The Great Debate UK

The added value of the MBA in promoting sustainability



-Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke is the founder of Women’s Worldwide Web – an online charitable organisation designed to help empower women with access to micro-finance loans, education, mentoring and networking. The opinions expressed are her own.-

“To reach a tipping point towards a new era of sustainability”: this is the urgent goal of the business, government and civil society leaders who convened in New York City for the recent U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit.

In its effort to mobilize the global corporate community around the values and best practices of corporate responsibility, this gathering could not have been more timely.

The world is still suffering the fallout of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.  In addition to wreaking far-reaching damage in high-income countries, the financial crisis has had an egregious effect on child and maternal health, gender equality, access to clean water, disease control, and hunger levels worldwide.

Steve Tappin on what makes a CEO tick



Being a CEO should be one of the best jobs in the world, argue the authors of a new book.

“It offers the chance to make a real difference,” Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave write in The New Secrets of CEOs: 200 Global Chief Executives on Leading.

International crises and the value of Global System Dynamics



-Lord Julian Hunt is a Visiting Professor at Delft University of Technology. The opinions expressed are his own.-

In their different ways, the disruption and damage caused by the ongoing Icelandic Volcano eruption, and the major oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, have underlined how low-probability events can wreak havoc locally and across the world.

BP Gulf of Mexico crisis will transform the oil industry



-Kees Willemse is professor of off-shore engineering, Delft University.  The opinions expressed are his own.-

The news that a huge metal cap has been successfully placed over several of the leaking oil vents at the Deepwater Horizon site marks a potential turning point in the Gulf of Mexico crisis.

from Breakingviews:

BP’s Gulf fiasco makes it vulnerable to a takeover

By Rob Cox and Christopher Swann

Eventually, BP will definitively stop the flow of oil from its deepwater mishap in the Gulf of Mexico. That's when the autopsy will begin in earnest. But if the information dribbling into the public domain proves correct, the British energy giant will be a weakened creature -- so weak it will be vulnerable to a takeover.

Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil are almost certainly running the numbers. Governments ought to be plotting their strategy, too.

How much damage will the BP oil spill cause?

-Kees Willemse is professor of offshore engineering at Delft University. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Last month’s explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig continues to result in the leakage of an estimated 200,000 gallons (910,000 litres) of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day.