Is there a business case for CSR?


Business School Lausanne received a visit from Michael Hopkins [1] in September 2013.  Professor Hopkins is a well-known expert on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and was recently named as one of the world’s 100 thought leaders on trustworthy business behavior in 2013. Hopkins gave his listeners a comprehensive explanation of how he has lived and seen the process and thinking relating to CSR over a 20 year period. Different influences such as economist Wassily Leontief and development gurus Arthur Lewis and AK Sen [2] and Michael’s own  work on human development,  his interest in seeing what business was doing in terms of development were all part of his personal journey in this subject. Continue reading

Governments and business can and must work together!

UN Global Compact

Architects of a Better World – the United Nations Global Compact meeting in New York – September, 18-20, 2013

In September 2000, world leaders from governments came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets – with a deadline of 2015 – that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).[1]

The MDGs aim was to half extreme poverty, to stop spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide universal primary education. The target date for the achievement of all these goals was 2015 and all the world’s countries and leading development institutions signed up. Continue reading