Charles Handy on how ‘greedy executives’ are the problem

When I first got into business, older and wiser folks than myself used to tell me to read Charles Handy, all of his work. I read some, but neglected many of his books, to my chagrin. Handy is still active, still thinking and writing, and this piece published on the Drucker Forum by EFMD is…

Does jargon numb us against reality in sustainable and responsible business?

An email at the weekend from someone who inspired me to work in this odd area of responsible business made me think. Why, he asked, are we using such vapid and meaningless terms to describe what matters to us? Why do we talk about ‘natural capital’ when we perhaps might also, alongside, use terms like…

“The Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013”

According to the editor of Harvard Business Review online, they are these: 1.  Leaning in will only get us so far 2.  If your knowledge-based industry hasn’t been disrupted yet, get ready 3.  The right kind of project management — and project manager — really matters 4.  The rest of us still have a lot…

Are socially responsible and sustainable investment analysts worth investing time in?

Yes, argues Rory Sullivan in this guest post One of the favourite topics of discussion among corporate responsibility managers is the irrelevance of socially responsible investment (SRI) analysts. It is almost an article of faith that SRI analysts are out of touch with business realities. For example, SRI research requests are routinely criticised on the…

  • Jul 29, 2013
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Want to manage embedding CR, reporting and communications more effectively?

After many months of work, and after producing more than a hundred videos, slides and online discussions, Mallen Baker and I have launched three more online, on demand, interactive CR management training courses. Phew. It’s been a ride. Imagine revisiting what you’ve learned in your entire career and trying to put online in a useful…

  • Jul 26, 2013
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New human rights guidance out yesterday: Useful resources for business

Yesterday the European Commission published three sector guides to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for business. They’ve been put together by Shift and the Institute for Human Rights and Business, two respected and leading research/”Think and do” NGOs in the field of business and human rights. The guides are for employment…

  • Jun 18, 2013
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The girl who silenced the world for five minutes

I mentioned this video on stage at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit in London this week. A few folks have tweeted it. I referred to it because I have seen a CEO show it to his team of senior managers. It’s from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Even a jaded ex-journalist such as myself…

Insight next week on some key questions facing business

 Next week sees Ethical Corporation’s biggest annual conference, the Responsible Business Summit, take place in London. 10 or so CEOs, 40 senior managers speaking. No PowerPoint allowed. It should be a lot of fun.  Here’s a few of the sessions I hope will offer some insights. I’ll do my best to capture some lessons for…

  • Apr 29, 2013
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“Relax! You’ll Be More Productive” – Fascinating NY Times article

This Op Ed from the New York Times contains some compelling research. It certainly chimes with my own experience. These days, having several jobs/roles and spreading time amongst them, I try to adhere to the advice in the article as much as possible. But it’s really not easy. If I am tired and I have…

  • Feb 10, 2013
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Your guide to seven (now eight) new pieces of sustainability jargon

With that all-important opening day of April 2013 approaching fast, here’s your quick guide to some of the latest management thinking and new theories: 1) The Spherical Economy Circular calculations and costings are so 2012. The Spherical Economy matrix now in use across the Fortune 100 enables you to calculate your full planet impact beyond…

  • Feb 6, 2013
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Embedding sustainability presentation

 This presentation below, originally given in India a few weeks back, is based on Ethical Corporation’s new, in-depth report “How to embed sustainability and corporate responsibility in management processes“ For readers getting this via email (there’s 1100 of you) here’s a link to the presentation if you can’t see it below. Enjoy, if that is…

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…