Knowledge network

ebbf research offers insight on a range of topics.

Capacity Building and Accompaniment

A first research document on what drives ebbf’s vision: accompanying mindful people to explore how they can contribute to a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilisation through their work, by Nabil Elias

Capacity building involves empowering individuals to participate in a purposeful collective effort. Accompaniment invites and supports individuals into expandable teams that humbly traverse uncharted paths of learning and serving together. Corporations and not-for-profit organizations alike can apply this process to transform the organization and its trajectory towards solving complex issues.

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Consultative Decision Making

An insight into one of the core values of the ebbf, by Gary Reusche

Authoritative approaches to management are no longer appropriate in knowledge and service based companies. Consultative decision making, one of the core values of ebbf, is described in this new statement produced by ebbf member, Gary Reusche. This approach seeks participation and consensus in making decisions and unity in their execution. Drawing on the collective intelligence of those involved inspires better decisions and more effective implementation.

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Partnership between women and men – source of competitive advantage in global economy

An excellent statement offering new points of view, ideas and resources to help make the most of the opportunity to create enterprises and organisations able to fully harness the potential of both genders.

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Ethical finance

The financial community has a pivotal role to play in addressing global social, environmental and governance challenges.

Financial institutions are critical to the adoption of more responsible business practices, in their own internal operations and in applying similar practices in their investments and services to their clients. This statement describes the multiple facets of ethical finance, the principle actors involved and the drive to engage financial institutions and corporations in more responsible practices through a combination of socially responsible investment, sustainability reporting, pressures from international institutions and microcredit operations.

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Corruption and bribery – fighting to restore trust

Exploring the current scale of corruption and bribery and the efforts by governments and the business community to deal with it.

Produced by Jean Pierre Méan, this statement authoritatively covers the extent of corruption, its causes and consequences, its geographical and sectoral spread and existing legislative instruments – as well as business initiatives – to combat it.

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The role of business in promoting human rights

Are you looking for ways in which you and your business can help to promote human rights? This statement sets out the business case and the values-based reasons for pursuing this important goal.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the foundation of international human rights law, the first universal statement on the basic principles of inalienable human right and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

On December 10, 2008 the world celebrated the 60th anniversary of the signing of this Declaration.

This statement emphasises the living document’s enduring relevance and universality and they way in which business can influence its implementation.

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Social entrepreneurship

A comprehensive guide introducing social entrepreneurship and guiding your first steps in this area.

Social entrepreneurship is a dynamic process that incorporates a viable business model with a sound social mission. It generally focuses more on adding social value than economic value.

This statement provides a guide on starting or developing as a social entrepreneur. It also provides a unique insight into this recent phenomenon which is capturing the interest and talents of a new generation of MBA students, both in Europe and in North America, as well as in emerging economies such as India.

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Sustainable development

A wide-ranging statement reviewing the concept of sustainable development, its ethical implications and the challenges and opportunities for companies in becoming more sustainable.

The statement comprises an excellent powerpoint presentation, together with supporting documents explaining each bullet-point that can be used and modified for various audiences.

It also includes a downloadable link to ebbf publication ‘The Challenge of Sustainable Development and Prosperity’ by Arthur Dahl, plus an extensive bibliography and list of links to other sources of information on this subject.

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CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility

A statement on CSR – a subject of rich debate among business leaders, academics, NGO’s and public sector officials.

Once completed, this statement will define some of the major issues in CSR and will discuss the business case for adopting responsible practices.

At present, it offers a powerpoint presentation on ‘An Introduction to CSR’, an extensive bibliography and lists of relevant organisations and websites.

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