advantages of raising the minimum wage seem to be very clear - motivated staff leading to higher productivity and lower turnover, a lower benefits bill and greater spending power in communities

The Future of Finance is Looking Brighter

John Bowman | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
John Bowman

At the beginning of May, I had the opportunity to perform one of my favourite roles overseeing Education at CFA Institute - presiding over the finals of our annual Global Research Challenge. The challenge, which tests teams on their knowledge and expertise in the investment industry, brings together the regional champions from EMEA, APAC and the Americas, each of which have beaten at least a dozen qualified and committed competitors from their regions.

Don't Ditch Your Ethics: Company Values Are the Key to Success

Charlie Mowat | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
Charlie Mowat

Taking the CMI's research on board, there is clearly still a way to go in the business world in terms of leadership and good company values, but I believe that increasingly, people will realise what I have - that the rewards of nurturing an ethical culture in your business are potentially great.

How Can We Address 'Flexibility' on Ethics in the Financial Services Industry?

John Bowman | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
John Bowman

Executives must realize that the previous era of financial capitalism ended with the global crisis in 2008. Clients, asset owners, and the general public are looking for the industry to return to its core purpose of serving the greater good, providing value to society so that economies and communities' thrive.

Nelson Mandela: A Hero for the Human Race

Marko Kasic | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Marko Kasic

I am not competent enough to speak about the legacy that will survive Mandela. Nor am I versed in the study of politics to fully appreciate just how extraordinary Mandela's achievements have been. I am qualified to call Mandela one of the most iconic figures of our time and perhaps the 20th century's foremost actor for egalitarianism and liberation.

What Do Companies Need to Do to Regain Trust? Be More Than Ethical

Charlie Mowat | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

The issue of trust is something I feel strongly about. As a businessman and the owner of an ethical company, The Clean Space, I hear a lot of talk about building trust in terms of ethical credentials.