After 1500 blog posts on sustainable/ethical business, what’s next?

The last post on this blog, “Better returns from better-run companies” was the 1500th since 2006. Three years ago, when I hit the 1000 post mark, I penned this post with some conclusions I drew then. Looking back, much of what I wrote then seems a little trite now. The list is quite communications-focused, which I…

Lecture eight – Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Innovation

Here’s lecture eight from my current series at Birkbeck and Kings College. This week, innovation. Advertisements. Upcoming Innovation Forum conferences: Sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing – 16th – 17th March 2015 (London) Learn how leading companies managing sourcing risk and engage the supply chain with: Kering, M&S, Ikea, CottonConnect, Marks Work Wearhouse, Lindex, Gina Tricot, BCI and…

One glimpse of how technology might help stop deforestation

This is a cool idea, if it can work: Can Upcycled Smartphones Help Stop Illegal Rainforest Logging? The idea is that old Android smartphones will be turned “into solar-powered listening stations that can detect the noise of chainsaws in real-time and then send an alert (via GSM) to local agencies so they can mobilize and catch loggers…

  • Jun 25, 2014
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Inside Interface Sustainability Podcast Series: From strategy,leadership and policy to account management, logistics, and trucks

About six months ago Ramon Arratia, head of sustainability for Interface EMEA, asked me to go to their offices in the Netherlands and interview executives from top to bottom of the company about sustainability. Then between the two of us we somehow lost the audio files. Then we found them, finally. Phew. So here they…

  • May 15, 2014
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If interested in emerging markets and corporate investment, read on..

If not, best do something else. But you ought to be a bit interested. After all, emerging markets are pretty key to the future of many large companies. Not to mention the people that live there. Apparently they should now be called “Lean Markets” which is one, new way of looking at them Whatever we…

Ten key lessons on sustainable innovation

I recently moderated a session on business models and innovation at the Centre for Sustainable Design’s conference titled “Collaboration, Co-creation & New Business Models” and organised by Martin Charter. More about it all can be found here. Here below are Martin’s ten key take aways from the conference. Foresight: adaption to climate change, circular economy &…

Sustainability and innovation, how far have we come?

Coke’s innovation conference, opening session I’ve been pondering this question since yesterday when I attended the Coca-Cola Enterprises / Economist Intelligence Unit conference on sustainable innovation in London. From the presentations, and in general, there seems to be innovation, depending on how you define it, in the following areas: – Recycling (Coca-Cola, Umicore) – Services…

Some good Ethical Corporation reading: Key stats, facts, and product innovation & sustainability

 Here’s a few articles you may find useful: Ethical Corporation’s June 2013 edition Cover and Contents Ethical Corporation’s June 2013 edition Cheat Sheet Stats, Facts and Figures section An article on how companies are trying to drive product innovation using sustainability (Refers to Desso, Persil, Amcor, Kimberly-Clark, Waitrose and Patagonia) They are also embedded below…

  • Jun 9, 2013
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Sustainable business innovation in action: Nike and waterless dyes

Here’s a great story about how sustainability and innovation can work hand in hand: “Color It Green: Nike to Adopt Waterless Textile Dyeing“. This is particularly significant considering that: “Textile coloring and treatment accounts for between 17 percent and 20 percent of global industrial pollution, according to The World Bank, including 72 toxic chemicals in…

  • Feb 21, 2012
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Sustainability trends insight: Are you overwhelmed or enthused?

I don’t know about you, readers, but I’m finding almost impossible to keep up with all the new information coming out on business and sustainability. I’ve got a folder called “new reports” which fills up daily with a new piece of research or policy from someone or other significant. Perhaps I ought to start a…

  • Nov 9, 2011
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Why communicating your sustainability report is a bad idea

What your report looks like to stakeholders Last week I was discussing CR communications with a head of sustainability here in London. Which email service, he asked me, would I recommend using to announce the publication of a sustainability report. I was immediately conflicted between commercial objectives and logic. “Well” I said, “you could use…

Sustainable innovation: Can Branson recycle waste into jetfuel?

Let’s hope he can. Branson/Virgin’s plan is to capture “waste gases from 65% of the world’s steel mills, capturing, fermenting and chemically converting it for use as a jet fuel.” Here’s the 50 second video on how it might work: (Click on link at end if email subscriber to this blog) The objective is to halve the emissions…

  • Oct 12, 2011
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The need to link ethics and sustainability, and why language, not terminology, matters

I was at a meeting with some lawyers and anti-corruption consultants recently. During the meeting it became obvious that whilst they were interested in the ethics angle of anti-corruption compliance, sustainability didn’t register as relevant. They looked bemused when I mentioned it in a similar context to corporate ethics. Ethics itself, is often looked at…

  • Oct 11, 2011
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