The new accord between retailers and unions on worker safety clearly represents progress. Particularly because it involves unions directly. But it also raises big questions on how far there is to go.
Firstly, of course, how many retailers will actually sign up to it? That has been the media focus so far. But then, what about . . . → Read More: Time for in-sourcing?
Large fishing companies are trying to privatise one of the few remaining wildernesses: the contents of the sea. The UK Association of Fish Producers (UKAFPO) is a secretive organisation with no discernible website. It is likely its ultimate sponsors are large, wealthy companies that already monopolise the majority of the British catch.
UKAFPO is suing . . . → Read More: Enclosing the sea
After the disastrous factory fires in Pakistan last year, a general review of the effectiveness of CSR approaches to supply chain and workers’ issues was needed. A new report by the US union body, AFL-CIO, shows how poorly current supply chain auditing is serving workers. The report is particularly critical of SA8000 and the Fair Labor Association, . . . → Read More: You’ve outsourced your ethics – but they haven’t gone away…
A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that companies, while they may be legal persons, should not enjoy all the rights that human persons have.
It was in the context of questioning the right to privacy of a fracking company, which had argued that a compensation agreement it had made was a private matter and so need not be . . . → Read More: Maybe companies are not people after all!
Drug manufacturers think it comes from protecting profits. No doubt this leads to the development of drugs that can be patented – tweaking an existing drug usually does the trick with minimal effort. But the Indian courts have ruled that tweaking an existing drug does not create a new drug that merits a patent. And India . . . → Read More: Where does innovation come from?
It looks like the new UK press regulation regime will both be voluntary and have teeth. It will have the power to impose significant sanctions on those who break their own rules.
So why can’t other industry sectors adopt this approach – alcohol production, gambling and retailing perhaps? At the moment, where self-regulation exists at all, . . . → Read More: Royal Charters: the way forward for voluntary self-regulation?
How can you supply horsemeat responsibly?
The UK has a long history of food scares and scandals – think mad cow disease, salmonella and listeria. But the horsemeat affair is on a different scale and appears to involve a significant part of the European meat supply chain. It also goes beyond health, raising several . . . → Read More: Horse-riding lessons
What impact does your company have on the world? And what difference to that impact is your company making with its CSR projects?
In May I am holding 2-day courses on measuring impact in London and in Singapore. For London, you can find out more here. And for Singapore, you can find out more here.
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What does stakeholder engagement done well look like? What are the pitfalls? And how should you go about conducting stakeholder engagement well?
In May I am running 2-day courses on this topic in London and in Singapore. You can find out more about the London course here . And you can find out about the . . . → Read More: Stakeholder Engagement
Right across the world there is an epidemic of poor behaviour from the banking sector. Facilitating money laundering, interest rate fixing and mis-selling of products are big in the news right now. And these are the activities of organizations that were once known as ‘pillars of the community’, not criminal gangs. Yet there is very little mention . . . → Read More: What are banks for?