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Simon Zadek

The Civil Corporation, 2001

Photograph of Simon ZadekAbout the Author

Simon Zadek is a pioneer of the accountability movement, working on the cusp between business, government and civil society in the creation of new governance frameworks.

Zadek is CEO of AccountAbility and currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Government and Business of Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and a ‘Professor Extraordinaire’ at the University of South Africa’s Centre for Corporate Citizenship. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Instituto Ethos, the Advisory Board of Generation Investment Management and is a Member of the Clinton-Dalberg Task Force programme, aimed at leveraging private enterprise for development. In 2003 he was named one of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Global Leaders for Tomorrow’.

Zadek’s previous roles include Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Development Director of the New Economics Foundation, and founding Chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. He has served on numerous boards and advisory councils, including the State of the World’s Commission for Globalisation, the ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalisation, the UN Commission for Social Development Expert Group on CSR, and the founding Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative.

Zadek has written extensively on the role of business in society, most recently focusing on the impact of corporate responsibility on the competitiveness of nations. The Civil Corporation has been recognised by the Academy of Management as the Best Book Social Issues Award 2006.

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Simon Zadek: Part 1, Background to the Civil Corporation

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about the background to The Civil Corporation in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 2, Shifts and Trends since The Civil Corporation

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about shifts and trends since The Civil Corporation in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 3, Responsible Competitiveness

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about responsible competitiveness in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 4, Climate Change and Clean Tech

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about climate change and clean tech in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 5, Innovation, Policy and Standards

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about innovation, policy and standards in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 6, Defining the Civil Corporation

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about defining the civil corporation in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 7, Alternative Models of Capitalism

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about alternative models of capitalism in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 8, Institutional Reform

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about institutional reform in conversation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 9, Accountability

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about accountability with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 10, Web 2.0 and the Role of Connectivity

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about Web 2.0 and the role of connectivity with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 11, Expectations for the Future

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about expectations for the future with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Simon Zadek: Part 12, Sources of Hope and Inspiration

In this video, Simon Zadek, author of The Civil Corporation (2001), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about sources of hope and inspiration with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 14 October 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Other Books (Selection)

An Economics of Utopia: Democratising Scarcity (Avebury, 1993)

Building Corporate Accountability: Emerging Practices in Social and Ethical Accounting, Auditing and Reporting (with Peter Pruzan and Richard Evans; Earthscan, 1997)

Mediating Sustainability: Growing Policy from the Grassroots (with Jutta Blauert; Kumarian Press, 1998)

Tomorrow's History: Selected Writings of Simon Zadek, 1993–2003 (Greenleaf Publishing, 2004)

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