James Farrar

James has more than 15 years of experience working on corporate sustainability issues from both the corporate and NGO campaigning perspective.

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Google: Profit or Principle?

  The debate on Google's motives for action on China in the past few days have been illuminating on the state of business ethics today.

January 15, 2010 by James Farrar


Bravo! Google takes a stand for human rights in China

I admit to being a bit tough on Google in the past but they are one of the biggest kids in the playground and we are entitled to expect a lot from them when it comes to corporate responsibility leadership. And today Google is living up to and far beyond the call of its moto - 'don't be evil'.

January 12, 2010 by James Farrar


KFC UNThinking at the UN

Honestly, the professional PR brigade never cease to amaze me with some of the nuttiest ideas for brand enhancement that all too often turn out to be just the opposite.My ZDNet colleague Jason Perlow was spammed today by a top PR agency with this nonsense: a product placement stunt at the UN with KFC's iconic Colonel Saunders fronting up with a letter for the UN Secretary General demanding a seat in the UN General Assembly for 'Grill Nation'.

October 22, 2009 by James Farrar


Apple deletes the US Chamber

Is this man the only climate ally left for the US Chamber?Back in May I wrote about how the US Chamber was losing friends fast with its 'head in sand' position on climate change.

October 7, 2009 by James Farrar


Intel to Ireland: Vote Yes to Europe or else?

Irish politics is a sport not for the faint hearted. As Conor Cruise O'Brien once said:Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language; it is the condition of being involved in the Irish situation, and usually of being mauled by it.

October 2, 2009 by James Farrar

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Death of the Principle of Voluntarism?

Much of the corporate sustainability and responsibility agenda has been propelled since the '90s by the idea that voluntary action on the part of corporations is more effective than regulation. It has been a celebration of market dynamism over moribund regulation, the latter of which would provide only for the lowest common denominator.

June 25, 2009 by James Farrar


Ireland: Shell's new Nigeria?

Just as Shell brings to a close a difficult chapter in its troubled relationship with the Ogoni people in Nigeria, its relationship with community groups in the west of Ireland appears to be reaching new lows. Shell is the senior partner with Statoil and Marathon in an effort to bring off shore natural gas reserves on to the national grid in Ireland.

June 17, 2009 by James Farrar