Life in the cross hairs

Being a good corporate citizen comes with risks. Andrew Black tells the tale of a close escape.

For corporates that have medium-term planning regimes, taking seriously the considerable challenges posed by climate change may require they make swift and specific changes. And those changes may be disruptive to the business-as-usual view frequently broadcast by senior management.

The recently-retired chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, is now soliciting the support of other industrialists and business interests to lobby to encourage a broad social acceptance of the need for dramatic action on climate change. And Polman has established a reputation as one seeking to combine business with a broader sense of social and environmental responsibility. This in turn could enable corporate

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Andrew Black

Andrew is a senior research fellow at both the Global Policy Institute in London, and the Brunel Business School, London. He has taught at the Warwick and London Business Schools, …

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