Author Archive: Jonathan Wootliff
Politics can be more unpredictable that the weather, as Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek clearly demonstrated at the recent UN climate change summit in New York. In contrast to the country’s relative invisibility at such previous high level international gatherings, the Czech Republic attracted positive attention and significant praise for its unequivocal commitment to combatting global […]
RAISING STANDARDS DELIVERS REWARDS According to the Czech Ministry of Trade, “Czech companies have a reputation of reliable partners and suppliers of high quality products, technologies and services.” That’s good news if it was really true. But the harsh fact is that this country ranks at only 57 in Transparency International’s latest corruption index. And […]
BUSINESSES MUST ACT TO STOP SLAVERY Surely few things can be worse for a company or an industry than to be associated with human trafficking or slave labour. Sadly, this country is said to have one of the highest levels of slavery in Europe, which means that there are Czech businesses connected in some way […]
CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INGREDIENT As a former director of Greenpeace International, I sometimes have a tendency to be cynical about the values and genuine intentions of big business. Happily, there is a growing number of companies in the Czech Republic that are practicing what is often known as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or […]
We’ve come to expect movie ratings to tell us whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias. To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters […]
Sustainable thinking is essential for the future well-being of the world, for this nation and for the prosperity Czech business.
Trust is critical to a company’s reputation; and reputation is arguably the single-most valuable asset of any company.
Many would agree that economic growth since the Revolution has enhanced the standard of living for most Czechs