Corporate and Social Responsibility

Most of Paul's career has been in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arena. The articles found in this section are from his work at Article 13 Ltd. Whilst still at WWF, Paul helped establish Article 13 Ltd and was a non-executive director. He then became a full-time director at the consultancy for four years, before reverting back to a non-exec director role when he joined Bovis Lend Lease in 2007.

Whilst at Article 13, Paul worked with government and blue chip companies, such as Severn Trent and the Royal Mail Group, to improve corporate governance and their CSR programmes which included ethical, social and environment issues. He helped the consultancy win new contracts, advised clients, and implemented its PR strategy, helping to establish the consultancy's brand and reputation.  

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Responding to climate change can offer innovation and business oportunities

sustain_in-the-city_2006_careful-climate-care1 Paul wrote this article in 2006 for Sustain magazine. It was published at a time, when finally the world was waking up to the potential dangers of climate change and companies were starting to innovate and provide solutions. In 2006, wind and solar farms were not established features of our coastline and countryside, nor was flooding as frequent. Resilience was not on the radar, fast forward a decade and progress has been made, but there is plenty still to ...
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Act now to future-proof against future climate change, poverty and energy security.

open-democracy-climate-change-and-poverty-6-6-05 In 2005, Paul was asked by the British Council to support the UK government's presidency of the EU and the G8 and promote the issue of climate change. This article explored how UK businesses were beginning to take climate change seriously and work on a range of opportunities to combat climate change and poverty.Interestingly back in 2005 Paul talks about the carbon bubble, the fact that even if carbon emissions were kept at 2005 levels climate change impacts would ...
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Role and skill set of the corporate sustainability officer

dr-paul-toyne-gacso-role-of-sd-practitioner-may-2011 Authored by full-time sustainability practitioners and Paul, this is the first publication of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers. It outlines the role and skill set required ...
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A decade later these CSR/sustainability issues have not gone away and are ever more business critical!

sustain_csr-magazine_in-your-hands-1 In this article Paul wrote in 2005, he explored, through case studies, how some companies were responding to global challenges of climate change, water and energy security. A decade later these issues have not gone away and are ever more business critical! ...
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Global environmental governance and climate change

climate-change-and-environmental-governance Alice Owen and Paul Toyne wrote the second paragraph (below) of the summary of this paper back in 2004. The question has still not been fully answered although ofcourse some nation's have started to both mitigate and adapt to climate change and ratification of the Paris Agreement is progress too. "Reversing the change to the world’s climate that has resulted as a consequence of man’s actions in the last 100 years will take many decades. It is likely that ...
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The origins of CSR – in reality it was sustainable development version1

critical-eye-march-2004 Paul Toyne's article for Critical Eye in 20o4 looked at Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Exploring whether CSR was  emerging as a critical business issue as organisations recognise how their behaviour can influence how attractive they are to, amongst others, investors and the job market. So just what is CSR? Where did it come from? Why does it matter? Is it a strategic imperative? Fast-forward to today and the approach taken, and in Paul's view, it has broadened for the ...
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How to implement CSR strategies and report progress

hrthoroughlyresponsibleoct In this article, published in 2006, Paul provides advice to the HR community on how to get started in CSR.  It was written at a time when CSR was commonly managed by either the Human Resource or Marketing and Communications Departments. Some top tips provided by Paul included answering the following questions: Why are you bothering to do it? What issues really matter to the business and why? Who needs to be involved? How best to manage it and ...
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How can CSR help manage business risk – published in European CSR 2005

article-13-european-ceo_2005 How CSR can help businesses manage risk was the subject of Paul's 2005 article for European CEO. In it Paul's argues for the need for companies to consider risks such as supply chain, talent retention and how CSR can help mitigate ...
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CSR in an Asian context: ethics, values, corporate governance and leadership!

hrm-singapore-crs HRM Singapore asked Paul to write an article for their readership of human resources managers to help explain CSR and what it means to them and their businesses. Much of the content of this article stills stands today! Values and accountability not just within a business but the whole supply chain, and the importance of effective leadership and good corporate governance were explored by Paul, and today they still cannot be overstated! ...
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How the construction industry viewed Bovis Lend Lease’s FSC only policy

cn_26jun08_paultoyne_timber_supplychain In a keynote speech at a Construction News sustainable supply chains conference Paul outlined Bovis Lend Lease's procurement strategy to only procure timber and wood products that had Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody. Here is how it was reported by CN. Lend Lease led the industry in tackling issues over the provenance of imported timber. No forest management accreditation system is without its critics but today FSC remains the "gold standard", and without a doubt standards all over ...
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