27 expert tips on engaging stakeholders in emerging markets

Last week we held a training workshop on engaging stakeholders in emerging markets. Below are the tips the dozen or so experts who assembled for the two day meeting came up with at the end. They are in no particular order. I hope they are useful. Some are of course blindingly obvious. 1. Training helps!…

  • Nov 1, 2014
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Free management briefing on what business can do to tackle deforestation

Here’s our new management briefing on what companies can do to minimise their deforestation footprints, work with NGOs and manage legal and reputational risk. It features contributions from Greenpeace, TFT, Marks & Spencer, Neste Oil, Canopy, Robertsbridge and many others. There’s some really useful insight in there into how to deal with risk, manage transparency,…

  • Sep 15, 2014
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Event announcement: Cotton risk and sustainability conference, March 2015 in London

On March 16-17 2015 in London Innovation Forum and CottonConnect are bringing together the key players in cotton industry to talk about how sustainability can help the industry better manage risk and secure supply. Sustainable cotton matters, more than you might think  Cotton is in many more products than you might think. Yet the market…

  • Sep 10, 2014
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The top five mistakes companies make in engaging stakeholders

Wayne Dunn I’ve known, fished with, and worked with Wayne Dunn since about 2007. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and experienced advisors in the field of CSR and sustainable business that I have met in my years in the field. When I first met him he was working on a plan to take submerged timber…

  • Aug 24, 2014
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Top tips on how to manage business risk through reputation

True cliche Last week I organised and hosted a roundtable event at the Royal Society of Arts in London on the difficult subject of how to better manage business risk through reputation. It was an off-the-record executive discussion, kindly sponsored by RiiЯ (Risk2Reputation). Their thoughtful CEO Tom Vesey took part alongside 16 senior executives from…

Management spotlight: Tom Burke, Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto

Tom Burke Q&A by Steven Wilding, first published on Ethical Corporation ‘Risk’ not ‘responsibility’ is the watchword of 2013, says Tom Burke. Business needs to wake up to the interconnected nature of risks such as resource security and climate change. Tom Burke is currently an Environmental Policy Adviser to Rio Tinto and a Visiting Professor…

  • Feb 12, 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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Hilarious lessons in stakeholder engagement: The Tanganyika groundnut scheme

“Stakeholder engagement” is a really terrible term. I mean that in the sense that it sounds so wishy-washy to to the uninitiated, when actually the right degree of its use is essential risk management. Too much of course, and one ends up with paralysis, or lowest common denominator decision making. More on that in another…

  • Nov 25, 2012
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Social cohesion: The big business issue for 2012-2015

Here in London, smart pundits from the UK, Japan and the US are debating ‘balance sheet recessions’ on BBC’s Newsnight as I write. The key takeaway from the conversation for me is their debate about social cohesion. “How do you allocate pain?” is the question posed by the FT’s US editor Gillian Tett. Allocating pain…