Blog - Social enterprise

The beautiful game (of CSR)

Published: 28th Oct 2014 by Debbie Griffiths

Thanks to Thrive, I spent last night at Aston Villa Football Club. Not for a football match, but something much more entertaining: a CSR best practice showcase. However, I can’t help likening it all to a couple of FA Cup matches. The first between the Premier League football club and the luxury car maker, Jaguar Land Rover. The second: Global German ... read more


Real cost, true value banking

Published: 16th Sep 2014 by Debbie Griffiths

With the increasing focus on the sustainability of a company’s supply chain, it was good to meet face to face with one of Ideal Worldsmiths’ own ethical suppliers, Triodos Bank, at their 2014 Annual Meeting. Entitled Real Cost True Value, it provided customers, investors and anyone interested in a more progressive approach to banking an ... read more


“How do we ‘butch up’ sustainability?”

Published: 3rd Apr 2014 by Debbie Griffiths

Solitaire Townsend’s question – posed to the unsuspecting MD of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) – was, without doubt, one of the best I’ve ever heard a chair pose at a CR professionals’ conference.  It came during the ‘Engaging customers on sustainability’ session at the Business in the Community (BITC) event at the ... read more


Does your organisation BUY SOCIAL?

Published: 27th Sep 2013 by Debbie Griffiths

Which of the following would you buy: (a) a professionally printed pop-up banner priced £99 or (b) a professionally printed pop-up banner priced £99 that turns hoodies into young entrepreneurs? (a)    a gift under £20 that can be branded with your company’s message or (b)   a gift under £20 that can ... read more


10 things I knew I never knew about Social Value

Published: 14th Jun 2013 by Mark Griffiths

What did I learn at the Social Value Conference? Social Value is such a serious topic. The Social Enterprise West Midlands (SEWM) event on 13 June at in Birmingham was a fantastic day. But here’s a lighter take on it… We had Civil Society Minister, Nick Hurd, talking suavely about more intelligent commissioning from the public sector. I liked ... read more


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