Long before ideas of “Shared Value,” David and his co-author Adrian Hodges were promoting the idea of corporate responsibility as a driver of new business opportunities, in their books “Everybody’s Business” (2001) and “Corporate Social Opportunity” (2004).
You could be forgiven for not knowing – but this is Responsible Business Week: a series of events around the UK to promote responsible business practice and to challenge businesses to improve.
In response to the world’s rapidly growing social, economic and environmental challenges, a growing wave of "social intrapreneurs" are harnessing the power of large companies to create new business solutions to address societal problems.
I realise, of course, that the word "post factual " was named "word of the year" here in Germany for 2016, so I assume everybody is quite aware of what is meant - basically: people don´t need facts and don't care much about facts, all they want and need is emotions and buzz regardless of substance and truth. Similarly, after much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 was "post-truth" - defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief'.
The Edelman Trust Barometer report shows that trust in companies is at crisis levels. David Grayson argues that we can repair the relationship with society by pushing for progressive policies.
Inspired by our late founder and lead sponsor, Nigel Doughty, the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility has been mapping and tracking the myriad of organisations, initiatives and time-limited projects focused in some way on the renewal of capitalism. We identified more than 130, and have found many more since our mapping. Many of these highlight the need for businesses to have a societal purpose.
John Neill, executive chairman of the Unipart Group of Companies and a member of the Cranfield University School of Management’s Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility Advisory Council since its inception, is eloquent on the scale and range of impacts of the coming Digital Revolution.
This roundtable at ACTIS, on October 4th 2016, was led by Anita Hoffmann, Visiting Fellow, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility.