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What is the purpose of a business?

Purpose and valueIf you are a registered company then you probably know this straight away, right? Purpose is likely to have been written into your Objectives in your Memorandum and Articles of Association. So, can you confidently recite them to your employees today? Not many people could. I mean, those were likely written years ago …

Letter from Defra to CIEEM regarding ecological and environmental professionals

Following direct contact with Defra, CIEEM received this letter regarding ecological and environmental professionals continuing to work during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Ecologists and environmental professionals should therefore be able to continue with outdoor work, including ecological surveying and supervision, where they can continue to follow Public Health England guidelines. Detailed advice for outdoor work …

How keeping a journal now can help you and your business ten years on!

Keeping a journal of what you are doing or experiencing right now could help you become a better business leader.   Just think about how much you have achieved over the past few weeks. It’s literally been life changing. Never before, and we hope never again, have we faced such drastic changes to the way …

Why relaying bad news is good for business

We all understand how important communication is, especially at a time like this. We need to be informed about what is going on. We need to hear the bad news, and how its might affect us, as much as good news. And so do your employees, suppliers, subcontractors, clients and customers. So, have you effectively …

Ensuring your ecological business is fully prepared, with 9 key points to consider

1. Coordinate your responseConsider setting up a dedicated team to take responsibility for assessing and managing the potential impact of Covid-19 (and the steps put in place by relevant Governments and authorities to deal with it). Ensure that the team, where relevant:Has representatives from support functions including HR, IT, purchasing, procurement, security and legal and …

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COVID-19 Job retention scheme

Following the announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Government has now released much anticipated information about how the scheme will work. Click here for a link to the guidance. Some of the key points from the guidance are as follows: About the scheme Open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme …

Will the COVID-19 pandemic give us a new perspective on what a climate crisis is?

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatically different to the repeated scientific warnings about the climate crisis from organisations, companies and groups, such as Extinction Rebellion. Those that declared climate emergencies throughout 2019 and 2020 have so far enacted nothing like the scale and speed of action to limit the spread of coronavirus. …

Core Values

Patrick Lencioni’s 2002 article entitled “Make your values mean something”, it begins with a statement of the following corporate values: communication, respect, integrity, and excellence. These are the meaningless values stated in Enron’s 2000 annual report. Most value statements, according to Lencioni, create cynical employees, alienate customers and undermine management’s credibility. To develop a meaningful …

Five ways to introduce a social or environmental mission into your business

Looking to introduce a social or environmental mission into your existing business? Here are five ways that may kick-start your purpose-led business. 1. ESTABLISH YOUR VALUES Start with Why! “Values are the foundation of any company’s culture,” says Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway. “What are your beliefs? What are the attitudes that you bring to your business? How …