THE LIFEWORTH REVIEW OF 2008

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Each year for the last seven, Lifeworth Consulting has published reviews of global trends in corporate responsibility.

The Eastern Turn in Responsible Enterprise was made possible with the support of the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at the University of Nottingham, the Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (APCSE) at Griffith Business School, the ethical investment researchers EIRIS and Covalence and Greenleaf Publishing. It combines the quarterly reviews of the premier academic publication in the field, the Journal of Corporate Citizenship. Sponsors did not have any editorial control.

This review is written by Jem Bendell, with contributions from Niaz Alam, Sandy Lin, Chew Ng, Lala Rimando, Claire Veuthey, and Barbara Wettstein, as indicated in the text.

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Acknowledgements

I thank John Stuart and Dean Bargh for working with me on the World Reviews since 2001, and supporting these Annual Review. Thanks also to Michael Powell, Jeremy Moon, Maggie Royston, Stephen Hine and Antoine Mach, for arranging the necessary support. My coauthors worked creatively in addressing the issues, and Chew Ng helped with key data for the Introduction. Bernise Ang provided helpful review of the first draft.

Dr. Jem Bendell
Director, Lifeworth Consulting
Adjunct Associate Professor, Griffith Business School

Jem Bendell leading a group meditation based on teachings of the late Indian Jesuit, Anthony de Mello, at the International Herald Tribune confrerence on sustainable luxury, in Delhi, March 2009. Photo credit: Sanjit Das for the International Herald Tribune

Jem Bendell leading a group meditation based on teachings of the late Indian Jesuit, Anthony de Mello, at the International Herald Tribune confrerence on sustainable luxury, in Delhi, March 2009. Photo credit: Sanjit Das for the International Herald Tribune

“I WISH that was my backyard.”

windmills-ilocosThe cover photo of the report shows windmills in Bangui village in Ilocos Norte province, northern Philippines. In 2008, the power company NorthWind added five new turbines, raising the wind farm’s capacity to 33 MW, enabling the company to provide half the province’s power needs.

NorthWind is the result of Danish engineering, with support from the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), the Philippines’ almost infinite coastline, and the World Bank’s Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF), which enables NorthWind to sell “carbon emission reduction credits” under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. It symbolises the beauty of innovation from connecting East and West to address global challenges; that is the promise of The Eastern Turn in Responsible Enterprise.

Photo credit: Lala Rimando, April 2009.

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