Let’s partner! (But why?)

Partnership has to be one of the most over used words out there. But usually what people mean by it is actually collaboration. And most collaborations I see are more one way “here’s how you can help us, let’s try and work out a benefit for you, too” approaches. This is surely wrong. But uneven…

Coca-Cola CEO interview shows world has changed

In my last post “Gillian Tett of the Financial Times misunderstands CSR” I tried to point out that the rather depressing “It’s all up to government” argument of economists on the left and right is really very outdated. On my way home tonight I chanced upon this interview on my IPhone which I think makes…

A positive look forward into 2012

The ever-excellent Marcy Murninghan provides an excellent, cheering post on what we might expect in 2012 at this link. It’s easy to be bleak, as most commentators have been. In my earlier post on the year ahead, I felt I didn’t really delve much into the possible, looking instead at how just to keep things…

Is sustainability a safe career choice?

If this chart below is anything to go by, it ought to be. MIT Sloan says after a recent survey: “According to the respondents, 70% of companies that have placed sustainability on their management agendas have done so in the past six years; 20% have done so in just the past two years. (See “The…

Corporate responsibility and “attention blindness”

One of the reasons mistakes are made by airline pilots in simulator training is that they are so focused on a particular task, they miss a giant blockage on the runway and theoretically slam right into it. Business is incredible at focus, at achieving single-minded objectives. That’s where profits come from. All obvious stuff. But…

10 Lessons for corporate sustainability groups from the Eurozone crisis

Here’s a few*: 1) Don’t start talking to potential members unless they are genuinely, institutionally ready to reform. 2) When negotiating membership, include detailed stipulations on what must change for entry. 3) Set clear boundaries for measured progress once basic criteria has been met for entry. 4) Make sure entry stipulations are actually met before…

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