Voices of Influence: Original and Guest Blog Posts from Around the World

These blogs provide insight into the latest issues, challenges, advances and debate around CSR and sustainability. Original and guest blog posts highlight differing perspectives and context.

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Meat of Endangered Whales Used in Japanese Dog Treats

The North Atlantic fin whale is the largest mammal in the world after the blue whale and considered to be verging on extinction. Environmental campaigners recently revealed that the meat from such endangered whales caught off Iceland by the company, Hvalur hf – “Whale Ltd” – was being sold in Japan as upmarket dog treats. Michinoku Farm, a company based in Tokyo, was producing chews made from North Atlantic fin whales, marketing them as “low calorie, low fat, high protein” and suitable for dogs that are allergic to other meats.

Clare Perry, a senior...

Don’t Leave Your Baggage Unattended: Corporate Responsibility Lessons from a Frequent Flyer

As much as I try to telework to minimize our firm’s environmental footprint, there are times when I just have to travel to meet client needs.  So I fly.  A lot.  I can, like most frequent flyers, recite the safety briefing from memory.  On a recent trip, it occurred to me there are gems of wisdom in that briefing that we can apply to the world of corporate responsibility, if we look at them creatively. 

Don’t Leave Your Baggage Unattended” - You often hear this announcement in the holding room, before boarding....

The Iceberg, Not the Sailboat

Sustainability reporting is harder than it looks. Companies new to reporting often pick up the reports of competitors, suppliers, or customers and think, “Well, that’s not rocket science. We already have a corporate brochure and a website. We’ll just add some ‘sustainability facts’ to that stuff and we’re good to go.”

Then they produce a report that looks like a corporate brochure mashed up with a website and a data dump, and they wonder why no one is impressed....

Pharmaceuticals & the Poor

"Just another corporate easing their conscience & buying charity silence?”

May 10, 2013. London, United Kingdom.

One of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies and a global charity has announced a 5 year partnership worth more than £15 million. The two organisations are seemingly unlikely partners, given that Save the Children was one of a number of organisations who have campaigned heavily against GSK in recent...

Will the latest Bangladesh fatalities finally bring change to unethical supply chains?

“Life is Cheap.”

April 25, 2013. London, United KingdomYet another horrific incident has occurred in Bangladesh. This time a factory collapse has killed 161 people and injured hundreds more. The building housed a number of garment factories that have become sadly typical of industry in Bangladesh. Sadly typical because the workers are extremely low paid and often work in extremely poor and unsafe conditions. So why haven’t the previous disasters, like the Tazreen factory fire last November that killed 112 people and injured a further 200, had...

Authenticity and Engagement: Keys to Effective Social Media Engagement with Stakeholders

Social and environmental responsibility remains an important part of communication strategy for today’s organizations, and now thanks to social media, there are more tools than ever to engage your audiences and share your message. As mentioned in the post, Communicating Sustainability on Social Media - The Right and Wrong Way, new tools and strategies are changing the way...

The White House Blip: Would Ethical Standards be Helpful?

CELESA HORVATH 

This morning, an Associated Press Twitter account was hacked, and a false tweet reported explosions in the White House that injured Barack Obama.  There’s been no better illustration of the potential impact of social media on the economy than this:

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What I Learned at TEDMED 2013

By Zoe Dunn

What I liked most about TedMed: great physician and patient perspectives.

  • Physician stories about judging patients too hastily on their conditions and apologizing
  • Stories by patients about leveraging all their available research resources (and creating some new ones) to help doctors manage and treat their conditions.

There was lots of talk of big data: gathering...

Social Licence: a Critical Success Factor for Resource Development

CELESA HORVATH

Each year since 2009, the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) hosts the Pacific Energy Summit, an invitation-only event that “convenes leaders from government, business, and research to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and climate change.  By bridging the commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors, the Summit informs policy and inspires collaboration to help support sustainable economic development.”  

This week,...

I have 52 Slaves!

I recently found out that I am responsible for 52 slaves. With a son named Lincoln, that seems like something I should fix, given the other Lincoln's involvement in slavery.

You can take a test, and based on what you say (lifestyle, consumption patterns, buying choices) it well tell you your slavery footprint; the average number of slaves that support your lifestyle. It turns out that if I make average buying choices then there...

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