UK business is failing to step up to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

By Professor Ian Thomson Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business In September 2015, after the largest public consultation in history, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These ambitious targets aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet by … Continue reading “UK business is failing to step up to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals”

COVID-19, the Domino Effect and Enhancing Pandemic Resilience across the West Midlands

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham It is important to appreciate that the ‘R’ number is critical here and any further increase in Birmingham’s ‘R’ number will result in an escalation in localised restrictions. Yesterday, I was reminded of April 2020. This seems such a long time ago. … Continue reading “COVID-19, the Domino Effect and Enhancing Pandemic Resilience across the West Midlands”

Why fast fashion’s slavery problem is woven into its business model

By Dr Christoph Biehl Associate of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Department of Management The textile industry has been rocked by scandals for years. We still remember the pictures of families that were torn apart by the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013. Waves of empathy mixed with guilt spread … Continue reading “Why fast fashion’s slavery problem is woven into its business model”

The Covid-19 UK Recession – From Universal to Particular Experiences

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham It is worth noting that we are living through an exceptional period in which a virus is responsible for an economic downturn. There are many aspects to this downturn that need to be considered. I am currently on holiday, during this break, … Continue reading “The Covid-19 UK Recession – From Universal to Particular Experiences”

Covid-19 response in developing countries: maintaining a fine balance

By Omasanjuwa E. Edun MBA Alumnus Prior to the onset of the current pandemic, developing countries were already at a disadvantage, with a significant proportion of their population at risk of being disproportionately impacted by the disease on account of living in poverty. Like a tsunami, Covid-19 is sweeping across the globe, wreaking a trail … Continue reading “Covid-19 response in developing countries: maintaining a fine balance”

COVID-19 bringing new life to dying high streets

By Dr Sarah Montano Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham COVID-19 has obviously had a severe impact on all businesses, from multi-nationals to independent, although the ONS states that there are signs of recovery with retail sales in June at near pre-lockdown levels. But how can independent businesses re-open and stay successful whilst maintaining social … Continue reading “COVID-19 bringing new life to dying high streets”

Decreasing ‘junk food’ consumption: whose responsibility is it?

By Professor Isabelle Szmigin Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham The UK government is planning a ban on the advertising of so-called junk food on TV and potentially online, saying that these ads are a ticking ‘time bomb’ of obesity. And the advertising industry hates it. Of course we know that the prime minster has … Continue reading “Decreasing ‘junk food’ consumption: whose responsibility is it?”

Performative Improvisation or Rishi Sunak’s approach to ‘Turning on a Sixpence’

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham I have no difficulty with improvisation, but this must also be focused on enhancing mental health and well-being and confronting some of the key challenges that face the UK. We live in interesting times in which a new approach to government is … Continue reading “Performative Improvisation or Rishi Sunak’s approach to ‘Turning on a Sixpence’”

Brexit: Where are we heading?

By Professor Pervez Ghauri Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham With a very little time left and both parties not moving much form their positions, it seems that we are heading towards a no-deal Brexit. Back in early 1960s when the economy was bad, Britain’s entry to Europe’s common market was denied … Continue reading “Brexit: Where are we heading?”