Business Strategy

Paul Polman: ‘I feel like it’s my first day at Unilever, and there is a lot to do’

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2018)

On the eve of a tense AGM this week, the Unilever CEO sits down with Ethical Corporation’s editor Terry Slavin, and dismisses any idea he is preparing to step down

CSR Cheat Sheet: UK retailer Iceland ditches palm oil over deforestation fears

Oliver Balch, (Apr 16, 2018)

UK retailer to remove palm oil from own-brand products; animal welfare index snubs Sainsbury; shipping industry agrees decarbonisation strategy

Eight takeaways from the first day of Responsible Business Summit New York

Terry Slavin, (Mar 27, 2018)

It was an inspiring start to Ethical Corporation’s sixth Responsible Business Summit in New York yesterday, where the focus is on how companies can drive transformational change. Here are eight of the tastiest morsels from the first day:

The disruptors: How Dave Stangis is stirring things up at Campbell Soup

Oliver Balch, (Mar 25, 2018)

Oliver Balch interviews the chief sustainability officer of the venerable New Jersey company about why ‘sippable soups’ mark a turning point in its response to the disruptive forces buffeting the food industry

Natural capital case study: Yorkshire Water’s plan to plant 1m trees for flood protection

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 22, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how the water firm is using natural and social capital in its sustainability accounting

SSE, Persimmon and BT 'best plcs for building an inclusive Britain'

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 21, 2018)

Mark Hillsdon reports on a new index from the Good Economy Partnership that assesses UK’s biggest companies on their creation of ‘good jobs’

Accounting for change: the drive to put a dollar figure on nature

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 21, 2018)

Even mainstream business is trying to put a value on natural assets. Angeli Mehta reports on efforts to now take it to the heart of decision-making

Natural capital case study: Earth Genome uses big data to zero in on water solutions

Angeli Mehta, (Mar 18, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on how the Californian data analytics company is helping Dow Chemical tackle water risks in Texas

Sharing the benefits: the rise of the B Corps

Mark Hillsdon, (Mar 16, 2018)

Mark Hillsdon reports on how interest in a new way of doing business is snowballing as big companies like Danone and Unilever enter the movement through their brands

Can we make corporates fit for the future?

Martin Wright, (Mar 15, 2018)

Martin Wright reports on an ambitious British Academy initiative to restore trust in capitalism by redrawing the contract between business, investors and society

Why HR holds the key to creating the leaders of the future

Lindsay Hooper, (Mar 15, 2018)

Lindsay Hooper of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership introduces a new model to help companies embed purpose-driven leadership from top to bottom

Why women can lead the way on achieving the Global Goals

Gail Klintworth, (Mar 7, 2018)

On International Women's Day, the Business and Sustainable Development Commission's Gail Klintworth argues that SDG 5 on gender equality is just the start. Female leadership is crucial to meeting all 17

From vertical farms to new proteins: innovating to feed the planet

Angeli Mehta, (Feb 22, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on emerging technologies tackling the threats to food security from monoculture, climate change and population growth

Machine learning: how firms from Danone to Sodexo are integrating AI

Stuart Buckman, (Jan 30, 2018)

Some companies are automating without cutting jobs; others are retraining their entire workforces. Stuart Buckman looks at emerging best practice

Comment: How Laurence Fink’s letter to CEOs has raised the bar for business

Anonymous, (Jan 26, 2018)

John O’Brien of ethical purpose agency ONE HUNDRED says the letter by Blackrock’s CEO is a call for purpose and ethics to be at the heart of corporate behaviour

How AI and robotics can transform CSR

Al Naqvi, (Jan 18, 2018)

Prof Al Naqvi of the American Institute of Artificial Intelligence outlines how the deployment of intelligent machines will allow companies to overcome the problems that have impeded corporate social responsibility

Comment: 'We can't leave Silicon Valley to solve AI's ethical issues'

Guendalina Dondé, (Jan 18, 2018)

Guendalina Dondé of the Institute of Business Ethics explains how companies can empower their employees and other stakeholders to use artificial intelligence efficiently, effectively and ethically

First, do no harm: regulators and tech industry scramble to tame the AI tiger

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

Martin Wright looks at the plethora of efforts to try to avoid unintended consequences from the powerful new technologies

'With AI polluters will have nowhere to hide'

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

From cleaning up city transport systems to bringing transparency to supply chains, AI and deep learning have the potential to transform sustainability

Apocalypse soon? Tech giants warn of risks of 'AI arms race'

Martin Wright, (Jan 16, 2018)

Tesla's Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking are among those calling for regulations to curb the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems and cyberterrorism

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