Leadership insight

Leadership insight is our new online resource which helps business leaders navigate the plethora of organisations, collaborations, metrics, reports and research, supporting you to create value in the long term.

This is a growing resource which will be updated regularly as new material arises.

Produced in collaboration with McKinsey and The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility.

Click on the sections of the pie below to find details of related materials or see an A-Z list.

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Research and evidence

Added values: the importance of ethical leadership

The Institute of Leadership & Management and Business in the Community, working in partnership to produce a research-based report on ethics and values in business in June 2013.

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BITC Leadership Taskforce interim report on responsible business leadership

This report is the starting point for Business in the Community for working with leaders to shape a new contract between business and society, to secure a fairer society and more sustainable future.

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Blueprint for Sustainable Investing

Ceres produced the Blueprint for Sustainable Investing to facilitate understanding of growing risks of climate change, resource scarcity, population growth, human/labour rights, energy demand and access to water. The Blueprint aims to encourage investors to think more comprehensively about risk management and to satisfy fiduciary responsibilities to act on behalf of beneficiaries.

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Conscious Capital

Joint research with Business in the Community and Legal & General, initial findings discussed at RBW leadership breakfast and research published 2013, involving a series of interviews with specialists in responsible investment, investment consultants, investors, environmental, Social and governance (ESG) analysts and CEO. 

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Cranfield Scoping Paper: What does responsible capitalism look like?

This scoping paper aims to initiate dialogue with business leaders and others involved in the disparate initiatives and alliances for sustainable capitalism.

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Edelman Trust Barometer

Edelman is the World’s Largest PR firm. The 2014 barometer is the firm’s 14th annual trust and credibility survey.

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Fortune Favours the Brave

Fortune Favours the Brave details the opportunity for UK businesses to unlock around £100 billion a year in value from new innovation opportunities that address social and environmental challenges.

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McKinsey & Co – ‘Beyond Corporate Responsibility: Integrated External Engagement’

Authors John Browne, former CEO of BP, is a partner of Riverstone Holdings; Robin Nuttall is a principal in McKinsey’s London Office. Published for McKinsey March 2013.

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Opportunity Now ‘Inclusive Leadership: From Pioneer to Mainstream’

This research was conducted and analysed by Dr Gillian Shapiro. It aims to promote the value of ‘inclusive leadership’ in organisations, creating cultures where all staff can thrive and realise their potential; and to mainstream inclusive leaders – currently there are a small number of ‘pioneer’ inclusive leaders, which they say, needs to be much more common.

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Overcoming the Barriers to Long-Term Thinking

Forum for the Future aims to inspire new thinking, build creative partnerships and develop practical solutions; well as sharing learning for others to benefit and act. The report analyses the reasons why short-term thinking is so entrenched and makes recommendations on specific action that companies, asset managers and investor can take now to change this.

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Plurality, stewardship and engagement - The Ownership Commission

The Ownership Commission was established in 2010 to review the state of ownership in the UK, to examine the extent to which it supports or inhibits successful, long-term value creation by business in all its ownership guises. This involved assessing the governance and ownership of Public Limited Companies (PLCs) plus also considering the contribution of non-PLC forms.

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Sustainable Capitalism Project

Developed by the Committee for Economic Development, its aim is to use the research to stimulate change within the U.S. business community and the country more broadly.

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The Loyalty Rewards Project

Developed by Mercer, Generation Foundation and Stikeman Elliot LLP, the project is a year long collaborative research consultation with key investment stakeholders regarding ways corporations can build long term shareholder loyalty. 

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Towards a Sustainability Mindset: How Boards Organise Oversight and Governance of Corporate Responsibility

This report examines how company boards organize the oversight and governance of corporate responsibility and sustainability.

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Convening and advocacy

Blueprint for Better Business

An initiative begun by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and launched in September 2012. The initiative seeks to inspire a debate on the purpose of business, on how business leaders can bring their personal values to bear more effectively in their corporate dealings and to highlight the imperative for change by business in rebuilding trust.

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Corporate Values Strategy Group, Business and Society Program

The Aspen Corporate Values Strategy Group (CVSG) is a unique business-labour-investor coalition dedicated to ensuring the long-term health of society through business practice and policy that create and reward long-term value. Their focus is on ensuring corporate/investment practice better supports long-term health of society.

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Designing for Social Purpose - Corporation 20/20

Corporation 20/20 is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to develop and disseminate a vision, pathway for the 21st century Corporation in which social purpose moves from the periphery to the heart of the organisation.

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Future of Finance

Led by CFA Institute, the Future of Finance project is a long-term global initiative to shape a trustworthy, forward-thinking financial industry that better serves society. The project aims to provide the tools to motivate and empower the world of finance to commit to fairness, improved understanding, and personal integrity.

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Global Agenda Council on Values: A new Social Covenant

Created by the World Economic Forum, the council aims to engage its stakeholders – governments, business, civil society groups, faith groups etc – to move away from narrowly defined shareholder economy to a stakeholder economy that includes workers, consumers, rights advocates, the environment, and future generations.

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Lord Mayor’s Conference on Trust and Values

Developed by Cass Business School, TheCityUK, Tomorrow’s Company, Berwin Leighton Paisner, and Ken Costa, the ambition of this conference is to harness the UK financial services industry, and the talent within it, to society’s interest, so that every business and the nation as a whole can prosper.

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Long Finance Initiative

Long Finance is managed by Z/Yen Group and is supported by Gresham College and the City of London Corporation. Long Finance hosts roundtable events, conferences and seminars; publishes research and thought-pieces from experts in financial services; promotes a sense of community; and runs four programmes which group different aspects of the financial system.

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Long-term Investors Club (LTIC)

In 2009 Caisse des Dépots, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the European Investment Bank and KfW created the Long Term Investors’ Club. Today the Long Term Investors’ Club is composed of 15 major financial institutions and investors from all over the world. Part of the Leadership Insight resource The aim of the LTIC is to bring together major worldwide institutions and to encourage them to affirm their identity as long-term investors.

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Sustainable Capitalism

Developed by Generation Investment Management LLP established by David Blood, Al Gore in 2004, now known as The Generation Foundation. The Generation Foundation is a group of advocates for Sustainable Capitalism and aim to increase the focus on the question of ‘whether capitalism can work to remedy sustainability issues?’.

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The B Team

Created by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz.The B Team is a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of leaders to create a future where the purpose of business is to be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit.

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The Inclusive Capitalism Initiative

The Inclusive Capitalism Initiative (ICI) is a non-profit organisation that exists to foster and support the adoption of a more Inclusive Capitalism to ensure that everyone – all stakeholders, not just shareholders – derive benefits from business.

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The Marathon Club

The Marathon Club was launched following the 2004 entitled “Managing pension funds as if the long-term really did matter”. The competition provoked new thinking and a debate about what fund managers could do, but also raised important challenges for trustees and their investment consultants. -

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The Prince’s Accounting For Sustainability Project

Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2004, aims “to help ensure that sustainability – considering what we do not only in terms of ourselves and today, but also of others and tomorrow – is not just talked and worried about, but becomes embedded in organizations’ DNA.” HRH The Prince of Wales.

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Tomorrow’s Company

Tomorrow’s Company has been created. Clone content Created by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Tomorrow’s company are a global think tank delivering value for business leaders and owners by addressing the systemic and behavioural questions of business world. They aim to inspire generations of business leaders to shape the way they do business. 

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United Nations Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for business committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The initiative also seeks to align UN goals and issues through collaboration and collective action.

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Metrics and reporting

Global Reporting Initiative

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aims to make sustainability reporting standard practice for all organisations and has pioneered and developed a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.

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Integrated Reporting Framework (IIRC)

The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) is a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession and NGOs. It's ambition is to create the globally accepted International <IR> Framework that elicits from organizations material information about their strategy, governance, performance and prospects in a clear, concise and comparable format, and within the context of its external environment.

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Workwell Public Reporting Guidelines and Benchmark

Business in the Community’s Workwell benchmark was developed in response to research showing a positive link between strong people management and organisational performance, with FTSE 100 companies that have robust arrangements for reporting on employee engagement and wellbeing outperforming the rest of the FTSE 100 by 10 per cent.

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Regulation

Caux Round Table - Moral Capitalism at Work

The Caux Round Table (CRT) is an international network of principled business leaders working to promote a moral capitalism. The CRT advocates implementation of the CRT Principles for Business through which principled capitalism can flourish and sustainable and socially responsible prosperity can become the foundation for a fair, free and transparent global society.

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The Kay Review of UK equity markets and long-term decision-making

The Kay Review aims that those in the investment value chain should act according to principles of stewardship; that asset managers can contribute more to performance of British business; and that market incentives should enable/encourage companies, savers and intermediaries to adopt investment approach which achieve long-term results.

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Volans’ Breakthrough Capitalism

Volan’s work on Breakthrough Capitalism explores how business leaders can be an effective force for change towards a healthy, fair and affordable world for 9 billion people.

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