Healing the whole – Insights from Congo

I’m writing from the Congo where we have been working with mining companies, communities and the government on promoting sustainable development. Working here has enabled me to affirm many of the systemic problems that I’ve observed with capitalism and will feed into the book I’m co-authoring with colleague Jem Bendell entitled “Healing Capitalism.”... Read more

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Jem Bendell recognised as Young Global Leader

Lifeworth Founder, Professor Jem Bendell, has been announced as one of the 2012 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. Professor Bendell is a strategist and educator on social and organisational change, specialising in helping business, UN, and NGOs collaborate for sustainable development. Famous for its Davos Summit of world leaders, the... Read more

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Teaming Up for Massive Change in 2012

Everywhere we turn, we hear people asking “how long can it go on?” Whether it is financial crisis in the West, environmental pollution in the East, or increasing prices and natural disasters everywhere, there’s a growing sense of dystopia, and of the need for more fundamental reform of our economic and political systems. Mass protests... Read more

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Re-designing Capitalism – the role for business

The current debate about economic growth is based on false assumptions about the monetary system, so both management consultants and business schools must do better to help business leaders explore how to re-design capitalism, according to Lifeworth’s founder, Professor Jem Bendell, in a recent video interview. Professor Bendell explains that... Read more

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Future of Luxury on the Horizon in Latin America

The world’s first sustainable luxury award winners were announced in Buenos Aires earlier this month. The awards recognise outstanding leadership towards sustainable luxury, and are open to any company with a business connection to Latin America. All the winners were small enterprises, which indicates how entrepreneurs, and their young companies,... Read more

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Why Your Company Should OccupyWallStreet

Constant financial crises and growing protests over economic policies now punctuate the headlines. Personal crises, over debt or job insecurity, sadly punctuate our conversations with friends and family. Capitalism seems sick, or at least this version of it. So for those of us working on corporate social responsibility, social enterprise and responsible... Read more

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Towards an Investment Stewardship Council

Towards an Investment Stewardship Council: Providing Credible Assurance of the ESG Assessments of Investment Products As the practice of specialist socially responsible investment and impact investing, on the one hand, and mainstream responsible investment on the other, have grown, so has the sector of analysts and raters of the environmental, social... Read more

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UN reports on emerging government roles for scaling CSR

Almost 20 years ago governments called on business and civil society to join the challenge of promoting sustainable development. Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, many companies, NGOs, unions and others worked together to create new standards for the social and environmental performance of business. The UN today reports that these are becoming influences... Read more

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World’s 1st benchmarking of ethical performance of luxury jewellery

Top jewellery brands are failing to meet the growing expectations of customers for ethical sourcing of metals and gemstones, thereby providing opportunities for new brands to emerge, according to an independent report. Published by Fair Jewelry Action, a non-profit organisation promoting fairly traded jewellery, and strategy advisers Lifeworth Consulting,... Read more

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Leadership Beyond Leaders

I recently had lunch with someone who worked with a global network of young leaders and also a group of elder statesmen and women. With such an intergenerational exposure to leaders and leadership I had to ask what she thought leadership is. After some discussion I was surprised at how many people working in fields that convene or praise “leaders”... Read more

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