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  • andrea 11:52 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , responsible business, SDG16, ,   

    Responsible Business Practice key to SDG16 

    Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are vital for sustainable development and core to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs). Indeed a specific focus of Goal 16 is addressing transparency, #bribery and #corruption. For companies, this means making sure the right framework and signals are in place to drive responsible business practice and move beyond compliance to foster a culture of integrity. sdg16-peaceandjustice

    To help deliver the SDGs, Greenleaf Publishing has produced a handy resource list of key publications for every goal—and our book Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century is included as a key SDG16 resource.

    Whether you’re just starting out with the SDGs or well on your way, Greenleaf’s list of eCollections to support the SDGs is a fantastic tool. Grouped by goal and focused on implementation, it’s a go-to for practitioners. Download it free here.


  • andrea 12:22 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , compliance, , , , , responsible business, risk   

    Ethics—strengthen your culture for success 

    Organisations with strong cultures of integrity have a lot in common. They focus on creating value for the long term. They put ethical behaviour and stakeholder interests at the heart of the business. They use robust systems to help people make good choices. And they refresh and reinforce core values often to make sure they’re lived.

    Sokol1924Culture—the accepted way of doing things—can make or break your company. Actively root it in strong principles and social expectations and you earn trust, brand value and respect. Neglect it and you open the door to significant operational risk.

    Our latest book, Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century, sheds light on how firms from GE to RBS are embedding responsible business as the cultural norm.

    Here are three essential steps you can take to strengthen your culture for success.

    1. Model: lead by example
    2. Educate: train and empower employees
    3. Reward: mobilise performance with incentives


    1. Model: lead by example

    Ethics is everybody’s business, but the CEO, board and management have special responsibilities when it comes to creating a culture of integrity. Good leaders reinforce shared values, walk the talk, tell inspiring stories, encourage speaking up and—when necessary—make tough calls.

    1. Educate: training and awareness

    It’s the daily attitudes and actions of every individual in the company that add up to corporate culture, so raising awareness is crucial to keep personal and organizational values consistent. Effective ethics training tells people what’s expected, why it matters and empowers them to make good choices by showing them how.

    1. Reward: pay and performance

    What gets rewarded gets repeated, so when it comes to culture change, hardwiring ethics to incentives is among the best resources in the corporate toolkit. Make sure your appraisal system is sending the signal that doing the right thing is valued in your corporate culture.

    To learn more about how leading companies are putting these steps into practice, download our free briefing.
    How do you shape your culture? Who sets your organisation’s tone? How do you keep values fresh? What’s the best way to measure change? And which really gnarly problems do you need to solve?

    We’d love to hear your thoughts.


  • andrea 6:45 am on November 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , development, , , partnership, responsible business, ,   

    Think Big—business and the Global Goals 

    From January 2016, 17 new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) kick in, setting out a shared global vision for a prosperous, fair, sustainable economy out to 2030. Supported by 169 targets, these ‘global goals’ call for a step change in how we tackle major development challenges—from climate change and extreme poverty to inequality and injustice.

    This time around, the private sector is centre-stage in making change happen. It’s a fantastic opportunity for proactive companies to deliver real impact by working out how their core business can best support the goals. Solving global challenges is a powerful way to show purpose and create value for business and society. Companies aligned with the new agenda stand not only to gain reputational kudos, but are winning huge early mover advantage in tomorrow’s markets.


    Through our work with companies like Electrolux, Scania, Ericsson and RB to integrate sustainability into the business we’ve identified three promising areas where companies can take the lead:

    • Meeting unmet needs
    • Accelerating and scaling
    • Becoming net positive

    Our latest briefing paper describes how companies like Hindustan Unilever, Vodafone and Electrolux are increasing wellbeing, tackling poverty and combating climate change while building new markets, increasing spending power and gaining market share.

    Others—like Ericsson, KeringCarlsberg and Tetra Pak—are working collaboratively to achieve shared goals to scale and accelerate positive change by driving uptake of innovation, influencing the value chain, and growing infrastructure and capacity.

    Another way of supporting the goals is the pioneering efforts by companies like Kingfisher Group, Coca-Cola and NAB to decouple business growth from environmental impacts and become net positive. Changing what gets measured and how decisions are made is a crucial step on the sustainable value creation journey.

    To learn more from these inspiring examples of business action on the global goals, download our free briefing paper here.

    We’d love to learn from you too. Where do society’s needs and the focus of your company intersect? How can your business best benefit and drive progress on the global goals? Please share your story.

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