How environmental progress came from an unexpected source in India

You might be forgiven for missing the news that one of the most progressive emissions policies in the world was just enacted in India. After all, India is home to 14 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities. But, as Content Director Deepali Srivastava writes in her article for Next City, the nation just adopted stringent regulations governing the sulfur content of fuel and the automotive engines that burn it. The real story, she points out, is how the policy got enacted. For it wasn’t progressive legislators, the strong arm of the executive branch, forward-looking companies or charismatic activists who …
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10 questions on how thought leadership builds brands

Managing Director Sophie Lambin recently took part in a roundtable* for Brandingmag. They quickly got into the nuances of thought leadership that only experienced practioners would know. “Ultimately,” Sophie stressed, “thought leadership is only as good as the action it instigates, and organisations should move away from content for the sake of clicks, and produce content that has an impact.” Check out the roundtable here, where they cover off 10 key questions: How do you define thought leadership today? What qualifies an overall organization as being an industry thought leader? How important is it for top executives to be perceived …
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How can communications boost sustainability programmes?

by Sophie Lambin and Larry Yu In June, the United States announced it would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. In response, US businesses from ExxonMobil to Microsoft reiterated their support for the accord. When government retreats from global challenges, can business save the world? Corporate leaders are taking that responsibility seriously. For the past few years, chief executives and other top corporate leaders globally have identified sustainability as a top global challenge or even a perennial strategic challenge, in the Conference Board’s CEO Challenge Survey. But even as companies execute their sustainability efforts, they aren’t communicating them effectively. A …
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Writing is fundamental…to social change

We’re not work automatons here at Kite Global Advisors. Far from it. Our non-working hours are filled with family, fun and…writing workshops for youth. To wit, Content Director Deepali Srivastava facilitated a series of creative writing workshops for the Ethics for Children program of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, with the laudable goal of encouraging civic engagement among children. Check out her post here, because all work and no play…

Whither the war on white-collar crime?

Just when America’s get-tough-on-white-collar crime prosecutions were beginning to pick up steam, Content Director Deepali Srivastava writes, new uncertainties are gumming up the works. Will the new administration double-down on its “crime doesn’t pay” narrative? Or will the push to deregulate corporate America give fraudsters free rein? Check out her new Forbes column to find out.

What is thought leadership?

As a thought leadership consulting firm, the one question that always comes up, with varying degrees of irony, is: “What is ‘thought leadership?’” So glad you asked. Thought leadership has come a long way since it was principally the domain of consulting firms eager to deepen their relationships with clients. The practice has matured and we’ve advanced our understanding of what thought leadership means. Here’s how we define it: Thought leadership is the practice of generating novel, evidence-based ideas on issues that are intertwined with an organization’s brand. It reflects an awareness of how those issues affect the broader environment …
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Dateline: Davos

Every January, we send a team to Davos, but this year seemed different. Anticipation for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting was heightened, even among the Davos faithful. As Gillian Tett, the Financial Times’s US Managing Editor, wrote in Foreign Policy, “While previous reports of Davos Man’s death have been greatly exaggerated, a revolution is now brewing against his rosy ideals — a revolt that is likely to spread in 2017 and send shock waves through the global economy.” How would Davos attendees respond to widening trust gaps and populist ballot box surprises, the public wondered. Or, as Tett put …
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Business leaders in the mind field

A few years ago, you’d have been laughed out of the CEO’s office had you suggested daily meditation sessions. Now, some of the most successful names in business are full-throated advocates for mindfulness. We explored the business case for contemplative practice at a Davos panel this year, co-hosted with Mind & Life Europe. Suffice to say: minds were blown. Managing Director Sophie Lambin writes more about it in her LinkedIn column.