Lifeworth Review of 2007 GOTO Lifeworth Review 2007: The Global Step Change
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Foreword by David Grayson
Director, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility
Cranfield School of Management.

The dominant paradigm for business success is changing to recognise the absolute necessity of social and environmental sustainability in tandem with financial viability. | Read full article

Introduction by Jem Bendell
Adjunct Associate Professor,
Griffith Business School, Australia
Founder, Lifeworth, Switzerland

The Global Step Change
In recent years a comprehensive corporate responsibility strategy has typically involved a commitment to continuous improvement, to being near the best in class, and engaging stakeholders. | Read full article

Aftereword by Michael Powell
Pro Vice Chancellor (Business)
Griffith University

The message from this review is that although existing corporate social responsibility efforts are delivering some progress, they may not deliver the sustainable global economy in time and we must explore ways of enabling faster and deeper change. | Read full article

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Carbon: the new black Climate change has reached a tipping point, from marginal to mainstream, despite efforts to downplay it.

Drowning in oil? How oil industry handles civil society pressures and explores alternative sources of energy is an ideal study of corporate citizenship.

The rose water debate Irrigating the flower production industry in Kenya, where water is scarce, is a climate change issue.

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The responsibility of business schools Business schools are innovating their management education curricula and research to incorporate corporate responsibility issues.

Autistic academe Academic institutions have to stay relevant as the business environment evolves with growing social complexity.

New Europe, new drivers Civil society in Central and Eastern Europe are not yet dynamic enough to hold corporations accountable, but there are silver linings.

Donor accountability and innovation Large foundations have to manage their assets and resources responsibly so private investors would listen to their advocacies.

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Cannibal Capital Hinged on an economic downturn, hedge funds' short-selling means less money to be made in the future, but bigger piece of a smaller pie.

Private equity, public inequity Unions are concerned that a financial system that empowers those who seek to maximise short-term returns can lead to job cuts

The green media frenzy From Vanity Fair to Wine Spectator magazines, the mainstream media has increased coverage of environmental issues.

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Dolce and Gabbana Some fashion labels in Italy find their way into the counterfeit market, through organized crime around Naples.

Responsible Luxury The luxury industry, says a report, needs to offer something deeper than purely appearance; it needs greater depth and authenticity.

Outsourcing Intellects Globalization is not just shifting the production of high-end brands; it's also shifting the geographies of ownership.

Silence is Golden If companies are aware of their social responsibilities, not only should they engage stakeholders outside the course of business, but also create organizational cultures where staff can innovate.