In the last couple of weeks we have seen campaigners in court. Not for direct action that has long pushed the boundaries of what is lawful, but on the ‘other side’, challenging authorities for inaction on environmental issues.
Patagonia’s latest campaign “Vote Our Planet” is seeking to mobilise voters to choose candidates in local elections who support strong environmental policies. Patagonia – the US outdoor apparel company – is a company founded by an environmental activist and has a long history of campaigning. But it is not the first. Continue reading “Can Corporates Credibly Campaign for Social Change?”
The lines are blurring between companies and campaigners. From CEO activism to corporate campaigns leading businesses become increasingly outspoken on critical environmental and social issues.
From Flamenco Flashmobs to craftivism, environmental and social campaigners are getting creative by using illustration, craft and dance to put sustained pressure on business and governments
The Brandalism campaign caught the attention of the press and the public with 600 posters critiquing the corporate takeover of the climate talks. Artworks installed in advertising spaces across Paris challenged the environmental credentials of car manufacturers, airlines, banks, fossil fuel energy companies and polticians involved in the climate discussions.
My editorial Radar: Issue 05 — Autumn / Fall 2014 Unusual Activsts: The Rise of Campaigning & Advocacy in Sustainability Strategies
The right sort of activism is essential to modern democracy – John Elkington
Pressuring Lego to part ways with Shell, putting a stop to the gendered marketing of toys and fighting for the survival of bees: these are the 10 campaigns that have taken 2014 by storm
A film of Lego mini-figures drowning in oil became an online hit when Greenpeace took one of the most successful movies of the year and created its own version in a campaign to Save the Arctic.
We have long known that multinationals are powerful agents of global change. Their potential to motivate, persuade and mobilise is enormous. Whilst it is unlikely that we will see activists from big business scaling the glass walls of Europe’s tallest building any time soon, we are beginning to see companies becoming increasingly outspoken and using their influence to more actively shape the debate to engage and mobilise other actors towards a more sustainable economy. Continue reading “Business Finding its Voice”
Two decades ago, business and NGOs sat poles apart, wary of each other’s intent and aims. Twenty years on — and with the realisation of the need for collective action on environmental and social issues that play out across geographical, political, market and ecosystem boundaries — we see a shifting landscape. But has this move towards a focus on partnerships and collaboration overshadowed the critical tool of activism that is so important for helping companies move in the direction that is needed?