Does ethics have an image problem?

Yes, argues Katherine Bradshaw of the Institute of Business Ethics. She offers some solutions in this guest post.This week’s results of EY’s 2015 Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey show that while nearly half of UK survey respondents said regulation in their sector had increased, only 15% said this had resulted in…

Lecture three – Engaging Employees in CR and Sustainability

So here’s my third lecture in the current series, on employee engagement and sustainable business. The first lecture on where CR came from , the business case, and the course outline with links to readable articles is here. For readers who like this, Mallen Baker and I have put together a complete online training course on all this, with short, interesting videos…

Three quick takeaways on how CSR improves business value

In my earlier post this week I interviewed Alex Edmans of Wharton and London Business School, about his research on the links between CSR and business value. A friend asked Alex for three simple takeaways for the busy executive. He kindly sent some. They are below, and provide a handy at-a-glance assessment. The longer interview is…

Wharton and London Business School research shows employee welfare and financial returns are linked

Alex Edmans is professor of finance at London Business School and Wharton.  He’s been researching the links between investing in employee welfare, and financial returns.  Alex’s prior research shows that companies listed in some “Best Companies To Work For” lists beat the market by 2 to 3 per cent per year over a 26 year…

  • Sep 1, 2014
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So how DID Marks & Spencer gain £145 million from sustainable business?Q&A with Adam Elman

Marc Bolland in the suit some other CEOs get annoyed about  If you are familiar with the concepts of sustainable business (actually it should be “more sustainable”) and corporate responsibility then you will be familiar with iconic British-based brand Marks & Spencer. There are probably three main reasons for this. First, they’ve made serious commitments…

  • Jul 17, 2014
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Why companies engage employees in corporate responsibility and sustainability

Embedded below is a presentation taken from our online training course “Getting to Grips with Corporate Responsibility” which starts again on March 24 2014:  Why companies engage employees in corporate responsibility and sustainability The course uses these materials accompanied by talking head video, online seminars, discussion groups and assignments to help executives learn how good…

  • Jan 22, 2014
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A useful ‘attributes’ checklist

Here are attributes many of us value in co-workers, bosses, employees, friends and vendors: Honest Punctual Curious Proactive Flexible Thoughtful Generous Fun Committed Respectful Organized Interested Creative Likable Positive See the rest of the post from Seth Godin here.  As he argues, these attributes also apply to brands, or should.  It’s worth a read. 

Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe President, podcast on sustainability/CR progress and innovation

Hubert Patricot Here’s a podcast interview I taped this week with Hubert Patricot at Coke Europe. I asked him about progress on their sustainability plan, what innovation means to them, supplier engagement, leadership and how they encourage employees to be creative and find solutions to sustainability and CSR challenges. I’ve been pretty impressed by their…

  • Oct 3, 2013
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Why companies fear transparency – and how to overcome it

Why is authenticity in communications so hard? “Is there anything in your sustainability report that demonstrates you are less than perfect?“ That’s a question all companies struggle with, and have done in the years since it was first asked by a journalist at the launch of a corporate responsibility report a decade or so ago….

  • Aug 21, 2013
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Financial institutions and openness: Some lessons for Barclays

Barclays made all the right noises about policy and culture, at least in a few of Bob Diamond’s statements to the press. The “no jerks” policy, the letter to employees that said: “I do not accept the view that the behaviours revealed this week are representative of our culture. They are not. “But I do…

  • Jul 4, 2012
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Six ‘simple’ steps to starting out in business sustainability

I’ve been spending some time working with companies who are either just getting started, or just starting to think a little more strategically, about CSR/sustainability/corporate responsibility in the last year or two. Here are six steps I advised some of them to take. This is no guarantee of anything, and I know there are lots…

  • Jun 18, 2012
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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…

Jim Collins on employee engagement that works

Here’s some great advice from Jim Collins on how not to demotivate employees. Worth three minutes. The best leaders, says Collins, don’t worry about motivating people. They hire passionate employees and don’t extinguish their passion. There’s a big difference. What demotivates workers?  1) Hype: a failure to acknowledge the real difficulties the organization faces  2) Futurism: Always…