Ethics

"This Will Change Everything..."

Max Sanderson | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Tech
Max Sanderson

His name was Dr Sergio Canavero. And next year, he will attempt the World's first (known) human head transplant. A boyhood dream of his which has been a quarter of a century in the making, Dr Canavero displays all the telltale signs of a maverick (and a psychopath).

Are Our Attitudes to Animal Rights Changing?

Chantal Cooke | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK
Chantal Cooke

SeaWorld's decision represents a move forward in our attitude towards the rights of animals. It wasn't that long ago, perhaps only a decade, that ending these shows would have been unthinkable. People loved them, they flocked to them, and they made companies like SeaWorld millions of dollars.

Housework: Should I or my mother do it?

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

Therefore, without any excuses, I should do my chores. Yet before I get to them, my mum has already taken over and would rather I studied. I only hope that she releases her book soon.

It Doesn't Stop at SeaWorld: The UK is Complicit in Cruelty, Too

Conor Penn | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

We must scale our conversation back more wholly, dismantling the very framework that underpins our prioritisation of spectacle, competition, tradition and recreation over that of animal welfare. Whilst this framework remains intact, progress will continue to be inconsistent. Meanwhile, cruelty will continue to occur on our doorstep.

The Impact of Eating Animals: For You, Others and the Planet

Lauren Dawson | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Dawson

This past weekend we celebrated Earth Hour 2016, causing many of us to look at what changes we can make to do our bit for the planet. We all know about swapping light bulbs, shorter showers and driving less, but there's one change we can all make that has a bigger impact than anything else: what we put on our plate.

Don't Take the Mick

Daniel Singleton | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

In the end we all know that if we are truly generous, we will be taken advantage of. Our fingers will be burnt. But some of the people I have been most impressed with are those who have given and done what they think to be right, even when their generous posture has been abused. Their position is not based on passing emotion, but on conviction.

Responsible Fashion: Top Five Topics of 2015

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

In an attempt to refine the information overload, I have picked the articles that I think are most engaging; voices that will both inspire and anger; brands worthy of attention; and concepts that will encourage reflection on this industry and how we interact with it. Here are the five topics that dominated the discussion:

Let's #DoFashionBetter

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

When people ask me what I do, I am sometimes loathed to admit that I work in fashion. It is not the glamorous industry it sells itself as but rather a vast and reckless monster, bulldozing its way through the seasons.

Leaders From Roland Mouret, H&M, & Vivienne Westwood At UK Houses of Parliament: Taking Sustainable Fashion to Scale

Tamsin Lejeune | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Style
Tamsin Lejeune

On Wednesday 11 November 2015, we brought together more than thirty fashion designers, leading journalists and CEOs of major brands, retailers and manufacturers at the UK Houses of Parliament to discuss how sustainability can be taken to scale in the fashion and textiles industry and how the new Mysource.io platform will make that possible.

Vegan Student Claims She Was Refused Catering Job For Not Wearing Leather Shoes

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A vegan student has claimed she was refused a catering job at her university because she would not wear leather shoes for ethical reasons. Dominika...

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.

Matt Damon Must Die: Why 'The Martian' Is a Terrible Example of How to Save a Life

Michael Plant | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Plant

As an alternative plot twist, how about the following? Matt Damon, whilst stranded on Mars, works out how much his rescue mission will cost. In a moment of enlightened self-sacrifice he realises that thousands of lives on Earth could be saved for the cost of saving him.

Blood Diamonds, Diesel Fumes and Politics as Usual

Sean Clinton | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK
Sean Clinton

Our political leaders won't act unless public pressure forces them to do so and the trade in blood diamonds will continue unchecked and unseen. Consumers, especially those in the fashion, film and media industry who are used to promote the industry, must questions the ethical provenance of the jewellery they wear and not allow the industry to fob them off with bogus claims that diamonds are ethically sourced and conflict-free.

The Steep Drop in Volkswagen's Shares Show the Importance of Ethical Business

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

Management accountants, with their role as business partners, are ideally equipped to navigate this arena, providing the relevant insight to manage the risks as well as innovations that come with ethical scenarios. And while the Volkswagen story unfolds before our eyes, seemingly with no end in sight, it serves as a timely reminder: ignore acting ethically at your own peril.

Action for Happiness: We Need a Movement to Promote Secular Ethics

Richard Layard | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Richard Layard

Today, as in every previous age, people are seeking. They are looking for a philosophy of life and an organisation that represents it... We hope that Action for Happiness can cater to that need, and help to provide the thousands of little gatherings that can make the world a better place.

Sustainable Materials: Discovering the Best at the Future Fabrics Expo

Charlotte Turner | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Style
Charlotte Turner

Since fashion has the potential to be so widely visible, and being one of the highest employing industries globally, the increased action and dialogue surrounding sustainability and ethical issues are positive developments, helping to bring the transformative work of countless organisations, initiatives and brands in to view - but there is more to be done.

Life or Death Bill

Grace Thompson | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Thompson

On Friday 11 September, MPs will be voting on a bill. A bill which has had little media attention. A bill which has been introduced by a relatively unknown Labour MP - Rob Marris. And yet a bill which, if passed, will have profound implications for people up and down the country. It is a bill dealing with matters of life and death.

Shocking Environmental Implications of Fashion

Heidy Rehman | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

A better understanding about the shocking environmental implications of low-cost garment production may finally move customers to push companies into improving their ethics, pay and working conditions. That's because the environment directly affects the customer, and any children they have or intend to have.

Where's the Humanity in Artificial Intelligence? Ask an Echoborg

Charlotte Webb | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech
Charlotte Webb

Currently, many androids are partly operated by humans, who are in charge of their speech and movement. This is because the technologies that orient androids to their environment are not sophisticated enough to make them seem convincingly human.

Waste Re-imagined: Throwaway Fashion Comes Back to Life

Eleanor O'Neill | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Style
Eleanor O'Neill

It's time for designers to look at waste as an ally, offering innovation and opportunity and for consumers to give their rubbish a second chance. Not only is this important for the wellbeing of our planet but these visionary brands show us how original and beautiful it can be too.

Why Animals Should Be Treated as Co-citizens

Tom Burns | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK
Tom Burns

It is likely that the way we treat animals will change and one day we might even call them our co-citizens. A few decades ago the animal rights movement seemed to some like a fringe fad, but it is now part the mainstream. Call me barking mad, but I suspect that in a few more decades we might be talking about co-citizen adoption agencies rather than pet shops.

Is It Wrong to Admire Nazi Rocket Scientists?

Thomas Moorton | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Tech
Thomas Moorton

It still bothers me, as it would any emotionally healthy person, how do I reconcile my love for the scientific achievements of a man whose work killed so many. The answer, I assume, lie in the methods and scientific validity of his work.

Professor Gives Students Fiendishly Cruel Ethics Question To Test Their Morals

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

University of Maryland students were faced with a rather cruel dilemma at the hands of their social psychology professor, who set them a fiendish ques...

UK Sport - World Class Success

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Sport
David C. M. Carter

The UK has a well-developed model to achieve 'good', however motivating Millennials to become great will be hard without change. We have 46 Olympic sports but to get to 60 Gold medals, most incremental medals will come from 'outside the model' (such as new sports like Snowboarding). How refreshing to witness a UK sports think tank engaging with how to achieve that. It made me proud to be British.

Dear Would Be Prime Minister - A Challenge From the UK Values Alliance

Miss Deap Khambay | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Miss Deap Khambay

Your party would have us, the voters, believe that your people, plans and policies have clear and distinctive values at their heart. We are currently unconvinced, and sceptical with good cause. Here's why.