Creating community impacts for the long term

Creating community impacts for the long term Earlier this year we were delighted to collaborate with the British Transport Police on a school’s programme to highlight both the safety issues around trespass on the railways and to champion safe travel on the railway network. The resultant ‘Railsafe’ programme was a tremendous success, creating over 150 […]

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Energy Management, Made Easy

Far too many companies put energy management in the important, but not urgent box, and typically it doesn’t get addressed, or just to move it off the list a quick ‘switch off’ campaign is organised and the potential for real progress is missed. One problem behind this, is often that the potential savings are dealt […]

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Delighted to be announced ‘Best CSR Consultancy – UK’

Collins McHugh was delighted to be awarded the ‘Best CSR Consultancy – UK’ in the Small Business Awards last week, first because it is a great accolade for the work of our small team of specialists and secondly because we feel it has set a great standard to further improve from. No great company large […]

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Important Changes to ISO 14001

Introduction: In today’s global markets, the requirement for organisations to demonstrate that they are a competitive, responsible and reliable supplier have never been greater. Gaining external accreditation to international environmental and quality management standards is becoming more and more a pre requisite for doing business. Since 2010 on average approximately 15,000 ISO 14001 certifications are […]

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Does good CSR have to have a business benefit?

We were recently asked our thoughts on an article written some months ago in the Harvard Business Review entitled, rather grandly we thought, ‘The Truth About CSR’. First admittedly, we had to revisit the article of which I remembered chiefly because of the use of the word ‘theatres’ for different aspects of CSR. Theatre one, […]

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How will ‘Brexit’ affect climate change?

As some of the dust begins to settle from the immediate effects of ‘Brexit’ many questions will remain unanswered for some time. The impact of ‘Brexit’ on responsible and sustainable business practices is an interesting one. Much of the spirit of responsible and sustainable business practice is based around joint working, collaboration and a joint […]

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Why Resilience Matters

We live in a world which is marked by disruption; whether it is the impact of the financial crisis on companies and business, extreme weather conditions or increasingly the potential for energy scarcity and the related travel and/or communications issues. Risk management reviews can throw up any number of potential hazards to the smooth running […]

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Top 10 CSR resolutions (in our opinion!)

Top 10 CSR resolutions (in our opinion!) Know your impacts (in many instances you are now legally required to report on them!) Be proud of the positive and work hard on the negative Communicate internally as much as externally on CSR Don’t worry about ‘greenwash’. You are either doing it or you are not, just […]

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Social Investment – a missing link for Corporate CSR?

        Investment in social enterprises is still very much a fledgling agenda in the mind-set of the investment community. This is probably not surprising as the criteria for being designated a social enterprise (as used by the Cabinet Office in its 2012 Social Enterprise Market Trends) suggested the following five criteria: The […]

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Is CSR repositioning itself in the Boardroom?

It has been very rewarding over the last 10 years to see CSR increasingly distance itself from the nice to do heading in business operations. In part driven by the challenging economic backdrop and the need to achieve more with less, CSR is playing an ever-increasing role in delivering the business basics; efficient cost control, […]

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