In this issue

Awards reward efforts to fill gaps in skills and tackle youth unemployment while Michael Skapinker says governments undermine incentives for responsible behaviour

Skills and job creation take top spots in awards table

Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant, Birmingham
©Chalrlie Bibby

Presentation coincides with evidence that public confidence in companies is at a low point around the world


The realities of considerate capitalism
The Tax Race
G8 plans to rewrite global tax rules

Social responsibility adjusts to downturn’s harsh realities

Contest to keep good reputations has groups on their toes

Comment: Government undermines incentives to behave

Companies are driven by a widely held human wish to be respected and liked

Corporations reach for change
Students at a factory in Sidcup
©James McCauley

Capitalism struggles to balance social value and profit

Even though progress has been made, harnessing commercial self-interest to benefit society will remain problematic, writes Sarah Murray

Shareholder value: Investors must learn to respect long-term thinking

Short-termism is bad for business and bad for investors, says Sarah Murray

Supply chain: Groups face rising concern on safety

Business must take responsibility for worker welfare when governments fail, says Ross Tieman

Indian children learn to paint
©Dominick Tyle

The business case: Measurement of impact on society serves to boost investment

Organisations that think about where their social programmes will be most effective will make longer term commitments, says Rod Newing

Governance: It matters what you do when no one is watching

Companies need to win their staff’s hearts and minds, says Rod Newing

Billy Barlow, left, and Les Salisbury, founder of Furness Fish and Game on Morecambe Bay

Consumers: The ethical way is an easy lifestyle choice

Companies are challenging customers, writes Virginia Marsh

Coca-Cola Enterprises teaches students job skills through its Real Business Challenge

Employability: Employers and the young are on different planets

Many businesses are developing recruitment processes that reach out to young and disadvantaged applicants, writes Rod Newing

Campaigns: NGOs get handy with stick and carrot

Activist critics have turned to collaboration to shape business best practice, writes Sarah Murray

Changes herald progress for social enterprise movement

Two developments could be game changers for a growing segment of the UK economy whose progress is attracting international interest, says Virginia Marsh

Awards 2013: Honours aim to bridge the skills gap

Attention turns to groups that prioritise giving opportunities to the young, writes Sarah Murray

Corporate Responsibility Index

Business leads the way in sustainability

Good corporate behaviour is driven by necessity as well as ethics

LGIM invests ethically

The most important issue is the quality of management

Capitalism can be responsible

Accountability begins at the individual level

BITC: Corporate Responsibility Index 2013

Scores are on social and environmental impact


Engagement: Culture, values and vision create common purpose

Organisations found to benefit from efforts to create a clear ‘strategic narrative’

Making good and doing good

Social investors share their stories

Entrepreneurship with a purpose

Michiyo Nakamoto on ‘Marketplace 3.0’ by Rakuten’s Hiroshi Mikitani

Human capital

Two attempts to reimagine the relationship between business and society: ‘The Locust and the Bee’, by Geoff Mulgan, and ‘Firm Commitment’, by Colin Mayer