Mega risks and disasters – a resilient company will get back on track faster

Businesses are increasingly expected to prepare for, and manage the effects of major disasters and they play an integral role in disaster risk mitigation and recovery. We produced a blog for 6-Group on what businesses should be doing to ensure they are resilient and therefore become partners of choice for their customers if disaster strikes. Photo,… Read More

Oxfam – work begins on ensuring a permanent fix for the aid sector

Since allegations emerged of aid workers participating in sex parties in disaster-stricken Haiti, Oxfam has been fighting a rear-guard action.   It’s looked like an organization that was wrong-footed from the outset, never regained the initiative and is struggling to use its undoubtedly noble values as a defence for the defenceless. This is doubly ironic,… Read More

The Presidents Club: the sound of British businessmen in five-speed reverse

20-20 hindsight is a great thing… Bear with me on this, because the fallout from this dinner is a great crisis, business ethics and risk management case study. Case study scenario: Bosses of company X are invited by supplier Y to a charity dinner as their guests where they will be treated to entertainment costing… Read More

Carillion, the government and when someone else’s problem becomes yours

The situation with Carillion seems to support the old adage: “If you owe the bank £100, it’s your problem, if you own the bank £10m it’s the bank’s problem.” In this case, last week’s theoretical, but realistic prospect of the melt-down of Carillion looked like the banks, bondholders and shareholders would have a problem, but… Read More

Toby Young, tweets and the challenge of hiring the right people

By early Tuesday morning, the name ‘Toby Young’ had been trending on Twitter with nearly 50,000 tweets. The outraged Twitterati were celebrating that their pressure on the government had resulted in Young falling on his sword. And this, despite earlier support from the PM and senior government ministers, like the Johnson brothers. Just days earlier,… Read More