I believe that the global apparel industry can lead change. If companies know how and where their products are made, they can take the steps needed to create fair and safe conditions for workers worldwide.
We cannot take our capital's vibrancy and economic success for granted. A future Mayor needs to champion bringing major international sporting and cultural events to London to help promote the capital in the future. I have already made clear that London should bid for the European Capital of Culture in 2023, but after Glasgow's great Games last summer, few will be in any doubt that London would benefit too from hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
Latin America is fast becoming one of the most interesting entrepreneurial environments in the world. With 8% of the world's population, even as recently as 2010 it was filing just 2.6% of the world's patent applications, but things are changing and innovation can be found in all corners.
David Cameron will join the leaders of other EU countries on Thursday and Friday for a special summit to discuss the EU's migration policy, following a dramatic increase in the number of irregular migrants trying to enter the EU this year. In recent months there have also been more cases of migrants drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean.
Dedicated employees will do what they do because they believe in their company and want it to succeed, but some recognition can only be beneficial. By putting an employee advocacy program in place, companies can acknowledge and reward employees' spontaneous efforts.
The UK faces a deficit of 340,000 engineers by 2020. Only 6% of Britain's engineers are female. China produces 20-times more engineers than the UK every year, and one in three of them are women. At school and university women outperform men in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Indeed, the few who do become engineers enjoy it - 98% of women engineers find their job rewarding. Who wouldn't? It is therefore incomprehensible that 93% of parents would not support their daughters in pursuing a career in engineering.
Clearly, promoters and venue owners who embrace accessibility are attracting a whole new audience, eager to join their friends and share their passion. In fact, these days, I hardly recognise anybody on the viewing platforms - which is perhaps the ultimate sign of progress.
We need to increase awareness of the myriad of career opportunities in engineering and the diversity of people who can contribute to project teams, men and women of all cultures and backgrounds.
The concept of "Good versus Good" is not just a way of approaching business. The Goods allow us to get to the root of our thinking and behavior quickly. They allow us to understand where people are coming from. This allows us to transform our differences into common ground, and make better business. That's when grey becomes a beautiful color. That's when it's all good.
While the UK economy continues to do well, one area where we are still making no real progress is in the improvement of our productivity. It is absolutely right that we are now starting to focus on this challenge as increasing productivity is key to driving future economic growth, higher wages and better living standards. The business community has a major role to play in achieving this - and we must find a way to tackle this significant challenge head on.
Entrepreneur Adnan Al-Khatib has spent the last five years trying to get his geo-location app up-and-running but its progress has been halted by the Syrian civil war.
Dazzled by all the image, sound, words and technology of Cannes? It's a lot to take in. Along with the chance to meet, greet and learn from your peers there will be plenty of enforced buzzword buffoonery, bacchanalia and loud speakers who will be talking up their value as media channels (rather than the luck that got them there)...
Greater diversity on boards is essential for businesses, our society and the economy but as the brilliant Dave Goldberg put it, it is just "the right thing to do".
As the well documented skills gap continues to impact British businesses, many are convinced that the answer to this is to tap into the over-50 workforce.
I am often asked whether leaders are born or trained and personally, I believe that a healthy dose of both is what truly defines our best leaders... My thirty years in business has taught me that as employers it's up to us to identify employees with potential and develop them to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Paige.
I find that humour is a much underestimated skill, in life generally and most definitely in business.