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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An opportunity to share your thoughts on CSR with the government…

The Government is currently consulting on Corporate Responsibility, so why not air your views at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/corporate-responsibility-call-for-views It struck me, whilst reading some of the key questions being asked, that perhaps part of the problem may be in how we approach the area of responsibility; seeing it as a whole range of individual activities, each of […]

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Re-balancing the UK Economy

By Barry Collins, Director of Collins McHugh I had great pleasure recently to be invited to the ground breaking event for Liverpool2, the new deep water container terminal at Port of Liverpool. The potential for Liverpool2 is of such scale that is can really be referred to as ‘transformational’ for the Merseyside and wider regional economies. […]

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Diversity starts within

I enjoyed Trevor Phillips (the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission) article recently looking at placing more emphasis on facts and well researched analysis when discussing and forming opinions on the subject of diversity. He cites the recent launch of the national equality standard (NES) as a positive move. Led by 18 […]

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In defence of Health and Safety

Having attended the Health & Safety Reform conference last week (18th April), it left me with the distinct impression that we really need to be celebrating what has been achieved on this agenda in the last 30 years, rather than constantly looking for an excuse to use the much over used phrase ‘it’s health and safety gone […]

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Are we doing enough to address Climate Change?

I just can’t help commenting on the brilliant article I read by Dr Bjorn Lomborg in the Sunday Times re Climate Change last weekend http://www.thegwpf.org/bjorn-lomborg-joy-global-warming/ He cut through the lies, damned lies and statistics approach to our trying to convince ourselves that we are making meaningful progress on CO2 emissions. He made his case that […]

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Thoughts on Sustainability Reporting Standards

Thoroughly enjoyed the Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference earlier this week in London. Despite interesting contributions from The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), an update on the new G4 reporting standard from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a presentation from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), by far the people who stole the show were investors, Aviva and researchers Bloomberg!

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