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2021: A Year of Impact

And just like that… 2021 is already coming to an end. It’s been a very eventful year, to say the least, between COP26, the historic malaria vaccine approval, COVID-19 recovery coming more into focus, and the charity sector starting to rebound – to name just...

Bring Your Menopause To Work Day is every day

Women make up 51% of the workforce in the UK and are now working later into their lives than ever before. This means that a greater proportion of women in employment will experience the menopause and its symptoms during their working lives. Around 8 in 10...

2021: Where bold, courageous, and purpose-driven steps are needed

2020 will stick long in the memory, having delivered a series of seismic shocks. The global pandemic shook and disrupted every organisation, government and individual. Black Lives Matter became a mainstream force and accelerated the fight for racial equality. There was a rise in awareness...

10 tips and tricks on how to have a sensational and sustainable festive period

As part of our 10th birthday anniversary, we’ve been looking back as well as forward, and this led us to the yearly excesses of the winter holiday season. We all aspire for a healthy, balanced and sustainable planet, and we can play a role this month through the choices and decisions we make...

Have Awareness Days had their day?

Many charities and brands invest a lot of time and resource into named national or international awareness ‘moments’ to help raise their profile, yet every year the same ones dominate mainstream media. So are awareness days, weeks and months still a great way of engaging new and existing audiences, or an ineffective...

Time for change: Accelerating human-led impact

Covid-19 has complicated the way we work and go about our lives, but despite the challenges it has provided the chance to rethink the approach to purposeful business. Skating Panda and Charities Aid Foundation have joined forces to share our thoughts....

Climate change: from caring to action

We’ve all heard the arguments that individual consumption changes are “futile” since 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to 100 companies. This is true, but only to a certain extent.   It is true that industries must take on their role in fighting the climate crisis,...

Putting purpose to work: Taking external stakeholders on the journey with you

Skating Panda and Charities Aid Foundation have joined forces to share a series of four articles to help businesses understand the why, what, and how of becoming purpose-led  ‘It’s about the journey, not the destination.’ This is, of course, a well-worn saying. But the words are surprisingly...

Dealing with discrimination in the workplace

In the workplace, we want to maintain a professional reputation and create, nourish and build good relationships with colleagues at all levels, but what if one day you’re in a meeting or having an informal conversation and someone says something that is wrong and offensive?  In...

How to build and grow a purpose-led business, from the inside out

Skating Panda and Charities Aid Foundation have joined forces to share a series of four articles to help businesses understand the why, what, and how of becoming purpose-led Photo by Mark Fletcher Brown; Unsplash Around the world, every business’s leadership team is facing the same challenge –...

The role of purpose in building future-fit businesses

Skating Panda and Charities Aid Foundation have joined forces to share a series of four articles to help businesses understand the why, what, and how of becoming purpose-led There are two main schools of thought explaining the huge growth in the hype surrounding purpose in business....

Is purpose really doing its job right now?

We’re currently experiencing what a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world can be like, in an unprecedented way. It comes at a time when so many businesses have been uncovering, articulating and publishing their purpose. We were chatting with the team at Blueprint for Better Business...

In tackling corporate tax, we can’t overlook the human side of decision making

'Business purpose beyond profit’ is a bandwagon in danger of collapsing. It’s no longer voices on the fringe, but the mainstay of capitalism that’s calling for change. Especially after the FT and Economist nailed their colours to their mastheads.   When opinions swing swiftly, reality gets distorted. The voices of the critical experts become even more important...

The Global Goals campaign brief has changed

The Global Goals. The 17 Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals. SDGs. No matter what you refer to them as the facts are:  Sustainable Development Goals logo They were created in 2015 Ratified by 193 countries  There is a 2030 deadline to achieve them    To quote the United Nations, these...

Let’s talk about commitment

There’s a bit of chat and it’s getting louder about what it really means to be British isn’t there? Maybe it’s because we’ve committed to and actually now started to leave the EU, just maybe… Listening to the radio on January 31st 2020, the day of...

If you want to know about risks, ask a risk taker

Last year Skating Panda was invited to speak at the opening plenary of the Charity Finance Group’s Risk Conference. The focus of the conference was risk and our session was called ‘Risk Horizon Scanning’. There was a wonderful irony in being given such a brief as we had just...

Purpose, more than just a fad. Is it going mainstream?

Everyone’s talking about purpose. And it’s not always good news: “the new greenwashy buzzword” or “the preachy new CEO buzzword” or again “the empty buzzword”. And so on and so forth. An early adopter, Skating Panda has spent the last 10 years focusing on increasing social impact, solving global...

LFW 2019: what does sustainable fashion really mean?

Today marks the start of Fashion Week here in London. This is always an exciting and busy time of the year for any fashion brand. This year, however, I have noticed that there is something peculiar going on – in parallel and often hand in hand with the...

Whose job is purpose? Or how Keith Weed’s advice shouldn’t be taken at face value.

Keith Weed pictured. Keith Weed, Unilever’s CMO for nearly ten years, has been instrumental in transforming a packaged good manufacturer into everyone’s favourite purposeful corporate pin-up. Keith, and countless other people at Unilever, made a big dent by being brave enough to challenge conventional business wisdom. Keith is an...

Multiple offices, one voice: tips on how to align global and local CSR strategy

When you’re a global company it’s not always easy to have all your regional counterparts singing from the same hymn sheet. There are even more complexities when you’re picking a charitable cause to support, and are making plans on how to implement corporate responsibility strategies across each and every...

The rise of “philanthrokids”

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Gen Z – loosely, people born from 1995 to 2010 - are true digital natives, hypercognitive and globally connected. They value individual expression and believe in the power of dialogue, they avoid labels and mobilise themselves for a variety of causes. By 2020, they will...

Purpose is your business

At three very different events over the past month speakers touched on purpose and social responsibility in business, including the role that government, corporates, charity and entrepreneurs can play in driving positive change. But the volume of words being spoken about the topic far outweighs the actions being taken...

How can startups stay true to their purpose as they scale?

There's no doubt the startup economy is thriving with 660,000 new companies registered in the UK in 2018 – a 5.7 per cent increase on the previous year and a record high. Many startup businesses are built on a founders' passion, and increasingly we're seeing entrepreneurial businesses that...

Why we need more men in the room this International’s Women’s Day…

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since the word feminism (inappropriately) became synonymous with man-hating, hairy arm-pitted women professing that they are the superior sex. It’s 2019 and as we approach International Women’s Day feminism looks much different. The internet has opened the...

Interested in purpose for your business but not sure of the process?

You've watched Simon Sineck's video, heard about Unilever's success and seen the stats about millennials. Purpose sounds like a good thing. Something your business should have. But how do you go about finding yours?   That might be you, or you’ve got the sense it’s something your CEO is interested in, or...

Skipping into 2019 like…

To some extent, we already know what 2019 has in store for us: Brexit and its aftermath; no doubt more Trump; renewed debates around returning Museum artefacts; Glastonbury is set to return; and the Rugby World Cup will take place in Japan. What don’t we know? A hell of...

The new rules of competitive advantage?

Last Monday, while Theresa May was telling the House of Commons that her deal was the right deal for Britain, a different debate was taking place down the corridor in Committee Room 10. Hosted by the CIPR, those attending heard well-reasoned arguments both for and against...

Why Skating Panda?

Everyone always asks, what’s behind the name Skating Panda? First, we want to make a distinct difference – and there’s not much that’s more distinct than a black and white panda. Our aim is always to create real, memorable change where it’s needed most. I’ve loved pandas...

Strength in numbers – NHS Charities Big7Tea

A year ago, just like every year, summer was wistfully coming to an end and days were getting shorter and shorter. More importantly for this story, a year ago, a new project had started playing on the pandas’ minds. The National Health Service (NHS) was going...

It’s time to talk about Ethics(!)

At Skating Panda we believe in the power of purpose and as we acclimatise to the second machine age, it’s time to include the impact technology has on our lives in these bigger conversations. It’s the reason we’ve launched The Technology Ethics Lab (TechE Lab)....

Can brands heal the divide?

At a time when political culture has become so polarised, brands are reaching out to unchartered territories and taking a position on social issues. We are witnessing the beginning of a new era in how brands interact with their consumers. Shifting from a passive observer,...

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