Cobalt: the dark side of a clean future

An estimated 35,000 children work in perilous conditions to extract cobalt from the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So what will the impact be on these exploited workers from rapid advances in electric cars, which are heavily reliant on this conflict mineral?

Corporate purpose requires a mindset shift

A business's purpose must be core to its commercial offering, but requires company-wide transformation to deliver impact

Is fashion manufacturing coming home?

Rapid globalisation and complex supply chains mean brands have hitherto largely relied on production overseas, where labour is often cheaper and economies of scale have enabled strong expansion. But in light of Brexit and its potential impact on global trade and workforces, the reindustrialisation of Britain, for the textiles industry at least, could prove attractive to many domestic brands

How to tackle conflict of interest

activists campaigning against Goldman Sachs conflict of interest

Balancing sometimes personal business relationships and an ethical approach to procurement demands transparency

Savvy consumers call out unethical beauty brands

animal testing protest illustration

Misleading claims and confusion have the potential to damage beauty brands that are not completely honest and transparent about their ethical credentials

Keeping social media ethical

New research from The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), carried out by YouGov and Bloomberg, explores the path to positive engagement between consumers and brands on social media, and the priorities for businesses. Thomas Brown, director of strategy and insights at CIM, explains