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…

Immigration debates and the future role of business

Immigration, it seems, is everywhere these days. In today’s short term, economically fearful, and hyper-connected Europe, though, the debate is now framed increasingly through the lens of blinkered national interest. That’s also true in some other regions. One only has to look at the sad state of UK politics and the media hysteria around migration…

What 300 stakeholders think are the ten most critical issues for 2015

Guest post by Tara Holmes, communications manager, Future 500 Each year, Future 500 releases a report of what we predict will be the Top 10 most critical issues driving stakeholder engagement in the coming year. The report is a breakdown and summary of these issues based on our own internal research as well as feedback…

What does a burger truly cost, if you factor in carbon and obesity?

Yummy? Not really when you crunch the numbers We don’t know for sure. It depends on which model you use, on whose basic numbers you work up or down from. But what a burger costs society and the environment is definitely a lot more than you pay for it at McDonald’s. This article in the…

Corporate responsibility implementation, strategy, regulation and trends presentation

That might be a bold title for a revision lecture presentation for my MSc class at Birkbeck, University of London, but I hope the presentation does it justice in some small way. Here’s the direct link and it is embedded below. Enjoy, if that is the right word. Corporate responsibility implementation, strategy, regulation and trends…

Eleven reasons to be optimistic about sustainability (climate change notwithstanding)

An Indonesian rubber tapper photographed by the author in Riau, Sumatra, on Feb 3 2014. This farmer makes 80 US cents per kilo of rubber he produces. The land behind him is being deforested by his community due to poverty. Today, awareness that deforestation and forest protection is as much about community poverty as it…

Fights of the future: consumer goods vs. coal and forests vs. people

People vs Environment, few simple solutions A few recent articles brought the potential for these future conflicts, and others, to mind recently. Forestry and paper companies seeking to conserve high carbon stock forest in Indonesia have been attacked for restricting the movement and land of ‘forest peoples’. Equally at Davos the fight between coal and…

Top Ten Sustainability Megaforces

Here are the top ten sustainability mega forces below, according to KPMG last year. They are extracted from the December-January edition of Ethical Corporation, the world’s single greatest sustainable business magazine. In the usual fashion, the PDF is also embedded below. Top Ten Sustainability Megaforces Corporate reputation can hinge on how companies deal with the…