VW’s smoke and mirrors

The German car giant Volkswagen (VW) is in crisis. In a scandal labelled “diesel dupe”, the world’s largest automaker has admitted that it rigged diesel vehicles in the US to pass emissions tests in the lab. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some VW diesel cars sold in America had devices that could detect when they were being tested, and then change the engine performance to improve emission results. Once on the road, the engines switched back from ...

Corporate social responsibility, social enterprise and philanthropy

The IB provides a distinct educational qualification, which rests on a strong philosophy related to the Learner Profile attributes. IB Learners strive to be inquirers knowledgeable thinkers communicators principled open-minded caring risk-takers balanced reflective As IB teachers we need to consider how best to represent these attributes within our subject. The aims of the business and management course at HL and SL are to: promote the importance of exploring business issues from different cultural perspectives encourage a holistic view of the world ...

CSR or a sticking plaster?

This month, the UK government announced its ‘responsibility deal’ to encourage healthier lifestyles in England.  More than 170 companies have put their names to a series of pledges covering physical activity, alcohol, health at work and food. There were a total of 19 core pledges agreed, such as the introduction of calorie counts on menus in cafés and restaurants like McDonald's and KFC. Seven major supermarkets and a number of drink manufacturers have promised to increase the proportion of drinks ...

The battle for Arctic riches heats up

In recent posts I have identified the growing issues of declining energy reserves and those countries and firms seeking to protect their self-interests. Clearly, the oil industry is facing uncertain times, not just in terms of the declining reserves, but also in light of rapidly changing technologies and expectations in terms of the environment. The state of oil production is beginning to cause alarm. Oil production peaked during 2006 with global oil production from mature oil fields now declining at a ...