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.
Speech for Edelman Ergo at the launch of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer
Speech to conference organised by the German Employers Federation: the BDI, the CBU (UK) and other European business representative organisations at the BDI HQ, Berlin, December 2016 on the role of business representative organisations in restoring trust in business
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.