Or can it be something more?
My thoughts on social value and how it should be used can be found here.
Will the new IIRC framework make a difference to accountability?
The main good point about the new IIRC framework is probably that it will encourage those who currently do not report at all on sustainability matters to think about them. It is perhaps the best-articulated statement of the enlightened shareholder perspective to date. But it . . . → Read More: Taking integration seriously
A brief look at the BBC’s 2013 Weather Year shows that climate change is not just a clever theory but more a way of life.
Statistically inclined climate change deniers can always say that nothing is certain (rather like how the tobacco companies insisted on saying that the harmfulness of tobacco was never proven).
A . . . → Read More: When you do the numbers, climate change means business
The long litany of scandals suggests that bankers believe it is simply to make as much money as possible by any means possible. Yet surprisingly, they also have a social purpose.
Given the banks own the primary mechanisms that facilitate economic activity, there are quite a lot of ways for them to make money. That . . . → Read More: Does anybody know what banks are for?
The biggest obstacle to sustainability is our mindset. See my Guardian article on why we need a new one.
What happens when things go wrong? Here is my review of ‘The Dark Side’ – a collection of case studies of poor performance, mistakes and tragedies.
Should public honour be given to scientists irrespective of the social impact of their researches? Would it have been right for Robert Oppenheimer to have been awarded a Nobel Prize for his work on the Manhattan Project?
The World Food Prize is a case in point. The 2013 World Food Prize has been awarded to . . . → Read More: When science clashes with society…
Worries over the role of the moneylenders (that’s excluding the banks, whom some think don’t deserve that name any more) is growing.
Wonga is but one of the many lenders to those who cannot really afford to borrow. But it’s catchy name means it will receive more adverse attention than most. Yet CSR strikes even . . . → Read More: Unsocial enterprise?
The role of the public sector is changing. Activities that were once deemed to be a natural part of the function of the state, are now being carried out by the private sector. Whether in health, education, transport or security, large parts of the job of the delivery of services paid for by the state . . . → Read More: How well do you know your government?
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