“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard I’m writing this blog in a café. To my right a middle-aged couple are scrolling through their phones. They make no conversation or eye contact until their breakfast arrives, momentarily breaking the spell. Both phones remain on the table, within fingers reach. To my left a mother and daughter are enjoying a coffee together,

The way we live, work, and communicate with each other has changed beyond recognition over the last decade, driven by the growing role smartphones and social media have come to play in our lives. Life before smartphones is remembered hazily, incredulously: sometimes nostalgically. Our phones bring us convenience, connection, entertainment and education: they hold the potential to help us live healthier, happier lives. But, is this always the case? As

Words matter. They can make us laugh, or cry; change our point of view, or move us to act. Yet the sustainability movement still rarely uses the power of language to bring people to the cause. In-fact, just as often as not, the way we write about it can have the opposite effect of alienating or confusing people. But I believe that companies which have something meaningful to say on

Here’s my summary of the IBE’s latest survey on ethics, which centres on attitudes to, and perceptions of, ethics in the workplace in Europe. The numbers 81% of employees in the UK believe that honesty is practised daily in their organisation, with a small percentage (8%) feeling pressured to compromise their values. While the awareness and use of whistle-blowing systems is growing, only 39% of employees in the UK are satisfied with

The scandal engulfing FIFA in recent weeks has served as an important reminder about the crucial role business ethics play in sustaining business success, as well as the hugely harmful repercussions that follow when companies get it wrong. Business ethics are often overlooked and under-resourced, losing out to the ‘new’ – to the next big idea – yet a high-profile sustainability campaign is worth nothing if corruption, bribery or human

Here’s my take on Unilever’s newly-published Human Rights Report, which outlines the type and scale of the challenges it faces and how it organises itself to manage them.   The numbers 3 billion – people living in extreme poverty 21 million – victims of forced labour 76,000 – suppliers 70% – of the people who buy Unilever products are women The content Human rights are placed firmly at the centre of the

    Changing our behaviour and our habits is hard. There are still no extra hours in the day to get done everything we absolutely must do, let alone making time to contemplate making changes to our lives. Unless we’re going through something life-changing, like moving house, or having a baby, we mostly follow routines blindly. Recently I became aware of just how static I had become. Even though my

Sustainability leaders are on the collective hunt to find, engage, and motivate the elusive ‘consumer’.  They know that if they want to achieve their ambitious sustainability goals, or win round their senior teams, then consumers need to be at the heart of their plans. But what characterises a ‘consumer’ and how can we understand their motivations and attitudes so that they become willing and active collaborators in the quest for

When Lord Freud, the Government’s Welfare Minister, appeared to suggest that people with disabilities might not be “worth” the minimum wage, the news instantly became a headline, started trending on Twitter and sparked multiple debates on and offline.   The controversy has gathered around two opposing views. Some argued he was being thoughtless, discriminatory and severely diminishing the contribution disabled people can make to the workforce. Others believed that he