Hello. My name is Rob Price.
During my time in Worldline (2015-2020) and through my conversations with others that I have met over the previous few years, I pioneered (together with Christopher Joynson, then at Atos) the creation of the concept of Corporate Digital Responsibility. My previous roles in business were as
- COO and Deputy CEO at Worldline UK&I and
- CDO at Atos UK, and Managing Partner at Atos Consulting.
It seems that we were not alone. There are a couple of earlier academic references to CDR in Germany and indeed a UK report from Accenture in 2015. It seems that a number of other parties (business and academia) had their own research and progress in regard to CDR over the years 2016 to 2020.
I created this website and podcast series to share information between the growing community across the world.
I have long been passionate about the impact of technology on the world, from the early 1980's where I used it to enable those with severe disability to communicate and learn more effectively through to driving Digital Transformation both within the organisation and with a range of national and international clients.
In 2016, I was named at #46 in the World's Top 100 Digital Transformation Influencers https://onalytica.com/blog/posts/digital-transformation-top-100-influencers-and-brands/
In 2017, I helped to found the concept of Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) as part of a track of research that I led called Digital Society - the impact of technology on society, and how we - as citizens and consumers - felt about it. The principle of CDR is to guide the behaviours of business and government such that there is a better and more equitable benefit across all of society, driving for positive outcomes for all rather than the few.
During 2021-2022, I have been a contributor and reviewer to the UN EP driven CODES Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age https://www.linkedin.com/posts/davidedjensen_action-plan-for-a-sustainable-planet-in-the-ugcPost-6905128544679141377-KwG3
During 2022, I was involved and named as an expert in the review of the Identity Valley Digital Responsibility Goals.
Christopher Joynson is a Digital Transformation Consultant for Atos in the UK, specialising in Energy and Utilities. As part of his role he is a member of the Atos Scientific Community, and a member of the Editorial Board for their most recent publication Journey 2024 https://atos.net/en/lp/journey-2024.
Christopher has a deep passion for Digital Inclusion in our society, and how we ensure that our most vulnerable citizens, and indeed society as a whole can reap the same value and joy from digital technologies.
Through Christopher’s and Rob’s joint exploration of the topic in 2017/18, we conducted public research into the state of Digital Inclusion in today’s society and we co-founded the Corporate Digital Responsibility concept as then defined within Atos and Worldline.
Christopher continues to write extensively on the subject.
With over 20 years in the information and communication sector, Dr. Saskia Dörr has become a trusted advisor for businesses aiming for ethical and sustainable digitalization. Through her management consultancy WiseWay, she offers practical guidance on Corporate Digital Responsibility, particularly catering to Chief Sustainability Officers and key decision-makers.
Her hands-on experience, combined with a deep understanding of digital trends, sustainability, and organizational growth, sets her apart. An MBA in Sustainability Management from Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and a history of impactful roles at Deutsche Telekom underscore her expertise. She's also the author of the first management book on Corporate Digital Responsibility, a foundational guide for businesses in the digital age. Connect with her to explore the responsible side of digital transformation via https://wiseway.de
Oliver Merx works in Berlin as a senior manager in a digital health company, which is a subsidiary of one of the world's leading insurance companies. Oliver is known as speaker on congresses in various areas of digitization (e.g. CDR, eHealth, Digital Workplace)
He is founder of the CDR LinkedIn Group and publisher of the CDR Playbook (German/English). In addition he published an open source CDR Mindmap and helped to develop the CDR Building Bloxx, an innovative framework for the standardization of CDR concepts and fields of action..
As a German fully qualified lawyer (focus on administrative law) and former software developer, his interest with regard to CDR lies in particular in the area of regulation, digital health and explainable AI (XAI).
In addition, his greatest wish is that a powerful CDR community will be formed.
Tim Frick started his digital agency Mightybytes in 1998 to help nonprofits, social enterprises, and purpose-driven companies solve problems, amplify their impact, and drive measurable business results.
Mightybytes is a Certified B Corp that uses business for good. Certified B Corps meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. In 2012, Tim co-founded B Local Illinois, a place-based group of business leaders working to grow and strengthen the B Corp community in Illinois.
Tim is also the author of four books, including Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services. He regularly presents at conferences and offers workshops on sustainable design, measuring impact, and problem solving in the digital economy. He has also facilitated economic design courses for Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability program.
Professor Karen Elliott is Chair of Practice in Finance and FinTech at Birmingham University Business School and Co-Director of the FinTech MSc Degree Programme. She has been named as ‘Standout #35 Women in FinTech Powerlist by Innovate Finance’ for Policy and Governance 2019, 2020 and listed for the new Hubs (governance) category in 2021. Karen co-leads FinTrust, Agency, and the UKFin Network+ projects with Prof van Moorsel to optimise trustworthy and ethical AI, engineered to deliver citizen transparency, fairness, and inclusion. Likewise, co-led Finclusion (Gates Foundation/Turing Institute £100k), which explored verifiable credentials for vulnerable groups, focusing on dementia in the digital economy following her mother’s diagnosis. A member of the UK Prime Minister’s Champions Group for Dementia, Corporate Digital Responsibility, ForHumanity, Radix, the IEEE Global Initiative Planet Positive and an Ambassador for the Digital Poverty Alliance, Karen creates a fusion of academic and practical ethical considerations at the individual and societal level, seeking to find balance for an equitable digital society while protecting and sustaining the planet.
Dr Michael Wade is a Professor of Innovation and Strategy and Directs IMD’s Global Center for Digital Business Transformation. His areas of expertise relate to strategy, innovation, and digital transformation. He obtained Honours BA, MBA and PhD degrees from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Previously, he was the Academic Director of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program. Michael has been nominated for teaching awards in the MBA, International MBA, and Executive MBA programs.
Michael has published ten books and more than a hundred case studies and articles on a variety of topics, including digital business transformation, innovation, strategy, and digital leadership. He was elected to the Digital Shapers Hall of Fame in 2021 by a consortium of Swiss business media
His latest book, published in October 2021, is Hacking Digital: Best Practices to Implement and Accelerate your Business Transformation.
Patricia Shaw is CEO of Beyond Reach Consulting Ltd, providing AI/data ethics strategy, public policy engagement, bespoke AI/data ethics governance, expert advice, and advisory board services, across financial services, public sector (Health- and EdTech), and smart cities. A non-practising Solicitor, public speaker, author, and listed on 2021 - 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics™, including; Society for Computers and Law, Chair and Trustee; IEEE’s Ethical Certification Program for Autonomous Intelligent Systems, and as ForHumanity’s Independent Audit of AI Systems Fellow.
I am one of a team of 38 experts across 17 countries that produced the iTechLaw Association’s 2021 update to the Responsible AI Global Policy Framework and corresponding Responsible AI Impact Assessment
I am the co-author of The AI Book writing on Trust, Transparency and Ethics to which Good Governance is critical. The AI Book was published by Wiley in April 2020.
Olivia Belton is a specialist in the ethical use and social impact of emergent technology, specifically AI. She works with organisations in the public and private sector to identify gaps in their ethical governance and provides targeted guidance and advice to software development teams. She is also interested in data governance, data literacy and ESG.
From April 2019 to September 2020, she was a research fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, an academic thinktank based out of the University of Cambridge, investigating public perceptions and popular narratives of autonomous flight.
Olivia is the co-author of the academic paper "Futures of Autonomous Flight: Using a collaborative storytelling game to assess anticipatory assumptions" with Dr Sarah Dillon.
Her work is also featured in the book AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines, published by Oxford University Press.
She is a volunteer Research lead at Women in AI UK.
Pietro Jarre works in Torino as a senior consultant in enterprise development and digital transformation. Formerly global Vice President at the Golder Associates group of companies – now in WSP - one of the world's leading environmental consultancies. Pietro teaches and publishes in various areas of the new digital rights (e.g. digital legacy, personal memories, digital impact and CDR).
He is founder of the www.sloweb.org association, of the www.digitalethicsforum.com, and of three B2B and B2C platforms to implement CDR concepts in companies – such as www.mailrake.eu and www.ememory.it – and our right to proper management of our digital legacy – www.elegacy.app.
Matured as environmental consultants for large multinationals, his personal interest is in developing a new consulting industry in the area of responsible use of the web, corporate digital responsibility and wants to promote a EU directive for the assessment of the impact of digital services and products on our societies, environment, and economies before they are put on the market
Jakob Wößner is committed to value-based digitalisation that contributes to the good development of humans and nature. He inspires and enthusiastically drives the discourse on responsible transformation in society, business and politics. To this end, he provides inspiration through the practical implementation of CDR at Weleda AG.
Weleda AG is a pioneer in holistic natural cosmetics and anthroposophic medicine. There he is active in organizational development and digital transformation to create sustainable structures.
You can find Jakob's Weleda CDR Booklet, describing their CDR Principles and the role of the CDR Council here.
There is a growing international CDR community, with representatives across government, business and academic institutions in Germany, Austria, UK, Italy, Netherlands and more.
The UN backed Coalition of Digital Environmental Sustainability launched their Action Plan on June 2nd 2022.
It includes reference to CDR, and has synergies at a content level, described in our blog. Both Rob Price & Tim Frick from the CDR community collaborated on this initiative, led by David Jensen.