Are we too dazzled by the sustainability leaders? – Guest post by Mallen Baker

Guest post by Mallen Baker, editor, Business Respect and founder, Daisywheel Interactive. It’s not just about “Going Forwards”, alas When people think about business and corporate responsibility, they tend to see it in terms of a one-way progression. Companies may start as sceptics and laggards, but sooner or later something will act as a catalyst…

Five questions for Joe Jimenez, CEO, Novartis

Joe Jimenez, Novartis boss Here’s a Q&A I did with Joe Jimenez about linking corporate sustainability with success. He gave some good responses, check them out below: How do you link sustainability and corporate responsibility to your business strategy? You do a lot of good work, but how do you mainstream it in the business? Corporate responsibility…

What role can corporate responsibility play in tackling income inequality?

Inequality: If business doesn’t act, everyone else will, eventually Income inequality is everywhere. There’s not a newspaper on the planet, online and hardcopy, that is not debating it. We’ve all seen the numbers. I won’t present them here. At Davos as I write, it is top of the agenda. As it was last year. Revolutions…

Internet.org: CEO led, ambitious technology collaboration

The news that Facebook has persuaded Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson, amongst others, to agree to work with them on cutting the cost of web access in developing countries is welcome news. The detail of the long-term deal, as it stands today, can be found here. It’s not a long article. Here’s the Internet.org link,…

  • Aug 22, 2013
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Skanska USA: A good example of progressive CEO communications

Companies have been speaking out on social and environmental issues for a long time. The problem is, not often enough. At last in the positive, truly progressive sense. There’s been a (partly) understandable reticence for CEOs to do this. Who wants to make that career-limiting speech that later comes back to haunt you? Look at…

  • Jul 5, 2013
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15 ways to engage your CEO in CSR (shorter, edited, printable version)

Here’s a shorter, printable, less waffly version of the blog post I wrote which I ambitiously called:  “15 way to get your CEO on board with CSR and Sustainability“ The original piece has had thousands of reads in just a couple of weeks. Which is nice. There’s nothing worse than being ignored, as someone famously…

  • Apr 30, 2013
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15 ways to get your CEO on board with sustainability and corporate responsibility

Convincing senior leadership as to why sustainable business matters remains a major challenge. Here’s a few proven ways, in no particular order, that may help. 1) Get a non-executive/independent director on your side This is largely for listed firms, but some non-listed companies also use outside views at a senior level. Find one most amenable…

  • Apr 16, 2013
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McKinsey CEO interviews on leadership

Here are some McKinsey CEO / Leadership interviews which ought to be useful weekend reading. McKinsey seem to have stopped asking you to log-in to their website to read these, thankfully:  An interview with Daniel Vasella, Chairman, Novartis Key quotes: “what we see is a paradox: people seem to have less trust in government, yet…

Rethinking Africa assumptions, some compelling numbers

Here’s an excellent article on Harvard’s blog by a friend of mine, Jonathan Berman.  He makes a compelling case about re-thinking assumptions on Africa.  Consider this excerpt: “Not long ago, I led a team interviewing thirty of the top global US investors, financial intermediaries and trade experts about Africa. We asked them how many African…

Kingfisher and Desso CEOs on leadership, collaboration and sustainability strategy

Here’s an audio recording of an hour long session I chaired with Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher CEO, and Steff Kranendijk, CEO of Desso, back in May this year in London. It was a breakout session at the Responsible Business Summit in London. I was impressed that neither CEO made a fuss about the fact that it…

  • Sep 4, 2012
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What would you ask a CEO about sustainability?

So next week I’m going to be lucky enough to spend some time talking with CEOs about sustainability at our Responsible Business Summit in London. (note, no link, I’m not pitching it to you đŸ™‚ A few years ago that would have filled me with feelings of dread. Because interviewing most CEOs back then was…

Jeffrey Sachs sums up some modern challenges…

If you can’t view the video below, click here. Sachs makes two points: 1) Power and wealth means people are more likely to cheat to hold onto it or grow it. He cites a study, amongst others, that demonstrates this tendency. 2) Wall Street titans still don’t really understand what they did wrong. Technology and…