Category Archives: Business

The price of democracy: defending civil society

Companies should do more to protect civil society, even if that means defending their critics from oppressive governments. Think of business involvement in politics, and the murky world of backhanders and behind-the-scenes lobbying may spring to mind. However, define the … Continue reading

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Take responsibility

When Uber’s boss fell out with one of his drivers, the video went viral. In the process he’s taught us all a lesson about true responsibility. It’s pretty ironic, I suppose. The digital revolution has enabled Uber co-founder, Travis Kalanick, … Continue reading

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Why ESG matters

It’s not exactly as easy as ABC, but ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – is the key to investors getting traction on the behaviour of companies they own.  Forgive me if a note of grumpiness creeps into this comment. … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to my blog. I’m Mike Tuffrey – a leader, adviser, speaker and writer on business, government and sustainability. I’ve worked across all three sectors for 30 years – making me a ‘tri-sector athlete’, or so I’m assured. The big … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season of goodwill and glad tidings

Let’s looks back at some of the better news stories of 2016. The year usually ends with a concerted effort to be jolly, even if most readers of this blog will feel glad tidings have been in rather short supply … Continue reading

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Trump: Déjà vu, all over again

The polls may not have predicted it, but the underlying causes of the upset outcome are evident. So what do we do now? Many in Britain will have had the same sinking feeling on waking up to hear the outcome … Continue reading

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Signs of hope

Amid continuing concern about the hard economic consequences of Brexit, there’s cause for optimism from good progress on the Paris climate agreement and the roll-out of the Global Goals. Mark Carney, the softly-spoken Canadian governor of the Bank of England, … Continue reading

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Time for new thinking on corporate purpose

An opportunity to kick-start a move towards more mission-led companies is getting caught up in Brexit fall-out. A little reported but potentially momentous bit of thinking is going on in the depths of the UK government. Earlier this summer the … Continue reading

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Business action on the SDGs: Why business still needs to make the big next step

Too many companies are trapped by the ‘curse of materiality’ and aren’t accepting the challenge of change. When the Global Goals were agreed last September, I hailed them as setting “the new, de-facto global standard for businesses to design, measure and … Continue reading

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Big shift towards a new consensus

As the fallout from Brexit continues, there’s growing agreement about the causes but a lack of clarity about what comes next. A clear consensus is emerging around the underlying cause of the Brexit vote. It was less about the specifics of … Continue reading

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