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A visionary global alliance founded in 2011, the  Council on Business & Society engages faculty, students, business leaders, practitioners, NGOs and policy-makers to explore how business can positively contribute to society and the common good.

The Council posts weekly insight articles via the CoBS Insights blog from leading faculty members of each of the Council's schools as well as giving the spotlight to its students, readers, and practitioners. Join the community, share your opinions, and gain access to CSR developments in the fields of responsible leadership, HR, sustainability, diversity, entrepreneurship, SocEnt, sustainable finance, ethics, employee well-being, healthcare, marketing, public policy, management, economics, governance, philanthropy and CSR reporting. 

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Social Accounting: Measuring sustainability. Putting a value to the impact people and their organisations have is not an easy task. Prof Adrián Zicari, ESSEC Business School, looks at the many merits and a few limitations of social accounting.

HR Management in Small Firms: How external financing shapes it. Profs. Professors Sinéad MonaghanMartha O’Hagan-Luff and Francesca Di Pietro, Trinity Business School, share their research findings.

What is social accounting? What is sustainable accounting? How can a company report on its sustainability activities? What is CSR?
How do the human resource management practices of small, entrepreneurial firms develop following external financing? Professors Sinéad Monaghan, Martha O’Hagan-Luff and Francesca Di Pietro, Trinity Business School, share their research findings.

Into the Lives of Women Entrepreneurs in Brazil. A CoBS Insight article by Profs. Tales Andreassi, Maria José Tonelli, FGV-EAESP.

Work-Life Balance: Mirroring what you saw your parents do. Prof. Ioana Lupu, ESSEC Business School, tackles the work-life balance question through a new lens – the influence of our parents on our beliefs and working behaviours.   

Professor and Deputy-Dean Tales Andreassi, FGV-EAESP, with fellow researchers Vânia Maria Jorge Nassif, University of Sao Paulo, and Professor Maria José Tonelli,FGV-EAESP, share results from their critical incident-based research* into women entrepreneurs. What impacts them behind their business veneer and how do they cope with it?
Ever wondered why you still overwork despite labour laws, corporate wellness schemes, employee reps and a caring boss? Prof. Ioana Lupu, ESSEC Business School, tackles the work-life balance question through a new lens – the influence of our parents on our beliefs and working behaviours.

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Ethics & Compliance Management in Firms: How to make it effective. A CoBS Research Pod by Prof. Qinqin  Zheng, , School of Management Fudan University.

The Making of a good business school: Distinguishing purpose from profit. A CoBS Insight article for practitioners by Prof. Tanusree Jain, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin.  

like other activities under the CSR umbrella, Ethics & Compliance Management is largely undertaken on a voluntary basis. This leads firms to either adopt Ethics & Compliance Management or both adopt and implement it.    So what pushes a company to simply adopt and what are the pros and cons in this approach? On the other hand, why do firms decide to implement ECM and how can they make it truly effective?

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