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
At the beginning of May, I had the opportunity to perform one of my favourite roles overseeing Education at CFA Institute - presiding over the finals of our annual Global Research Challenge. The challenge, which tests teams on their knowledge and expertise in the investment industry, brings together the regional champions from EMEA, APAC and the Americas, each of which have beaten at least a dozen qualified and committed competitors from their regions.
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.
Executives must realize that the previous era of financial capitalism ended with the global crisis in 2008. Clients, asset owners, and the general public are looking for the industry to return to its core purpose of serving the greater good, providing value to society so that economies and communities' thrive.
I am not competent enough to speak about the legacy that will survive Mandela. Nor am I versed in the study of politics to fully appreciate just how extraordinary Mandela's achievements have been. I am qualified to call Mandela one of the most iconic figures of our time and perhaps the 20th century's foremost actor for egalitarianism and liberation.
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.
Ruthless businessmen and women are living divided lives, leaving the high moral values they hold at home with their families
So while I appreciate that it's good that brands like M&S are starting to act on sustainability, we can't ever let up. It's time we say, thanks for doing that, but what are you going to do next? Because "more than most" is never enough.
When you think of Holland, you probably think, too, of windmills, clog dancing and cheese. The tourism board knows it, for sure, but one association that you have probably never made, is that of the Dutch and the Fairtrade movement.
Over the past 30 years communication between brands and customers has changed dramatically. From direct sales to social media