Business Strategy

Letter from America – Hit business reset

Peter Knight, (Nov 3, 2009)

It would be nice to believe the economic crisis had jolted business into better ways of thinking, but there is plenty of evidence that silliness still abounds, says Peter Knight

Greenwasher – November 2009

"Greenwasher", (Nov 3, 2009)

This month Greenwasher considers types of corporate responsibility managers, pressure on astroturfing and shifts towards sustainability as core business

Sustainability news roundup – October 2009

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 29, 2009)

Moves from Trafigura, Shell, Vattenfall, Total and all the latest from other brands in corporate responsibility and sustainability this month

Analysis: sovereign funds – Northern light

Eric Marx, (Oct 27, 2009)

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund could influence global sustainability practices with its new investment guidelines

Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace – Sorting the good from the trees

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 27, 2009)

Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace have gone from combatants to collaborators and it could pave the way for improving the behaviour of other consumer goods titans

Locust: Investment advice – Game over for pay to play

Locust, (Oct 27, 2009)

Locust dissects a proposed new rule from the US financial watchdog to counter corruption from public pension fund investing

Mind the gap. Top companies reveal how they embed corporate responsibility across their businesses

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 25, 2009)

In a new report, global brands discuss how they have put responsible business in the heart of their organisations, department by department

Ikea Sustainability Report 2008 – Flat and sparsely furnished

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 20, 2009)

For a company that sets out its sustainability stall so well on the surface, Ikea’s reporting needs to go much deeper

Customer service – Service with an ethical smile

Rajesh Chhabara, (Oct 19, 2009)

Some corporate responsibility leaders are still laggards when it comes to customer service

John Lewis – Upmarket carbon cuts

Zara Maung, (Oct 19, 2009)

The John Lewis Partnership has made impressive progress on curtailing emissions during expansion and sourcing certified materials

Greenwasher – October 2009

"Greenwasher", (Oct 14, 2009)

This month Greenwasher considers some new statistics on sustainability, has a pop at Virgin Money for dodgy marketing, and attempts to consider 10 big issues for 2010

The big interview: Mick Bremans, Ecover – Cleaner cleaning

EC Newsdesk, (Oct 12, 2009)

The chief executive of the world’s biggest supplier of ecological cleaning products is honest about how green cleaning products can really be

Economic recovery – Has sustainability weathered the storm?

Oliver Balch, (Oct 6, 2009)

Sceptics said corporate responsibility budgets would be slashed during the recession but the experience of leading companies is not as simple

Royal Bank of Scotland – Stormy weather

Ben Cooper, (Oct 6, 2009)

A lightning rod for discontent with the financial sector, Royal Bank of Scotland needs a strong corporate responsibility platform to rebuild trust

Raw materials – Collaborating for ethical supply chains

Ben Cooper, (Oct 6, 2009)

Collaboration with other companies and stakeholders is required to drive ethical standards in raw material supply chains

Greenwasher – September 2009

"Greenwasher", (Sep 21, 2009)

Oil firms fail to watch their lobbyists, Carlsberg’s punishing payment terms, and why brands are bamboozled by bamboo

Ethical sourcing: Boots and BITC – New Boots camp

John Russell, Managing Editor (former), (Sep 21, 2009)

Boots has staked its reputation on finding a better way to manage ethical supply chain risks. But will its gamble pay off?

The big interview: Jonathan Porritt – When real progress means standing still

Eric Marx, (Sep 21, 2009)

Business must see that zero growth is the future for developed economies, according to Jonathan Porritt

Report: Wal-Mart 2009 Global Sustainability Report – Quantity before quality

Kyle Whitaker, (Sep 15, 2009)

Wal-Mart’s second sustainability report has the same fault the retailer is often accused of – it is just too big

Environmental leaders – Green beacons burning bright

Emma Clarke, (Sep 3, 2009)

Five big companies with impressive climate change initiatives that other companies could learn from