Is CSR Recession Proof?

It goes without saying that recessions change everyone’s priorities; individuals concerned about layoffs cut back on their spending and businesses focused on boosting profitability take similar measures at a macro level.

There’s plenty of evidence that with fears of a double dip recession that consumers are less inclined to factor in environmental and ethical considerations when making the most basic purchasing decisions.  In fact, according to a survey released this week by Bensimon Byrne, a Toronto-based advertising agency, environmental and sustainability messages were resonating with fewer consumers – with only 32% considering them to be relevant compared to 46% at …

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Celebrate Interdependence on Independence Day

As a dual citizen, UK/USA, I am always slightly torn on Independence Day.  Some of my US friends tell me tongue in cheek they call it Good Riddance Day! But given the ongoing relationship between the UK and the USA and the extent to which the citizens of both countries seem to aspire to each other’s ways of life in so many respects, I think it should be renamed Interdependence Day.  And for more reasons than the relationship between the US and the UK.

In my review of Paul Gilding’s book The Great Disruption I mention his reference to the …

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Book Review: The Great Disruption

I finished reading The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding recently. I heard Paul speak to a small audience at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in DC and from the moment he started I was drawn in.

I found the premise compelling, albeit challenging from a societal and environmental perspective. The book though is an accessible read.  But will the book be a relic of another well meaning but misinformed theory, or does it represent one of the voices we are going to wish we had listened to?

Paul actually addresses that question from the get go. He accepts people are not …

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