Five key questions for sustainability and CSR communicators

Bill Royce from Weber Shandwick answers some vital questions below about communication and how to get it right 1) Tell us a few things good sustainability and CSR communicators get right – and wrong “The best communicators think beyond the boundaries of their business to see the broad and interconnected nature of the challenges and…

  • Oct 28, 2013
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Good short videos on the outlook for India, China and Brazil

Most of you have probably heard of Jim O’Neill. He’s the former Goldman Sachs Asset Management executive who coined the term BRIC ten years back. Here’s some short video interview clips of him talking about the current state and outlook for three of the BRICs. Interesting and insightful stuff, as far as I can tell….

  • Oct 25, 2013
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Is corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting broken?

Reporting, ain’t what it was supposed to be… Q&A with Mallen Baker, founder Daisywheel Interactive, columnist, Ethical Corporation Mallen Baker is a highly respected commentator and corporate responsibility expert. He’s written for every single edition of Ethical Corporation since 2001 and now runs a digital agency focusing on CR reporting.  Here’s a quick Q&A I…

An integrated supply chain for palm oil

PNG and Palm Oil, a growth market (sorry) New Britain Palm Oil are an unusual company. Not least because they have created an integrated, traceable supply chain for palm oil. This is something all the retailers and FMCG companies say is the future, at least on the traceability side. They are also working in a…

“We have come to the conclusion that sitting on the sidelines is not good enough”

Sounds like Unilever boss Paul Polman, on sustainability and policy, right? It’s not though. It’s David French, the top lobbyist at the US National Retail Federation, talking about the current US political situation, in this fascinating NY Times article, which you must read. Here’s why, in a few select quotes, which tell the story better than…

  • Oct 10, 2013
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From CSR to CR to Sustainability to CR&S? Maybe

Back in 2002 in the pages of Ethical Corporation magazine, we ran a campaign, also online, to ask companies to shift from talking about Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Responsibility. Why? Because we, like many others, felt a more holistic term was needed that included environmental impacts beyond just basic compliance. Over time, (not claiming…

Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe President, podcast on sustainability/CR progress and innovation

Hubert Patricot Here’s a podcast interview I taped this week with Hubert Patricot at Coke Europe. I asked him about progress on their sustainability plan, what innovation means to them, supplier engagement, leadership and how they encourage employees to be creative and find solutions to sustainability and CSR challenges. I’ve been pretty impressed by their…

  • Oct 3, 2013
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Sustainability and innovation, how far have we come?

Coke’s innovation conference, opening session I’ve been pondering this question since yesterday when I attended the Coca-Cola Enterprises / Economist Intelligence Unit conference on sustainable innovation in London. From the presentations, and in general, there seems to be innovation, depending on how you define it, in the following areas: – Recycling (Coca-Cola, Umicore) – Services…

Join 30+ managers around the world and learn how to better manage CR and sustainability

We are live! Dear all The Getting to Grips with Corporate Responsibility course is now open and the students signed up are already starting to work their way through the video-on-demand content. Want to join them? There’s still time. Sign up on-line, pay with your credit card and you could be inside the portal and making…

  • Sep 30, 2013
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CR Report reading for dummies, five rules

In a guest post below, Mallen Baker considers some fundamental questions concerning CR and sustainability reporting. Most companies can learn about reporting from Nike Marc Gunther (who writes an excellent business sustainability blog) recently wrote an article titled ‘how to read a sustainability report‘. It was full of eminent good sense, but at the same…

Sustainability vs. Responsibility

I’ve just had a fascinating conversation with a friend of mine who has a wealth of experience in management research. He makes the following argument: Executives are so far removed from the implications of non financial impacts* (resulting from business decisions/operations) that they usually do not take them into consideration. Changing this will clearly require…

Some thoughts on corporate responsibility and sustainability in Mexico

How realistic this is, I am not sure… I’ve just spent five intensive days in Guadalajara, Mexico with a variety of fascinating academics from Technologico de Monterrey. (the Mexican equivalent of MIT or Cambridge) I spoke to a large student audience and spent several days with a variety of professors, who were fascinating company and…

  • Sep 25, 2013
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