January’s headlines were dominated by a food hygiene scandal at one of the UK’s most prominent meat suppliers. The revelations have driven food safety to the top of the agenda for European FMCG companies.
Radley Yeldar’s Louise Ayling counters the argument that sustainability communications are “nothing but irrelevant PR puff designed to placate stakeholders and proffer a softer, more caring side of business”.
A talk with Urb-it’s UK managing director, Neville James, unveils the importance of human interaction, be it in terms of customer service or, indeed, as a potential method for saving London’s high streets.
Just as the skills for launching a business can differ from those required for managing successful growth sustainably and continually, there is another critical factor they should monitor.
With pressure to cut costs, save time and generate profit, many business leaders still adopt a “stick to what I know mentality” for business sustainability.
Ice cream chain Ben & Jerry’s won’t serve two scoops of the same flavour in Australia until same-sex marriage is made legal. Creative moves such as this has garnered the company a fabulous reputation for doing good.
While the waves caused by Uber arriving in London have rightly shaken black cab drivers from their false sense of security, plans to pedestrianise parts of the West End will be damaging.
Less than half of British companies believe energy efficiency in the workplace is a key priority, with the same amount failing to put any kind of “active” measures in place.
Another strong contender for Employer of the Year is Brainlabs, a marketing agency that heavily encourages its staff to engage with charitable work.
From hiring staff, to growing your customer base and tracking expenses, I know how tough it can be to make informed decisions that provide financial savings and improve the bottom line. Here’s a shortlist of tips for entrepreneurs that may help.
Social enterprises are businesses that exist to tackle social problems and protect the environment. And while many may suggest embracing the dualism required to both do good and make money isn’t easy, the number of small social enterprises in the UK suggest otherwise.
Some 12 years after leaving the motor racing world behind, Jaguar showed its intent to swap the big screen for the third series of Formula E with the hire of engineer John Russell. This move was done to embrace a more sustainable future.