Mr. Daisey and The Jungle: Intersections and Juxtapositions

Earlier in February I read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  I collect old books and had recently bought myself a first edition copy from 1906.

The Jungle is an expose of the appalling conditions in the Chicago meat packing industry in the opening decade of the last century. Told through the eyes of the proud patriarch of an immigrant family from Lithuania, it was a classic of its time and an enduring classic of CSR literature.

Thank goodness we have safeguards in place now and are beyond that. Or are we?

Partway through reading the book, I found myself in the gym …

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ICT in the Environment: The Sustainable Shopper

ICT services impact our every day lives from how we work, to how we travel to how we make purchasing decisions for our daily needs. In this video series, I examine all of these elements from inside executive offices, to transportation systems and even teleworking in my own home.

In the 5th episode of this video series, I focus on the sustainable shopper.  I joined Harriet Hentges, VP Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Ahold USA Inc., (owner of Giant), at a local Giant supermarket in Bethesda MD, to explore the potential for applications to help a …

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What are the Obligations of a Global Company ?

A two page article starting on the front cover of the main section of Sunday’s New York Times addresses why the US lost out on the assembly work for Apple’s iPhone. The article raises some important questions about corporate responsibility, starting with the implied responsibility of a company to create jobs in its home country. In responding to the jobs going to China,  Betsey Stevenson, the chief economist at the US Labor Department until last September is quoted as saying

 

“Companies once felt an obligation to support American workers, even when it wasn’t the best financial choice.

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Guest Post: Declining Va Va Voom

By Steve Gillies, Head of Agile Working, BT

Our  love affair with cars may be coming to an end. A number of statistics indicate that car use per person has reached saturation point and, in some areas, is on the decline. Professor Phil Goodwin of the University of the West of England calls this phenomenon “peak car”.

Goodwin is not alone in his belief. David Metz, former chief scientist at the Department for Transport, wrote a letter to Local Transport Today, saying we reached peak car “at least 15 years ago, when none of us noticed”.

At this stage, no …

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