Defining the Next Chapter of Business Sustainability by David Grayson

David Grayson CBE is the Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management, the leading UK university for business sustainability, and Chairman of the Board at Carers UK. From co-founding PNE Group, an initiative to support individuals across the North East to enter self-employment, David Grayson has proven himself not only as a business …

PNE Enterprise Pledges £50,000 to Support Sustainable Start-ups

  A new programme has been launched that will provide grants of up to £1,000 to sustainable start-ups based in Tyne and Wear. The Sustainable Start-up Award, managed by PNE Enterprise, will grant at least 50 Tyne and Wear businesses up to £1,000 to support with start-up costs. The programme, the first of its kind …

How Can We Improve the UK’s Innovation Performance and Increase Productivity?

According to a recent study, the UK has one of the highest numbers of high productivity firms, however, it still remains one of the lowest performing countries in terms of innovation and productivity – but why is this? This year’s annual State of Small Business Conference, hosted by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), aimed to …

The PNE Group 2016 Annual Report

We are delighted to announce the release of the PNE Group 2016 Annual Report. The report gives us the opportunity to share news of the past year’s successes with members of the dynamic community in which the Group operates. It illustrates our major achievements in 2016, and brings to the fore the vital work that …

Skills and Opportunities Fund public vote now open

The Royal Bank of Scotland are helping build better communities for everyone, seeking projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability, or progress a business plan to benefit from the Skills and Opportunities Fund. Voting for the first round of the …

Skills and Opportunities Supporting Entrepreneurship

  The Skills and Opportunities Fund is an initiative making a huge impact throughout communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland including through providing opportunities for entrepreneurship to flourish. To date, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s Fund has distributed £4,965,904.64 to projects supporting disadvantaged groups, including charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded …

CSR Explained: Supporting Entrepreneurship

In the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring how individuals, businesses and communities overcome barriers to entrepreneurship. Whether you’re a sole-trader, SME or a multi-national corporation – everyone has a role to play in promoting a vibrant landscape of opportunities for the next generation of businesses. In this edition of CSR Explained in 3 Minutes we …

Phil Murphy: “Corporate ‘transparency’ has moved dramatically up the agenda.”

Phil Murphy is the former Vice-President and Global Head of Government and Public Affairs for BG Group; Director and Founding Partner of Vidhya, the political and reputational risk management company. In this guest blog he explains why transparency is the foundation of sustainable, successful business strategy. OVER the past 10 to 15 years, there is no …

CSR Explained: Reporting on your Sustainability can Win you Sales

This week we read two stats that would catch the attention of any salesperson. A new report¹ released this week revealed sustainable procurement is dominating the supply-chain choices of big buyers in a way never seen before. Almost half of corporate supply-chain professionals reported their organisation now spent 75% or more of their budget on …

Kirstie McIntyre on HP’s Full Lifecyle Responsibility

The HP Multi Jet Fusion™ 3D printer allows users to print their own parts at half the cost of having them delivered.   Kirstie McIntyre is global director for HP Inc.‘s sustainability operations and co-leads HP’s circular economy programs, working for a number of years on the development of end-of-life programs for various companies in …

World’s 1st Standard for Sustainable Procurement

In 2015, a report on corporate supply-chain slavery revealed 71% of global companies believe there is a likelihood of slavery occurring at some stage within their supply-chains. A surprise? Perhaps not for those operating procurement across country lines, who undertake the complex task of cultivating a portfolio of suppliers, contractors and buyers who meet the …

What is a Sustainable Supply-chain?

No business is an island. Every organisation, no matter how small, engages with other businesses as they take their product to market, both directly and indirectly. These supply-chains are fundamental to the business model, but what makes a supply-chain sustainable? Put simply, a sustainable supply-chain is one which promotes positive environmental, economic and social impact. …