How companies benefit from ‘return on character’

Return on Character book cover

Surprise! Surprise! Those business organizations whose CEOs are character-driven outperform those organizations where the leaders are ‘self-focussed’ in their ambitions. It should be obvious, but it ain’t necessarily so. The ground-breaking thesis of this book is the research undertaken by Fred Kiel, and his team at the leadership development firm KRW International, which shows the clear link between character-driven leadership and performance.

Co-creating Trust and Integrity in the New Economy

Rishabh Khanna on the line-up panel (second from left) when the Charter was launched

The Malaga Charter to promote sustainable development and social justice, which Initiatives of Change helped to draft, was launched at the New Economy and Social Innovation (NESI) Forum in Malaga, Spain, on 20 April. Initiatives of Change's TIGE programme (Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy) was one of the partners in launching the charter at the four-day event.

‘Unmasked: corruption in the West’: new anti-corruption book launched in London

Laurence Cockcroft, one of the world’s leading campaigners against grand-scale corruption and co-founder of Transparency International, spoke on the theme of his new book 'Unmasked: corruption in the West', in the London centre of Initiatives of Change (IofC) on 4 April.

Unmasked - Corruption in the West

You are warmly invited to a TIGETalk on Tuesday 4 April. Laurence Cockcroft and Malini Mehra will speak on the theme of his new book, Unmasked: corruption in the West.

Business students study ethics following lecturer’s light-bulb moment

Mike Smith and Christiaan Groen (centre) with mature students at Manchester Metropolitan University and their lecturer, Kelly Elshafey

When Nathalie Ormrod from Manchester attended a TIGERoadshow—a day’s event on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy—at Liverpool Hope University, back in 2013, it was, she says, ‘a turning point’ for her: a lightbulb moment. Ormrod, who is Lecturer in Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, said she realised, there and then, that she needed to introduce the issue of ethical decision-making in business into her lecturers.

New Economy and Social Innovation forum in Malaga, Spain, April 2017

New Economy and Social Innovation

Initiatives of Change has been invited to take part as a partner organization in a four-day forum on the New Economy and Social Innovation in Malaga, Spain. It will be held from 19 to 22 April. Some 600 people are expected to attend from around the world. The Malaga conference will aim to produce a statement of best practice for the global economy.

Busting a millennial myth: how the young find purpose through employee owned companies

Peter Neville Lewis

The millennial generation are said to be half as wealthy as their parents’ generation, because of the triple whammy of student debt, soaring house prices and increased taxes. Yet research explodes the myth that they are only interested in ‘doing their own thing’. Rather they ‘want to contribute in a meaningful way to an organization where their voices are more likely to be heard and where there are goals that are not just financial,’ says Peter Neville Lewis, co-author of a new report on the millennial generation’s attitudes towards employee-owned businesses.

World Values Day - what matters the most?

Charles Fowler

Honesty, kindness and compassion seen as the world’s most important values at the UK launch of World Values Day on 20 October

Northern European nation enjoys freedom at the crossroads

Inese Voika

Latvia has enjoyed freedom from Soviet occupation for the last 25 years, short enough to be within living memory for older citizens, and long enough for a young generation to have grown up in political freedom. The country’s 500-kilometre boarder with Russian is only a three or four hour drive from the capital city. Twenty-six per cent of the population is Russian in this Baltic state.

Go local to counter the negative effects of globalization

Economics of Happiness speakers

The world needs an ‘economics of happiness’ to guarantee human and ecological sustainability at the local and global levels. This was the message from speakers at a forum on The Economics of Happiness held in London on 14 September. Economic activity needed to move from the disruptions caused by globalization towards ‘localization’, supporting local communities, they said. Localisation meant fostering and investing in local communities as a key to the world’s ecological, financial and social sustainability.

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