Business Strategy

From ‘E’ to ‘S’ and ‘G’ as responsible investors take stock post-pandemic

Mike Scott, (May 2, 2020)

Issues like fair tax and executive pay will be a bigger focus going forward as funds look beyond environmental factors in assessing performance, writes Mike Scott

'We can’t just talk about Science-Based Targets' in wake of Covid-19, say business groups

Oliver Balch, (May 2, 2020)

Oliver Balch interviews WBCSD’s Peter Bakker; WEF’s Katherine Brown; the UN Global Compact’s Lise Kingo; We Mean Business head Dr María Mendiluce; and John Denton of the International Chamber of Commerce to get a picture of what sustainability will look like post-pandemic

‘We need a radically different form of leadership to come out the other side of Covid-19’

John Elkington, (Apr 15, 2020)

Prior to lockdown, the eminent sustainable business author John Elkington revisited the ancient site of Delphi in Greece. In this column for Ethical Corporation he draws on lessons from a plague that struck during the Peloponnesian War to assess how capitalism can be transformed to heal the ravages of coronavirus

'Here's how companies can show they put people before profit'

Irit Tamir, (Apr 3, 2020)

Irit Tamir of Oxfam America gives a checklist of how US businesses can step up to help address the health and economic impacts of Covid-19

Can we defuse the ‘climate time bomb’ of soaring demand for cooling?

Diana Rojas, (Apr 2, 2020)

With greenhouse gas emitting HFCs amplifying the climate impact of increased demand for air conditioning, Diana Rojas reports on how a network headed up by UN Environment is working to make access to low-carbon cooling a priority for global action

Shaping a sustainable post-Covid-19 world: five lessons for business

Mike Barry, (Mar 27, 2020)

Mike Barry of A Blueprint for Better Business outlines how companies can convert the management-speak of ‘purpose’ into action that contributes towards building a more resilient, equal and healthy society on the other side of the pandemic

Purpose commitments put to the test as companies scramble to respond to Covid-19

Oliver Balch, (Mar 19, 2020)

From supermarket measures to ease panic buying to the headlong rush to bring in home working, Oliver Balch looks at the impact on businesses around the world the pandemic gathers pace

How to build up business immunity to Covid-19

Julie Hunter, (Mar 17, 2020)

Stepped-up measures from the UK government in response to the coronavirus have dramatically increased the threat to businesses, and will force many to default on contractual obligations. Julie Hunter of Stephensons Solicitors LLP says it’s important for companies to understand their legal rights and obligations in light of this global pandemic

The need for speed in going all-electric to lead the climate decade

Amy Davidsen, (Mar 11, 2020)

The Climate Group’s Amy Davidsen warns that US auto manufacturers risk falling far behind their European competitors in driving the clean revolution

‘Creating shared value is just sound business as we enter the turbulent Twenties’

Andrew Parry, (Feb 27, 2020)

Andrew Parry of Newton Investment Management argues that today's companies will only survive if they address the tension between financial returns and meeting wider societal needs

Five ways UK energy managers can help deliver a net-zero economy

Ben Spry, (Feb 25, 2020)

Adopting science-based targets and onsite renewables generation are two steps businesses can take in 2020 to cut energy costs, boost their reputations and help the UK prepare for a successful COP26, says npower’s Ben Spry

Press Release: Senator confirms for Responsible Business Summit New York

Ed Long, (Feb 24, 2020)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island, to join #RBSNY [March 17-18]

Covestro aligning R&D portfolio with the SDGs to drive the decade of action

Liam Dowd, (Feb 11, 2020)

In this Q&A, Liam Down talks with Rebecca Lucore, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Covestro LLC, about the challenges and opportunities ahead in the decade of action

Fighting fire with incomes as focus shifts to helping small farmers grow sustainable palm

Terry Slavin, (Feb 9, 2020)

Unilever is leading efforts to invest in projects to make entire districts deforestation-free in partnership with NGOs like IDH, while Rainforest Alliance is starting to apply its seal to products with palm oil, write Terry Slavin and Mark Hillsdon

‘Climate action is critical, but ESG investors must also keep up the fight against antibiotic resistance’

Maria Lettini, (Jan 30, 2020)

Maria Lettini of the FAIRR initiative explains why her organisation has joined with Principles for Responsible Investment, the Access to Medicine Foundation and the UK government to tackle one of the gravest global health risks

‘Why our report on business efforts to combat corruption should ring alarm bells’

Gareth Thomas, (Jan 23, 2020)

Gareth Thomas of GoodCorporation says bribery risk is highest among third parties and intermediaries, yet due diligence in this area is worryingly not improving

Five sustainable business trends to watch for in a critical year

Lauren Compere, (Jan 22, 2020)

Lauren Compere of Boston Common Asset Management says companies and investors will have to urgently step up their ESG work on multiple fronts in 2020 and beyond

CSR Cheat Sheet: Alarm raised over warming oceans

Oliver Balch, (Jan 20, 2020)

In part two of his monthly sustainability news roundup, Oliver Balch looks at new research on the implications of rising ocean temperatures for climate change, the business sectors that are most at risk from nature loss, and why 2020 is a breakthrough year for sustainability

Microsoft, Nestlé and BlackRock put climate action centre stage at Davos

Oliver Balch, (Jan 20, 2020)

In part one of his monthly #CSRCheatSheet column, Oliver Balch rounds up some of the biggest corporate sustainability news ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland, including the publication of CDP's latest climate A list, which shows Japanese companies in the lead

A New Decade for Corporate Citizenship

EC Newsdesk, (Jan 16, 2020)

Sponsored content: The Most Important CSR Trend for the New Decade: Companies are Finding Middle Ground in the Era of Divisiveness