Category Archives: Business

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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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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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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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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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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