Four steps to transform women’s lives in coffee farming

Jiselle Steele Agriculture, Gender, Women's Economic Empowerment

Jiselle Steele of the Oxfam Business Advisory Service (OBAS) explains how we are supporting the integration of a “gender transformative approach” into the policies and practices of the coffee industry – and invites you to a webinar next month to learn more

Assessing the positive impact of business schools

Ruth Mhlanga Economics, Private sector

Creating a positive impact for society has not been considered core to business schools, but demand has steadily increased in the past decade. The Positive Impact Rating responds to these demands. Whilst business schools are usually rated on factors such as alumni salary, employment rate and return on investment of graduates, The Positive Impact Rating (PIR) is a new rating conducted by students, for student. The rating looks beyond contribution …

Should companies act when civic freedoms are under attack?

Mauricio Lazala Active citizenship, General, Influencing, Private sector, Rights

Mauricio Lazala and Ana Zbona, from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, discuss how companies can help support civic freedoms and human rights defenders in the countries where they operate. Civic freedoms are being eroded around the world. According to CIVICUS, nearly six in ten countries are seriously restricting people’s fundamental freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression. Civil …

A fairer way to do business?

Alex Maitland Private sector

What if business could put people before profit? Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative is promoting alternatives to the shareholder first model of business, as Alex Maitland explains. Oxfam has a long history of challenging the economic structures that keep people in poverty. Our Even It Up and Food and Climate  campaigns demonstrate that inequality, in-work poverty and climate change are …

What alternative business models do we need to help beat poverty?

Erinch Sahan Private sector

[buzzsprout episode=’2559217′ player=’true’] Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fairtrade Organisation speaks to Sophi Tranchell, CEO of Divine Chocolate and Lisa Dacanay, President of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia. They share their experiences in social enterprises and alternative business models which are working right now to help make business fairer. This podcast was recorded ahead of Oxfam’s Future of …

How can overcoming educational barriers improve the sustainability of smallholder supply chains?

james Food & livelihoods, Natural Resources

[buzzsprout episode=’2559220′ player=’true’] In this podcast we speak to Amanda Klarer, the Responsible Farming Program Manager at Marcatus QED, who works with some of the world’s leading and niche consumer brands to develop customised sourcing programmes, innovative products and sustainable supply chains. Marcatus QED is one of Unilever’s supply partners for their gherkin supply chain, and is part of the …

Why tax dodging is a human rights issue

Alex May Inequality, Private sector, Tax

Last week in the wake of the Paradise Papers scandal Mark Goldring explained how tax dodging deprives already deprived people of basic services like access to water, education and healthcare. But, how does tax affect human rights?  Here, Alex May argues that tax dodging can also be seen as a human rights violation. What is tax dodging? Corporations and wealthy people …

Building a human economy requires more than a quick fix to corporate governance

Alex Maitland General, Inequality

Alex Maitland explores what business can do to help make a fairer economy that works for everyone.  Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “build an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few”. Quite a task given that Britain has become one of the most unequal developed countries in the world. The private sector employs 80% of …

The SDGS, an opportunity for business to do better

Ruth Mhlanga Active citizenship, Aid

Over a year in, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) show no sign of losing momentum. Ruth Mhlanga reflects on how businesses can support the SDGs to create a world free from poverty without breaking the planet. he SDGs are ambitious, but in a world where 8 men have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, nothing less would …