Free Broadband for All: Fairy-tale Policies and Economics?

By John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography, Department of Strategy and International Business  The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has released a £20bn plan that would ensure that free full-fibre broadband is available throughout the Kingdom. Labour’s plan would make broadband ubiquitous and free. The £20bn cost is perhaps an underestimate. The plan to … Continue reading “Free Broadband for All: Fairy-tale Policies and Economics?”

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”

The Spice Girls and Comic Relief: from ‘girl power’ to ‘sweatshop scandal’

By Dr Charika Channuntapipat, Lecturer in Accounting Department of Accounting, University of Birmingham To the delight of many, the Spice Girls have announced a reunion tour starting in June this year. A group that has long stood for gender equality and female empowerment, the band have been credited with sparking the fourth wave of feminism … Continue reading “The Spice Girls and Comic Relief: from ‘girl power’ to ‘sweatshop scandal’”

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?”

Towards accounting education that balances purpose, people, planet and profit

By Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Centre Director Department of Accounting, University of Birmingham In a recent article for the Guardian, Dr van der Kolk correctly bemoaned the technical bias in teaching accounting in many leading business schools. However, his assertion that all business schools choose to … Continue reading “Towards accounting education that balances purpose, people, planet and profit”

Why does policy integration matter for responsible business?

By Dr Nana O Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Over time, the term ‘responsible business’ has gained momentum and become more mainstream within policy, academia, and business management practices globally. This is resulting in a shift from the traditional ‘corporate social responsibility’ discourse, to the establishment of … Continue reading “Why does policy integration matter for responsible business?”

Staying stable in a world of financial uncertainty

By Radman Selmic, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham  Better education and support to clients who need it, a collective demand for transparency in finance, and improved distribution of information to clients are all needed to enhance the level of financial capability across the UK. In a world that has … Continue reading “Staying stable in a world of financial uncertainty”

Responsible business education: a no-brainer

By Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow In HRM Department of Marketing and Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Teachers have the power to create safe places for many under-represented student groups. This in turn allows students to express their views and perspectives within the classroom With organisations becoming increasingly conscious that their responsibility … Continue reading “Responsible business education: a no-brainer”

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”

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”