Communications & Reporting

Business school bulletin – May 2008

Oliver Balch, (May 13, 2008)

Wal-Mart’s environmental drive, Sarbanes-Oxley and companies’ claims about offering work-life balance all put to the test

Olympics 2008: Beijing games – Sponsors enter rings of fire

Rajesh Chhabara, (May 8, 2008)

The dream of sponsors of the Beijing Olympics to reach out to a billion Chinese consumers is turning into a public relations nightmare

Ethics and financial performance: The big question – Is there really a business case?

Mallen Baker, (May 2, 2008)

There is no catch-all “business case” for ethics, just good and bad business judgments. And always a healthy slice of luck

Greenwasher – May 2008

"Greenwasher", (May 2, 2008)

The race to build eco-cities, BAE Systems and the laws of unfortunate coincidence, and good news for corporations with something to hide

Central and Eastern Europe: Hungary – Institutional weakness holds back progress

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 12, 2008)

Legal idiosyncrasies and slow civil society development are holding back corporate responsibility in Hungary

Central and Eastern Europe: Czech Republic – Czechs and balances

Tobias Webb, (Apr 11, 2008)

In the region’s most prosperous nation, notions of ethical business are taking hold

Social business – The bigger, the better

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 10, 2008)

Responsible companies can learn a lot from social entrepreneurs about selling to the poor, but first they must understand how their core business contributes to social and economic development

Central and Eastern Europe: Poland – Business’s head-start on trust

EC Newsdesk, (Apr 10, 2008)

Iwona Kuraszko considers the state of corporate ethics in Poland

Central and Eastern Europe: Russia – Springtime for responsible business

Peter Davis Politics Editor, (Apr 10, 2008)

Russian business is taking steps to recover its reputation after the disastrous post-Soviet privatisations of the early 1990s

Procter & Gamble – Clean-cut ideas on green products

Zara Maung, (Apr 7, 2008)

Peter White, Procter & Gamble’s head of sustainability, has a clear understanding of what consumers expect from green products

Philips 2007 Sustainability Report – Switched-on reporting

Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, (Apr 6, 2008)

The tenth report from sustainability veteran Philips is simple but effective, says Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy

Ethics in a downturn – Will you survive?

EC Newsdesk, (Mar 11, 2008)

As recession looms, it is time for corporate responsibility professionals to prove their worth

Greenwasher – March 2008

"Greenwasher", (Mar 11, 2008)

WWF caves to Tesco on fishing, how PR works and Malta’s leap onto the gravy train

Special report: reporting – Communications – How to measure what matters

Kathee Rebernak, (Mar 10, 2008)

Companies should report on issues that matter to stakeholders, but many still don’t

Corporate social responsibility: Time for an Italian job

Tobias Webb, (Mar 6, 2008)

Toby Webb provides a brief overview of modern CSR, and offers some thoughts on its development in modern Italy

Recession ethics: CSR in a downturn – Recession-proof ethics can weather the storm

Rikki Stancich, (Mar 5, 2008)

Consumers who already pay a premium for ethical goods such as Fairtrade and organic produce are unlikely to be put off by an economic slowdown

Carbon Trust: labelling works

Ian Welsh - Editor, (Mar 4, 2008)

The Carbon Trust’s Euan Murray says that carbon labelling is proving a success

‘Most sustainable’ company rankings raise important questions about business ethics comparability

Tobias Webb, (Feb 28, 2008)

Another week in corporate responsibility reveals another list of “most” sustainable companies. But given the huge differences between the companies and where they operate, are such rankings really useful?

Alcan’s 2007 Sustainability Report – A little too shiny

Deborah Smith, (Feb 26, 2008)

As raw material manufacturers go, Alcan is an undisputed environmental leader. But the company cannot do it all, says Deborah Smith

Transparency International – Counting corporate corruption

Tobias Webb, (Feb 13, 2008)

Cobus de Swardt, Transparency International’s new managing director, thinks companies have had it far too easy on corruption. But things may be changing