Corporate Social Responsibility

It's Time for Companies to Lead the Fight Against Tax Dodging

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Tax avoidance is now scarcely out of the news, and many companies have faced huge reputational damage for playing fast and loose with the rules. Alongside the urgent reforms to regulation that are required, good businesses should recognise that they too must play their part. The world expects nothing less from corporations and their leaders.

Finding Common Ground: How Big Banks and Small Charities Can Work Together

Lareena Hilton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Lareena Hilton

You may think a leading bank with an extensive global presence and a shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in South London make an unlikely partn...

As Companies Embrace the Circular Economy, Are They Missing a Trick?

Robin Boles | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK
Robin Boles

Our approach to using natural resources has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with companies becoming more aware of the need to shift from ...

How Can Companies Support Refugees in Europe?

Eniko Horvath | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK
Eniko Horvath

It is time for more companies to raise their voice in the refugee debate - as employers, investors, product and service providers, and above all, as powerful economic and societal actors. A more compassionate welcome for refugees is not only the right response to support, it also makes business sense.

A Life Dedicated to Fostering Sustainability Leadership

Polly Courtice | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Polly Courtice

2015 is a year that I dearly hope will be remembered as a turning point in our determination to assure the long-term health, wealth and security of pe...

CSR Is Dead - Long Live Responsible Business

Stephen Howard | Posted 14.10.2015 | 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.

Business, We Need to Talk About the Future of Fostering

Martin Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

We urgently need more foster carers. Another 8,000 additional families are required to meet demand for stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children, according to The Fostering Network

We Travel to Come Home - An Indonesian Odyssey

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

I was terribly homesick in my last years, but in the words of philosopher Martin Buber (b 1878, d 1965), "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware". For me, the secret destination that I was meant to be, but was unaware of, is in the heart of the Mediana family.

Ambivalence Avenue Is an Undesirable Address

Jilly Forster | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Jilly Forster

When austerity-focused government chooses to leave increasingly demanding social issues to charities, there is an opportunity for mainstream businesses to collaborate and make a real difference.

Coalition Is Dead - Long Live Coalition

Nigel Rayment | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nigel Rayment

Despite all the talk of a fresh political landscape and the dawning of a new era of government by coalition, here we are again with a majority governm...

What Do Earth Day and Levi's Jeans Have in Common? Water Resource Sustainability and Consumer Responsibility

Rose Taylor | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

April 22nd is Earth Day. Maybe this means a lot to you, perhaps it doesn't. Maybe you want to help the environment but don't know where to start. Well, how about don't wash your jeans. Not on Earth Day, or the next day, or the next week or even the next month.

#girlhero: The Story of a Girl Fighting for Education

Payal Dalal | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

The grades of the some of the students have improved and, despite the challenge of talking to boys about their violent behaviour, Evelyn's persistence has changed the attitudes and actions of many of the boys she speaks to.

Time to Rescue the Corporate Lords of the Flies From Themselves

Ben Phillips | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Ben Phillips

The lack of any meaningful restraining power over the 1% is not just bad for the rest of us - it is in the end even bad for them. On deeper inspection, it seems corporate titans may be little more than oversized Lords of the Flies, who need to be rescued from themselves. When we talk about shifting power away from them, we really are doing it for their own good.

Forget Big vs Small Business - All Employers Can Help Rebuild the Reputation of Business

Stephen Howard | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK
Stephen Howard

It sometimes feels that a week doesn't pass without a high profile example of business falling short of the standards expected by customers and wider society. In light of the tax controversy involving one of our biggest banks that continues to dominate headlines - this latest poll perhaps comes as no surprise.

The True Corporate Initiative for Human Social Responsibility

Mark Braund | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

The success of the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign was fundamentally reliant on the natural human impulse to engage and partake in social causes, the ever evolving human need to be a part of a global community and the viral exposure that social media facilitates.

Why I See a Future in Feedback

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Feedback. Yes, it's a big ask but it is also something that has the potential to transform young people's lives.

Want to Make a Difference? Just Do It.

Jenny Garrett | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a woman of my word. I set out thinking about how I could help girls. My first foray was to provide workshops for teen Mums, but I didn't feel that was enough and I wasn't sure I was the right person to make a difference with that audience.

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

Charlie Mullins | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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 10.01.2015 | 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.