Spotting GreenWash

As published in FM World We are all wary of false claims for products.  This is true everywhere but it is especially galling in the environmental field where doing it right or simply offering GreenWash can mean the difference between more or less damage to our incredible planet. There are two types of GreenWash:  blatant […]

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Are big companies going CSR lite?

As published on Guardian Social Enterprise Blog Last week I was asked to speak about corporate social responsibility at a business conference in theMidlands. The invite came at a good time as I’ve been wanting to investigate the watering down of CSR which seems to have quietly continued since the global recession. Is it down […]

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Small businesses and social enterprises are the life blood of the communityDon’t crowd out SME’s

Small businesses and social enterprises are the life blood of the communityDon’t crowd out SME’s. by Colin Crooks The government’s ambition to innovate in public services and to create 2 million jobs in the private sector over the next 3-4 years implies a great opportunity for SME’s to grow.  Looking deeper though I am sceptical […]

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Understanding End of Life Management

As published by FM World There are many factors to consider when purchasing. Juggling these conflicting criteria can be a real challenge.  Clearly cost is a major factor along with quality, compatibility, and increasingly the environmental credentials of the manufacturer. In recent years the disposal of the old equipment has been included. Very rarely though […]

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Transformative nature of Reuse

Social Firms Conference Report Green-Works’ CEO Colin Crooks started the For What it’s Worth seminar on recycling by taking off his wedding ring. He held up the five grammes of white gold and said that its production had required “33 tonnes of ore to be extracted from the ground which was then soaked in cyanide […]

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Business and the Big Society

Published in the OFAS Newsletter (Office Furniture Advisory Service) When, a few weeks ago, David Cameron gave a positive response to a question in Parliament about putting deposits on bottled drinks he sparked a tremendous debate.  Overwhelmingly, the public responded favourably and passionately.   They picked up the idea and it rapidly moved on from just […]

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Persuasive Environmental Strategy

Published in FM World I’m just back from Portugal where I had a great time – thank you.  As is my want I took loads of photos over there and I’m really pleased with how they came out.  In some I’m pleased with the composition in others how I’ve caught the light.  But when I […]

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Social Future Of Commercial Waste

As published in               Fresh Business Thinking Saving money and helping society is an unlikely combination, but if you take the new waste regulations seriously you could find yourself doing just that. It’s not often businesses get the chance comply with regulations whilst reducing costs and improving CSR, so the policy is definitely worth a look. […]

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Attracting the big fish and creating a community asset

As published on the Guardian “social enterprise” website Looking back over the ten years since I started Green-Works I’ve had a chance to reflect both on what we’ve achieved and what’s still left to do. In the beginning we saw that office furniture was being discarded by large commercial and government organisations on an enormous […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility; Solid partners or Fair Weather friends?

Fair-weather Friends? by Colin Crooks Corporate Social Responsibility is not a ‘nice to have’ which should become a sacrificial lamb in a cost cutting exercise.  Companies have invested heavily in their reputation as caring and considerate employers and responsible members of society for very good reasons.  Their employees are interested, and take positive encouragement from […]

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