If there was ever such a thing as a status quo in the world, it is being seriously disrupted. Black swans are to be found in political uprising, technological revolution, economic uncertainty and significant environment concerns.
In the corporate world, reputation is an economic multiplier and an insurance policy, but it can also be a significant inhibitor to success.
My 65-year-old mum is a self-described vegan anarchist. She refuses to buy products tested on animals, insists I call her “Teresa”, and would gender neutralise nursery rhymes when I was at primary school.
Back in 2006, I started a new job with my current employer, DSM, working as a communications manager for its innovation center.
Around 12 years ago, I was on a date in central London. The guy, who had bought the first round of drinks, turned to me and asked what I did.
Me: “I’m actually a lobbyist.”
The social licence to operate has been a central concept in the mining industry lexicon for the past two decades.