Discussion Our favourite stories this week December 10th-16th 2018

by Michael Wise _______16th December 2018

Dear Readers,

Here are a few articles published in the last few days that address issues – such as sustainability, tech and AI , investment, corporate governance, mental health, financial inclusion, business and community, and leadership – that Tomorrow’s Company thinks business should seek to fully engage with if it is truly to become a force for good in society.


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Profound changes are happening across all sectors in the field of AI. They will lead to upheaval not mere disruption https://hbr.org/2018/12/why-companies-that-wait-to-adopt-ai-may-never-catch-up?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=hbr

‘FRC corporate governance code is “start of a journey”, not a diktat’ https://www.ft.com/content/0678a054-fa20-11e8-8b7c-6fa24bd5409c

“The North is a place of opportunity…so give us the investment, give us the powers that we need to make the most of that”. Sarah Longlands discusses the IPPR’s recent State of the North report on BBC Sunday Politics https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bt704b/sunday-politics-north-west-09122018

From BBC News The blind woman developing tech for the good of others https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46258339

Thames Water show how an integrated sustainability strategy can reshape a business whilst it gets brownie points for ticking ESG boxes. These moves come on the back of big infrastructure spend and it looks like chairman Ian Marchant is forging a new direction https://www.euromoney.com/article/b1c5z8pp3v9gxw/esg-thames-water-puts-its-money-where-its-mouth-is#.XA5NIjC42d0.twitter

Opinion: Unilever’s Paul Polman was a standout CEO of the past decade – Michael Skapinker writes https://on.ft.com/2RShSN2

Tomorrow’s Company CEO Norman Pickavance wrote about Morning Star in his book ‘The Reconnected Leader’. The interest now lies in what difference this kind of organisation design makes to individual organisation and societal health https://corporate-rebels.com/morning-star/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare

Listen to young leaders discuss the future of work, leadership and purpose with the CEOs of Unilever, Michelin and Engie, in a Financial Times podcast recorded at this year’s Global Drucker Forum https://www.ft.com/work-careers-podcast or https://play.acast.com/s/ft-management

From the FT’s Martin Wolf: ‘Reluctantly, I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is substantially broken. This is not to argue for the abandonment of the market economy, but for better companies and more competition’ https://www.ft.com/content/786144bc-fc93-11e8-ac00-57a2a826423e

Work is impacting the nation’s health. Numbers of people are getting signed off sick with mental health issues rising by over half a million. This is an epidemic and needs joined-up action https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/health-46443379?__twitter_impression=true

“The constant lack of time prevents you from developing any sort of bond with the ‘service user’ (itself a cold term for another human being)”: Our shameful social care crisis https://unherd.com/2018/12/our-shameful-social-care-crisis/?=sideshare