As each year, autumn marks the beginning of the academic term in the Northern Hemisphere. Students, professors and staff are back in campus. Courses start again. The active intellectual and social life of our schools renews.
Moreover, with this new beginning comes the 11th Edition of the CoBS Global Voice. Perhaps this special issue is timelier than ever, as it coincides with the latest surge in interest and events surrounding CSR and Sustainability. Among others, the recent statement of the Business Roundtable, stating that “each of our stakeholders is essential”. Being that the BR represents many of the largest corporations in the US, this unprecedented declaration might set the end of the discourse on the sole focus on shareholder value. In a wider sense, there is an increased awareness worldwide about climate change and the consequent urge for concrete action. As climate change a planetary challenge, it is clear that it has to be addressed at a global level. Indeed, it is also clear that companies have to take a major role in this effort for saving the global climate.
Consequently, this new edition of the Global Voice brings you a new collection of already-published and new research-based articles, all of them proposing practical, “actionable” elements for managers, students, and colleagues at large. Collectively, these articles show both the vitality of the CoBS research community and its commitment to the Common Good. We have a section on “Management & Leadership”, featuring articles on leadership ethics, employee wellbeing, leadership and sustainability, among others. We also include a section on “Business & Workplace Practices” with articles on whistleblowing, talent management and sustainable investing. As a novelty, this new edition brings also a new feature on “Innovation in Business Education”, where best practices for CSR-related teaching at several CoBS schools are highlighted.
Once again, Global Voice helps to contribute to the much needed debate and discussion on CSR and Sustainability with the dissemination of rigorous, peer-reviewed research carried out by our colleagues at the CoBS-affiliated schools. We strongly believe that science has a role in shaping, inspiring and improving social dialogue around CSR/Sustainability issues. We are thus happy to share this up-to-date knowledge with you, our dear reader, in the hope of bringing inspiration and new ideas.
Kind regards and enjoy your reading!
Professor Adrian Zicari,
Executive Director, Council on Business & Society
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