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A study by the Apicil Chair in Health and Work Performance at EM Lyon business school highlights the link between chronic pain and engagement in work. Nopphon_1987/Shutterstock

Chronic pain, a silent yet devastating disease in the workplace

A new study shows that stress, fatigue, and even feelings of injustice are felt more strongly by those who have been suffering from chronic pain for three or more months.
Gandhi had a lot to say about how business leaders should behave. AP Photo/James A. Mills

What Gandhi believed is the purpose of a corporation

Although Gandhi is best known for expelling the British from India and inspiring the likes of King and Mandela, he also wrote a lot about the behavior of good business leaders.
‘#Unapologetic’ the new campaign by Matell wants to portray Barbie as a doll telling women and girls they can be anything they want with a focus on entrepreneurship. Takethelead

Feminism washing: are multinationals really empowering women?

Contradictions abound as companies seek to style themselves as advancing gender equality while at the same time marketing sexist products or thriving on sexist employment practices.
Do social enterprises come to view profit as more important than their original mission? New research suggests they don’t, and the cause remains a key component of their success. Kat Yukawa/Unsplash

How non-profits can use business as a force for good

New research suggests that non-profits tempted by the social enterprise model do not necessarily lose sight of their social mission in favour of profits. In fact, the opposite is true.
Ambiguity of the transformation rules made it possible for mining companies to renege on their commitments. Shutterstock

Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

A lesson from the 2012 massacre of mineworkers is the need for government to retain its role as primary governance agent, enforcing clear rules and ensuring the provision of public goods and services.
Zara says it will only use sustainable textiles in the future to do its part in the climate crisis. This image is from a Zara shop in Singapore, 2019. Shutterstock

Fast fashion lies: Will they really change their ways in a climate crisis?

Zara, a fast-fashion clothing company, recently pledged to produce its line using only sustainable textiles. But it is not enough to curb the company's significant impact on climate change.
Heading for failure: shifting the burden of social development programs to business enterprises may prove to be a huge mistake by India’s national government. Shutterstock

India’s grand experiment in corporate social responsibility is heading for trouble

India requires large enterprises to spend 2% of their profits on corporate social responsibility projects. It's a bold idea, but looks doomed to fail.
In a survey of 1,000 Australians, 35.4% agreed banking and financial institutions show ‘no leadership for the greater good’. Shutterstock

One-third of Australians think banks do nothing for the greater public good

More than a third (35.4%) of respondents surveyed by the Australian Leadership Index believe banking and financial institutions show "no leadership for the greater good".
Does the new #MeToo-inspired Gillette ad for men’s razors represent a cultural shift in ads directed at men? Here’s a still from the new ad. Gillette/Procter & Gamble

Gillette’s #MeToo-inspired ad represents a cultural shift

The new #MeToo-inspired Gillette ad for men's razors has attracted some negative attention from men. Is the ad aimed at men or women? If men, does it represent a cultural shift in ads for men?

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