Author Archives: Mike Tuffrey

Brexit – don’t panic, start reforming

Britain’s referendum result has its roots in long-standing economic unfairness, and it will get worse unless business learns some lessons The shockwaves from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union continue to reverberate around the world. Economists speculate on … Continue reading

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What a waste of business resource!

Corporations spend billions every year on causes and in communities around the world. But a shocking new survey shows they actually know little about the difference it makes. Nowadays everyone agrees that spending shareholder funds in scattergun philanthropy doesn’t make … Continue reading

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The numbers speak for themselves

Where does good decision-making in business come from? Let’s look at the role of data, seek inspiration from Plato, and consider if companies are potentially wasting billions in their community investment. The power of numbers is embedded in modern management…. … Continue reading

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The pink pound points the way

Short-termism in the boardroom doesn’t just damage investors, it hurts us all. Thankfully, the evidence – sometimes from surprising places – shows that doing the right thing does pay off. Here in London, voters are choosing a new mayor as … Continue reading

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The power of purpose

Controversial taxi company, Uber, has just launched a new statement of mission to reposition the business.  They follow in the footsteps of others, but beware of the dangers. Technology is disrupting many businesses.  Enabled by smartphone apps, radical change is … Continue reading

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Sugar tax: the cost of failing to listen

The Financial Times reports that shares in AG Barr, maker of Irn Bru, closed down 2.4% following the UK government’s announcement of a tax on sugar in soft drinks, while Britvic, producer of Robinsons squash, fell 1.3%.  Loss of shareholder … Continue reading

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Managers get it. Do investors?

When owners speak, company bosses tend to listen. So why hasn’t the ethical investment movement had more impact? And now that professional investment managers increasingly understand the issues, will more investors follow? Back in January the UK-based Investment Association published … Continue reading

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Invest or give – what’s the difference?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and ask whether loans or grants are the right approach to getting results for the community.  Last week, the UK social investment bank Big Society Capital published its lending numbers for 2015. The amount going … Continue reading

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Corporate titans and the fourth industrial revolution

The fourth industrial revolution will see good jobs shredded like never before. Business needs to rethink the economic environment if it is to be sustainable. Corporate titans from around the world gathered last week for their annual love-in at Davos. Joining … Continue reading

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COP 21: The road to hell?

The climate agreement in Paris is being hailed as a triumph. But is it really, and what does it mean for business? Getting the governments of nearly 200 countries to agree to any one thing is no mean feat. And … Continue reading

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