Seven sustainability/CSR trends for 2014, and some personal plans

Big year for companies and forests ahead This year I won’t offer my own summary of 2013, given what we published on Ethicalcorp.com and in the print edition, did the job rather well. You can read it here. In a general business sense you can also read the 2014 preview here. Here’s a few quick…

  • Dec 31, 2013
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Making the strategic case for smarter community engagement programmes

Corporate community engagement programmes sometimes suffer from what’s known as a “bum rap“. Unappreciated, vulnerable to change, hard to measure. Their placement, however, is in many many cases improving drastically. Even a cursory glance at the literature, even company reports, shows that firms are getting smarter about community improvement/engagement spending. Formerly a guilt offset (all…

  • Aug 21, 2013
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Are women leaders less corrupt?

The answer, apparently, is no. At least, that’s the case according to some research that’s been done over the years. But that’s not the whole story, according to this article from Reuters: Are women leaders less corrupt? No, but they shake things up Unfortunately the article doesn’t reference the studies cited and meanders around a…

Corruption riots, scandals and corporate asset seizures, eight potential mitigating actions

It’s no surprise that serious social unrest over corruption and big business is emerging in India. Another riot took place just this weekend past. Here’s some background. Here’s a few lines from the BBC report: “Police in the Indian capital Delhi have baton-charged hundreds of anti-corruption protesters angered by the government’s sale of coalfields without…

  • Aug 27, 2012
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Business transparency alone may do more harm than good

It seems a bit odd to be suggesting that transparency can be a bad thing. Just to be totally clear, I’m not. But business transparency alone, without institutional reform, could end up doing more harm than good. Let me explain what I mean. Let’s say you are fictional oil company PBChevEX. Let’s say you are…

National competitiveness vs social spending: You may be surprised

This video is fascinating, if the claims made within it are correct: Watching this, it really made me think about how whilst systems are important, how they are managed is equally so, particularly in the arena of public governance. How businesses help here will be vital in the coming years. Think about it: You either…

  • May 31, 2012
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