Business Strategy

Brand Watch: Google's greening of its search engine to unleash power of conscious consumers

Oliver Balch, (Oct 5, 2021)

In his monthly column, Oliver Balch reports on new initiatives to reveal data on the carbon footprint of products, how food brands are embracing systems change, and the impetus for greater transparency in supply chains

To avoid climate-related litigation, organisations must ensure their house is in order

Stephanie Eaton and Michael Rawlinson QC and Samuel Cuthbert, (Aug 18, 2021)

COMMENT: TCFD recommends companies go beyond mere reporting and consider the financial implications and ramifications of climate change. Businesses ignore this advice at their peril, warn lawyers from Signature Litigation and 12 King’s Bench Walk

A decade after the UN Guiding Principles, companies have a new responsibility

Désirée Abrahams, (Aug 3, 2021)

COMMENT: Désirée Abrahams of Global Action Plan argues that a new approach to due diligence is needed that spans both action to address climate change and unintended human rights consequences

Brand Watch 1: One step forward, three back in fashion industry’s sustainability ‘journey’

Oliver Balch, (Jul 26, 2021)

In the first part of his monthly column, Oliver Balch looks at a series of damning reports on a sector that is trying to play up its green efforts, from plastics content to human rights

ESG Watch: Insurers and airlines begin to feel the heat over climate risk

Mike Scott, (Jun 29, 2021)

Mike Scott rounds up the latest ESG news, from the G7 meeting, to the launch of the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosure

Brand Watch: Amazon under fire for incinerating unsold stock and dodging ESG investors

Oliver Balch, (Jun 29, 2021)

In his monthly column, Oliver Balch reports on the importance of ‘walking the talk’ on sustainability commitments, a breakthrough in recycling plastic, and a drive to nudge SMEs towards net zero

‘It’s not enough to rely on sustainable business “heroes”, we need every company to act’

Chris Turner, (Jun 16, 2021)

Comment: B Lab UK’s Chris Turner explains why more than 550 companies and the Institute of Directors are backing a campaign to put people and planet on equal footing with profit in the UK

Why the business of business must be to solve the planet’s problems – not create them

Colin Mayer, (Apr 14, 2021)

COMMENT: Colin Mayer of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University makes the case for a new management perspective that empowers companies to flourish while making a positive impact

‘We’ve dealt Gen Z a bad hand of cards. Now we must give them the tools to rein in Big Tech’

Robert Wigley, (Apr 13, 2021)

COMMENT: Robert Wigley argues that regulators have a duty to ensure companies that control the internet serve society, not just their own profit and loss accounts.

Policy Watch: China’s national emissions trading market boosts global carbon pricing push

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 21, 2021)

In her monthly column, Angeli Mehta rounds up key recent policy developments, from EU carbon border taxes to the rise of vaccine nationalism

‘Leicester 'sweatshops' show the urgent need to change unethical business practices'

David Grayson, (Nov 30, 2020)

Comment: David Grayson of the Cranfield School of Management draws some wider lessons from what was described as 'one of the worst ESG scandals in modern UK history' during the recent House of Commons debate, in which Labour MP Liz Kendall criticised investors for failing to hold Boohoo to account

Chipotle, DBS, Thai Union, Verizon, Olam International, ReNew Power and Maersk among winners at the 2020 Responsible Business Awards

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 12, 2020)

Winners of the internationally renowned Reuters Events Responsible Business Awards revealed during a two-day virtual awards ceremony

The future of work: The Ethical Corporation assesses the long-term impact of Covid-19

Terry Slavin, (Oct 7, 2020)

The axioms by which companies have done business for the past 50 years have been upended by the pandemic. In this month's issue of the magazine we look at whether developments like the remote working revolution will help or hinder companies as they seek to get onto a more sustainable path

Why the way we work will never be the same again after Covid

Mike Scott, (Oct 6, 2020)

With the enforced lockdown pushing companies to implement digital solutions that should have taken years in just a few weeks, Mike Scott assesses the long-term implications, and explains why speed and adaptability are the new business competences

Black Lives Matter movement turns up heat for boards to walk the talk of racial diversity

Helen Chan and Julie DiMauro, (Oct 5, 2020)

Helen Chan and Julie DiMauro of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence look at how US and Canadian companies are responding to investor and consumer pressure to promote race relations in their own operations

Sanda Ojiambo: ‘There’s a lot of work to do in the Global North as well as the Global South’

Oliver Balch, (Sep 18, 2020)

Oliver Balch speaks to the new executive director of the United Nations Global Compact about stepping into Lise Kingo's shoes, and her agenda for delivering the SDGs by 2030

The pitfalls and opportunities of business activism

Mary Martin, (Sep 15, 2020)

Comment: Mary Martin of LSE IDEAS says companies have to internalise the changes they are demanding if they are going to take a stand on social issues like Black Lives Matter

Carbon offsetting 2.0: A paradigm shift from free pass to accelerating climate action

Owen Hewlett, (Sep 10, 2020)

Rather than regard carbon offsetting as a substitute for reducing their own emissions, businesses should use it as a complementary measure beyond science-based targets to catalyse climate action that wouldn’t have otherwise happened, argues Gold Standard’s Owen Hewlett

Boohoo and ESG’s emperor’s new clothes moment

Pendragon Stuart, (Sep 10, 2020)

Commentary: Pendragon Stuart of sustainability consultancy Sancroft explores the importance of environmental, social and governance ratings, the risk of greenwashing, and what to do about it

‘As we return to work, it’s time to get real about stakeholder capitalism post Covid-19’

Peter Bakker, (Sep 3, 2020)

Comment: WBCSD president Peter Bakker explains what’s at the top of his agenda during the critically important final quarter of 2020

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