Business Strategy

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

Business success: Why we need to fail more gracefully

Mallen Baker, (Jul 5, 2011)

Mallen Baker explains why companies need to be free to make mistakes for ultimate success

Analysis: Chiquita - Serious legal banana skins remain

Ian Welsh - Editor, (Jul 5, 2011)

Chiquita may yet lose a class action lawsuit related to its former operations in Colombia

Analysis: Revised OECD guidelines - A positive step forward

Paul Hohnen, (Jul 5, 2011)

OECD’s new guidelines for multinationals will prove challenging

Switzerland Briefing Part 3: Secrecy- Don’t ask, don’t tell

Stephen Gardner, (Jul 5, 2011)

The stereotype of Swiss secrecy is increasingly out of date, but some corporate governance issues remain to be dealt with

Switzerland Briefing Part 1: Overview - Precision engineered business stability

Stephen Gardner, (Jul 4, 2011)

The Swiss approach to corporate social responsibility reflects national traditions of neutrality and discretion

Private equity briefing - Part 1: Buyouts - Have the uber-capitalists become agents for sustainability?

Mark Goyder, (Jul 4, 2011)

The old view of private equity investors as ruthless asset strippers is due an update

Are corporate ethics programmes really ‘alive’?

Simon Webley, (Jun 28, 2011)

While companies have established business ethics policies, more work is required to fully integrate them into corporate culture

Ethical Corporation's second-half editorial calendar 2011

EC Newsdesk, (Jun 23, 2011)

A detailed critique of PR firms, the current state of CR in Russia, teaching suppliers how to run better businesses and much more will be analysed

Press Release: Details of Ethical Corporation's July/Aug 2011 issue has just been released

EC Newsdesk, (Jun 22, 2011)

The joint issue will contain a focus on Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan, analysis of IIED’s new report, a 8-page management briefing on sustainable business in the private equity sector and more

Analysis: corruption - Fear of the backhander

Andrew Maiden, (Jun 21, 2011)

Companies are dropping foreign partners in fear of corruption liability, says a new Dow Jones survey

Analysis: US political spending – SEC hints at more donation transparency

Jerri-Lynn Scofield, (Jun 20, 2011)

While it’s non-binding, the SEC’s suggestion that corporate political spending should be more transparent deals a blow against the controversial Citizens United ruling

OECD ministers adopt revised CSR guidelines

Paul Hohnen, (Jun 1, 2011)

A step forward in CSR history was made in Paris on May 25.

Chen Guangbiao: show-off or visionary?

Paul French, (May 5, 2011)

China’s most high-profile philanthropist likes to be seen handing out his money. His ties to the state are strong, but the authorities are watching his largesse with growing concern, says Paul French, China editor

Letter from America: New York’s bicycle wars

Peter Knight, (May 5, 2011)

Peter Knight reports from the drivers versus cyclists frontline

Analysis: Global Compact - UN wants Global Compact reform

Stephen Gardner, (May 5, 2011)

The United Nation’s Global Compact has been criticised again, but this time it’s the UN’s own inspectors pointing the finger

Analysis: China’s five-year plan - A nation with a plan

Paul French, (May 5, 2011)

China’s leaders have rubber-stamped their plan for the next five years, and they’ve started talking the language of western sustainability aspirations. But is it any more than lip service?