Trust in Business

The first in the series Trust in Business, this part looks at definitions and inputs into the creation of trust.

Measuring Socio-Economic Impact

I recently attended another of Business Fights Poverty’s fine events: Linking Socio-Economic Impact and Business Strategy. It was a great event, and good to see that there has been significant progress in the way social impact is being measured and in the way the conversation is happening, but a few things troubled me.

Tax Redax and the Fair Tax Mark

This is one of those posts that updates an earlier stream of thought, in this case on corporate payment of tax. There have been some interesting developments since my top tips on tax were published.

Bangladesh on the mend? (and how legal reliance might matter)

Is Bangladesh on the Mend? It’s hard to tell, but the recent fire in a Bangladesh factory, raises questions about what has changed since the factory collapse that killed over 1,000 workers in April this year. The establishment of the Bangladesh Accord, a group of mostly non-Bangladesh (and mostly European-based) companies seeking to improve worker […]

Triumphing on Tax – Top Tips on Tax Avoidance

If you want to avoid petitions against your company (like this one against Amazon) and consumer boycotts like that experienced against Starbucks (on Facebook) then have a look at these top tips on tax avoidance. “Scrutiny is increasing, demands for transparency are rising and companies that don’t have a clear position will lose this debate” […]

Triumphing on Tax – Tax as a Moral Issue

Triumph on Tax: Tax as a Moral issue Companies that only consider the legal aspects of tax are missing opportunities to secure the brand and revenues of their businesses in the long-term. Considering their moral position on taxation is a part of a long-sighted taxation strategy.

Triumphing on Tax – Adam Smith’s contribution

Adam Smith had several things to say about taxation. Triumph on Tax: A framework to talk about Tax    Adam Smith may well be bewildered by the complexity of modern economic life, but he had some valuable things to say about the current corporate tax issue.

Triumphing on Tax

I really like it if I get a refund cheque from the ruling tax authority. I feel like I’ve had a bit of a win. Something like David, having a small victory over the Goliath in the room.

Bangladesh reminds us – Legal isn’t the same as Responsible

I doubt very much that anyone at Primark, Matalan or Mango has acted illegally in relation to the collapse of the factory in Bangladesh, where they all have clothing manfactured. In fact I know some people who work for those brands who are very passionate about doing the right thing in business. But that doesn’t mean […]

In 2013, I deserve Good Business

“Business is not just about making money, vital as it is, it is also the most powerful force for social progress that the world has ever known.” In 2012, David Cameron issued a fairly robust defence of business in the UK. He warned against the “anti-business snobbery” culture that he said was creeping into the […]