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CSR and Sustainable Development Goals
Social Responsibility and Donald Trump
Social Responsibility and the Tennis Ball Theory of Investing
Michael on his new book CSR and Sustainability: From the Margins to the Mainstream – A Text Book
CSR and the Social Responsibility of the 2022 World Football Cup
Michael Interviews Maga Ramasamy Head of CSR, Air Mauritius
Economic impact of the European Immigration Crisis
What is CSR all about?
How can we tackle the problems of global unemployment?
Devaluation of Swiss France and its impact on wages, employment and income distribution
Enrique Torres former Head of GRI Training, interviewed by Michael Hopkins
Bob Munro former Brundtland Commission, CEO MYSA, Kenya on Sustainability introduced by Michael
Michael Hopkins on CSR in Rome
Michael Hopkins on CSR in Abu Dhabi
Michael on CSR after Davos from the University of Geneva where he directed and founded the Geneva University CSR programme
Michael Hopkins’ continuing look at CSR from various locations and view points
CSR in Turbulent Times: view from the new City of London (Canary Wharf)
Michael Hopkins presents a short perspective on CSR at the beginning of 2009 in the middle of an huge credit and banking crisis
Michael Hopkins talks about CSR as 2008 draws to an end, and the New Year starts with much promise. He chose in front of the White House to make his New year edition with President Obama soon to be sworn in and a new era for CSR – Michael hopes!
Recent Social Media Articles
Robotics, trade, jobs and whose responsibility?
The question of technology replacing jobs has a long history. Perhaps the most famous was the notorious so-called half-wit Ned Ludd who led a movement to destroy cotton making machines in 17 th Century Britain. That incident led to a movement called Luddites. They were much criticised as being in the way of progress. Yet Luddites appear often in contemporary society – most notably Donald Trump during his 2016 USA Presidential bid. The consequence of Trump Luddism, echoed by Bernie Sanders on the left of the bid, has also led to a huge attack on trade and implicitly technological progress itself.
The New International Mandela: Socially Responsible Leaders Matter
Leaders matter. Africa has seen very few.
Undoubtedly, Nelson Mandela was a remarkable leader and it was clearly highly regrettable that 29 years of his life were spent cooped up on Robben Island. Yet coming out of prison without remorse he showed the sympathetic, peaceful and understanding attitude that I have found myself among most Africans – especially in Kenya where I have spent a large part of the last three years.
Social Responsibility Solution to Refugee Crisis
Watching the past few month’s events of the wretched refugees trying desperately to salvage their lives gives a new meaning to the lack of social responsibility across the world. [Check out this 7minute video by the author published on 23 Oct 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbtQvtYKMFY ]
FIFA Scandal - A tipping point for CSR?
FIFA Scandal is old news
Today is May 28 2015 and is the day after the FIFA scandal broke. I have been writing about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that sport, especially football, needs a new level of responsibility for several decades – see for instance the group discussion in Linkedin I started many years ago CSR and Sport. I am pleased that I have worked with UEFA on many occasions under their umbrella RESPECT programme. Yet I have had less success with FIFA and have since published titles such as Should FIFA be replaced? and Should Qatar World Cup be banned?
Is it the Responsibility of Corporations to Create Jobs?
Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish forever.Bertrand Russell (1932..see full transcript on http://www.zpub.com/notes/idle.html, accessed Dec 2011]
The Wretched of the Earth
Global warming a concern? The defenceless ladies with their children I saw crawling under a barbed wire fence from Zimbabwe to South Africa, were not worried about global warming. Should they be? Possibly but they should be more worried by the rise of fascism across the world as so called humanist politicians breathe out their racist messages.
CSR AND THE UN’s (SDGs): THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR by Profs. Michael Hopkins and John Lawrence
In the global market, the private sector not only has a great responsibility to act on sustainability issues, but also a great opportunity to build new sustainable markets. [15 Swedish CEOs]
Amazingly companies get it and are involved! Even the highly conservative US Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation have stated ‘the private sector can get involved … aligning CSR strategies with the SDGs…and raising awareness of the SDGs and efforts to achieve them among staff and the public.”
Paradise, Publicity and Prosperity: The socially responsible way to cure Islamic terrorism with no bombing involved!
The Koran is much more similar to the Christian Bible than most people realize. Specifically, the Koran VERY clearly states that suicide, under ANY conditions, is banned and a terrible sin. An example is in Sura 3, Imram’s Family (3.139), “It is not for any soul to die, save by God’s permission written down for an appointed time.”
The tennis ball theory of investing
Normally I write about Corporate Social Responsibility. But the pandemonium in stock markets across the world as I write about the future of CSR, has forced me to declare the secret of investing. I shall show you both how not to lose and how to make money through investing. Now, if you got this far, you probably think I am going to try and sell you something. No, I am not! Do read on and/or look at a 7min interview.
Doing Business in Regions of Conflict: Can CSR Help?
Business continues even in regions of conflict. But what does corporate social responsibility really mean under conflict conditions? How can business not make the situation worse and how far can private enterprise go in actively building peace? [An earlier version was given as a speech at an event in London on May 9th 2012 organized by International Alert and moderated by BBC presenter Zainab Badawi.]
Is CSR the same as Sustainability?
Was Alice-in-Wonderland correct and we really dont know what we are talking about? Seems often to be the case in business. Yet, the history of CSR goes back a long way, while Sustainability is relatively recent.
In Conversation with Dr. Michael Hopkins- Journey of an Economist to CSR Magnate
Prof. Dr. Michael Hopkins is CEO and Chairman of MHC International Ltd. (MHCi: London, Washington DC & Geneva), a research and service company on Corporate Social Responsibility and Labour Markets and CEO of the CSR and Financial Institute, a training company with the byline ‘socially responsible financially smart’ www.csrfi.com. He holds a doctorate in labour economics from the University of Geneva, is adjunct professor at George Mason University, USA since 2010 and was over 2000-2012 Professor of Corporate & Social Research at the University of Middlesex in London, UK.
Interview with Michael Hopkins on Corporate Social Responsibility
Michael Hopkins is CEO and Chairman of MHC International Ltd. (London & Geneva), a research and service company that specializes in social development issues for the public and private sector alike (see www.mhcinternational .com)
Paperback Books on CSR by Michael Hopkins
Our own extensive list of publications on CSR
We use the latest research as well as the most recent company information. Much of our research can be found in the background readings of our partner company, MHCInternational Ltd (MHCI) many listed below:
Articles have been either written, or commissioned, by MHCi. Many have been published elsewhere after appearing here first.
The articles are grouped under the following headings below:
- How Does CSR help Business
- Emerging Markets, International Development and CSR
- Making Money with and CSR
- Employment and Jobs through CSR
- Governance,The Law and CSR
- Key Issues in CSR
- Measurement and CSR
- Small & Medium Enterprises and CSR
- Sport and CSR
- Sustainable Tourism and CSR
See also our list of free publications available on the web, plus a review of The Planetary Bargain in MHCi Corporate Social Responsibility Publications
Business and CSR
How does CSR relate to the key business issues of the day? Read here about the business case for CSR, what to do when you only have 5 minutes with the CEO, the mess of standards
Weapons of mass description by Michael Hopkins and Adrian Payne.
With three big elephants in the CSR room (GRI, ISO26000 and IIRC), are we in danger of asking too much of companies and institutions? Will the demand for bigger and bigger standards lead to increased reluctance to incorporate CSR? There is a danger, and we argue here, for more limited accountability so that we may encourage more to become socially responsible without increasing unnecessary baggage…Read More Here
CSR update for 2012 – where is CSR going in 2012? 5 trends January 2012 by Michael Hopkins, Martin Summers and Adrian Payne.
Reproduced in csrwire……What trends and themes in the corporate, social, political and economic spheres will dominate 2012? Will social media emerge as a useful tool in activating shareholders?
CSR Definition. April 2011 by Michael Hopkins.
look, there is NO definitive definition, but have a look here so that we can use something reasonable and move on to IMPLEMENTATION!!
CSR Update for 2011 January 2011 by Michael & Ivor Hopkins.
Six key questions were posed to our audience such as ‘What did CSR mean for companies in the UK/Europe/USA/emerging markets in 2010?’
CSR update for 2010 – where is CSR going in 2010? February 2010 by Ivor Hopkins, Michael Hopkins & Martin Summers.
This series repeats every year, have a look at what we thought in 2010 and measure our forecast against what happened.
How could Strategic CSR have helped Dubai World and then Dubai from collapsing? December 2009 by Michael Hopkins.
Strategic CSR is more than philanthropy…look at our efforts to convince Dubai World, a recent near disaster, to adopt a more powerful strategic CSR model for their business .
Strategic CSR and Competitive Advantage October 2009 by Michael Hopkins.
A heady mix of greed, overconfidence and the use of poor business models that showed up flawed strategies caused the global financial collapse of one year ago. Is the merry go round of greed, overconfidence and flawed strategies about to spin again? There is another way to look at strategy.
The DEARTH of CSR April 2009, by Michael Hopkins.
Sustainability, citizenship, business and society, ethical business – have stuck long enough to focus minds. CSR is not dead, simply there is a ‘DEARTH of CSR’!.
Recession: CSR is still good for business! December 2008, by Michael Hopkins
CSR in turbulent times – Now needed more than ever before October 2008, by Michael Hopkins, Julian Roche and Ivor Hopkins
CSR update: where are we and where are we going in 2008? January 2008, by Michael Hopkins
The Power of CSR March 2007, by Michael Hopkins
Summary of First World Report on CSR September, 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Heavy Mettle – Heroes in CSR January 2006, by Ivor Hopkins
The Business Case for CSR May 2004, by Adrian Henriques
Company’s should abandon Philanthropy and concentrate on CSR April 2004, by Michael Hopkins
CSR and Global Business Principles or Standards: What a mess! September 2002, by Michael Hopkins
CSR: 5 Minutes with the CEO April 2002, by Michael Hopkins
New Directions for CSR: Can CSR enhance a companies’ intellectual capital? January 2002,by Michael Hopkins
Economics of Corporate Social Responsibility March 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Is Corporate Social Responsibility the Same as Corporate Sustainability? December 2000, by Michael Hopkins
Corporate Social Responsibility – The Big Picture July 2000, by Michael Hopkins
Development and CSR
What is the link from ideas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability to development in emerging markets? Read here articles by the MHCi team that have been widely published across the world.
India – the New CSR Rules: Help or Hindrance to CSR in India? June 2014.
Michael Hopkins updates the article below and reflects upon whether the new India rules on CSR whereby large companies give 2% of profits to “CSR projects’ is likely to promote or hinder India’s pursuit of worldwide CSR acceptanace.
Social Responsibility, Somalia, Kenya and Terrorism: Michael Hopkins uses the tools of CSR to examine the consequences of the Kenya Westgate incident with suggestions on how to prevent in the future. Oct 2013
Business continues even in regions of conflict. But what does corporate social responsibility really mean under conflict conditions? How can business not make the situation worse and how far can private enterprise go in actively building peace? Read more on CSR and Conflict May 2012, by Michael Hopkins
Tahrir (Liberation) Square and National Social Responsibility Index February 2011, by Michael Hopkins
Sustainability (CSR) and Population December 2010, by Michael Hopkins
Corporations have embraced the call of ‘sustainability’. But, there is still a wide spread feeling that POPULATION is the problem – from poverty to climate change to lack of food to congestion to pollution, perhaps even the current recession? Concerns with population growth running up against limited resources (food supplies at the time) started as long ago as Thomas Malthus some 210 years ago. Yet, we were wrong then, and we are still making the same poor assumptions despite vastly improved data since the earlier time.Read more here.
Is China’s Investment In Africa Socially Responsible? October 2010, by Jawahir Adam.
Who looks at China, while IN China, and argues that China’s CSR in Africa could be developed more since it may, otherwise, lead to an unwelcome reaction from the African people themselves thereby rapidly increasing Chinese costs and risks of operations.
PART IV: The Fortune to be gained by CSR: CSR, MDGs and the UN Global CompactSeptember 2010, by Michael Hopkins
National Social Responsibility and Humanitarian Development September 2008, by Jawahir Adam and Michael Hopkins
CSR and the Arms Trade October 2007, by Michael Hopkins
Which Global Catastrophe? CSR and Development cont’d… June 2007, by Michael Hopkins
Sustainable Development: From Words to Action April 2007, by Michael Hopkins
CSR Update at beginning 2007: Where are we and where are we going? January 2007, by Michael Hopkins
What is the role of CSR in the social and economic development of emerging market countries? In the following there are three articles looking at this. The first looks at Prahalad’s celebrated work on business and development in the Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. In Part I, Michael Hopkins describes how he found Prahalad’s ideas wanting because of the lack of attention to all stakeholders (particularly the demand side stakeholders). In Part II is explored whether the notion of CSR could be a better concept with which to engage corporations in economic development. Part III looks at what corporations could do in the development arena and provides a rapid impact methodology. In Part IV, above, Michael looked at how the UN has been promoting business involvement in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and the UN Global Compact.
The Fortune to be Gained by CSR and a Rapid Impact Methodology For Corporations Engaged in Emerging Market Development: Part III September 2005, by Michael Hopkins
The Fortune to be Gained by CSR and Corporations in Emerging Market Development: Part II June 2005, by Michael Hopkins
The Fortune to be Gained by CSR and The Bottom of The Pyramid: Part I March 2005, by Michael Hopkins
Business, CSR and the Tsunami January 2005, by Michael Hopkins
The social responsibility of Nation States June 2002, by Michael Hopkins
Transnational Corporations, CSR and Third World Development, March, 2002, by Dharam Ghai
CSR, poverty and terror October, 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Singapore: Corporate, Social and Responsible but no CSR October, 2000, Julian Roche
Finance and CSR
Socially Responsible Investment or CSR? May 2012 by Julian Roche
Within the ‘CSR world’ it is almost taken as axiomatic that there is no contradiction between Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The vision is this. Investors will act responsibly looking at responsible and impact investment to make their money count for a better world as well as just obtain a financial return. Meanwhile enlightened companies will recognise that an increasing number of investors will look at not just their raw financial numbers but also their CSR engagement and scores, and act to improve their CSR performance to attract more investment and lower their cost of capital.
Sovereign Wealth Funds and CSR July 2008, by Julian Roche
Corporate Social Responsibility and Finance January 2004, by Julian Roche
CSR in Recessionary Times February, 2002, by Michael Hopkins
CSR Investment – the next ‘dot.com’ boom? November, 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Problems with FTSE4good June, 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Corporate Social Responsibility: A Dialogue with the Financial Times May 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Does CSR burn up your bottom line? August 2000, by Michael Hopkins
Key Issues in CSR
Michael argues that we need responsible Governments that regulate Wall Street and the like, but also one that increases spending to stimulate growth when times are hard. In fact we need both Corporate and Public Responsibility to create the sorts of Sustainable Development we would all like to see across the whole planet.
CSR And the Property Market – Urgent Changes Required July 2009, by Julian Roche
Has the Greening of CSR Gone Too Far? November 2007, by Michael Hopkins
Kate Moss: A Model for CSR? October 2005, by Ivor Hopkins
CSR: From responsibility to opportunity February 2005, by Jem Bendell
Irritated by CSR September 2004, by Michael Hopkins
Six Key Issues on CSR February 2003, by Michael Hopkins
CSR: An Exit Strategy November 2003, by Michael Hopkins
CSR: Hate Exxon Love Shell – Justified? August 2003
CSR: An Evolving View of the Field May 2003, by Al Straughan
Sex, CSR and the Future April 2003, by Michael Hopkins
Is CSR just a trendy fad? December 2002, by Ivor Hopkins…Are you a Sceptic or a Convert – do you see CSR as an expensive waste of time, a trendy option or a serious business activity?
CSR: Is it worth it? November 2002, by Michael Hopkins …Curiously, the sceptics seem to present the case in favour of CSR as well, if not better, than the CSR proponents
Labour Issues and CSR
There is much talk about creating jobs today as unemployment inexorably stays high around the world. Two issues immediately follow from such a statement. First, what do we mean by unemployment and second, why do we need jobs? Many people would say that I am splitting hairs and people need jobs of almost any kind. But, before I move to the main examination of this article which is can we expect corporations to resolve the issue of jobs, I cannot proceed without a quick digression on the two questions posed. See:
Socially Responsible DownsizingOctober 2002, by George Starcher
Governance, The Law and CSR
Alcohol and Prohibition: What Role for CSR? December 2009 by Ivor Hopkins
Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and CSR February 2008, by Julian Roche
CSR, Reputation and Governance September 2006, by Katherine Howard, Graham Young, Ivor Hopkins and Michael Hopkins
CSR and Sarbanes Oxley April 2005, by Prof. John Tepper-Marlin
Let’s Make CEOs Accountable for CSR October 2004, by Michael Hopkins
CSR and Legislation: Legislate or Not? July, 2002, by Michael Hopkins
What is Relation between Corporate Governance and CSR? January, 2001, by Michael Hopkins
Corporate manslaughter June 2000, by John Rosthorn
Measurement and CSR
How to measure what is meant by CSR? November, 2000, by Michael Hopkins
Measurement and Progress of Corporate Social Responsibility March 2004, by Michael Hopkins
Is the British Royal Family Socially Responsible? December 2005, by Michael Hopkins
CSR measurement: An example from Brazil April, 2001, by Adele Queiroz