Businessman handing over a cheque

21 September, 2020

When corporate social responsibility is mostly for show

In developed economies, consumers have been saying it loud and clear: corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a must, not a nice-to-have. As far back as 2010, more than 88% of consumers thought firms...
A group of businesswomen in a boardroom

17 August, 2020

Equality pays: the economic and social benefits of women on boards

The traditionally low representation of women in management positions is due to the so-called "glass ceiling", an invisible cultural barrier that prevents the best educated women from holding position...
Business ethics, boardroom ethics

12 August, 2020

From codes to committees: the institutionalisation of business ethics

Ethics in organisations remains a hot topic for academics and practitioners alike. For instance, most of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are related to the ethical behaviour of corporations. ...
Hong Kong skyline

10 June, 2020

Investors signal unease with banks’ support for Hong Kong security law

China’s efforts to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong has proved controversial with pro-democracy campaigners, but companies that initially supported Beijing are now seeing pressure fro...
Sign at protest after the death of George Floyd

5 June, 2020

Black Lives Matter: US corporates speak out

As protests continue against the brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, corporate America has felt unable to remain quiet. A slew of companies have made their views heard through ...
social gap caused by inequality

27 April, 2020

Social factors ‘now key to good corporate governance’ says ICGN

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed social failings and inequalities that has prompted the elevation of “social factors” to a new level of importance in corporate governance, according to a group r...
Cogs and wheels working together

15 April, 2020

What every business can do to help during this crisis

The 2020 Edelman Trust Barome...
sustainability reporting, ESG, CSR

19 September, 2019

Net effects of mandatory CSR reporting ‘difficult to assess’

If there’s one method for encouraging companies into a “sustainability” frame of mind it is the plea that they adopt a form of disclosure scheme that reveals their corporate social responsibilit...
CSR, corporate social responsibility

25 July, 2018

When doing good garners bad press

In 2016, US companies donated a total of $18.6bn to charity. That s...
CSR, corporate social responsibility

24 July, 2018

Follow the rules of corporate obligation, and reap the rewards

While it might be considered that the prime responsibility of company directors and managers is to grow the company, and thereby also grow the returns to owners and investors, this is ac...