Author Archives: Mike Tuffrey

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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Dieselgate: what governments did, didn’t and should now do

Even the most cynical of corporate critics are being surprised at the revelations from Volkswagen. What does it also tell us about the role of governments? The Volkswagen crisis has been escalating since September, when the company admitted that it … Continue reading

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Double-whammy: young women and the potential for progress

With attention focused on the launch of the Global Goals in New York, let’s put the spotlight on gender inequality and how companies can profit from parity. Among the 17 new sustainable development goals, it’s no coincidence that women are … Continue reading

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From my world to our world

The forthcoming SDGs offer opportunities for companies to reframe the debate about the role of business in development. Itinerant diplomats have long had the last weekend in September pencilled into their diaries for New York, before moving on to Paris … Continue reading

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Human rights: help or hinderance?

Many people misunderstand what human rights really mean in the modern economy, and the language we use doesn’t help. Mention abuse of human rights and most ordinary people will think of Amnesty International, dictatorial governments and appalling torture. So they … Continue reading

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Green Bank goes private

Mike Tuffrey reflects on the continuing tussle between public and private ownership Britain’s new Conservative government made one decision last week that wasn’t promised in its manifesto – moving the Green Investment Bank into the private sector. Instantly dubbed a … Continue reading

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Poverty: big, bold and very challenging

SDG #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere Wow! Let’s say that again: The SDG number 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. And in just 15 years; by 2030 like the other proposed Sustainable Development Goals being … Continue reading

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Less supplicant, more partner

Governments are an essential partner for successful business, even if predicting elections is a tricky business Last month I commented on the UK general election. The outcome looked too close to call, I thought, and concluded… “one thing is clear, … Continue reading

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