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…

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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One key question for the progressive CEO

Actually three questions around one theme: Engagement in uncomfortable, yet vitally important new areas that can lead to the systems reform we so desperately need for a more sustainable world to live in. Here’s my mini series around the core theme of lasting, better systems change: What are the emerging corporate roles in inefficient framework/policy/incentive…

Might a Chief Sustainability Officer become a CEO?

Will we one day see a senior sustainability executive, or ‘Chief Sustainability Officer’, become CEO of a large company? I would doubt it, at least things currently stand. I’m not sure a senior sustainability executive, as they currently exist, would make a good CEO in today’s world. Here’s why: 1) In laggard companies there would…

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 🙂 A few years ago that would have filled me with feelings of dread. Because interviewing most CEOs back then was…

Rising employee expectations in numbers

Browsing through the World Economic Forum’s website, I just saw that: “…Earlier this week, Deloitte announced the results of a global survey, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), of business leaders’ attitudes on the purpose, impact, and leadership of business on society.” Apparently, among business leaders: “76% believe the value of a company should…

Confidence about the unknown is the new CEO leadership trait

What do companies REALLY pay CEOs for? For predicting the future? No. For keeping the ship steady? Sometimes. For managing the forthcoming unknown? Always. Just not overtly, until now that is. The CEO trait that boards will start to look for in the next five years will be that confidence to talk about managing the…

  • Nov 21, 2011
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