Ideal Worldsmiths Blog

7 buzzwords in responsible retail

Published: 21st Sep 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

            “We need a common language” was one of Dr Mark Sumner’s conclusions at end of the edie Responsible Retail conference in London (Sept 20).   To start things off, here’s a round-up of some of the most frequently uttered words from the line-up of responsible retailers. Plus a ... read more


Is high street sustainability an oxymoron?

Published: 29th Aug 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

Where does retail therapy sit on your top ten things to do? It’s fairly low on mine, going by the traditional definition:   retail therapy: the practice of going shopping to make yourself feel happier. Personally, I can think of plenty of other things to make me feel happier. But, being British, they usually depend on the weather: gardening, ... read more


Volunteer mentoring benefits all round

Published: 17th Aug 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

I can’t believe it’s been three years since we first applied for Aston University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme. How time flies when you’re having fun. And how different each mentoring relationship can be. At first, I was more nervous than Mark about mentoring. He had way more experience than me of one-to-one coaching, whereas ... read more


Responsible retail is everyone’s business

Published: 11th Jul 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

In July 1992, I made a life-changing decision, sending my CV in on spec to The Body Shop head office. I followed my heart as a devoted customer and fan. Not just of the products, but the company’s ethics: using natural ingredients, caring for the planet, people and animals. Back then, it was so new, so different. As an employee, I quickly realised ... read more


Why we’re finally turning our back on the Co-operative Bank

Published: 28th Apr 2017 by Debbie Griffiths

The switch is underway and in a week’s time, Ideal Word Ltd will close its small business bank account with the Co-operative Bank and return to Lloyds. Orderly failure I still feel guilty about being the latest rat to leave the sinking ship, but my business head overruled my social conscience the day I learned that the Bank of England expected an ... read more


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