What attitude should companies take to Russia?

Russia has annexed Crimea – what is a company to do about it? Russia has ignored due process in annexing the Crimea, yet the level of popular support for Russia in the Crimea seems very high. AndĀ Ukraine is clearly split – but then it has been tossed between higher powers, like so much of Europe, . . . → Read More: What attitude should companies take to Russia?

Is social value just a placebo?

Or can it be something more?

My thoughts on social value and how it should be used can be found here.

How transparent is it possible to be?

Vodafone is trying to put pressure on the government to allow it to disclose requests for wiretaps. Vodafone aims to follow in the footsteps of Google which has been issuing ‘transparency reports’ for a few years.

As the Guardian reports, UK regulations make even the disclosure of the existence of warrants an offence. The current . . . → Read More: How transparent is it possible to be?

Taking integration seriously

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

When you do the numbers, climate change means business

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

Does anybody know what banks are for?

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?

Changing our mind

The biggest obstacle to sustainability is our mindset. See my Guardian article on why we need a new one.

Walking on the Dark Side

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.

When science clashes with society…

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…

Unsocial enterprise?

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?