Two new books provide some fascinating detail about how big international companies work and how those on the inside can help bring about real sustainable change

Regular Ethical Corporationreaders, observing the eight or so new books reviewed in each edition, could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the constant opportunities to expand your library of books about corporate responsibility, business and society, and sustainable development.

Nevertheless, two new books, just published, have got my particular attention. Partly this is because they are both written by people I know and admire; partly because they are both written by business people from the oil industry who have both become involved in multi-stakeholder initiatives; and partly because, from different generations and levels of corporate leadership, they have both had direct experience of some of the complex issues facing business and society, in today’s global, connected world where everything is ultimately for the record.

When Girl Meets Oil: the evolution of a corporate idealist by Christine Bader describes, with humour and verve, how a Yale MBA graduate spent nearly a decade with BP. She was firstly on the front-line, handling local community engagement and consultation in Indonesia and subsequently in China, and then in BP corporate HQ, before moving to New York and an ad hoc team of volunteers, helping John Ruggie with his UN Business and Human Rights...

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