Responsible business, Sustainable Development Goals and trading fairly

By Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Centre Director Department of Accounting, University of Birmingham We need to recognise that our personal pleasure from an unfairly traded product, such as coffee or chocolate, results in increased poverty for many. The value of trading fairly is often underestimated, the … Continue reading “Responsible business, Sustainable Development Goals and trading fairly”

How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers?

By Dr Catherine Harris, City-REDI Senior Research Fellow Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham As with many other issues related to the referendum, the impact remains uncertain. Europe Day celebrates peace and unity across Europe, whilst Brexit still continues to cause uncertainty in a number of areas, threatening Europe’s sense of unity … Continue reading “How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers?”

‘Plumber phobia’ and the Brexit services trade dilemma

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham But, the question is ‘what role do services play in the European single market?’. Europe Day is upon us again and provides an ideal opportunity to reflect upon European integration in the face of Brexit. In 1985, the … Continue reading “‘Plumber phobia’ and the Brexit services trade dilemma”

Our impact on the local economy

By Dr Amir Qamar, Research Associate within City-REDI, and Dr Chloe Billing, Research Fellow at City-REDI Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham UoB is certainly responsible for teaching and generating future leaders, but we should not forget that UoB plays an important part in shaping the economy within the West Midlands. Birmingham was recently ranked … Continue reading “Our impact on the local economy”

Is corporate wellness an indicator of responsible business?

By Dr Geraint Harvey, Senior Lecturer in HRM and Industrial Relations, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Associate Department of Management, University of Birmingham scholars have called for businesses to not focus on new health initiatives, but on more established aspects of human resource management that give workers the tools to live healthier lives. … Continue reading “Is corporate wellness an indicator of responsible business?”

Responsible business, time travel and intergenerational equity

By Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Centre Director Department of Accounting, University of Birmingham There is an implicit social contract between generations that requires businesses to consider justice across time. Businesses enable time travel; distributing costs, benefits, risks, liabilities and possibilities backwards and forwards through time and … Continue reading “Responsible business, time travel and intergenerational equity”

Fact or fake?

By Professor Mark Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Associate Department of Management, University of Birmingham Whilst most claims are based on good research, the increase of fake news means that it is important to look carefully rather than accept them at face value. When reading or watching … Continue reading “Fact or fake?”

Where’s Dad?

By Dr Holly Birkett, Lecturer in Organisational Studies, and Dr Sarah Forbes, Lecturer in Marketing, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Associates Department of Management/Marketing, University of Birmingham  An increase in the uptake of SPL could lead to strengthened family bonds, improved child development and increased workplace involvement for mothers. The arrival of a child … Continue reading “Where’s Dad?”

Mirror mirror on the wall, is responsible leadership the fairest of them all?

By Professor Kiran Trehan, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Associate Department of Management, University of Birmingham Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela The notion of ‘responsible leadership’ as a motto for various policies seems to be ever present … Continue reading “Mirror mirror on the wall, is responsible leadership the fairest of them all?”

Another mall, another high street closure – is there really anything to worry about?

By Professor Isabelle Szmigin, Professor of Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham While high street retailers will continue to battle their online competition, out-of-town malls, business rates and expensive car parking, they still have their fate in their own hands. We’re already seeing the high street take a big hit in 2018, with Toys R … Continue reading “Another mall, another high street closure – is there really anything to worry about?”