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... the most meaningful and revealing insights on sustainability ever written by a corporate executive. -- Crosslands Bulletin Makes for intriguing reading ... mostly because its author has been instrumental in framing how corporate responsibility is understood ... "One of the biggest risks faced by companies is that everyone starts thinking the same," Moody-Stuart concludes. His book marks a valiant attempt to avoid that trap. The conclusions won't re-write the rules of corporate capitalism - nor will they remove the risk of more anni horribiles in the future. But, if the book persuades his fellow corporate insiders to look outside their shells, then it should edge forward the debate. -- Oliver Balch, Guardian Sustainable Business It is hard to imagine a better guide... by raising the is-sues, and with a perspective based on experience, Moody-Stuart's book provides an invaluable source of wisdom on how to grapple with them. -- Ed Crooks Financial Times Makes for intriguing reading ... mostly because its author has been instrumental in framing how corporate responsibility is understood ... -- Oliver Balch, Guardian Sustainable Business

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Mark Moody-Stuart served as Managing Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 1991–2001 and as Non-Executive Chairman of Anglo American plc from 2002–2009. He has been Lead Director of Accenture plc since November 2002 and a Director of Saudi Arabian Oil Company since August 2007. Sir Mark serves as Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact, and Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf (March 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906093962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906093969
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few companies have been through the sustainability wringer to quite the same degree as Royal Dutch/Shell. According to Mark Moody-Stuart, Shell's annus horribilis came in 1995, in the middle of his decade-long tenure as managing director, when the company was hit hard on two fronts. These were the Brent Spar oil platform controversy in Europe and the outrage that followed Nigeria's execution of environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues.

Moody-Stuart's Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics, which he bills as "part memoir, part confessional, part manifesto for leadership," provides a detailed view of these events and much more. It draws mainly on the author's 40-year career at Shell. Moody-Stuart grew up in Antigua, where his family had lived since the 17th century and was instrumental in the development of the island's sugar industry. He joined Shell in 1966 after earning his doctorate in geology at Cambridge, and worked for the company in 10 countries on his journey to becoming its managing director and chairman--posts he held until 2001.

The book, which bears my endorsement on its dust jacket, provides candid accounts of Moody-Stuart's dealings with prime ministers and dictators, colleagues and competitors, and investors and NGOs. This is an insider's view of the machinations within organizations as disparate as Shell and the United Nations, and it engages hot-button issues, such as top team remuneration, human rights abuses, and corruption, head-on.

But Moody-Stuart delays his account of how he awoke to the corporate sustainability agenda until the book's biographical coda.
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I took the opportunity of some holiday downtime in Borneo to read Responsible Leadership by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart - which seemed quite appropriate given a large chunk of the book is drawn on his experiences of working for Shell in the region……Brunei and in Kuala Lumpur. However Sir Mark draws on an incredible breadth of experience primarily in the oil and gas sector that has seen him live and work in senior roles all across the world. A core part of the book compares and contrasts his experience of leadership positions within Shell in Malaysia, Nigeria and Oman and how the local context and role of Government has a profound effect on the company’s impact on the economic development of the country – in Malaysia and Oman largely positive, in Nigeria less so!

This is no ego driven auto-biography nor a one-sided view of a free-market fundamentalist who sees business as a panacea for the world’s problems. Instead it is a thoughtful and often self-deprecating critique with wisdom synthesized from a very successful 50 year career, particularly the last 20 years which saw him lead two global giants – Shell and Anglo American and sit on the Boards of many others including Accenture and HSBC. His own successes, failures and reflections on the power and limitations of private sector are shared openly and he draws out lessons learned and how his own views have evolved over time.

The books spans issues ranging from endemic corruption and dealing with Heads of State in somewhat unsavory regimes through to the challenges of rising inequality and how to address the negative impacts of climate change.
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A must book to read for people in business, government ,academics, and the general public that care about how responsible leadership hould be and can be. Mark brings to the table a world of knowledge that he shares in a way that by the end of the book you have made a good friend. I thank Mark for writing this book. T. H.
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Inspirational work.
I'm looking forward to MMS writing about his personal experiences living and working in the most amazing places in the world.
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