Why collaborating with the competition can make business sense

David Grayson

“Businesses need to strategically prioritise engagement with collaborations where they can contribute and learn the most” – David Grayson

Businesses are engaging in varied models of collaboration to improve their own, and society’s resilience.

Businesses banding together to learn from each other is nothing new: think of medieval guilds or chambers of commerce. More recently,business-led corporate responsibility coalitions have galvanised action on economic regeneration, social inclusion and responsible business practices. Business in the Community, for example, has got member companies to act on issues such as employability, homelessness and mental health in the workplace.

General corporate responsibility coalitions have been supplemented by coalitions focused on particular sectors, or on specific issues including water or human rights. Some of the leading international corporate responsibility coalitions such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), CSR Europe and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are involved in specialist coalitions such as Better Coal (BSR), looking at CSR in the coal supply chain; European Automotive Working Group on Supply Chain Sustainability (CSR Europe); and The Tire Industry Project, which looks at the environmental impact of tyre making and use.

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Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship launched at IE Awards Roundtable

We are pleased to announce that Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship: Stories from the Pioneers was launched at the IE Awards for Sustainability in the Premium & Luxury Sector on July 1st.  Editors María Eugenia Girón and Miguel Angel Gardetti  participated in a roundtable discussion with luxury experts Daniel Joutard, Kresse Wesling, María José Marín and Oliver Wayman.

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Do You Want to Write or Edit a Book on Responsible Investment?

Our Bloggers - Rory SullivanThe Greenleaf Responsible Investment Series by Rory Sullivan

In 2009, Greenleaf Publishing launched its ground-breaking Responsible Investment series to provide a forum for outstanding empirical and theoretical work on all aspects of responsible investment. Since then, we have produced three books and one Special Issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship:

The Journal of Sustainable Mobility to launch this month – subscribe now and get 20% off

The Journal of Sustainable Mobility

General Editor: Michael Zhang

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Published in association with Nottingham Trent University, UK, Cranfield University, UK, and the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), China

ISSN 2053-2350 (online) Published twice annually

www.greenleaf-publishing.com/jsm

“It is surprising it has taken so long for a journal to emerge that deals specifically with sustainable mobility . . . The Journal of Sustainable Mobility is long overdue.”
Dr Paul Nieuwenhuis, Cardiff University, UK; author of The Business of Sustainable Mobility
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Coalition action on sustainable capitalism

Professor David Grayson, CBE

Professor David Grayson, CBE

“There is nothing so practical as a good theory!” one of my Cranfield, professorial colleagues is fond of observing. (I imagine mentally adding “soundly applied.”)

Institutional Theory of social change suggests the importance of organisations which can convene, socialise new ideas, capacity-build and codify new good practice for successful social change processes. Hence, the attention that Jane Nelson and I gave to the emergence, growth and development of the corporate responsibility coalitions, in our 2013 book (Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism), to explain the movement for responsible business. Continue reading

Being a force for positive change in the world: the time is now

Social_Intra_Jazz_HIThere is an excellent report on the state of the world, and how to make it better from a group of eminent people, headed by the former boss of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, called Now for the Long Term. This group of distinguished, largely international public servants with some business figures was convened by the Oxford Martin School to examine how to “break gridlock on global challenges or risk an unstable future.” Their excellent report which, if you have not yet read it, I heartily commend, begins with an arresting statement: “NOW is the best time in history to be alive.” Continue reading

IPCC Chair Dr. Rajendra Pachauri receives a copy of Greenergized business fable

Pachauri_Alvarez_Greenergized[New Delhi, India Feb 10, 2014] Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and 2007 Nobel Prize awardee (with the IPCC and Al Gore) receives a copy of the Greenergized (UK: Greenleaf, 2013) business fable on clean energy from Philippine Climate Commissioner Heherson “Sonny” Alvarez. Greenergized was written by Philippines-based technology author and technology consultant Dennis Posadas to explain climate and clean energy concepts in a business fable format for laypersons.

Photo courtesy of Bernie Felix, Philippine Climate Commission.

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