Corporate Social Responsibility

I'm No Scrooge, But I'm Giving Christmas Cards a Miss This Year

Charlie Mullins | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Charlie Mullins

We are donating £1 for every job we complete between now and the fundraising deadline on 10 January and, to put that in perspective, we normally do 1,500 jobs a week during December and early January. I've also made a couple of personal donations too.

Responsible Feathers Get Ruffled: New Standards Introduced

Will Ross | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Will Ross

Two arch rival brands, both revered in outdoor sports, have made the subject of down sourcing their most recent and contended stage. Over the last few years, The North Face and Patagonia have battled over the treatment of geese and ducks, whose feathers are used in their insulated garments.

Even as a Sales Tactic, Purpose Beats Persuasion

Richard Neville | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Richard Neville

It is human nature to want to choose the world we live in. Humans are unique in how much they impact their environment―razing it, digging it, flatte...

BT Must Come Clean About Possible Drone Strikes Role

Kevin Lo | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK
Kevin Lo

While justice will still seem a long way away for the victims of drone strikes, Q and A sessions like this at least give a glimmer of hope. It is deeply unfortunate that we live in a society where one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world can simply ignore concerns of its involvement in serious human rights abuses.

A Trip Down Ethical Memory Lane

Harriet Lamb | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We all remember with horror the great-aunts who would exclaim: 'My how you have grown'. In my case, it was especially excruciating as it usually meant I'd grown out rather than up, unlike my tall siblings. Fast forward several years and suddenly we've all become that aunt. Before we know it, we find ourselves parroting the same words when children we haven't seen for a while, have suddenly shot up.

Why I Didn't Watch Brazil vs Germany

Stephen Howard | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Stephen Howard

For now, there is still progress to be made. We want many more businesses to join the move to creating an enhanced contract with society and harness the influence and reach of their businesses to tackle key issues. In return businesses will unlock innovation, growth and long term opportunities. It's a win-win and it's time that every business recognised this.

When Might = Right: How Chevron Got Out of a $19Billion Lawsuit

Jo Simmons | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Jo Simmons

Four years on from the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast, in which approximately 210 million barrels of oil leaked into the oc...

Is the 'Good Company' Possible in a Not So Good System?

John Tizard | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Following the global banking crisis, and the consequential recession and pressure on public expenditure as well as a series of business failures and scandals, it is perhaps understandable that public confidence in the business sector is not strong.

Should Government Make It Compulsory to Do Good?

Mark Hillary | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

The economic crash of 2008 did not derail the idea that business leaders need to think beyond the balance sheet alone. But should this requirement to do something for society be mandated by law?

What I'm M.A.D. About: The end is near for businesses that can't demonstrate how they Make A Difference.

Dr Sam Collins | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK
Dr Sam Collins

One of my coaching clients (who we'll call Jane), a board level director with a multi million dollar insurance firm recently asked me to speak togethe...

Business Needs Innovation in Making Money and Giving to Charity

Polly Gowers OBE | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Polly Gowers OBE

Anyone who wants to be successful in business needs to stay ahead of the game, that's why I've built my career around innovation. From the early days of competing in equestrian competitions and progressing to training and selling horses, I then learned the ropes of internet marketing and set up my own company in my garden shed...

Laws Can Drive Responsible Corporate Reporting But Only People Can Drive Responsible Corporate Behaviour

Jane Burston | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Burston

European companies will now have to report to shareholders on their environmental, social and ethical behaviour, following a ruling from the European ...

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

David Schofield | Posted 11.06.2014 | 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 30.05.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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.