Business Strategy

Business schools: Keep the academic community engaged

David Grayson, (Dec 12, 2011)

Cranfield’s professor of corporate responsibility gives his personal view on how business schools have developed corporate responsibility programmes, and where their future focus should be

Analysis: EU rules - Ethical business blitz

Stephen Gardner, (Dec 12, 2011)

The European commission is putting forward proposals that have the whiff of mandatory responsible business rules

Sustainability Olympics: which medal would you win?

Paul Hohnen, (Dec 6, 2011)

Paul Hohnen considers some companies that would win medals in a sustainability Olympiad

Analysis: tax - Can pay, want to pay

Alex Wilson, (Oct 5, 2011)

Businesses that continually seek to minimise tax liabilities risk their corporate reputation

Essay: An insider’s perspective on the OECD Guidelines

Winand Quaedvlieg, (Oct 4, 2011)

Winand Quaedvlieg provides insight into how the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises were revised and what the changes mean for business

BP and Deepwater Horizon: Dangerous business as usual?

Ben Schiller, (Oct 4, 2011)

You might think that 2010’s colossal disaster in the Gulf of Mexico would lead to a radical shake-up of the oil industry. So far, that’s not happened

Corporate strategy: Make your mission the ends not the means

Mallen Baker, (Oct 3, 2011)

Companies need to define their purpose around social benefit, argues Mallen Baker

An ethical board is a diverse one

Philippa Foster-Back, (Sep 29, 2011)

Balanced boardrooms attract the best candidates and perform most strongly, says Philippa Foster Back

Turkey Briefing Part 4: Government - Missing the big picture

Jennifer Hattam, (Sep 2, 2011)

There are plenty of well-meaning sustainability initiatives under way in Turkey, but a cultural movement for change has yet to take hold

Analysis: Sustainable finance - UK urged to invest in future

Rachel Stine, (Sep 1, 2011)

The UK’s financial services sector has a chance to reassert leadership by focusing on sustainability

China column: Desperate to be friends

Paul French, (Aug 31, 2011)

Paul French says that the Chinese government needs to act very differently if it wants to be popular in the west

Tax and ethics: Can pay, should pay

Oliver Balch, (Aug 31, 2011)

As tax blasts its way onto the public agenda, companies should concentrate on where they pay, as well as how much

What business should know about the OECD guidelines

Joseph Wilde-Ramsing and Joris Oldenziel and Colleen Freeman, (Aug 30, 2011)

There are a few core changes to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that companies must take heed of

Scale-up CSR? Then governments must step in

Paul Hohnen, (Jul 27, 2011)

A new UN report suggests that governments now should take forward the agenda that progressive companies and NGOs have developed

Press Release: Are Switzerland’s businesses shifting from secrecy to openness?

EC Newsdesk, (Jul 26, 2011)

While Switzerland’s favourable business conditions attract businesses, the country’s discretion and limited transparency requirements have led to questions of corporate responsibility and ethical practices.

Private equity briefing - Part 3: Case study: KKR’s value-driven approach

Mark Goyder, (Jul 12, 2011)

If there is any single private equity company that could be described as a sustainability leader, it is probably KKR.

Private equity briefing - Part 2: Case study – 3i’s activist approach

Mark Goyder, (Jul 12, 2011)

3i has focused on the social responsibility and environmental agenda for a long time. Nevertheless, the issues have gained prominence in the past few years.

Press Release: Deepwater Horizon reveals complacency in industry

EC Newsdesk, (Jul 11, 2011)

BP’s Deepwater Horizon tragedy in April 2010 exposed the need for oil and gas companies to accept inherent risks and strive to better management of these risks in the industry in order to avoid future failures.

Press Release: Private equity sustainability practices challenge ruthless reputation

EC Newsdesk, (Jul 8, 2011)

Challenging their old reputation as ruthless capitalists, private equity firms are now tackling environmental, social and governance [ESG] issues in an attempt to boost the value of their investments.

Switzerland Briefing Part 5: Rules and regulation - Government incorporated

Stephen Gardner, (Jul 5, 2011)

The Swiss authorities adopt a light touch attitude while setting the pace of the corporate responsibility agenda