How the Internet of Everything can jumpstart CSR

The internet of everything will help address four fundamental corporate responsibility challenges.  This blog is a summary of the 2015 Davies Award winning entry on the Internet of Everything, sponsored by the Althea Foundation, Cisco and the University of Oxford Said School of Business.  Applications of the internet of everything (IOE) range from the gimmicky … Continue reading How the Internet of Everything can jumpstart CSR

Hanging by a thread: Workers’ rights and lives

I was working in my room on the fourth floor of a hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh's busy capital, when I saw a man hanging by a rope. To be precise, he was suspended on a fragile-looking piece of wood tied to a single swaying cord. The words emblazoned on his t-shirt read "Jesus ♥ Me". … Continue reading Hanging by a thread: Workers’ rights and lives

The business case for worker empowerment: Evidence from the Sri Lankan tea sector

I've written about the business case for empowering women producers before; but the financial justification for inclusive business goes much further than that.  Today, CARE International published "A Different Cup of Tea: The Business Case for Empowering Workers in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector" which demonstrates that companies investing in one worker empowerment model, the … Continue reading The business case for worker empowerment: Evidence from the Sri Lankan tea sector

The 3 most common misconceptions about business and human rights

Miners in Liberia: Photo credit Cristina Villegas Human rights remains a topic that companies may reference perfunctorily in their codes of conduct, but few really seem to understand. In their defense, this is in part because, first, best practice standards on business and human rights are often nascent at best, and, second, human rights tend … Continue reading The 3 most common misconceptions about business and human rights

What your BOP strategy is missing: A gender lens

This blog was originally posted on Business Fights Poverty. It is based on the findings of the Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by CARE International Bangladesh and US. Debate on the possibilities at the base of the pyramid (BOP) is ubiquitous; nonetheless, too often regulated to a … Continue reading What your BOP strategy is missing: A gender lens

Inclusive business roundup: June 2013

 The best, scariest, most surprising, and most inspirational updates in inclusive business this month.    #1: The (non) surprise update: Businesses are still ignoring the fact that women exist, losing money because of it Closing the “gender gap represented a $13 billion missed market opportunity for the mobile industry”, finds research from USAID, Aussie Aid, … Continue reading Inclusive business roundup: June 2013

Two reasons to ignore the business case for sustainability- and what we can do about it

  There is a strong business case for sustainable and inclusive business; however, advocates should acknowledge that transitioning to this model will not always come without cost.  There are three ways we can overcome these obstacles. Everyone is talking about the benefits of sustainable and inclusive business.  In a recent speech, UK Minister for International … Continue reading Two reasons to ignore the business case for sustainability- and what we can do about it