Ethical Business

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.

Woolmark: Not Worth the Label It's Printed On

Ben Williamson | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Williamson

Last week, I was at Somerset House, where the finals of Woolmark's menswear design competition took place as part of Men's Fashion Week. I had a bloodied "lamb" in tow to show people what's wrong with wearing wool. Everything about the production of wool is objectionable, especially the shearing process which often leaves sheep battered and bloodied...

Paying the Living Wage: How Transparency Makes It Happen

Charlie Mowat | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mowat

In my last blog, I wrote about how the minimum wage should be legally increased to living wage levels. Since then, the living wage has remained on my ...

On Leaving Feminist Times

Sarah Graham | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Graham

Many feminist blogs have neither money nor a room of their own - run by volunteers working remotely in their free time. What Feminist Times set out to do was something radically different - not just a blog, but an online magazine which maintained regular, high-quality output by paying staff and contributors alike; an ad-free haven from commercial women's magazines...

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

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 ...

Why Responsibility Is the Emerging Competitive Edge

Mary Portas | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Responsibility is a mandatory for business - and it's about being mindful. Mindful of others feelings, experiences, ambitions and hopes. Mindful to avoid upsetting them. Mindful to make them happy. Mindful of the things that are important to them. Anyway, I was thinking about my own sense of responsibility (and hopefully integrity) in the context of my business interests and thought I'd explore some of the thinking behind the things I get up to and why I do them.

Mental Health at Work: Show Leadership and Start Talking

Charlie Mowat | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK
Charlie Mowat

There must be many more people who have suffered mental ill health as I have, and yet still work and succeed. I want to take this opportunity to encourage business owners and employees to speak up and share your experiences, as the more of us there are having the conversation, the louder it will be.

Is Ethical Banking an Oxymoron?

Ian Middleton | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Ian Middleton

On the day that Royal Bank of Scotland announced a bonus payout to it's staff of £588million in spite of an operating loss of £8.24billion, one had to wonder if any lessons were really learnt from the mess that was left after the banking crash only a few years ago...

20 Tips on Becoming a Better CEO

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

The best businesses scale faster than their people. Learning to be a better CEO is crucial for entrepreneurs who don't set out to be managers, they just fall into it by virtue of their creation...

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.

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.

Why Values Matter at Work

Charles Elvin | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK
Charles Elvin

So why do ethics matter in the workplace and what should you do, as an employee, if you find yourself facing an ethical dilemma?

Responsible Business and Enterprise

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

All of my efforts over the past forty years have been concerned essentially with one central principle - the well-being of the individual. Not the isolated individual. My emphasis has constantly been on the individual within community. People do not thrive without the support of a community so, in my view, if the hope is that people prosper, find happiness and feel that all important sense of satisfaction and belonging, then we have to maintain the fabric of community and not let it become threadbare.

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.

A New Online Vegan Store Opens in Germany: Is Germany set to overtake the UK in numbers of vegans?

India Leigh | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
India Leigh

The concept hatched at the beginning of 2012, after Miriam was living in France for a while and not finding them particularly vegan friendly. Germany, in contrast has a wide vegan interest. It is where Miriams family hails so there she returned to build her dream.

Social Enterprises: Businesses Built on Ethics

Sam Bradley | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Bradley

Even for businesses who find that the social enterprise is not a crucial part of their USP, it's clear that ethical elements are becoming more prevalent in businesses across the UK. And for bigger companies, the examples of the Co-op and John Lewis offer vital case studies.

Ten Sustainable Business Priorities for 2013

Mike Barry | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK
Mike Barry

I believe that the 'flywheel' of business change is starting to spin faster. Why? Because the drivers for change are becoming starker and because the necessary business response is better understood.

Others Should Follow Waitrose's Lead - Put Shell on Ice!

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

This was meant to be a blog about Waitrose's relationship with fossil fuel giant Shell (Waitrose had been considering plans to open up shops in Shell petrol stations across the country), calling on Waitrose to end their partnership with the mass polluter. But Waitrose must be mind-readers because on Wednesday they did just that.

Operating Under the Radar, the Government Body With an Unethical Stance

Lisa Nandy | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lisa Nandy

Today the findings of an Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Corporate Responsibility - a group I chair - will reveal that one UK government body has been able to operate under the radar, at times offering little regard to these concerns.

Responsible Business: Oxygen or Oxymoron?

David Ritter | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK
David Ritter

'Welcome', our gracious host said as I arrived at the 11th Annual Responsible Business Summit in London earlier this month, 'would you like a Coke? They are sponsoring the conference'.

Real Responsible Capitalism Requires Liberation, Not Restraint

Charlie Mowat | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK
Charlie Mowat

There is little all party leaders agree on. But this year, the whole political elite seem obsessed with some form of 'responsible capitalism'.

The Rise of the Social Travel Movement

Debbie Wosskow | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Tech
Debbie Wosskow

Social travel relates to the huge amount of people worldwide exploring new ways of travelling and hosting, preferring to swap, share and couch-surf instead of renting and buying... it's fast becoming the chic, 21st Century travel choice for everyone from silver surfers to city slickers to families.

Ten New Year Resolutions for Capitalism

Samuel Arie | Posted 11.03.2012 | UK Politics
Samuel Arie

The question we should be asking is not whether Occupy London the camp will go, but what will happen when it is gone? In other words, what will be different this year, because of this extraordinarily successful protest last year?