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  • I Pledge to Build a Stronger Campaign

    YourCause Blog
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    As corporate responsibility becomes increasingly more important to employee culture, we are discovering that CSR professionals are vying to find a CSR platform partner not just a vendor.  In an effort to be a partner to our current and future clients, YourCause has developed an interactive infographic showcasing best practice strategies for Pledge Campaigns. Using industry leading research gathered from both internal and external resources, as well as our own expert experiences with our clients, we are highlighting the 7 Best Practice Tricks and Tips for Pledge Campaign Strategies. Check…
  • Will GRI's new strategy work?

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    elaine
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    GRI has taken on a big role: "Empowering Sustainable Decisions." The new tagline of GRI's 2015-2020 strategy is rather broad brush. GRI is aiming to reach beyond the way organizations collate and report sustainability information to the place where the market actually thinks about what to do with the information that's ordered into neat performance indicators and creatively designed into sustainability reports. At first glance, this is a bit of a wishy-washy strategy, far less concrete and quantitative than we might have expected GRI to deliver, especially since other organizations in this…
  • Ethics of Extended Warranties

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    Chris MacDonald
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Shopping this weekend, I was twice offered the “opportunity” to buy an extended warranty on a consumer good. Both times I declined. In one case, I bit my tongue because the warranty was such a bad deal that I was tempted to chastise the salesman. But in neither case do I think it wrong for the sellers to try to sell the warranty to me. Let me explain. “Extended” warranty offers are of course common these days. Such warranties may cover a longer period of time, or cover a greater range of problems than does the basic warranty that comes with the product. Whether…
  • Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

    edie.net - Latest News
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    It's been a hectic week for sustainability professionals, with the Summer Budget leaving many edie readers with some big numbers to mull over...
  • EuroZone Profiteers: How German and French Banks Helped Bankrupt Greece

    CorpWatch
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Almost none of the huge amount of money
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  • Will GRI's new strategy work?

    elaine
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    GRI has taken on a big role: "Empowering Sustainable Decisions." The new tagline of GRI's 2015-2020 strategy is rather broad brush. GRI is aiming to reach beyond the way organizations collate and report sustainability information to the place where the market actually thinks about what to do with the information that's ordered into neat performance indicators and creatively designed into sustainability reports. At first glance, this is a bit of a wishy-washy strategy, far less concrete and quantitative than we might have expected GRI to deliver, especially since other organizations in this…
  • Between the Lines in CSR Reports

    elaine
    7 May 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I consider it a great privilege to do the work that I do, helping companies develop a strategic approach to corporate responsibility and account for their impacts on society through reporting. While, in general, I am guided by a business approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability, with lots of formal frameworks and disclosures and numbers and charts and value accounting in different forms, some things just make you sit up and stand back and realize again that, ultimately, it's all about people, relationships and solidarity. My work exposes me to the so many ways that companies…
  • Ajinomoto: Courageous reporting practice

    elaine
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    I have always admired the Ajinomoto company of Japan, and back in 2010, I published a review of Ajinomoto's 2009 report. This time, five years later, I returned to Ajinomoto, at the company's request, to review the most recent 2014 Sustainability Report covering fiscal 2013 activities and prepare a commentary for publication. And it was a great pleasure to do so. (I have fond memories of visiting the Ajinomoto offices and factories in Tokyo back in the 1990s at a time when I had never even heard the terms Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. The strong positive impressions…
  • Businesses (still) discriminate against women

    elaine
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    So. Another International Women's Day has come and gone. Celebrating the achievements of women. Doesn't do much for me, I have to say. The implication is that it's sort of amazing or even surprising that women achieve anything at all. Unlike men, for whom achievement is apparently quite natural as they don't have a Day all to themselves, international or otherwise. International Women's Day to me is quite unnecessary. As a woman, wife, mother, business-owner and yes, achiever, in my own modest way, I don't really need a Day. I am happy to celebrate my own achievements in my own way whenever I…
  • Will I take the G4 Exam?

    elaine
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo !GRI has introduced a G4 Exam. With bold billing as the Next Step for Sustainability Professionals, the G4 Exam is a 60 question multiple choice exam covering the GRI reporting phases. GRI says: "The G4 Exam will give candidates an opportunity to demonstrate to the market their ability to use the G4 Guidelines. "I beg to differ. Pay lots of money. Attend a GRI Training Course (typically around Euro 1,500 or more). Pay more money (Euro 315-500 per exam). Take the exam. And WOW. Collect all the certificates and get your name on the GRI website so that people will…
 
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  • Ethics of Extended Warranties

    Chris MacDonald
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Shopping this weekend, I was twice offered the “opportunity” to buy an extended warranty on a consumer good. Both times I declined. In one case, I bit my tongue because the warranty was such a bad deal that I was tempted to chastise the salesman. But in neither case do I think it wrong for the sellers to try to sell the warranty to me. Let me explain. “Extended” warranty offers are of course common these days. Such warranties may cover a longer period of time, or cover a greater range of problems than does the basic warranty that comes with the product. Whether…
  • Business Training Course „Advancing your due diligence approach through stakeholder engagement”

    Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
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  • When is a country too corrupt for Canadians to do business there?

    Chris MacDonald
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Does a brutal dictatorship in the Horn of Africa, featuring systematic slavery and more generally an awful record of human rights abuse sound like a place you want to do business? If so, Eritrea is the destination for you. The tiny State of Eritrea was the subject of a recent scathing report by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Among the report’s findings: “Eritreans are subject to systems of national service and forced labour that effectively abuse, exploit and enslave them for indefinite periods of time.” Little wonder that Eritreans…
  • When is a country too corrupt for Canadians to do business there?

    Chris MacDonald
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Does a brutal dictatorship in the Horn of Africa, featuring systematic slavery and more generally an awful record of human rights abuse sound like a place you want to do business? If so, Eritrea is the destination for you. The tiny State of Eritrea was the subject of a recent scathing report by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Among the report’s findings: “Eritreans are subject to systems of national service and forced labour that effectively abuse, exploit and enslave them for indefinite periods of time.” Little wonder that Eritreans…
  • Thinking Critically about Social Responsibility

    Chris MacDonald
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    I recently participated in a conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), where I gave a short presentation on the role of critical thinking in leading a company toward better social performance. Basically, I argued that in order to motivate employees to embrace some version of CSR — whatever you take that to mean — you need need to think critically about the way your CSR activities dovetail with the goals of your organization, and with the values and commitments that are already motivating your employees. Interestingly, I received some push-back, in the form of a question from…
 
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  • Time I paid up to Danny Blanchflower

    Richard Murphy
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    When Danny Blanchflower and I were both heading for 20,000 twitter followers (and he was a few hundred ahead of me) we made a little bet that the first to thirty thousand had to buy the other dinner. I noted this a few minutes ago: Now it’s also true I have just passed a useful milestone: But, the fact is dinner is on me. When are you in town Danny?
  • If you’re so into respect and inclusion Deloitte why are you assisting the exploitation of the world’s poor?

    Richard Murphy
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Deloitte UK has produced this video on respect and inclusion: I am all for respect and inclusion but in that case I have questions for Deloitte, like how come if you’re so committed to respect and inclusion do you operate in all the major world tax havens when it is known that they help billions flow out of developed countries in ways that are harmful to their well-being? And when you now must know that, if this is true, your involvement in this activity helps undermine the health and education provision for so many children in the world why have you have never talked about that…
  • 3 million new apprenticeships? Really?

    Richard Murphy
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    The Budget report says the government will: introduc[e] a levy on large employers to fund 3 million new, high quality apprenticeships this Parliament Now I approve, very strongly of training and very highly of on the job training. But let’s get real here. There are 28 million or so employees, based on tax records, in the UK. As some do not pay tax and some are part time the total may be a bit over 30 million in reality. Roughly speaking as many now leave the workforce as join it for age reasons: growth is from net migration on the whole. So, on this basis one in ten employees in the UK…
  • Where does £5 billion of tax savings from beating avoidance and evasion come from?

    Richard Murphy
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    This, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, is where a little over £5 billion of savings from tackling tax avoidance and evasion come from over the next five years: The columns represent 2015-16 to 2020-21 and the OBR risk assessment. Those risk assessments are interesting: many of the biggest numbers appear to have high levels of risk attached to them. This is unsurprising.  The OBR obviously have doubt that, despite the supposed allocation of new funds to HMRC that it has sufficient resources to do its job, saying: Our forecast assumes that HMRC’s compliance activities…
  • The plan to make the UK a tax haven continues

    Richard Murphy
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    I have long argued that George Osborne and the Conservatives have had the aim of making the UK a tax haven. Even the FT agrees after yesterday’s cut in the corporation tax rate to 18%: George Osborne’s trademark historical reference in this budget was an old RAF bunker whose restoration he will fund. The chancellor may need that bolt-hole. Cutting corporation tax to 18 per cent by 2020 will be seen as an act of economic warfare by some in the US, Germany and France, where headline rates are 30 per cent or above. A barrage of criticism of the UK as a tax haven will probably ensue.
 
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  • Hold Your Breath: The Fight Over Clean Air Continues

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    EPA opponents just scored a major victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, but it could undermine their larger efforts to undo EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
  • Banks, Brilliant Innovation and the Evolution of NGOs

    Marc Stoiber
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    How can banks join forces with NGOs to create partnerships that redefine social innovation? In this interview with Marc Stoiber, Audette Exel of the Adara Group shares the answer.
  • SunEdison Bets On Emerging-Market Renewables

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the past several months, SunEdison has acquired a portfolio of 757 megawatts of renewable-energy assets (wind, solar and hydro) through nine transactions in seven emerging markets. And SunEdison has made a believer out of big-money investors, having attracted a $175 million equity stake from the private equity firm the Blackstone Group and two others.
  • The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate to improve code then share the results at no cost. But could the open-source approach also help solve the vexed issue of unaffordable housing?
  • South Africa’s Mining Industry Offers a Glimmer of Hope

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Rolling blackouts and energy shortages plagued South Africa for most of 2015. The nation's power-hungry mining industry, Africa’s largest, causes much of the strain – while struggling to cope. But South African miners, having already penetrated off-grid areas, are discovering benefits of renewable energy.
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  • Memes and Large System Change

    Greenleaf Publishing
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Sandra Waddock, Boston College 2015 In 1976 evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The S
  • Perspective: Nationwide Children's Hospital, an Associate's Beacon of Light

    Alliance Data
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    By: Joseph Gilani, director of co-brand product, Alliance Data’s card services business, and his wife, Janet Wheeler-Gilani When our daughter Caroline was diagnosed with cancer just last year at the age of six, our entire family’s world was turned on its head. As we sat in the emergency room trying to comprehend the shattering news, we had never felt more alone – but all of that changed because of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The care that Caroline (and our family) received from Children’s was the best we could have possibly imagined. When you need the medical and technical…
  • Books Double as Subway Tickets in Brazil

    swhartley
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    To promote reading and celebrate World Book Day, Brazilian book publisher L&PM Pocket created an
  • Business and Human Rights and Switzerland - Towards Accountability!

    bslfaculty
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:54 am
    The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which were approved by the UN Human Rights Council unanimously in 2011 rests on three pillars: Countries duty to protect human rights, companies’ duty to respect human rights, the third pillar states that victims of human rights violations must have access to remedies. It has long been clear that since governments signed and ratified human rights conventions they have a duty to ensure such rights are protected, the first pillar was in place but often not implemented.  The second pillar enunciated by John Ruggie, Special Representative…
  • On Starbucks, GMOs, and labeling

    P. F.
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    As you can read from my column here, I’m a Starbucks regular. There are distinctive advantages
 
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  • What Does the Latest ‘Human Capital Report’ Really Offer?

    davidcoethica
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    Before getting to the interesting highlight figures let me frame the perspective early. This is another survey, and definitely of value when wanting to better understand the wider landscape of trends and motivations. The big ‘but’ is, as always, the gap between survey responses and actual action, especially when generated by companies that sell the services that their report findings reinforce. Content marketing is a wonderful thing as long as we understand the context of the headlines and statistics being shared. There are too many mirages out there in social good media land…
  • FIFA – ‘Show Me the Money’

    davidcoethica
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    The ‘beautiful game’ is free-falling through the ugly tree and hitting every branch. Global football is witnessing another slow painful eruption, but this could yet be an big extinction level event for many that has been developing, and well overdue, for decades. Football is by no means isolated as an industry dealing with chunky brown paper envelopes, side deals, special gifts, and clandestine meetings to seal contracts, but FIFA alone, as the governing body for the most popular sport in the world appears uniquely arrogant at its pinnacle. The not-so-surprising but sad and…
  • Act 1, Scene 1: Incremental Is Not Enough

    davidcoethica
    13 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Anything that looks like an erupting spiral galaxy in a pressure cooker looks good to me. As I’m exploring pastures and projects new I’m determined to better share the projects, ideas, people and successes that inspire and challenge me, so here’s a perfect start… If to the cosmic cooking imagery you then add a thoughtfully written dramatisation to creatively engage a wider audience (you know the mainstream one we excitedly think we already do – but don’t) to promote a new take on capitalism, you’ve got my attention, and quite probably a few others who…
  • Invest In Community Solar Energy

    davidcoethica
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Where to start?? There is so much happening right now, and this is me prioritising as I type. Sometimes you just have to do the doing before the planning! There is much more to share and explore soon but first off the mark there is this… The short version: I’m looking for anybody wanting invest £100 (or more, much more, they can cope with bigger!) into a Liverpool based community renewables social enterprise that is about to cause a few solar waves. Click here for more information and the Pioneering Share Offer prospectus. The slightly longer version: Liverpool Community…
  • And the winners of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2015 are…

    davidcoethica
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Not all awards are created equal. To some they are great opportunity to shine a spotlight on success, whilst others see only over indulgent attempts at PR and spin. I’ve always been a supporter of those receiving the credit they deserve for often swimming against the mainstream tide and pushing CSR and sustainability, and awards can be an effectively vehicle for spreading the word. There is also an ever-growing number of awards of countless variations on criteria and the knack is rapidly becoming finding the most relevant awards to your project. It’s worth taking the time to do…
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  • 12 Don’t-Miss CSR & Corporate Volunteering Conferences for Summer/Fall 2015

    Daineal Parker
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    It’s that time of year again! Realized Worth presents all the best CSR and corporate volunteering conferences for the Fall and Summer of 2015. This abridged list (click here for the full version) is limited to those events that address the niche issues facing CSR practitioners; you’ll notice that all-inclusive conferences on general issues such […]
  • Transformation in 30 Minutes or Less or Your CSR is Free!

    Daineal Parker
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:41 am
    When you’re the head of your company’s CSR, finding transactional volunteer options is easy. But what about transformative volunteer options? What happens when the volunteer work gets done, but it just feels like … work? What happens when the nonprofit doesn’t show your employees the connection between their efforts and the impact it creates? And more importantly, how […]
  • Webinar: Changing Corporate Perspectives in Workplace Giving Programs

    Daineal Parker
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    It’s not news that corporate volunteering is on the rise and that the business world is learning to measure the benefits. RW’s Corey Diamond posted the following stats, among others, in a recent article: 87% of employees who volunteered with their companies reported an improved perception of their employer. 64% of employees who actively volunteer said that […]
  • The Key to Your Cause Marketing Strategy

    Daineal Parker
    28 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Today I’m in Chicago for the annual Cause Marketing Forum. While the content of this event’s sessions never fail to provide new information and provoke innovative thinking, it’s the people who motivate me to show up. In the hallways between breakouts and during the evening reception over wine, the Cause Marketing Forum brings together some […]
  • Should the Government Mandate Corporate Volunteering?

    Daineal Parker
    21 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    You may not have heard, but there’s a controversy brewing across the pond, as the re-elected Conservative UK government has mandated that all companies must provide at least 3 days of paid time off (PTO) to their employees to volunteer. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said during the campaign: “What I want to do here is […]
 
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  • Boeing, Japanese Aviation Industry Unveil Biofuel 'Roadmap' to 2020 Olympics

    boeing
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    'Perfect opportunity' to show environmental commitment of Japan and its airlines DESCRIPTION:July 9, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) – a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan's government and the University of Tokyo…
  • Which Type of Sustainability Superhero Are You?

    Justmeans
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    by Julie Fahnestock DESCRIPTION:It is not often I think Hollywood does much right. But in terms of making money, they know exactly how to capture the 30-something audience with remakes of superhero movies. My husband, for example, can’t get enough. While reminiscing over the untold tales deep within his comic book collection, he maps out a plan for every upcoming IMAX, 3D superhero experience. Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Dark Knight. It doesn’t matter if it’s Marvel or DC, if a superhero movie is in the making, my husband is stocking up on Raisenettes. I told him to get ready…
  • Professors: New Coding Platform a Must for Higher-ed Classrooms

    bloomberg
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Computer science profs say coding a must for all students, just like reading and writing; help design new classroom platform. DESCRIPTION:A new coding platform has a mission to elevate the state of coding education in higher-ed classrooms around the world; and one way it’s doing this is through professor buy-in. Bloomberg’s CodeCon platform, which features new weekly challenges this summer, is a browser-based, e-learning platform that enables cloud-hosted programming contests and seeks to reshape the way people improve their coding skills. Continue reading the full article,…
  • Chefs on Wheels

    arbys
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Nicole Duncan DESCRIPTION:Neville Craw had not been on a bicycle since high school, but it did not deter him from pedaling 300 miles in three days between Santa Barbara and San Diego, California. The Arby’s chef was part of Chefs Cycle, a charity program under the larger No Kid Hungry initiative, which seeks to end childhood hunger in the U.S. Only in its second year, Chefs Cycle raised nearly $340,000, which translates to roughly 3.4 million meals for children who would not otherwise have a lunch. Click here to continue reading on qsrmagazine.com. Tweet me: .@Arbys Executive Chef…
  • New Study, Commissioned by Verizon, Addresses a Persistent Knowledge Gap by Analyzing the Financial Impacts of Corporate Responsibility Programs

    Jenna
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    DESCRIPTION:NEW YORK, June 9, 2015 /3BL Media/Those who think corporate responsibility (CR) is at best a nice thing to do, and at worst a distraction, should think again. A comprehensive study commissioned by Verizon and issued today (July 9) by IO Sustainability and Babson College has found that well-designed Corporate Responsibility programs lift sales, increase shareholder value and improve employee productivity. “We commissioned this study to fill a knowledge gap about CR’s true impact on businesses,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, chief corporate responsibility officer for Verizon.  …
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  • A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy

    Geri Stengel
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Being the next Steve Jobs requires a bold vision for your company. So when Joanna Drake Earl, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist, told me about Danielle Applestone’s vision for the Other Machine Co. (OMC) I knew I wanted to talk to her. Applestone’s vision captured the imagination and wallets of more investors in Broadway Angels, a group of world-class angel investors, than any other entrepreneur’s vision. Sounds a lot like Jobs! To read all of A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy go to Forbes.com
  • Child Support Doesn't Have To Create Family Stress

    Geri Stengel
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Creating a product to meet your own big pain point In the U.S. alone,  $200 billion in child support and expenses changes hands annually, according to Sheri Atwood, founder of SupportPay. Parents (the vast majority are dads) don’t have a problem paying for their children’s expenses, they just want to make sure that what they pay is for the child. Parents are 90% more likely to exchange child support and expenses when they clearly see what they are paying for, said Atwood. SupportPay makes sharing expenses transparent as well as easy to do. To reall all of Child…
  • How To Create An Entrepreneurial Community When No One Is Nearby

    Geri Stengel
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sara Davidson needed a boost to grow her own business. But, as a woman entrepreneur in the Midwest, she had trouble finding kindred spirits. The midwest consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It does have cities that are among the top 25 metro areas for women entrepreneurs including Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and St Louis, according to Julie Weeks, president and CEO of Womenable, which researches and recommends policies and programs to…
  • Angels Ignite Blazing Growth for Women Entrepreneurs, More Fuel Needed

    Geri Stengel
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Venture capital decision-makers don’t seem to recognize the investment value of women-led companies. Women investors do, thank you very much. While male VCs are turning their backs on good investments, women angels are not. More than one in four angel investors are now women, an impressive 318% growth in the last 10 years. With the rise of female angel investors, angel-backed, women- led companies has risen as well. Again that magic number: more than one in four angel-backed companies are women-led, a dramatic jump of 234% in 10 years. This is the second of a two-part discussion…
  • Angels Change The Ratio For Women Entrepreneurs

    Geri Stengel
    27 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Women build and leverage the ecosystem While venture capital’s track record with women makes you want scream with frustration, the new angel numbers will make you want to jump for joy. For nearly all metrics, the numbers hit record heights in 2014, according to the Center for Venture Research, which researches angel investments. In 2014: 26% of all angels were women, increasing by an impressive 43% from the previous year. 36% of all companies seeking funding were women, increasing by a whopping 83% from the previous year. 28% of all companies receiving funding were women-run,…
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  • Hold Your Breath: The Fight Over Clean Air Continues

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    EPA opponents just scored a major victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, but it could undermine their larger efforts to undo EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
  • Banks, Brilliant Innovation and the Evolution of NGOs

    Marc Stoiber
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    How can banks join forces with NGOs to create partnerships that redefine social innovation? In this interview with Marc Stoiber, Audette Exel of the Adara Group shares the answer.
  • SunEdison Bets On Emerging-Market Renewables

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the past several months, SunEdison has acquired a portfolio of 757 megawatts of renewable-energy assets (wind, solar and hydro) through nine transactions in seven emerging markets. And SunEdison has made a believer out of big-money investors, having attracted a $175 million equity stake from the private equity firm the Blackstone Group and two others.
  • The Next Big Thing in Open-Source May Be Housing

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate to improve code then share the results at no cost. But could the open-source approach also help solve the vexed issue of unaffordable housing?
  • South Africa’s Mining Industry Offers a Glimmer of Hope

    3p Contributor
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Rolling blackouts and energy shortages plagued South Africa for most of 2015. The nation's power-hungry mining industry, Africa’s largest, causes much of the strain – while struggling to cope. But South African miners, having already penetrated off-grid areas, are discovering benefits of renewable energy.
 
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  • How Certified Renewable Energy Can Power A Sustainable Economy And A Sustainable Future

    Natalia Gorina
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is the most recent article in our series on Energy. For more articles, go to http://www.csrwire.com/blog/series/83-energy-powering-sustainable-futures/posts For a growing number of companies, electricity is a prime resource in the value chain. However, several global corporates have increasingly come under fire from the general public, shareholders and major NGOs with regards to energy procurement. The failure to adequately manage corporate energy can leave a company vulnerable to risks, such as changing regulations and legal requirements. What is more, being seen as a big polluter…
  • Human Rights Due Diligence: Can My Business Start By Focusing On One Or A Few Human Rights?

    Lise Smit
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is the most recent article in our series on Human Rights & Equality. For more articles, go to http://www.csrwire.com/blog/series/82-human-rights-a-rainbow-of-challenges/posts Businesses embarking on human rights due diligence for the first time often assume that they need to focus only on those human rights which are associated with risks in their particular sector. For example, information technology companies may only concern themselves with privacy rights, or pharmaceutical companies may view the right to health to be their most important focal point. It is true that…
  • When The World Shows-Up

    Ron Schultz
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    When the world literally crumbles underfoot, and everything collapses into the dust, trapping and killing thousands, is your first instinct to say, “Thank goodness, that didn’t happen here!” Or let me travel halfway around the world to see how I might be able to help. When the email arrived that Lina was about to get on a plane to fly to Nepal to bring her nursing skills to the dying and injured, the choice seemed unbelievable, at first. As her meditation instructor, I was expected to bring her back to her practice. But here she was, unhesitatingly, taking her practice…
  • Five Ways to Embed Sustainability into a Company’s Core

    Carla Fantoni
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Established companies like Walmart, Unilever, P&G, Coca Cola and PepsiCo are driving positive change in the food and beverage industry with aggressive environmental goals and sustainability priorities. But how are these large organizations able to reach such ambitious targets?  The process begins in house, and it starts by weaving sustainability into a corporation’s core values. At Tetra Pak, communication is the key ingredient for translating environmental sustainability into actionable business imperatives.  This involves aligning strategic agendas and key priorities…
  • Day Three: UNGC Passages on Transition with SDGs, Leadership

    John Paluszek
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    United Nations, June 25- The United Nations General Assembly Hall, the site of many historic events, today was the venue for another -- a projected heightened role for business in the forthcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals and the retirement of Georg Kell, the Global Compact's founding (2000) Executive Director. The General Assembly meeting was framed by the just-released comprehensive, independent Global Compact fifteen year impact report, "Impact - Transforming,  Business, Changing The World". Key conclusions of the report, prepared by DNV GL: "Sustainability…
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    3BL Media blogs

  • Corporations See Faster Sales Growth of Sustainable Products, Study Reveals

    Dave Armon
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Many homeowners who installed energy-saving light bulbs five or 10 year ago were disappointed when they burned out prematurely, especially since the “green” bulbs cost significantly more than the old Thomas Edison-era filament models. Same goes with the first generation of water-saving toilets, which met the government standard but didn’t get the job done reliably. But manufacturers did not stop tinkering with their product designs and have created far superior replacement lines using LED bulbs and bathroom fixtures that actually work effectively while using even less water. A new…
  • Extra Extra: Company Publishes 150+ Page PDF?

    Jenny Robertson
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Let’s face it — if you’re breaking news with a sustainability report, you’re probably doing it wrong. We came to this realization several years ago as we were changing up our reporting structure. We had moving stories, first-hand accounts and brilliant pictures. We also had great data, and loads of information on governance, policies, training and management. Did it really make sense to hold all this material and send it into the world once a year in a fell swoop? Probably not. So we broke our “report” into a real-time blog, and an online reporting resource that we update at…
  • Top Hashtags to Use for CSR & Sustainability Communication Pros

    Suzanne Madore
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Not entirely sure what a hashtag is or how and why you should be using them in your tweets? Check out this blog post: The How’s and Why’s of Using Hashtags on Twitter. Once you have the basic understanding of hashtags down, it’s time to gwork towards selecting and using the best hashtags for your tweets. Recommending hashtags is a task that ranges from simple to nearly impossible, but here are a few things to consider first: What’s the main topic or idea of the tweet’s content? What hashtags are being used in other tweets about similar content? Is this tweet supporting an event or…
  • The How’s and Why’s of Using Hashtags on Twitter: A Primer for CSR & Sustainability Communication Pros

    Suzanne Madore
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Hopefully there is someone on your team in charge of writing tweets to talk about your organization’s corporate social responsibility efforts. Ideally, this person also is well aware of hashtags and this post will give them a few ideas to keep striving for the perfect tweet. I stress the word striving here because social media is like a living creature, just when you think you have it figured out, it changes on you and adjustments will need to be made. If hashtags are still a foreign concept, this post will help with the translation. Many communication pros still struggle with the hashtag…
  • Brand Sustainability Communications Lacking on Facebook, Study Finds

    Dave Armon
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Only 40 percent of 195 multinational consumer goods brands in a new study are communicating about their sustainability efforts on Facebook, and just four companies are doing half of the talking, according to research from Sustainly. Half of the Facebook discussion about sustainability happens on pages managed by McDonald’s, Dove, Coca-Cola and Nescafe, Matthew Yeomans, founder of the UK research firm, reported at Sustainable Brands in San Diego. “We’ve got a failure to communicate on a brand level,” said Yeomans. “Time and time again, on a brand level, companies are nervous about…
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    YourCause Blog

  • From Montfort Road To Tulsa, Oklahoma

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    From Montfort Road to Highlander Way, Lizette Concoran is been there for it all. Lizette currently serves as a Product Manager and is one of our incredible remote employees in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She maintains our company culture by engaging with other employees at YourCause throughout the day. We talked with Lizette and asked three questions to discover what she’s learned while being with the company while working in the office or at her home. Here’s what she had to say:   1. What’s one thing you’ve learned professionally while working at YourCause?  One thing I’ve learned…
  • I Pledge to Build a Stronger Campaign

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    As corporate responsibility becomes increasingly more important to employee culture, we are discovering that CSR professionals are vying to find a CSR platform partner not just a vendor.  In an effort to be a partner to our current and future clients, YourCause has developed an interactive infographic showcasing best practice strategies for Pledge Campaigns. Using industry leading research gathered from both internal and external resources, as well as our own expert experiences with our clients, we are highlighting the 7 Best Practice Tricks and Tips for Pledge Campaign Strategies. Check…
  • No Doors, Lots of Glass.

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
    Having been named a “Top 100 Places to Work – Dallas” company, I have recently been asked by a number of people:  “What’s it like to work at YourCause?”  It is a completely valid question, though one to which I find myself struggling to give a well-formed answer.  You see, I’ve never really given a lot of thought to what it’s like to work at YourCause.  I don’t see this as work,  rather  I see what we’re doing as the ongoing pursuit of a pretty unique and special project that I set out to complete back in 2008.  It’s the pursuit of…
  • We Make A Difference By Being Empowered

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Continuing the theme of “Why YourCause” we are talking to Dustin Joost, Head of Sales and Marketing, to gain insight into his view of why we maintain and nurture a great company culture. As one of my most enthusiastic co-workers we had to sit down and chat to gain his perspective. Check out what Dustin had to say:   1. In your opinion, what makes YourCause more unique than other companies in Dallas? The easy answer is that we’re one of the few for-profit companies who's mission is entirely focused on making the biggest positive impact on non-profits possible. There aren’t many…
  • Fun, Fast and Furry: That is How YourCause Makes a Difference

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    We have asked a number of YourCause employees to answer three questions so that we can share with others what it is like to be a part of our company. This little project has further opened the lines of communication between our employees and shown everyone that there are many reasons that YourCause employees LOVE the company, people and culture. Check out what Erin Elliott, Financial Analyst, had to say.   1. What’s one thing you’ve learned professionally while working at YourCause?  I’ve learned how important it is to work for an organization that values family and…
 
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    Collective Responsibility

  • How Urbanization will Reframe the Next 25 Years of Sustainability

    Rich
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Sustainability in China has been a topic of many conversations for years now. It is a story that has been about smoggy skies and polluted skies, and as the challenges have grown, calls for a different model have grown louder.  It is a story that has gained more steam over the last several years as urban residents have become more numerous, grown wealthy, and are increasingly impatient with the smog. For many foreign firms operating in China, this change in dynamic has often been seen as a threat as regulatory bodies and their enforcement arms have increased their efforts to curb…
  • Discussing Resource Sustainability in China

    Rich
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:28 am
    This week,  we kicked off the Beyond Business as Usual luncheon series of the year by hosting a discussion focused on resources, and the need for firms to look across their industry’s value chain, align it to the China context, and create sustainable mindsets for how they will plan for, and use, resources as they deliver their products and services going forward. To help bring tangibility to the discussion, Frank Rocco, a legal expert and Principal of Frank Rocco & Associates, spoke about his 20+ years of building food and food service companies, and the advisory work he is…
  • Are China’s Cities Headed for a Water Crisis?

    Rich
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:32 am
    Serious water crisis due to never-ending drought struck São Paulo and, consequently, the city faces a massive problem to quench its 20 million citizens’ thirst. Similar situations are affecting cities around the world, including many Chinese cities. For nearly half a century, the capacity and number of rivers in China have decreased significantly, with a 50% reduction due to diversion of water for agriculture and industrial uses. As a result, rivers in China are failing to deliver clean freshwater from their western glacial headwaters to urbanized regions along the way. Coupled with this,…
  • BASF Moves Students From Inspiration to Action

    Rich
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Last week, As part of BASF’s 150th anniversary program in Shanghai, BASF hosted a 24 hour sustainable transportation creatathon involving teams from 7 of Shanghai’s universities. With the goal of the event to inspire the teams to create APP-based solution that would help urban residents make better transport decisions. With China’s struggle with smog, energy security, and traffic conditions becoming a big concern in many cities, the students were inspired by speakers from BASF, BMW, and Autodesk to think out of the box, find ways to engage commuters, and develop some code that would…
  • What’s behind China’s student exodus?

    Rich
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    When Unigroup recently announced that they were now moving twice as many expatriates out of China as they were into China, it created quite a stir for the global press. A piece by the WSJ stated: “For years, China was a promised land for expanding multinationals and manufacturers, drawing hordes of expatriate employees eager to capitalise on the country’s billion-plus consumers. Could those days be over?” It is a question that is certainly important to the readers of the Wall Street Journal, who are largely going to be managers and executives of Western firms, or foreign based…
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    Volunteering Is CSR

  • How VolunteerMatch Volunteers: Stephanie Hong, Engagement Manager

    Tessa Srebro
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    We’vetalkedandtalked(andtalkedandtalked) about the benefits of employee volunteer programs, includingvolunteer time off (VTO). Now we want to show you. In thisseries of blog posts, we’ll interview some of our own employees to find out how they spend their volunteer hours, and why they love VTO. So, who are you? Hi there – my name is Stephanie Hong and I am the Engagement Manager at VolunteerMatch! I am a Bay Area transplant who loves giving back to the place I now call home. Volunteering has been part of my life since I was 7 years old, and I am proud to work at an organization that…
  • Changing Corporate Perspectives on Workplace Volunteer Programs: Q & A, Part 2

    Stephanie Hong
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Angela Parker & Chris Jarvis In last month’s Best Practice Webinar, we heard from Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis, co-founders of Realized Worth about Workplace Volunteer Programs. A few questions from our audience were left unanswered as our allotted time came to a close. Angela and Chris were kind enough to answer these questions offline. In part two of this two-part series, I’m pleased to share these additional insights from Angela and Chris. Q: How aligned does volunteerism need to be with a company’s funding focus areas? We have employees who want to volunteer for…
  • You Have a Great Employee Volunteer Program? Prove It.

    Tessa Srebro
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    VolunteerMatch has been in the employee volunteer program (EVP) space for quite a while. Over 15 years, actually. From our time here, we’ve seen a lot. We’ve talked to a lot of people out in the field, we’ve held a lot of Q&A sessions (both online and off), and we’ve read a lot of articles and research. Through all this, one thing has been painfully clear: Getting internal buy-in for your EVP is one of the most challenging – and most important – parts of a running an EVP. VolunteerMatch allows us to track the participation metrics for our programs…
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Food For Thought

    Tessa Srebro
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The “Food for Thought” series is a roundup of recent CSR-related news, presented to you in one bite-sized post. Millennials Respond Better to Peers than Bosses When Asked to Give From The Chronicle of Philanthropy: New research in the form of The 2015 Millennial Impact Report shows co-worker relationships are very important to millennials. (Also, check out our blog post inspired by this report: Why More Companies Should Offer Skilled Group Volunteer Opportunities) Global Report Sheds Light on Employee Engagement Practices in Five Countries From CSRWire: Check out the new report…
  • Changing Corporate Perspectives on Workplace Volunteer Programs: Q & A, Part 1

    Stephanie Hong
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    In last month’s Best Practice Webinar, we heard from Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis, co-founders of Realized Worth about Workplace Volunteer Programs. We discussed the trends and challenges they’re seeing in their work, recommendations on how to inspire employees to volunteer, and the corporation’s role in a higher calling. The webinar was full of great content and discussion, but a few questions from our audience were left unanswered as our allotted time came to a close. Angela and Chris were kind enough to answer these questions offline. In part of this two-part series, I’m…
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    Sustainable Business Toolkit

  • How Businesses Can Improve Their Environmental Credentials

    Staff Writer
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    It’s a pretty simple state of affairs, one that a staggering 96% of the scientific community agree with; climate change is poised to impact every aspect of our lives, heating the Earth, affecting weather patterns, causing mass extinctions, destroying economies and generally leaving human civilisation in a rather awful state. This is, of course, only set to occur if the world does nothing to solve the problem, however if we do take it on ourselves to make our activities more environmentally friendly, we can weather the climate storm, and be all the more better for it! Businesses,…
  • We’ll have toxic mussels thanks to climate change

    Timothy Chilman
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    Mussels will become toxic within the next century after climate change raises the temperatures of oceans. A study has revealed that in water that is only 36 degrees Fahrenheit warmer, mussels, oysters and other popular shellfish will be inedible. How it will happen It is foreseen that sea temperatures will rise markedly in this time, massively altering marine habitats. Rainfall, too, will increase, lessening the salt concentration of the surface of seas. The timing and duration of monsoon seasons in particular has also been impacted by climate change, further decreasing seawater salinity. The…
  • How to Execute Green Marketing Campaigns on Social Media

    Staff Writer
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Sustainability is already a tough sell, since primary factors for investing in a product or service are driven by price or quality advantage. So, when considering your green marketing campaign, it is important to use all of your marketing resources and to use them well. How to Correctly Engage your Social Media Market Social media is a fantastic platform through which to discuss social issues like environmental consciousness, allowing you to engage both existing and potential customers, but it needs to be done in the right way. According to the 2014 Social Media Sustainability Index by…
  • Climate change causing turtles to produce more females

    Timothy Chilman
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:39 am
    A study published in the journal, Nature Climate Change, has demonstrated that hotter sands, the product of climate change, could cause more turtles to be born female, which will increase their numbers in the short term but ultimately threaten their extinction. The study examined a loggerhead turtle rookery at Cape Verde in the Atlantic ocean that is one of the largest in the world. In humans and other mammals, the gender of offspring is the result of sex chromosomes, but in turtles, it has been known for decades that this is determined by the temperature of the sand in which eggs are buried.
  • Climate Change “hiatus” called into question by NOAA study

    Michael Fuller
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A recently published study has challenged the slowdown in global warming reported by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013. The study produced by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published in the prestigious journal Science on 4th June suggests that the so called “hiatus” in global warming may have been due to artefacts in past datasets and not as many climate change sceptics had hoped a genuine slowdown in the rate of global warming. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report released in 2013-2014 claimed that the global warming…
 
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    Towards 9 Billion

  • Against a dark background – the limits of certainty

    Joss Tantram
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
      “Chaos is found in greatest abundance wherever order is being sought. It always defeats order, because it is better organised.” Terry Pratchett. Thief of Time Through a glass, darkly Certainty and predictability are fundamental elements for any planning process, … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • A planetisation of finance: The Earth as a going concern

    Joss Tantram
    29 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    “We have statesmen and politicians who profess to guide our destinies. Whither are they guiding our destinies?”  H.G Wells Valuing continuing existence In recent decades considerable effort has been invested into describing and identifying the planet’s natural environment in terms … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • Utility – the fundamental metric of social impact

    Joss Tantram
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” John Donne Is the world a better place because we exist? Socially useful business is neither a new idea … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • I agree 10 per cent – the principle of minimum consensus

    Joss Tantram
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
     “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton I agree 100% How many times can we honestly say that we really agree one hundred percent with someone else on an issue? It is certainly not unknown, however … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • Show me the money! Sustainability and financial outperformance

    Joss Tantram
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    “The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. Its province is to assist us in making available what we are already acquainted with.” Ada Lovelace At the leading edge of sustainability best practice some leading companies are already … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
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