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13th June 2011 What’s good for the planet is good for business

Recently The Economist ran the cover story "Welcome to the Anthropocene – Geology's new age."

"Rather than placing us still in the Holocene, a peculiarly stable era that began only around 10,000 years ago, the geologists say we are already living in the Anthropocene: the age of man."

1st April 2011 Santander’s sustainability challenge is a hit with Brazilian students

For many years, ABN AMRO Brazil was a leading exponent of sustainability. Happily, now that it has become part of Banco Santander in Brazil, the tradition continues. As well as seeking to become a more sustainable business itself, Santander Brazil has regularly been running sell-out, day-long workshops for its business customers to learn from the bank's experience in embedding sustainability.

23rd March 2011 M&S staff champion sustainability

On Thursday Rachel Barton and thousands of other Marks and Spencer staff across Britain will be hoping that you will take your used Marks and Spencer clothes back into a Marks and Spencer store.

15th March 2011 CEOs should have crucial conversations on sustainability

Corporate CEOs are busy people. Their time is at a premium. They have to focus on the most important things. When it comes to ensuring that sustainability and responsibility are becoming embedded in their business, one of the most important things they can do, is to have some "crucial conversations."

11th March 2011 What business schools can do to encourage sustainability

"Business schools need to teach students more about sustainability." I have lost count of the number of times I've heard this declaration from business leaders around the world.

28th February 2011 How ‘social intrapreneurs’ can drive innovation in your business

Jo da Silva is a social intrapreneur. A social activist who absorbed her parents' strong sense of community, coupled with a deep sense of compassion cultivated through early travels in Turkey, the Middle East and India, Jo is committed to developing and applying her engineering skills to solving societal problems.

27th January 2011 Ageing society – Grey skies thinking

Madonna and I have at least two things in common. We both like her music. And we are both defined as “older people” by the UK government. I recently reflected that if Madonna and I count as “older people”, perhaps society needs to adjust its perceptions and language, in preparation for what some commentators have described as the world’s ageing tsunami.

15th September 2010 Future sustainable growth – Capitalism that works

MBA students frequently ask me if businesses can ever be truly sustainable. Or if behind the mantras like “people, planet, profit”, do businesses really always want more people to consume more? Students seem genuinely troubled over whether enhancing shareholder value and true sustainability can be really reconciled. I believe they can.

1st September 2009 Stakeholder engagement and Corporate Responsibility

Organisations can no longer choose if they want to engage with stakeholders or not; the only decision they need to take is when and how successfully to engage. When organisations don’t engage stakeholders successfully, they can lose out, with consequent negative newspaper headlines.
Stakeholder engagement is relevant to any type of organisation: business, public or civil society. It is particularly important in the context of running an organisation responsibly and is integral to the concept of Corporate Responsibility.


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