Category Archives: Business

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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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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