By Susan Arnot Heaney
There has been a lot of buzz recently about the commitments of Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to restore and conserve one million hectares of Indonesian forest and peatlands, an announcement additional to its other Forest Conservation Policy and social commitments announced in 2013.
Many stakeholders have expressed cautious optimism about the announcement, and I add my voice to this chorus. To quote late U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in his advisem...
By Rebecca Regan-Sachs
Many companies, particularly in developing countries, conduct CSR/community investment projects in similar ways: they identify a social cause, try to find (usually international) NGO partners for implementation and establish a team to manage their participation in the program.
But the old way of implementing these programs is changing, with trends pointing to new approaches aimed at better combining business and social goals in increasingly efficient ways. We outlined...
By Carol Cone, Global Practice Chair, Edelman Business + Social Purpose
Five years ago I came to Cannes as a judge for the newly created category at the Cannes International Creativity Festival, the PR Lions. At the time we had nearly 500 entries and a heavy load – to establish the credibility of the PR profession to take a serious seat at the creativity table.
After an arduous time judging, most of the PR category winners were from advertising agencies and represented br...
By Caroline Rees, President, Shift
In 2004, I was representing the U.K. Government in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (predecessor to today’s Human Rights Council) when the subject of business and human rights hit its agenda. The proposition was a set of draft human rights ‘Norms,’ supposedly binding on business.
Companies were furious: this looked like an attempt to foist onto them states’ international human rights obligations, which too many governments...
By John Perkins
A Neo-Cold War is brewing.
We’ve witnessed it in Russia’s tense relationship with the U.S. over Ukraine and Crimea, and in China’s determination to gain economic leverage in countries where Washington and Wall Street have ruled supreme for decades. To add to this situation, conflicts in the Middle East have escalated. Islamic militarism has become a force to be reckoned with by many nations, including Russia, China, and the U.S.
I want to emphasize that th...
By Philip Monaghan
In this fifth in a series of features by Infrangilis to coincide with our new book with Up the Ethics, we focus on how a company can construct a winning advocacy strategy.
The new sustainability champions are experts at surfing the new wave of Lobbying for Good. Influencing the influencers is the ultimate aim, but it can take time before you identify the right people, never mind secure access and influence them.
Partner Up To Avoid Mistakes
For this reason, it is recomm...
by Jeroen Geelhoed
By means of a large-scale campaign in the Netherlands, &samhoud announced the sale of fresh meals.
Four ready-made dishes are sold under the name “&samhoud food” through Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn. The fresh meals are developed by Chef Moshik Roth of two star restaurant &samhoud places, located in Amsterdam.
You might ask:
“What does a 25 year old consultancy company actually want with a food line? And why does it have a Michelin star...
By John Elkington
There is a growing—and uncomfortable—sense that the decade from 2015 to 2025 will be make-or-break. It was nicely (if tersely) summed up in a tweet by Alex Steffen of worldchanging.com on May 10th:
"What happens in next 40 years critical for all humanity for centuries to come. What happens in next 10 years sets the range of what's possible."
It is hard to disagree.
A New Theory of Change
Indeed, two years on from our 2012 Breakthrough Capitalism Forum, V...
By Ken Coulson, @4FutureBright
Do you know your farmer? Chances are the answer is no.
For years industrial economics has worked to remove the consumer from the source of their food and energy. The result has been a food grower sandwiched between every large and powerful distributor and input supplies.
The solution? Re-engaging consumers with food producers and growing support for local, organic growing.
However, growing food is complex and encompasses a number of risks. Let’s take a...
By Jeannette Weisschuh, Director Economic Progress, Corporate Affairs, HP
It seems incredible that at a time when there are more than five million unemployed young people in Europe, companies continue to experience difficulty hiring suitably skilled staff, especially in the IT industry.
This mismatch between skills that are needed and skills that young people offer when they arrive on the job market is not new news; but if we allow it to continue, we seriously threaten Europe’s future...
Editor's Note: This is part five of a new weekly series aimed at learning more about the 92 B Corporations who won the 'Best for the World' title earlier this year from nonprofit B Lab. Through short interviews with company founders, CEOs and directors, we'll dig into their motivations, missions, challenges and what makes them truly Best for the World.
Through their stories, we'll search for best practices, tips on aligning mission and profit, and identify gaps where better regulation can he...
By Francesca Rheannon
On June 24th, a panel composed largely of Masters of the Universe told the American business community that it was time to get serious about global warming.
Arraigned along the dais were former Goldman Sachs and U.S. Treasury potentates Robert Rubin and Hank Paulson, billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former U.S. Housing Secretary and real estate investment magnate Henry Cisneros, Cargill CEO Gregory Page and former U.S. HHS ...
Lobbying for Good requires a company to be brave enough to put its money where its mouth is. In this post, fourth in a series of features by Infrangilis to coincide with our new book Up the Ethics, we focus on how a company can mobilize resources to flex its advocacy muscles.
By Philip Monaghan
The success of a lobbying initiative is significantly dependent on the resources available. Businesses of all sizes have a range of options open to them – from a well-established multinationa...
By Marc Choyt
In early May, I visited small-scale gold miners in Tanzania who are seeking fair trade certification.
On site, I met with colleagues in from England and Fair Trade Africa, who have been working hard over the past two years to build an understanding of fairtrade* standards and principals with the miners on site. The purpose of the visit was also to bring jewelers and miners together to discuss what was needed to bring fairtrade African gold to market.
I was invited to Africa a...