Corporate Social Responsibility

Only By Working Together Can We Make Sure the Voices of Street Children Are Heard

David Schofield | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
David Schofield

There are many millions of children living or working on the streets. They are found in every continent and every country. But whether they live in Mumbai, Manchester or Mexico City, they can face many of the same daily risks and lack of opportunities often going unseen and unheard.

Yet Another Awareness Week?

Stephen Howard | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Stephen Howard

I've been asked a few times in recent months why we need a Responsible Business Week?

UK Families Are Struggling to Afford Basics... And It's Not Just Food

Robin Boles | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Robin Boles

Much has been reported in recent months about providing food to families who are struggling to make ends meet, but unfortunately there is a much broader and deeper side to this story: a desperate need for everyday essentials, items that are getting left off the weekly shop long before people turn to food hand-outs.

We Day to Me Day: The Damaging Effect of Voluntourism

Iram Sarwar | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

While the day was meant to be an opportunity to inspire a generation to become global and active citizens, the message that the day purported revealed a dark side to our desire to help those in the developing world.

Fair Trade Insights for Fairtrade Fortnight - What Do Consumers Think About Brands With a Fair Trade Ethos?

Jack R. Miles | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Jack R. Miles

As we're approaching the conclusion of Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 24th February to 9th March, it feels appropriate to look in detail at what fair trade means for brands and consumers today.

CSR 2.0: Unlocking Corporate Wealth to Solve Social Issues

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

As you walk around the corridors of the World Economic Forum at Davos and as you listen to the many corporate leaders present at the world economic forum in Davos it is possible to segment them into two distinct groups.

Businesses Can't Afford to Ignore Climate Change Any Longer

Peter Bakker | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Bakker

Yes, we need to talk about jobs and growth and inequality, but businesses can't afford to ignore climate change any longer. Business holds many of the technologies and solutions that can create the transformation the world needs. And the business case to do so is strong. Business must now scale up the implementation of these solutions.

The Rise of the Corporate Foundation - A New Philanthropic Trend for 2014

Michelle Wright | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

There is a definite and exciting move afoot in the corporate sector, with many companies seeking to establish charitable corporate foundations - charities established by commercial companies.

Businesses Cannot Be Successful If the Society Around Them Fails

Tim Lindsay | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK
Tim Lindsay

Once upon a time the 'S' word - sustainability - was about as relevant to business as a fork in a sugar bowl. At best a box to be ticked; at worst seen as a serious impediment to the pursuit of profit. But the world is changing. Look at the business news and you'll see the global heads of big businesses uttering that 'S' word with increasing frequency.

Corporate Social Responsibility for the Digital Age

Adrian Moxley | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Moxley

Today's business landscape is increasingly transparent, meaning that the pressure is on for companies to demonstrate accountability. Thanks to the rise of social media, companies are more visible to consumers than ever before; information can spread quickly and virally.

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.

It's Time to Take Responsiblity

William Davie | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
William Davie

There's a phrase in environmental politics called Nimbyism, which stands for Not In My Back Yard. In essence it means that people want renewable energy projects such as wind farms to be built, provided of course, they aren't built anywhere near them...

Join #theBIGshift and Lead the Transformation to a Sustainable Future

Sally Uren | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Sally Uren

The idea of sustainability has been around for a while and whilst many businesses are starting to realise the economic, social and environmental benefits of operating much more sustainably, we now need to go beyond incremental change. Only by influencing the nature of the systems in which they operate can businesses create a context in which they can innovate for long-term success.

Unilever and Project Sunlight: New Awakening or False Dawn?

Jon Alexander | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jon Alexander

On Wednesday, Unilever chose Universal Children's Day to launch the latest phase of their work to integrate the creation of a better world into their marketing. At a time when the world's politicians are winding up in Warsaw after another round of failing to do anything significant about climate change, it is wonderful to see one of our largest corporations taking unilateral action in such committed fashion.

How the Digital Era Has Transformed Companies' and Consumers' Experience of CSR

Jack R. Miles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jack R. Miles

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a buzzword for companies since the turn of the 21st century, particularly from 2010 onwards. However, the dynamics of CSR have changed during this period, due to the growth of new communication tools and new areas of operation. This has resulted in CSR developing a new set of parameters.

Creating Social Change Through Corporate Social Responsibility Requires More Than Just Money

Graham Randles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Graham Randles

A Department of Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on realising the full benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has recently closed. It asks two big questions 'should there be more robust measurement of CSR programmes to really understand the impact and where they add value' and 'should big businesses be made to invest?'

First Admit You Have a Problem, Then Get Help: What Tesco Should Do Next

Jon Alexander | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK
Jon Alexander

Tesco's announcement, potentially, is different. If Coke are still saying 'there's a problem that we're involved in, but we're not the problem', Tesco are saying 'we are part of this problem - but we can't solve it on our own'.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Options Not Included

Rose Schreiber | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Rose Schreiber

Having grown up in the 1990s I have watched the term 'corporate social responsibility' (CSR) grow and evolve. Whilst the anti-sweatshop movement of th...

Why I Don't Use Zero-Hours Contracts: Three Basic Principles

Charlie Mowat | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I can see the issue from both points of view, and the debate seems to have polarised with the solution probably being somewhere in the middle. I certainly don't think that zero-hours contracts should be banned outright. However, at my company, The Clean Space, nobody is on a zero-hour contract, despite them being extremely common in the cleaning industry as this list of vacancies shows.

It's Good to Give - Why American Bosses Get It (And British Ones Don't)

David Erasmus | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
David Erasmus

In the USA company giving rose by 12% last year to reach an epic $18.2billion. UK companies, by contrast, have shown a sharp decline in giving, down 27% this year - according to a recent report by the Directory of Social Change. So what's the story - why aren't Britain's bosses backing charity?

New York Yankees Go Beyond Sport

Nick Keller | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Sport
Nick Keller

The unique position sports teams hold in a community is well established, but their role in that community has undergone something of a transformation in recent years.

A Virtuous Circle Helping Charities Survive

Robin Boles | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Robin Boles

In Kind Direct's work generates huge benefit to the thousands of charities and the millions of people they serve every year. Now 17 years on, over 900 companies have donated £130million pounds worth of goods for more than 6,200 benefiting charities. It's a simple solution which makes sense for business, charities and environment - truly an example of The Prince's vision of a 'virtuous circle' in action.

Michael Johnson Goes Beyond Sport

Nick Keller | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Sport
Nick Keller

When we talk about Olympic legends, it is hard to look beyond Michael Johnson. Three Olympic Games and four Olympic gold medals - two in his home Games in Atlanta - are enough proof of that. Michael's achievements on track have meant that he has stayed at the heart of sport and the Olympic Movement for more than 20 years.

Corporate Social Irresponsibility

Harry Freedman | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK
Harry Freedman

It seems that every day another company hits the headlines for behaving badly. The offences vary, it can be multinationals avoiding tax, banks wrecking the economy, energy giants polluting the environment, utilities price fixing, tech companies passing consumer data to governments or many other things.

The B-Team a Turning Point for Business? Not Without the 'Boom'!

Marko Kasic | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Marko Kasic

I sincerely hope the B-Team lets the Millennial Generation lead them and that it doesn't turn into procession of corporate compunction by born again incumbent leaders. The world doesn't need apologies; it needs a new perspective that defines success. It needs a 'Boom'.