Business Strategy

Natural capital case study: Yorkshire Water’s plan to plant 1m trees for flood protection

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 22, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how the water firm is using natural and social capital in its sustainability accounting

SSE, Persimmon and BT 'best plcs for building an inclusive Britain'

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 21, 2018)

Mark Hillsdon reports on a new index from the Good Economy Partnership that assesses UK’s biggest companies on their creation of ‘good jobs’

Accounting for change: the drive to put a dollar figure on nature

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 21, 2018)

Even mainstream business is trying to put a value on natural assets. Angeli Mehta reports on efforts to now take it to the heart of decision-making

Natural capital case study: Earth Genome uses big data to zero in on water solutions

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 18, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how the Californian data analytics company is helping Dow Chemical tackle water risks in Texas

Sharing the benefits: the rise of the B Corps

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 16, 2018)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how interest in a new way of doing business is snowballing as big companies like Danone and Unilever enter the movement through their brands

Can we make corporates fit for the future?

Martin Wright, (Mar 15, 2018)

Martin Wright reports on an ambitious British Academy initiative to restore trust in capitalism by redrawing the contract between business, investors and society

Why HR holds the key to creating the leaders of the future

Lindsay Hooper, (Mar 15, 2018)

Lindsay Hooper of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership introduces a new model to help companies embed purpose-driven leadership from top to bottom

Why women can lead the way on achieving the Global Goals

Gail Klintworth, (Mar 7, 2018)

On International Women's Day, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission's Gail Klintworth argues that SDG 5 on gender equality is just the start. Female leadership is crucial to meeting all 17

From vertical farms to new proteins: innovating to feed the planet

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 22, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on emerging technologies tackling the threats to food security from monoculture, climate change and population growth

Machine learning: how firms from Danone to Sodexo are integrating AI

Stuart Buckman, (Jan 30, 2018)

Some companies are automating without cutting jobs; others are retraining their entire workforces. Stuart Buckman looks at emerging best practice

Comment: How Laurence Fink’s letter to CEOs has raised the bar for business

Anonymous, (Jan 26, 2018)

John O’Brien of ethical purpose agency ONE HUNDRED says the letter by Blackrock’s CEO is a call for purpose and ethics to be at the heart of corporate behaviour

How AI and robotics can transform CSR

Al Naqvi, (Jan 18, 2018)

Prof Al Naqvi of the American Institute of Artificial Intelligence outlines how the deployment of intelligent machines will allow companies to overcome the problems that have impeded corporate social responsibility

Comment: 'We can't leave Silicon Valley to solve AI's ethical issues'

Guendalina Dondé, (Jan 18, 2018)

Guendalina Dondé of the Institute of Business Ethics explains how companies can empower their employees and other stakeholders to use artificial intelligence efficiently, effectively and ethically

First, do no harm: regulators and tech industry scramble to tame the AI tiger

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

Martin Wright looks at the plethora of efforts to try to avoid unintended consequences from the powerful new technologies

'With AI polluters will have nowhere to hide'

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

From cleaning up city transport systems to bringing transparency to supply chains, AI and deep learning have the potential to transform sustainability

Apocalypse soon? Tech giants warn of risks of 'AI arms race'

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

Tesla's Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are among those calling for regulations to curb the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems and cyberterrorism

'Our problem with automation is a labour shortage, not surplus'

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

The fourth industrial revolution will create lots of new jobs, but the retraining challenge for governments and companies will be immense

Can we turn AI into a force for good?

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

Artificial intelligence is poised to fundamentally change how we live and work. Whether it will be salvation or curse will depend on the extent to which we get to grips with it now

Year in review: Our five most popular articles from 2017

Liam Dowd, (Jan 5, 2018)

Responsible sourcing from Mars and VF, an exclusive interview on Natura's take-over of Body Shop, companies integrating SDGs into business strategy plus billionaires and philanthropy all feature in the 5 most read articles of 2017 on

My top 10 sustainability stories from 2017

Joe Franses, (Jan 4, 2018)

Joe Franses of Coca-Cola European Partners picks out his highlights of progress made in 2017, and calls for business to pick up the pace on delivering change in 2018