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Modern slavery is an emerging issue and here’s why your company should act now

By Priya SaratChandran, Marianna Brungs and Hugo Hodge  New laws requiring companies to demonstrate their operations and supply chains are free from slavery are expected to be passed in Australia by the end of the year. Following a year-long inquiry, in December 2017 the Federal Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Aid…

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We need to talk about fast fashion

By Isobel Hepworth  The fast fashion business model of international clothing brands continues to fall behind societal expectations as it fails to uphold human rights and corporate social responsibility standards. The fashion industry is widely reported to be the second highest polluting industry in the world, a fact…

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Business risk and stakeholder conflict: why does a social licence approach make sound business sense?

By Piers Gillespie and Katherine Teh-White You know that feeling when you read an article which rings so true with your own experiences that you find yourself nodding your head in agreement? ‘Yes, that’s exactly right!’ you may exclaim out loud. We recently read an academic article which struck a…

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Foreign investors: forced to swap political patronage for social licence

Opinion by Katherine Teh-White Foreign Chinese investment in Australian property and agribusiness has soared in recent years and is increasingly becoming an emotive issue politicians are responding to with tighter rules and regulation. State and federal governments have introduced tax hikes and tighter regulation for overseas investors as they grapple…

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Insights from Futureye’s Fixing Finance by Saving Human Rights Roundtable

When a culture is so deeply ingrained and the individuals and organisations who preside over it are inconceivably powerful and have little incentive to change, bringing about any meaningful transformation can seem impossible. That was certainly the feeling of many who attended the Fixing Finance by Saving Human Rights roundtable…

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Sparking the dialogue: Public engagement on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Futureye is looking for partners to initiate and lead an innovative project which aims to address the major challenges around the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in a way that builds societal preparedness for technological change. Futureye’s managing director Katherine Teh-White says the project aims to spark Australia’s dialogue on this…

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Futureye x OurSay: a one stop shop for public engagement

If you want to know how your organisation can make the most of a Futureye x OurSay subscription and consulting services package CLICK HERE. Community engagement is an important undertaking for any organisation but if it’s not done right you face a potentially damaging debate. Futureye and OurSay are pleased…

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The public want stronger powers for EPA to pursue polluters

Victorians want third-party enforcement rights to take action against big polluters in case the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) can’t or won’t, according to a new study.  The Environment Justice Australia’s (EJA) community survey found people want stronger enforcement powers for the EPA and for human health to be a…

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Following 4Corners report Adani’s PR strategy continues to fail them

Following an unfavourable Four Corners report, Adani Group has launched a Twitter offensive with positive sponsored posts about the mining company appearing on social media feeds on Monday night. The tweets, along with a fiery letter sent to Four Corners, reveal the mining company’s unwillingness to take any…

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Rebuilding our banks’ social licence is unlikely

Having received the memo they failed the public credibility test, Australia’s big banks are faced with the difficult, if not impossible task of rebuilding their social licence. First, it’s unlikely they will be getting the right counsel from their public reputation advisors.  The game played by traditional advisors – public…

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Futureye Director joins judging panel for Monash University Global Hunger Hack Weekend

“Zero Hunger is the second of the 17 Global Goals set by the UN, with targets to end famine and malnutrition and to provide for a growing population by 2030 and beyond. Throughout the weekend, students will get to experience the fast-tracked process of developing a business to address…

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Sustainability, foresight and innovation

The ratification of the United Nations Sustainable Development ‘Global Goals’ in September 2015, by 193 countries including Australia, is clear evidence of a global appetite for a unifying vision of sustainable development. Futureye has developed a paper “The age of the curve hugger” to unpack what sustainable…

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Brand issues in the FMCG sector

Building an SLO in FMCG The relationship between a product, brand and consumer strikes a delicate balance between the rational and the emotional. When crises strike, consumers can react with outrage, even if the hazard level is low. On Tuesday, August 5th, Katherine Teh-White will deliver a presentation on…

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Futureye participate in key UN Global Goal events

In September 2015, world leaders came together to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a suite of 17 goals for making a better world that will guide global development over the next 15 years. The goals are considered by many to be the most important agreement of the…

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Video Blog: What is a Social Licence Assessment?

Futureye MD Katherine Teh-White explains what a Social Licence Assessment is and how it used by organisations to build trust and credibility with its stakeholders.

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WikiCurve Launch with Fairfax Media

Should the Australian Government deciminalise drugs? On Monday 21 May, Futureye and Fairfax will be launching the WikiCurve to explore the community’s views on drug law reform. It’s an exciting initiative that aims to show how past events have impacted current thinking about an issue and how…

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The Importance of Trust

This video looks at the importance of having trust amongst a organisation’s stakeholders in order to build its social performance. Without it, even minor issues can damage the organisation’s reputation.

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Lead Indicators

There are four lead indicators that act as an early detection system for corporations to identify when issues are beginning to emerge. The lead indicators help corporations act early to rectify issues before they adversely impact on its reputation.

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Futureye’s infrastructure approach launched in Sydney

Former Premier of NSW, Nick Greiner, launched an innovative “out-of-the-box” book about improving infrastructure in Sydney on Monday 24 February 2015. Futureye’s approach to trust building is described in chapter 7 of the book along with ideas on the financing of new infrastructure. To receive a soft copy of the book,…

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Media is a lag indicator of performance

This video looks at the role media play in analysing a company’s social performance, arguing that the media represents a lag indicator of a companies social performance and just because a story is off the front page, doesn’t mean the problem has disappeared.

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Futureye’s insight into the future of fracking in Britain

This month, Futureye has been featured in the Telegraph with an insight into the future of fracking in Britain and how to alleviate the possible threats. Futureye’s MD, Katherine Teh-White, highlighted the risk of the industry losing its social licence as MPs from four parties have forced votes on the…

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Social Performance Trends

The current and future trends associated with a companies social performance and why it is necessary for businesses to adopt a comprehensive social performance strategy. Have things changed so much in three years? Email us at info@futureye.com and let us know what you think.

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Futureye explains unique view on public policy for Deakin University

On 25th June, 2014, Katherine recorded a segment for Deakin University’s Air Deakin learning platform explaining Futureye’s unique view on public policy and leadership for the Faculty of International Studies. To have a look at this short clip, please click here.

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Futureye MD feautures in Queensland Country Life

Here’s an article in Queensland Country Life which features a picture of Managing Director, Katherine Teh-White, who spoke at the annual general meeting of the Northern Territory Cattlemens’ Association earlier this year.

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Futureye’s contributes to Ethical Leadership blog

Andrew Leigh, author of Ethical Leadership, and principal consultant at Maynard Leigh Associates, is the personality behind the Ethical Leadership blog. This month, Katherine has contributed a piece highlighted on the homepage, Outrage: the alternative to a Social Licence.

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Futureye at International Symposium on Low Rank Coal

The third Symposium on Low Rank Coal is convened by the State of Victoria’s Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) and sponsored by the International Energy Agency Clean Coal Centre and the Electric Power Research Institute and focuses on the issues, opportunities, challenges and drivers facing the low…

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Futureye MD Challenges Delegates at Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association

Invited by The Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association,  Futureye MD Katherine Teh-White spoke at their 30th Annual Conference in Darwin on 28 March 2014.  Katherine’s speech on Social Licence to Operate challenged the 600 delegates to think about how they are being heard, how they gain credibility and how to earn…

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Food Australia features Futureye’s Social Licence to Operate strategy

In the February issue of Food Australia, Lydia Buchtmann explains earning a Social Licence to Operate and how ongoing consultation with stakeholders can mitigate operational risks. See below for the full article. Link: Food Australia Magazine…

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Futureye at Food Regulations and Labelling Standards Conference

This conference, now in its 15th year, attracts regulators, manufacturers and retailers from all over Australia who seek to understand the complex issues surrounding food regulations and labelling standards. Whilst safety underpins the critical issues surrounding food, consumers are increasingly interested in the quality, origin and content of manufactured food.

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Update on intergenerational values research

Does any one else agree with your definition of sustainable development? Amy Kearney from Deakin University’s Bachelor of International Studies school interned with Futureye for 10 weeks during the second semester of 2013, where she not only won the inaugural table tennis competition, but developed the intern-specific project on intergenerational…

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