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When Being Responsive is a Responsibility

A. Atasu, M. Altman, A. Reichel

How Kenvue embraced responsibility to its customers by making its supply chain more responsive to demand.

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The Promise of Brazil's Green Economy

L. Felipe Monteiro

Brazil’s green economy has immense potential – but can it be realised?

Responsibility

Protecting the Humanitarian Space in Conflicts

A. Kayyal, I. Parsa, L. Van Wassenhove

In the name of humanity, aid must be allowed to flow to vulnerable people caught in conflict around the world.

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Collaboration Towards A Common Goal

Francisco Veloso

The role of business schools in empowering the next generation of sustainability-focused entrepreneurs.
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Entrepreneurship

Powering Sustainability Through Partnerships

L. Felipe Monteiro

Collaborations between impact entrepreneurs and corporates could help the latter meet their sustainability targets. Here’s how to make those partnerships more effective.

Responsibility

Why Decarbonisation Is So Hard

Anton S. Ovchinnikov

Despite the clear environmental and long-term economic benefits of reducing carbon emissions, global decarbonisation efforts remain woefully inadequate.

Responsibility

How Utopian Thinking Can Inspire Business Leaders

Marc Le Menestrel

The distance between reality and our dreams is a space for creative solutions.

Responsibility

Green Views for Healthier Diets

P. Chandon, M. Langlois

How natural settings inspire people to make healthier eating choices.

Responsibility

The Power of Public-Private Partnerships

W. Ulaga, M. Adade

How both sectors can collaborate to tackle global challenges.

Operations

How to Boost Health Product Supplies in Developing Regions

Prashant Yadav

Are development banks and philanthropic foundations using the right incentives to encourage global life sciences companies to cater to underserved markets?

Responsibility

Business Case for Sustainability: The Stakeholder Perspective

Atalay Atasu

If the environment were the new business stakeholder, could we still afford to ignore it?

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Four Global Trends in Business and Society in 2024

K. Le Goulven, M. Stabile, F. Veloso

Climate change, geopolitical crises, social instability and income and wealth inequality are threats to business – but they also pose opportunities for impact.

Responsibility

The Risks and Rewards of Community-Driven Business Models

J. Singh, A. Adbi and M. Lee

Understanding the hidden dangers of leveraging social capital in low-income communities.

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: January 2024 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on enhancing experiences, gender wage transparency, long-term planning, networks and the dangers of flattery.

Career

What 2023 Taught Us: The Rules Are Always Changing

INSEAD Knowledge

This year's top trending articles explore how we can keep pace with a world in flux.

Entrepreneurship

AI Is Coming for All Our Jobs... Or Is It?

Rachel Eva Lim

How leaders, employees and organisations can better prepare themselves for the impact of AI.

Leadership & Organisations

INSEAD Insights: November 2023 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on human morality, publishing cycles, manufacturing in low-income markets, virtual assessments in acute care services and sarcasm.

Strategy

Shareholder Activism at What Price?

Philipp Meyer-Doyle

Financially driven campaigns waged by institutional investors against companies can lead to more workplace illness and injury.

Responsibility

Making Radical Change a Business Sustainability Imperative

N. Craig Smith

Companies need to take risks if they want truly impactful results.

Responsibility

Why We Haven’t Fixed Gender Inequality at Work

Alexandra Roulet

Research by Claudia Goldin, the 2023 Nobel Prize winner in Economics, offers ground-breaking insights about a long-standing problem.

Operations

How Anti-Discriminatory Measures Can Worsen AI Bias

Anton S. Ovchinnikov

Removing gender-related data from machine-learning models may paradoxically harm women instead of protecting them.

Career

INSEAD Insights: October 2023 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on bias in employee evaluations, shareholder activism, children’s mental health, the meaning of work and knowledge weighting.

Responsibility

ESG Is Not Impact

Jasjit Singh

ESG efforts are essential for reducing harm, but it is not the same as striving for a net positive impact.

Responsibility

How Sporting Events Can Score Big on Sustainability

B. Fulton, L. F. Monteiro

The Rugby World Cup and other global tournaments can set the stage for both sporting excellence and sustainability.

Marketing

INSEAD Insights: September 2023 Research Picks

Lily Fang

Recent findings on online marketplace dynamics, new market creation, trust in AI, diversity in corporate boards and consumer choices.

Responsibility

Frameworks and Focus Are Essential for Change

Ilian Mihov

The crucial role business schools must play in building a better world.

Responsibility

Unravelling the Link Between Socioeconomic Status and Obesity

P. Chandon, M. Langlois

A longitudinal study conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic suggests that stress plays a key role in explaining why obesity is more common among the poor than the rich.
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Operations

What Businesses Can Learn From Humanitarian Operations

Luk Van Wassenhove

Navigating uncertain and dynamic environments and overcoming resource and information scarcity are nothing new to humanitarian organisations.

Strategy

Democracy, Defence and Conflict in the Age of AI

Rachel Eva Lim

How can we ensure that AI fosters, rather than undermines, democratic values?

Responsibility

Beliefs and Emotions Shape Our Sustainability Journey

Marc Le Menestrel

How exploring our beliefs, emotions and identities can guide us and others towards a more sustainable future.

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Business Not as Usual: Companies Stepping Up in Crisis

B. Urlu, E. G. Gülserliler, L. Van Wassenhove

In times of humanitarian disasters, the private sector must step up. Businesses can hardly be functional when society comes to a halt.

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From Super-Sized to Superior Gratification

Pierre Chandon

Why we need to focus on eating as pleasure if we want to start eating healthier.

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Thoughtful Consumption for Well-Being and Sustainability

H. Plassmann, S. Rangan, E. Hansmeyer

Understanding consumer behaviour is key to making fashion more sustainable.

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When Shareholders Share, the Business Benefits

Claudia Zeisberger

Offering company ownership to every employee can help reduce inequality.
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Without Shared Values and Goals, Tech Regulations Won't Work

T. Evgeniou, L. Van der Heyden

The world needs to harmonise goals and values in order to rein in the potential harm technology can cause.

Strategy

How to Effectively Engage Stakeholders

Lite Nartey

Strategies for identifying key players, managing stakeholder networks and creating joint value.

Economics & Finance

The Costs of Fuelling Economic Growth

Robert (Bob) Ayres

A study of ten large global economies shows that exergy – not human labour – is the primary driver of GDP growth. Existing production models cannot explain growth.

Operations

Humanitarian Versus For-Profit Operations: When Lines Blur

L. Van Wassenhove, I. Parsa, K. Aral

What are the repercussions when humanitarian organisations adopt a commercial structure?

Responsibility

We Need to Talk About the Carbon Budget

Beatrice Weder di Mauro

With the release of the IPCC’s latest report confirming that the world is alarmingly far from achieving global climate goals, governments must set mandatory emissions targets for the private sector, establish a robust global carbon market, and distribute the global carbon budget and emissions rights fairly.

Responsibility

Bringing DEI into the Core of Our Institutions

M. Akinola, Z. Kinias, M. Norton, B. Kessler

Implementing DEI concepts effectively in business-school classrooms requires support from both institutions and the wider community.

Operations

Circularity in Practice: Case of a Zero-Waste Island

A. Atasu, I. Gill

Implementing sustainable solutions has everything to do with influencing behaviour, as shown in the Just Go Zero project on the Greek island of Tilos.

Economics & Finance

Will ESG Investing Solve Our Pressing Problems?

Lily Fang

ESG or sustainable investing suffers from a principal-agent problem. Far more impact will be achieved when business leaders incorporate sustainability into business decisions.

Responsibility

Transformative Change Starts With Responsible Research

I. Mihov, E. H. James

Responsible research can help businesses and leaders gain a competitive and sustainable edge in today’s volatile markets.

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How Organisation Design Can Rescue the SDGs

Phanish Puranam

We're not on track to meet any SDGs by 2030. Organisation designers can help.
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How (Not) to Respond to a Humanitarian Crisis

L. Van Wassenhove, I. Parsa, B. Urlu, K. Aral

Recognising post-disaster realities can enable individuals, media and organisations to help the Turkey-Syria earthquake victims more effectively.

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The Impact of Investor Gender on Female Founders

K. Snellman, I. Solal

Female-led start-ups backed only by female venture capitalists have a harder time raising follow-on capital.

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Five Global Trends in Business and Society in 2023

K. Le Goulven, I. Mihov, M. Stabile

INSEAD faculty weigh in on the greatest threats and opportunities for the year ahead.

Strategy

Three Key Global Strategy Challenges Companies Face

Felipe Monteiro

Multinationals are adapting and redesigning their global strategies in response to mounting pressures.

Responsibility

In Times of Chaos, Know Yourself

Marc Le Menestrel

Self-aware leaders see the beauty in chaos and look within to find meaningful solutions.

Operations

Twitter's Remarkable Mission in a Divided World

T. Evgeniou, L. Van der Heyden

Good governance is key to ensure that exceptional people, organisations and countries realise their full potential.

Responsibility

Confronting Climate Change in Africa

V. D. Rao, P. Yadav

Experts discuss how the climate emergency is impacting Africa – and how leaders across the continent are taking action to mitigate it.
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Operations

Stakeholder Perspectives on Right-to-Repair Laws

E. Gulserliler, A. Atasu, L. Van Wassenhove

Laws to protect consumers and the environment could be a game-changer for businesses and prompt change in business models.

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The Future of Food: New Tech to Save the World

Rachel Eva Lim

Could innovative, tech-driven solutions be key to fixing our broken food systems?

Responsibility

GHG Emissions Reduction: Scientific Rigour and Stakeholder Engagement

A. Atasu, A. Cselotei

How a step-by-step approach to sustainability helped INSEAD ensure meaningful results.
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Americans Underestimate the Impact of Voter Suppression

G. Tomaino, Z. Carmon, A. Mazar, W. Wood

Voting suppression is on the rise, but many Americans fail to anticipate the harm of seemingly minor voting restrictions.
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Responsible AI Has Become Critical for Business

C. Zeisberger, A. Bose

Investors need to prioritise the ethical deployment of AI – too much is at stake if they don’t.

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Rising to the ESG Challenge: Towards Effective Governance

Geraldine Ee

Boards can drive the ESG agenda effectively by identifying what is material to their organisation and being willing to adapt along the way.

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Countering Climate Change With “Greener” Economics

Robert Ayres

Truly understanding the fundamental role of energy in the economy is key to a more sustainable future.
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Bob Ayres at 90: Key Insights on Energy in the Economy

The Organising Committee of the Bob@90 Conference

Groundbreaking observations on the fundamental role energy and materials play in the economy.
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The Importance of Gatekeepers in Impacting Real Change

F. Godart, G. Hsu, G. Negro

How a social movement and an influential magazine successfully challenged the morally problematic use of fur in fashion.

Operations

Empowering Public Health Leaders in Africa

L. Van Wassenhove, P. Lalvani

A unique programme to foster leadership and supply chain skills through public-private capacity-building efforts.

Economics & Finance

Too Many ESG Funds Mislead Investors

Theo Vermaelen

Regulatory reckoning with ESG funds does not go far enough.

Responsibility

Building Momentum in the Energy Transition: Key Insights from Davos and Beyond

Atalay Atasu

If the nascent energy transformation is to take off, business and government must work together to promote circular systems.

Operations

Making Humanitarian Operations More Sustainable

Luk Van Wassenhove

Do good intentions always lead to good outcomes? Experience shows that the lack of coordinated response can lead to future humanitarian and sustainability challenges.

Career

What Good Could Come After Financial Success?

B. Vissa, L. K. Hans

All of society would benefit if successful entrepreneurs used their skills to promote positive social change.
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Operations

Are Our Supply Chains Ready for the Next Global Health Crisis?

Prashant Yadav

We need resilient healthcare supply chains to prepare for the next global health emergency. Here’s how to do it.

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes. They May Just Have More Willpower

Amit Bhattacharjee

We instinctively see people with stronger self-control as more virtuous and more capable of realising good intentions.

Leadership & Organisations

What It Means to Lead in a Multipolar World

H. Falcão, M. Le Menestrel

By overcoming our fears and creating a brave space for dialogue, we can relate and lead better in the new multipolar world.
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Operations

Unfinished Business: Co-Creating Solutions With Beneficiaries

Atalay Atasu

Under severe budget constraints, how can NPOs manage the trade-offs between offering variety versus serving more beneficiaries?

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Climate Change Gets Up Close and Personal for Board Members

Ron Soonieus

Shell’s directors are the first to face legal action for mismanaging climate risk. Two new INSEAD reports offer advice to board members seeking to avoid the same fate.

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Biodiversity: Why Should Business Care?

Elisa Dierickx

Unlike the climate crisis, biodiversity loss is just starting to get the attention it deserves.

Operations

Designing a Circular Business Strategy That Works

Luk Van Wassenhove

To avoid costly mistakes due to overly optimistic assumptions, a good understanding of the market and the product is needed.

Operations

Want to Help Ukrainian Refugees? Don't Send Random Stuff

Luk Van Wassenhove

An open letter urging well-intentioned donors to think twice before inadvertently doing more harm than good.
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Business Schools Can Help ‘Break the Bias’ for Women

Zoe Kinias

Institutions like INSEAD are uniquely equipped to address systemic biases.

Operations

‘Tech for Good’ Needs a ‘Good Tech’ Approach

T. Evgeniou, L. Van der Heyden

Responsible practices using tested processes must be the focus when creating new technology.

Responsibility

ESG in the Air

L. F. Monteiro, G. Szulanski

How the airline industry is riding a transformation to sustainability.

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Lessons in Sustainable Change Management: #deCOALonize Kenya

W. Mungai, L. White, Z. Kinias

The campaign to prevent the construction of a coal power plant on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean.

Responsibility

Six Global Trends in Business and Society

I. Mihov, K. Le Goulven, M. Stabile

A stark look at the risks business education must address in 2022.
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Can Private Equity Make Money While Doing Good?

Claudia Zeisberger

With the right tools, investors can help prevent an impact investing debacle.

Strategy

ESG Strategy in Action

C. Lin, T. Smoor

Lessons from translating a global water conservation strategy into a coherent and impactful action plan.

Operations

Using the Global Goals as a Systemic Approach to Relief

M. Besiou, A. Pedraza-Martinez, L. Van Wassenhove

With the UN SDGs as a guide, how can non-profits and NGOs do their work while considering long-term impact?

Responsibility

The Devil Is in the Details When Assessing Circular Solutions

A. Atasu, V. Agrawal, S. Ülkü

Identifying the right blend of circular economy strategies is vital for economic and environmental returns.

Leadership & Organisations

How Nasdaq’s Board Diversity Rule Creates Potential for Real Change

F. Henderson, Z. Kinias, C. Zeisberger

The new rules requiring qualitative and quantitative disclosure about board diversity will better inform investors and (hopefully) spur further progress.
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The Hidden Cost of Solar Energy

A. Atasu, S. Duran, L. Van Wassenhove

The current recycling capacity for solar panels can’t cope with an influx of customers prematurely discarding their existing panels for cheaper, more efficient models.
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Responsibility

Leading Climate Strategy From the Board

R. Soonieus, L. Besland, A. Breeden

Many boards fail to walk the talk when it comes to fighting climate change. Here are some straightforward solutions for directors.
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Race to Zero: Biz Schools Must Supercharge Firm Engagement

K. Le Goulven, I. Mihov, M. Stabile

Mixed outcomes from COP26 mean business schools must step up to help business leaders accelerate the transition to a net-zero global economy.

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Should Firms Encourage Their Customers to Vaccinate?

P. Kireyev, V. Choudhary, Z. Liu

Private firms can boost their bottom line while promoting pro-social information.

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New Variants Show Why the World Urgently Needs Vaccine Equity

Prashant Yadav

Delivering more vaccines to low- and middle-income countries is vital if we want to limit the emergence of new coronavirus variants.

Responsibility

Why Allyship Is Key to Gender Balance

I. Mihov, Z. Kinias

To achieve equity, both men and women must advocate for it.

Responsibility

Using Corporate Social Initiatives to Build a Purpose-Driven Organisation

C. Bode, M. Rogan, J. Singh

An impact-driven intrapreneurial venture can be a useful stepping stone for changing a company’s DNA, but its unintended consequences need to be managed carefully.

Responsibility

The Circular Economy: From Enthusiasm to Realism

A. Atasu, L. Van Wassenhove

Circularity for circularity’s sake is not the goal – sustainability is.
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What Does the Microfinance Debate Imply for Impact Investing?

P. Dutt, J. Singh

A flexible, outcome-focused approach is the best way to achieve societal goals.

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Companies Must Put Equality at the Heart of the Race to Zero

K. Le Goulven, M. Stabile

Singular pursuit of net-zero by 2050 could exacerbate inequality and derail our chances of a climate-resilient future.

Responsibility

The Sustainability Imperative for the Legal Profession

N. C. Smith, R. Soonieus

Lawyers should step up to help the world seize its “last best chance”.

Operations

How to Create a Safe (and Open) Online Space

F. Candelon, L. de Franssu, T. Evgeniou

Regulatory and business challenges must be met for an internet that is both safe and allows for freedom of expression.

Operations

When the Problem Isn’t the Problem

L. Van Wassenhove, P. Yadav

Private healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries may not have all medical supplies in stock, but collaboration mitigates individual clinic level shortages. Policy design should not ignore this.

Economics & Finance

Trust, Social Capital and the Bond Market Benefits of ESG

Hami Amiraslani

Although ESG-oriented investments are becoming increasingly common, their benefits are often only realised during certain time periods. So, when do these investments deliver economic payoffs?

Responsibility

Recognising and Confronting Racism in Europe

Felicia A. Henderson

Systemic racism is not only an American problem. The European experience demands a different kind of anti-racist conversation.
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Developing Quality Conversations About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

M. Akinola, E. Kelly, Z. Kinias, M. Norton

Organisations – including business schools – are increasingly focused on expanding their DEI capabilities. Consider these best practices for productive conversations around DEI.

Responsibility

Encouraging Sustainability: Why the Business Case Isn’t Enough

M. Le Menestrel, J. Rode, N. Heinz, G. Cornelissen

The business case for pro-environment investments makes sense intuitively, but appealing to executives’ sense of responsibility might work better.

Responsibility

Nudging Kids to Their Highest Potential

H. Plassmann, B. Kessler

How a top global NGO uses behavioural science to support parents and educators in some of the most challenging contexts.
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Responsibility

Three Ways Digitalisation Changes Corporate Responsibility

N. C. Smith, L. Lankoski

The Fourth Industrial Revolution changes the 'who', 'whom' and 'what' of corporate responsibility.
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All Hands on Deck for the Circular Economy

B. Kessler, L. Van Wassenhove

The key to achieving zero-waste is a systems approach where all stakeholders – including academics – work together to the same ends.

Responsibility

From Band-Aid to Deep Impact: Building Effective Social Sector Organisations

Jasjit Singh

Making a real difference requires combining your passion with a problem-solving mindset and a rigorous approach.

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DEI When We Need It the Most

V. D. Rao, C. Trombini, Z. Kinias

Covid-related setbacks require redoubled DEI efforts, but are companies delivering?

Responsibility

How Disempowerment Drives Demand for Risky Skin-Lightening Products

Zoe Kinias & Jasjit Singh

Empowering darker-skinned women in emerging markets acts as a buffer against a toxic combination of sexism, colourism and economic disadvantage.

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How Boards Can Steer Companies to “Build Back Better”

N. Craig Smith & Ron Soonieus

The momentum for sustainability is strong despite misgivings over current financial strains. Few businesses can afford to ignore it.

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Healing the Social Wounds of Injustice

Michael Jarrett

Sigmund Freud’s concept of the pleasure principle offers clarity on how to repair fragmented societies in the aftermath of destructive populism.

Responsibility

The Three Dimensions of Social Impact

Jasjit Singh

When it comes to making a difference, thinking “bigger is always better” leads to tunnel vision – especially for social enterprises.
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Economics & Finance

Doing Good: Where Sustainable Investing Gets It Wrong

Lucie Tepla

A high sustainability rating does not necessarily equate to real sustainability impact (and profit).

Responsibility

Foundations for Gender Balance Can Be Built at Home

Z. Kinias, V. D. Rao

If we want a robust economic recovery and a fairer world, we must stem the tide of women fleeing the Covid-19 workforce.

Responsibility

Transforming a Supply Chain Into a Social Enterprise

Amitava Chattopadhyay

Creating sustainability initiatives that can scale requires innovative balancing of social impact and profit seeking.

Responsibility

The All-Too-Real Consequences of Military War Games

Decades of US naval drills on a Puerto Rican island may have inflicted untold collateral damage. Armed forces everywhere should learn the lesson.

Responsibility

Understanding the Origins of White Denial

Felicia Henderson & Zoe Kinias

Even as the existence of systemic racism becomes increasingly apparent, complacency is returning among white people. But research provides tools for reviving white racial consciousness, by remembering and celebrating common humanity.

Responsibility

When CSR Is Mostly for Show

X. R. Luo, D. Wang

Under pressure to be good corporate citizens, politically endorsed firms in emerging markets often prefer to cut a cheque for a cause than adopt greener practices.
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Responsibility

Can Zoom Be a Tool for Teaching Anti-Racism?

Z. Kinias, M. Akinola, E. Kelly, M. I. Norton

Leverage today’s technology to help correct systemic problems.

Responsibility

A Post-Covid Social Contract

Karien van Gennip

How we can manifest “the next world” that serves us all.
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Economics & Finance

Corporate Funding Gap and the Role of Fintech

N. Maneri, J. Dermine

Financing for small and medium enterprises is limited in many parts of the world. Is P2P lending the magic bullet to narrow the funding gap?

Responsibility

Unearthing the Roots of Systemic Racism

F. Henderson, Z. Kinias

Dislodging deep-seated racism will require a comprehensive long-term strategy on the part of leaders, organisations and business schools.
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Making the “New Normal” Better for Women

How individuals and organisations can keep progressing towards gender balance, in our profoundly disrupted world.

Responsibility

Disruption as a Force for Good? Gender Balance and COVID-19

Zoe Kinias & Vinika D. Rao

The pandemic may disproportionately affect women around the world – but it need not imperil the hard-earned progress towards gender balance.

Strategy

How the SDGs Can Power Innovation

L. Felipe Monteiro

Risk-averse industries like the energy sector should use the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as the inspiration for new challenges.

Strategy

Blending Public and Private Value Creation at Natura

Aline Gatignon & Laurence Capron

One major, home-grown firm in Brazil offers a successful, impactful business model to overcome skill and talent scarcity.

Responsibility

In Times of Crisis, You Can Help More Than You Think

Amit Bhattacharjee

If you’re reading this, you probably have the wherewithal to help others hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19: What Every Business Can Do to Help

Katell Le Goulven

How large corporations, SMEs and society can work together during this time of crisis.
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Responsibility

Collaboration Unlocks Global Health Solutions

Rachael Noyes

Business is a force for good in global healthcare when partnered with academia and non-profits.
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Responsibility

The Force for Good Spectrum: Using Business as a Tool

Jasjit Singh

It is time to move beyond the debate between “win-win” and “trade-offs”. The right avenue for achieving social impact depends on the setting.

Responsibility

Climate Change: Evading the “Too Late, Too Costly” Trap

T. Baig, V. D. Rao

A new crop of rational, well-groomed climate sceptics is pushing a persuasive brand of defeatism that the world cannot afford.
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Responsibility

Why Social Enterprises Still Matter in an Age of “Win-Win”

Jasjit Singh

Mainstream companies often fail to serve critical societal needs when profits and impact do not align. The answer? Employ business just as a tool, without taking profit maximisation as a constraint.
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Responsibility

How Sugar Could Save the Borneo Rainforest

Dominique Lecossois

The right business model could unlock the economic and environmental potential of the Arenga palm tree.

Responsibility

Climate Crisis: From Dreams to Hope

Hubert Gatignon

Sustainable trends in business need to focus on facts, rather than on romantic ideas about the environment.
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Operations

Supply Chain Solutions for Healthcare Inequality

Atalay Atasu

Hospitals in developed countries have more supplies than they need; those in less fortunate countries lack the basics. Academic research can help close the gap.

Responsibility

From Good Intentions to Maximising Your Impact

Jasjit Singh

Ad hoc projects for “giving back” might make you feel great, but are you realising your full potential?
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Responsibility

A New Framework for Corporate Activism

Knowing when – and how – to appropriately speak out on political issues is becoming a core skill for business leaders.

Responsibility

Crowdfunding for Impact?

Jasjit Singh

By relying too heavily on cool stories to attract investors, ventures may end up compromising on real impact.

Responsibility

Integrating Diversity Into Business Education

Z. Kinias, M. Akinola, A. Carter, M. Norton, K. Phillips

Conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion can be uncomfortable. But business school classrooms need to embrace them nonetheless.

Responsibility

Men United, for Women

Men cannot be bystanders in the growing drive for a more gender-balanced workplace.
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Sustainability and the Five Archetypes of Boardroom Behaviour

N. Craig Smith & Ron Soonieus

When it comes to "walking the talk" of sustainability, the type of board directors matters.
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When Awareness of Death Improves Corporate Prosocial Behaviour

The sudden loss of a colleague can quickly readjust corporate priorities.
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The Wise Power of Utopian Thinking

Marc Le Menestrel

Imagining an ideal world is a powerful tool for enhancing proactivity and leading organisational transformation.
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Responsibility

What’s Stopping Boards from Taking Action on Sustainability?

N. Craig Smith & Ron Soonieus

Boards need to look past the low-hanging fruit and start making tough decisions.

Economics & Finance

How PE and VC Are Closing the Gender Gap in Emerging Markets

Claudia Zeisberger & Heather M. Kipnis

If including women in senior private equity and venture capital leadership teams improves returns, why is the gender gap still so pervasive?

Responsibility

Using Innovative Finance to Scale Up Corporate Base-of-Pyramid Initiatives

J. Bhuvaraghan & J. Singh

Developments in innovative finance may enable companies to lead cross-sector partnerships, addressing some of today’s biggest global health challenges.

Leadership & Organisations

Leadership Lessons From an Olympic Judo Medallist

L. Felipe Monteiro

Bronze-winning Flávio Canto has created a network of dojos that is transforming lives in some of Brazil’s roughest neighbourhoods.

Responsibility

Three Inconvenient Truths About Corruption

Marc Le Menestrel

Having honest, adult conversations about corruption requires accepting that none of us is ethically pure.
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Economics & Finance

Finance as a Force for Good

Industry experts discuss how investors, businesses and society all benefit from sustainable finance.

Responsibility

Finding Good News for Business and Human Rights After Khashoggi

N. Craig Smith & Markus Scholz

Companies must respond to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder by standing up for human rights.
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Responsibility

The Critical Consequences of Culture

When management’s expectations inspire unethical acts.
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Responsibility

How the Digital Economy Has Exacerbated Inequality

Eduardo Rodriguez-Montemayor

In today’s markets, firms and executives with even the tiniest competitive advantage grab all the spoils.
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Responsibility

A Goldilocks Framework for Attracting Funding

How social enterprises and non-profits can demonstrate their impact.

Economics & Finance

How Charities Can Ensure Financial Longevity

Boris Liedtke & Peter Lai

Charities should create an investment strategy to meet long-term financial liabilities.
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Responsibility

Balancing Profit and Social Welfare: Ten Ways to Do It

N. Craig Smith & Leena Lankoski

On the continuum between profit and social welfare, where should your firm sit?

Responsibility

When Doing Good Garners Bad Press

Firms that engage in corporate social outreach should make sure to send consistent signals.

Responsibility

Why Not Corporate Activism in the UK?

The factors that prevent British business from speaking against the upcoming UK/EU divorce.
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Leadership & Organisations

Tailored Approaches Needed for Gender Balance

Vinika D. Rao & V. Paddy Padmanabhan

Greater male involvement and tailored programmes are emerging as sources of hope in tackling gender inequality in Asia.
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Responsibility

Big Investors Call for Company Attention to Social Purpose: What Next?

Craig Smith & Markus Scholz

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s pro-CSR stance needs clarity and muscle.

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Corruption: Drawing a Line in the Grey Zone

Fortifying your organisation against corruption begins with questioning your own incorruptibility.
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What Employees Get Out of Giving Back

Jasjit Singh & Christiane Bode

Corporate social engagement can generate massive value, but not just for the reasons everybody talks about.

Responsibility

The Invisible Roots of Community Resilience

Why some communities pull together in the wake of disaster, and others fall apart.

Responsibility

U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Accords Leaves Another Vacuum in Global Leadership

The Paris Agreement is not yet dead, but no other nation currently has the clout to take leadership.

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Identifying Social Norms Makes for Better Business

Craig Smith & Markus Scholz

How to make good business choices and maintain your firm’s moral legitimacy, when “win-win” decision making is not an option.

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Business vs. Trump: How CEOs Can Make a Difference

Craig Smith

Business leaders have been scathing of Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord, but can they keep the U.S. in step with the rest of the world?
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Responsibility

A New Global Measure of Gender Progress

Societies should look beyond where women fall behind and instead try to tap the full potential of both sexes.

Responsibility

Who Is Responsible for Corporate Misconduct?

Craig Smith & Eric Orts

With incidents of corporate misconduct never far from the headlines, the philosophical question of whether firms should assume responsibility for individuals’ actions has practical consequences.
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Economics & Finance

The Stars Are Aligning for Socially Responsible Investing

Calls for a more inclusive style of capitalism are boosting a budding industry.

Responsibility

Bringing Fresh Air to Biogas

Matina Rassia & Craig Smith

Social innovation and communication is challenging the mistaken belief that as a fuel provider biogas ‘stinks’.
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Responsibility

Should the Unilever Model of Capitalism Be Protected?

The Kraft Heinz bid for Unilever pits shareholder value maximisation against stakeholder value maximisation.
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Responsibility

Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

Robert Ayres

Infrastructure investment needs to change for the sake of sustainability.
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Responsibility

Trump Puts Business Values to the Test

Craig Smith

CEOs have stood up to oppose Trump’s immigration ban, will they show the same commitment to the environment?
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Responsibility

Customer Satisfaction Before Profits at the Base of the Pyramid

A. Calmon, G. Romero, D. Jue-Rajasingh, J. Stenson

After-sales service in the Base of the Pyramid can be a profitable driver of technology adoption.
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Economics & Finance

Building a Cluster from the Outside In

Abu Dhabi’s diversification strategy rests in part on laying the seeds of future industries overseas while preparing for their reception at home.

Responsibility

The Drug Price Dilemma

N. Craig Smith

Are drug companies primarily responsible for patients or making money for shareholders?

Responsibility

Careful What You Say About Anti-Social Acts

In an increasingly polarised world, words could make the difference between fomenting aggression and quashing it.
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Responsibility

Who’s Responsible? The Ethics of the Sharing Economy

Should the responsibilities of “sharing economy” giants like Uber and Airbnb differ from those of traditional companies?

Responsibility

Empowerment, Not Punishment, Fuels Ethical Behaviour

To promote ethical behaviour, firms should emphasise community, not only consequences.
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Customer Orientation Drives Environmental Innovation

Firms adopting environmental management practices are customer-oriented.
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Responsibility

How Technology Can Defuse the Demographic Time Bomb

Eduardo Rodriguez-Montemayor

As people live longer and working age populations face hardship, technology could help ease the growing dependency burden.

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Overcoming Obstacles to a Sustainable Economy

The goal of a “circular economy” is important, but the road is long.

Responsibility

An OPEC for Migrant Labour?

A labour-exporting cartel could empower migrant workers and the economies which rely on their remittances.

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Is Cap-and-Trade or Carbon Tax Better for Business?

L. V. Wassenhove, D. Drake

Emissions regulation is fraught with uncertainty owing to the complexity of the business environment.

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Turning Sustainability into a Value Driver

Jan Van der Kaaij

There is a link between sustainability and share price.

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Advertisers' Ethical Dilemmas in Emerging Markets

When advertisers enter emerging markets the impact of their actions extends far beyond the promotion of a product or service.

Responsibility

How to Share the Benefits of Technology

Eduardo Rodriguez-Montemayor

An unconditional, universal “citizen’s income” could ensure a fairer distribution of the benefits of technology and transform economies in the process.
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Responsibility

The Virtuous Cycle of Community Projects

Firms that carefully design impactful community projects for their employees can uncover new leaders, improve employee engagement and even boost the bottom line. But crucial elements are required to ensure success.

Responsibility

Business Can Tackle Climate Change

Dawn Jarisch

Government efforts to tackle global warming are significant but insufficient. Business should and can do more.
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Responsibility

How Women Are Changing the World

As social entrepreneurs, women are uniquely positioned to understand and address society’s unmet needs.
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Responsibility

Finding Profit in Creating a Smarter Planet

The IBM story has been one of rise, fall and subsequent recovery with some major strategic transformations. Today it’s looking to help other organisations find similar success, equipping them with smarter technology and systems to create change not just for the firm but for the betterment of the planet.

Responsibility

How to Become a “Sustainable” Brand

Sustainability is becoming a strategic differentiator for brands. If leveraged properly it can be transformational.
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Responsibility

Make Employees Healthier for Free

If firms offer commitment programmes to healthy behaviour, they can avoid costly incentive and subsidy schemes and improve health at little or no cost.
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Responsibility

Will Pension Funds Go Green?

Eduardo Rodriguez-Montemayor

The UN’s international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions could change the way pension funds invest our money.
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Strategy

Emerging Multinationals Use Purpose for Growth

Integrating a strong, cohesive purpose can ignite employee passion and drive growth, something emerging market companies have become good at.

Responsibility

The Invisible Roots of Community Resilience

Why some communities pull together in the wake of disaster, and others fall apart.

Responsibility

Safety Culture Needed to Tackle Climate Change

To get people to take climate change seriously, adopt the rituals of worker safety campaigns.
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Carbon Pricing: Not Such a Clean Option

Carbon pricing has been hailed as the best way to bring down emissions and drive investment in cleaner technologies. New research suggests it could do just the opposite.
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Why Emerging Multinationals Are Embracing Social Responsibility

Engaging with stakeholders to solve societal issues gives companies a strategic advantage by reducing the likelihood of protest and aggressive regulation.

Leadership & Organisations

Creating Boards for the Future

Annet Aris

With the world of business changing so rapidly, boards need greater agility and members from a wider diversity of backgrounds. Less, or unconventionally, experienced executives are a good option.
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Family Business

Entrepreneurship Lessons from a Family Venture Philanthropist

Venture capital, philanthropy and family business are not mutually exclusive concepts. They all reflect the same entrepreneurial values of long-term investment, personal commitment, building teams and thinking outside the box.
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Responsibility

Stakeholder Strategies Make or Break Sustainable Business

JF. Manzoni, C. Smith, H. Falcão

In an effort to meet sustainability challenges companies are striving to live up to stakeholder expectations.

Responsibility

Sustainability Begins With Self-Awareness

Leaders’ “illusion of objectivity” is hindering necessary cultural change in the business world.
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Building Investor-Proof Sustainability Strategies

Jan Van der Kaaij

Investors are increasingly looking for companies that report transparently on sustainability opportunities. But organisations remain stuck in reporting activities, failing to capture potential value from environmental, social and governance issues.

Responsibility

“Doing Good” Is a Source of Growth

Firms must develop a higher social purpose to achieve growth and longevity.
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Are Wage Inequalities Fair?

K. Wertenbroch, D. Frank, W. Maddux

Pay-for-performance or collective bargaining: The pay system we prefer says as much about the way we view the world as the economic conditions in which we find ourselves.

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VW: What Happened and What Happens Next?

For a company that identifies sustainability as a core value, VW has some explaining to do.

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Volkswagen: Requiem for a Dream?

Crisis management is only the first step for Volkswagen. Whether or not the company bounces back depends on its ability to change its culture.

Responsibility

Corporate Social Impact Initiatives Make Employees More Loyal

Jasjit Singh

An opportunity to give back to society without having to give up a promising business career turns out to be a major incentive for valuable employees to stay.
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Getting the Big Money into Social Impact

Institutional investors are increasingly interested in putting their money into social impact, but a gap remains between them and the people on the ground.
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Tackling Unethical Banking: How Far Should Regulators Go?

How far should regulators go to weed out ethically challenged individuals in the banking sector?

Responsibility

Why Sustainability Meant Opportunity to Innovate for Nike

Innovating and partnering to resolve societal issues can unlock massive value.

Strategy

Using Tax Havens Secretly Is Bad for Shareholders

Tax havens are used for more than just saving money. When companies take advantage of their lack of transparency for more sinister activities, shareholders can lose out.
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Responsibility

Four Strategies for Responding to Sustainability-Oriented Competitors

Sustainability-focused startups are entering established companies’ market space, bringing both new threats and new opportunities.
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Responsibility

How Not to Respond to a Scandal

G. Hillary, L. Soulodre

Wherever there has been a sport contest with wagers, there have been opportunities for bribery and corruption. But organisations involved in sport today can no longer afford the risks of association with scandal.

Responsibility

New Tools Needed for Managing Uncertainty

Traditional risk management frameworks have failed to prevent major environmental, social and governance disasters. New ideas are needed from outside corporations.

Leadership & Organisations

Resolving the Conflict Between "Woman" and "Leader"

Women may face more barriers to leadership if there is a perceived conflict between their professional role and their gender. Organisations must detect any gender bias and promote a positive view of women leaders.

Responsibility

Three Ways Luxury Fashion Can Be Sustainable

Frederic Godart

Fashion moves fast, but sustainability is in. The luxury fashion industry is well placed to meet the trend but it must challenge its tightly-held arrangement with customers.
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Leadership & Organisations

Bridging the Trust Chasm

Whoosh and it’s gone! Trust can evaporate in an instant and organisations are notoriously poor at recovering it. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
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Responsibility

Steering Clear of the Sustainability Reporting Trap

Companies get stuck in box-checking when it comes to sustainability. But there is substantial value to be found in making sustainability a strategy.
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Entrepreneurship

A Bridge for the Knowledge Gap

An innovative content platform is starting to put the world’s most advanced agricultural data into the hands of its poorest farmers.
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Responsibility

Redefining Sustainability

Sustainability must be reframed as an opportunity if it is to take hold.
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Responsibility

Capitalism at a Crossroads: The Return of Responsible

Today’s customers yearn for a return to business done right, not just fast. Companies that are providing responsible products are standing the test of time.
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How the Lean Startup Approach Can Alleviate Poverty

Experimenting before plunging into major investments can pay off in the long run.
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Responsibility

Does Social Class Impel Bad Behaviour?

Social class doesn’t dictate unethical behaviour, but when the rich or the poor infringe laws and norms, they tend to do so for very different reasons.
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Responsibility

Three Things Every Manager Should Know about Consumer Boycotts

LEGO’s recent experience shows how powerful boycotts can be.

Responsibility

Corruption: Can You Ignore It?

Corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development around the world. Governments, the private sector and NGOs are joining forces to fight this crime. The joint international campaign led by the United Nations designated December 9, 2014 as Anti-Corruption Day to encourage all businesses and employees to take a stand and say ‘No’ to corrupt practices.
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Economics & Finance

Why Business Schools Should Teach MBAs to Maximise Shareholder Value

Maximising value for shareholders is the best way for firms to stay competitive and sustainable.
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Responsibility

Should Business Schools Peddle Shareholder Value Maximisation?

We should teach our students that there are alternatives to the view that the purpose of business is shareholder value maximisation.
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Leadership & Organisations

Debate: Should Business Schools Teach Students to Maximise Shareholder Value?

Since the financial crisis, the merits of shareholder value maximisation have been called into question. Is it the most effective path for sustainable business growth or should we consider alternatives?
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Responsibility

From Concept to Sustainable Opportunity at the Base of the Pyramid

How to reach the underserved in a scalable and sustainable fashion, while pursuing strategic priorities of innovation and growth.
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Responsibility

The Five Dimensions of Responsible Leadership

A changing world demands a new leadership style emphasising societal impact and commitment to the common good.
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Responsibility

How Genuinely Authentic Are You?

Whether you are in conversation with presidents or shopkeepers, the Chairman or those that keep the factory floor running, the same you should show up in all situations.

Responsibility

Making Ends Meet While Making a Difference

The second part of a two-part series profiling leaders who made the transition from the corporate world to the non-profit sector.

Responsibility

Achieving Sustainability: The Stick or the Carrot?

With the cost of addressing climate change beyond the means of governments, private enterprise is being encouraged to support sustainable practices through incentives, penalties and awareness building. Which approach works best?
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Responsibility

Making the Move from Profit to Purpose

Those searching for a role that challenges the status quo, colleagues of diverse backgrounds and a collaborative environment have all found fulfilment in the non-profit sector.

Responsibility

Will Tough New Anti-Corruption Laws Affect Your Company?

As governments tighten their anti-corruption legislation businesses are more exposed to inadvertent breaches. With penalties on the rise, is your company at risk?

Responsibility

Modern-Day Slavery: Motivating Business to Act

By not committing fully to the fight against human trafficking, the business community is losing out morally and economically.
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Responsibility

Innovative Approaches to Healthcare Delivery

Ridhima Aggarwal

Healthcare innovation isn’t just about new drugs and therapies but also service delivery, where front line clinics play a crucial role in new ways of operating.
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Responsibility

The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For or Against?

When business behaves badly, who is held morally responsible? The firm or the individual?

Responsibility

Corporations Are Not People Too

Punishing individuals instead of firms would be a more effective deterrent to wrongdoing

Responsibility

The Unemotional Corporation

Because corporations are not capable of experiencing emotions, we should stop thinking of them as persons.

Responsibility

The Moral Responsibility of Firms: A Legal View

Firms are considered legal persons and are therefore held liable for wrongdoing on moral grounds, but they are also composed of individuals who are morally responsible for their behaviour.

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Price Competitor to Value Competitor

Emerging market companies have to graduate from competing with multinationals on price to building their own global brands.

Responsibility

iSpy Denial: Be Seen to Do the Right Thing

Staying clear of wrongdoing and denying involvement when even associated with misbehaviour is the optimum path to a strong reputation and a profitable future
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Responsibility

Creating a Socially Responsible Supply Chain

Implementing a socially responsible supply network is fundamental to any CSR policy. The key is getting the structure right.

Responsibility

The Poor Judge Others More Harshly

Inequality makes people morally judgmental because they feel more vulnerable to the wrongdoing of others.
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Responsibility

Stakeholder Media Are the New Message

Mainstream media no longer set the public agenda alone. Stakeholders have their own media, and their voices are loud.

Responsibility

Can Digital Health Disturb the Healthcare Status Quo?

Sarah Wachter

Digital health is a nascent field that uses social media and smart phones to help patients keep better tabs on their health and manage their diseases. It can also help the healthcare industry to cut costs and improve treatment. Silicon Valley inventors in digital health are seeking out seed funding to help them grow and scale.

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Innovation Through Collaboration

Stephen E. Chick

Collaborations and partnerships are defining 21st century healthcare.

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First European cell therapy wins INSEAD award

Sarah Wachter

How the first stem cell therapy to win EU approval got to where it is.

Responsibility

CSR as a Quality Enabler

“Sustainability” is about more than being environmentally or socially responsible. The story of Tchibo Coffee shows that it can also give customers consistent quality.
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Responsibility

The Rise of the Social Intrapreneur

As corporations recognise the link between CSR and sustainability, opportunities arise for socially conscious leaders to change the world from the inside out.

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"We are nice too": How Firms Deal With Problems

That positive press release trumpeting a company's good deeds could signal trouble behind the scenes.

Responsibility

Impact Investing: Unleashing Institutional Capital

The interest surrounding impact investing has not yet translated into a substantial increase in the amount of capital deployed. But that may be changing.
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Responsibility

Improving Pandemic Preparedness

Stephen E. Chick

A new model coordinating international influenza vaccination programmes aims to reduce the global financial and health cost of the influenza virus.

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Donating Medicines Through Broken Supply Chains

Luk Van Wassenhove

Medicine donations from pharmaceutical companies to those in need can land well-intentioned donors in hot water if certain principles are not followed.

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Impact Investing, Soros-Style

The Soros Economic Development Fund is quasi-philanthropic and invests in high-risk projects in parts of the world most people couldn’t find on a map. But the Fund is self-sufficient and boasts a “blended” portfolio return of 8 percent a year. How do they do it?

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Increase Revenues with CSR

Maintaining good community relationships is part of the firm’s licence to operate in the modern business environment. But CSR is also capable of increasing revenues for your company.
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