Plan A

Is George Osborne The Most Unpopular Chancellor Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Politics

Fresh from introducing the Cookie Monster on Newsnight last week, Emily Maitlis was given a less prestigious role on Wednesday interviewing the Chance...

Big Business Needs to Help Consumers Change Their Behaviour

John Drummond | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK
John Drummond

So how can consumers be persuaded to act? The first option is to explore generic insight into behaviour change. Unilever, for example, has defined five levers for sustainable living or tips to persuade consumers to act. Make it: understood; easy to act; desirable; rewarding; and habitual.

The Lib Dem Conference That Didn't Bark

Stephen Tall | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK Politics
Stephen Tall

On the face of it this has been a pretty tepid, even dull, Lib Dem conference. No rows, cock-ups, or defeats. But it's probably been the most important party gathering since the special conference in May 2010 when the party dipped its hand in blood to sign the Coalition Agreement.

Party Conferences - The Toughest Audience Will Be Stting in the Hall

Iain Anderson | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

For the Tories, debates on Europe - and the UK's place in it - are all over their fringe schedule like a rash. The prime minister will be wanting to apply soothing ointment to this debate but he may find it very difficult to do. Party members scared of the UKIP challenge will want some Eurosceptic meat to chew on. This remains a huge challenge for Cameron.

Tackling the Biggest Challenge of All - Truly Sustainable Consumer Products

Mike Barry | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK
Mike Barry

When we launched our eco and ethical programme, Plan A, in 2007 we made some big bold product related commitments. For example, to get all our wood and fish from the most sustainable source possible. It wasn't the wrong thing to do but we were looking through the lens of 'issue' rather than 'product'.

George Osborne Has Four Options - Three Are Suicide, The Fourth is Merely Political Masochism

Ian Mulheirn | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics
Ian Mulheirn

Down at the Dog and Duck, the arcana of macroeconomic policy generally pass most patrons by. But this autumn the Chancellor's obscure fiscal rules are set to wreak havoc for the coalition and create some very real political pain.

Move Aside Plan A and Plan B: it's Time for Plan I

Stian Westlake | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK
Stian Westlake

Today, 10 September, Nesta is publishing a report which argues that the debate over growth is missing a vital point. Fixing the economy in the short term is only half the battle. If we want the UK to return to growth, we need to look at what has gone wrong with the main driver of growth: our capacity to innovate.

The Criticism Rains Down On Osborne..

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Politics

George Osborne is facing widening calls from business leaders and influential economic thinkers to change economic policy, with the head of the CBI be...

Why Going Green in This Recession is a Business Imperative, Not a Brand Choice

Mike Barry | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Mike Barry

In the current climate, 'going green' might not be at the top of most company 'to do' lists. Times are tough and there are numerous economic headwinds keeping us busy. So, am I wasting my time writing a blog post calling on companies to build sustainability into their business plans? Definitely not and here's why. In 2007 we set aside a massive £200 million for a five year project called Plan A (because there is no Plan B for the one planet we have), a sustainability programme that pledged to transform M&S by changing the way it did business.