News from the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business

Mousetrapped by COVID-19


Nicholas Bailey, research fellow and actor, speaks about his experiences performing in the theatre during COVID19.

Why Earth Day needs good accountants

Earth Day is an ideal moment to reflect on the state of the planet. We can take stock of where we are, measure how things have changed – for better and worse – and plan for the future.

Giki Zero: live more sustainably

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Most of us want to live more sustainably and are increasingly aware that our current levels of consumption have harmful environmental and social consequences.

Can you trust your teams?

Mark NK Saunders, associate of the Centre, discusses trust within the workplace and lockdown working in a podcast with Birmingham Chambers.

If not CSR, What?

Much of what passes as Corporate Social Responsibility or 'CSR' is superficial, short term and optional rather than representing the strategic reaffirmation of a company's mission.

CSR? No thanks.

When you hear the phrase 'Corporate Social Responsibility', what do you think of? The three most common interpretations of the phrase are so varied in meaning that the words have lost the right to validity.

Black Lives Matter: A movement or a moment?

By Nicholas Bailey (Birmingham Business School and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business) and Professor Nando Sigona (School of Social Policy and Director of IRiS)

How to pay for the (COVID-19) war

By Professor Andy Mullineux, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Department of Finance.

Working for a Responsible Future: One Year On

Read the latest PRME report, featuring progress on goals set in 2019, the ongoing work of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business and the launch of the first Responsible Business Academic Symposium.

Professor Fred Wherry: Credit where it's due

Professor Wherry visits the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business to talk through his new book 'Credit Where It's Due: Rethinking Financial Citizenship'.

Why offer progressive leave policies?

Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett, experts in the Shared Parental Leave policy, explain why progressive parenting policies in the workplace produce incredible benefits for both employees and employers.

Developing CSR – BAM workshop


In March, the lovely city of Dublin played host to the British Academy of Management (BAM) to run a workshop discussing future developments in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Ted Baker: trying it on?

By Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow in HRM, Department of Management and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business.

Is recycling crisp packets enough for Walkers to become a responsible business?

Dr Roshan Boojihawon writes: After its recent decision to make recyclable crisp packets in response to mounting pressure from its consumers, Walkers seems to have become known as the 'responsible' crisp manufacturer. Although some see this as a responsible move, I would argue otherwise.

Brexit and the City: implications for EU capital markets

Professor of Financial Economics Andrew Mullineux writes: Financial institutions are preparing for Brexit by opening and moving staff to offices in EU cities. We can expect to see this trend continue, in which case, what are the post-Brexit prospects for London as a financial centre?

Launch of the Mayor's Mentors scheme

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The important joint venture between the University of Birmingham's College of Social Sciences, the West Midlands Combined Authority and Lloyds Banking Group has been launched as part of a commitment to wellbeing.

Staying stable in a world of financial uncertainty

Radman Selmic, Research Fellow: "Better education and support to clients who need it, a collective demand for transparency in finance, and improved distribution of information to clients are all needed to enhance the level of financial capability across the UK."

Biodiversity in your shopping bag

Dr Delphine Gibassier and Dr Nana O.Bonsu of the Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham, explain why biodiversity is so important and why it's vital for children to learn about the impact they and others are having on wildlife conservation practices.

The Walt Disney Company: From 1920 to today's spotlight on progressiveness

Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow at the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business: "It is indisputable that, since its humble beginnings in the 1920s, The Walt Disney Company has become one of the most influential businesses and largest media conglomerates in the entertainment world."

The Birmingham Project: Responsible Business challenge success

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The Birmingham Project is an exciting opportunity for first year undergraduates to tackle a 'real world' problem. This year saw the introduction of a 'responsible business' topic, an area of growing prominence in the business and academic world.

The last straw – why Wimbledon has fallen out of love with plastic


Professor Delphine Gibassier (Senior Research Fellow, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business): "As plastic became the environmental hot topic in 2018, it's no surprise that companies and organisations such as Wimbledon rallied behind the cause, drifting from their plastic-dependency."

Chocolate, Fairtrade and Responsible Business


Nana O Bonsu (Research Fellow, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business) writes: "Fairtrade's success as a business exemplifies how responsible business practices can be combined with economic goals to create a trustworthy and socially-responsible brand."

Is corporate wellness an indicator of responsible business?

Dr Geraint Harvey (Senior Lecturer in HRM and Industrial Relations) writes: "...scholars have called for businesses to not focus on new health initiatives, but on more established aspects of human resource management that give workers the tools to live healthier lives.."

Fact or fake?

Professor Mark Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, writes: "Whilst most claims are based on good research, the increase of fake news means that it is important to look carefully rather than accept them at face value."

Where's dad?

Dr Holly Birkett, (Lecturer in Organisational Studies) and Dr Sarah Forbes (Lecturer in Marketing) write: " An increase in the uptake of shared parental leave (SPL) could lead to strengthened family bonds, improved child development and increased workplace involvement for mothers."

Birmingham Business School to help celebrate Responsible Business Week


At the University of Birmingham, we're delighted to be taking part in Responsible Business Week (Monday 23 April to Friday 27 April 2018). The campaign, led by Business in the Community (BITC), celebrates the brighter side of business by sharing success stories of how businesses of all sizes are making a difference to people's lives, the community and the environment.

The value of responsible leadership

Centre Director Ian Thomson writes in Business Voice about how academics at Birmingham are working with firms to explore what needs to change to drive more responsible business.

REBA funding update

We've received a hugely impressive set of research initiatives and will be announcing the recipients of the awards very shortly.

Health and Happiness workshop - a report


Hosted by the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, this workshop utilised the expertise of University of Birmingham researchers and associated organisations to investigate the importance of happiness as part of an ongoing conversation about mental health and wellbeing within the workplace.

Inspiring Trust in Business – A Responsible Business Perspective

Researchers in Birmingham Business School and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business have investigated and continue to research trust in business in its many manifestations. In this short blog, Professor Ian Thomson summarises some of these findings and work-in-progress.