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”

Top tips for improving the inclusivity of fathers in the workplace

By Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett, co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project Over the past three years, we have been researching how parents navigate the pressures of combining working and parenting. As co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project, our research has identified a pattern of parents who are not entitled to maternity leave … Continue reading “Top tips for improving the inclusivity of fathers in the workplace”

Responsible consumption and the decision over Heathrow’s third runway

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and  International Business, University of Birmingham I have a problem that I need to reconcile. This problem is the tension that exists between being a responsible consumer and being a responsible citizen. This tension should be central to all discussions regarding responsible business. For me, this tension takes … Continue reading “Responsible consumption and the decision over Heathrow’s third runway”

The Curse and the Cure – Facebook’s use of Artificial Intelligence

By Immaculate Motsi-Omoijiade Research Fellow, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Recently, Facebook announced its intention to increase its team of software developers and data scientists in order to develop algorithms that can detect and remove harmful content on its platform more quickly.  Having been issued a record-breaking $5 billion fine by the Federal … Continue reading “The Curse and the Cure – Facebook’s use of Artificial Intelligence”

Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron? A Look at Fashion Week and Beyond

By Dr Charika Channuntapipat, Department of Accounting, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Dr Solon Magrizos, Department of Marketing Professor Craig Smith, Department of Marketing  Fashion Weeks have been around for more than half a century and set the trend for fashion lovers worldwide. Recently, the term ‘sustainable fashion’ has become more popular and … Continue reading “Is Sustainable Fashion an Oxymoron? A Look at Fashion Week and Beyond”

World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind

By Dr Nana Osei Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Water is life – and rising human daily consumption patterns is causing water scarcity in many parts of the world. This over-consumption of water comes from not only everyday domestic use but the often invisible water used in … Continue reading “World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind”

Is recycling crisp packets enough for Walkers to become a responsible business?

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon, Senior Lecturer in Strategy Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham After its recent decision to make recyclable crisp packets in response to mounting pressure from its consumers, Walkers seems to have become known as the ‘responsible’ crisp manufacturer. Although some see this as a responsible move, I would … Continue reading “Is recycling crisp packets enough for Walkers to become a responsible business?”

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”

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”