Just over five years ago I began working on the luxury industry. I thought, why cant these elite brands not excel in social and environmental performance? I researched, wrote and produced the report Deeper Luxury for WWF-UK, and it triggered a bit of a furore in the fashion press and wider luxury industry (about 8000 sites now link to the report).... Read moreTAGS: innovation, luxury 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 moreTAGS: 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 moreTAGS: The Sixteen Steps for Responsible Business Schools
After the financial crisis Business Schools were criticised for the content of their teaching and the character of their alumni. Although that critique continues today, most recently in the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Inside Job’, the appetite for business education appears strong worldwide. Business Schools will continue to play a role in... Read moreTAGS: Managing the Pro-Development Impacts of Your Business
Looking back on corporate responsibility in 2010, one of the topics that rose to the top of the agenda was the role of business in international development. In particular, this was spurred by the UN’s review of (a lack of) progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. There are a range of initiatives to advance business contributions... Read moreTAGS: base of the pyramid, inclusive business, social enterprise, sustainable inclusive business Study finds CSR, ESG and social enterprise overlook the publicly and commercially critical issue of economic inequality
Economic inequality is increasingly recognised as negatively impacting on the environment, poverty, crime, peace, health and even financial stability. As such, the rates of economic inequality represent both a public issue and concern for business and investment. A study published on September 24th in the the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, finds... Read moreTAGS: UN Report Calls for Further Standardising CSR & ESG to Promote Public Interest
“In the wake of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, questions have been raised about the meaningfulness of voluntary corporate responsibility communications and the analysis of these by responsible investors,” claims the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development, Supachai Panitchpakdi. This has made it necessary... Read moreTAGS: responsible investment, UNCTAD Reflections on 10 Years of Cross-Sector Partnership, from acclaimed analysts Peter Newell, Steve Waddell and Saleem H Ali.
10 years following publication of “Terms for Endearment: Business, NGOs and Sustainable Development” we share reflections from 3 experts in cross-sector partnering, who contributed to the original book. Their chapters are available for free from Greenleaf to mark the anniversary (see the links below). The reflections are from Professor Peter Newell,... Read moreTAGS: NGO, partnership, Terms for Endearment Critical Thinking on Partnership: free chapters mark ten years
“Ten years after Terms for Endearment was published it continues to be groundbreaking, as it provides a more nuanced analysis of cross-sectoral partnering than many studies on the subject, and maps out an agenda for corporate citizenship that continues to inspire us today. A decade ago Terms for Endearment was critical in helping me to realize... Read moreTAGS: partnership Will Design Thinking Save Us? The Creativity Revolution in Responsible Business.
There is a shift under way in the how some executives are thinking about their relationship to society and the great challenges of our time. If you work in this field, you will have begun to hear more about social enterprise, social innovation, CSR 2.0, a sustainable enterprise economy, and design thinking. This is part of what I call a ‘creativity... Read moreTAGS: creativity revolution, design thinking, jounral of corporate citizenship