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  • 20 Illities of Sustainability Reporting

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    elaine
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    There are many different elements - I am calling them call them illities - which are  worth taking into account when producing a sustainability report. As I witness the transition of G3 to G4... yes.. more than 50 G4 reports to date in my personal G4 database ... and more on the way.... I thought it might be worth taking a step back and highlighting some of the features that make sustainability reporting sustainability reporting. In a good sense, that is. You may recognize some of my illities as part of our regular reporting frame of reference, but I added a…
  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog
    Geri Stengel
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking. “Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. read more
  • 6,000 European Sustainability Reports... coming soon

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    elaine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Get ready, folks. The sustainability reporting revolution has just heated up. Congratulations to the European Parliament for taking this major step towards the transparency and accountability of European business. On 15th April, 599 members of the European Parliament passed a vote to amend Directive 2013/34/EU and require mandatory disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies and groups  on a "report or explain" basis for all European-based "Public Interest Entities" (PIEs) of 500 employees or more (or by parent companies of European-based 500+ PIEs).
  • Can Corporations Have Religion?

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    Chris MacDonald
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important pair of cases, namely Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are companies that want to be allowed to opt out, on religious grounds, of the U.S. Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer health plans pay for contraception. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, after all, forbids the government from passing laws that restrict the free exercise of religion, and the practice of some religions includes refusal to engage in (or, apparently, to promote) the use of certain…
  • Apple: climate change is real and it's a real problem

    edie.net - Latest News
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Technology company claims 94% of its corporate facilities are now powered by renewable energy
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  • 6,000 European Sustainability Reports... coming soon

    elaine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Get ready, folks. The sustainability reporting revolution has just heated up. Congratulations to the European Parliament for taking this major step towards the transparency and accountability of European business. On 15th April, 599 members of the European Parliament passed a vote to amend Directive 2013/34/EU and require mandatory disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies and groups  on a "report or explain" basis for all European-based "Public Interest Entities" (PIEs) of 500 employees or more (or by parent companies of European-based 500+ PIEs).
  • 20 Illities of Sustainability Reporting

    elaine
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    There are many different elements - I am calling them call them illities - which are  worth taking into account when producing a sustainability report. As I witness the transition of G3 to G4... yes.. more than 50 G4 reports to date in my personal G4 database ... and more on the way.... I thought it might be worth taking a step back and highlighting some of the features that make sustainability reporting sustainability reporting. In a good sense, that is. You may recognize some of my illities as part of our regular reporting frame of reference, but I added a…
  • The Commoditization of Materiality Feedback

    elaine
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:50 pm
    A popular post of a while back related to us poor cheapskate consultants not accepting to do work for free. I got a lot of feedback on that post, all of it positive and supportive. This time, I want to refer to a different challenge, as while some of the symptoms generally show up in the same form, this is rather different.Let's start with a case in point. I recently received the following email - representative of several of those I receive on an every increasingly frequent basis.Dear Ms. Cohen, We are undertaking a review of our most material corporate responsibility (CR) issues and would…
  • Rights is the new black

    elaine
    26 Feb 2014 | 4:32 pm
    At the Third Smarter Sustainability Reporting conference this week in London (more about that to come on the CSR Reporting Blog), we were privileged to hear from Erinch Sahan, Policy Advisor, Private Sector, Oxfam GB about the updated Behind the Brands Scorecard, released today, 26th February. Erinch gave a passionate, informative and entertaining overview of the work he and his team have been leading at Oxfam. Sort of a Behind the Scenes at Behind the Brands.As you may know, Behind the Brands is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign to help create a world where everyone has enough to eat. Oxfam…
  • Smarter Sustainability Vacations

    elaine
    23 Feb 2014 | 2:51 pm
    And just in time, ahead of the start of the Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference in London on Tuesday this week, a quick review of TUI Travel and the exciting world of sustainable tourism.TUI Travel plc is one of the world’s leading leisure travel companies, with over 240 brands in 180 countries and more than 30 million customers. With an aim to "make travel experiences special", TUI Travel employs 54,000 people in 31 key markets.TUI Travel is a seasoned sustainability reporter and has published five reports to date. The most recent is a GRI G3 Application Level C report and its a…
 
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  • Can Corporations Have Religion?

    Chris MacDonald
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important pair of cases, namely Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are companies that want to be allowed to opt out, on religious grounds, of the U.S. Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer health plans pay for contraception. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, after all, forbids the government from passing laws that restrict the free exercise of religion, and the practice of some religions includes refusal to engage in (or, apparently, to promote) the use of certain…
  • Japan’s loophole flouting is bad for business

    Chris MacDonald
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    In government, as in business, it’s important to think not just about the direct effects of your actions, but also about the indirect effect your actions have in terms of the example they set for others, and the way your actions shape who you are. Bearing that in mind: what message do you think the cynical letter-of-the-law approach that the government of Japan has heretofore taken to the question of whaling has on business culture in Japan? As you may have heard, U.N. Court recently ordered Japan to stop whaling in the southern ocean. And it seems like Japan has decided to honour the…
  • A practitioner’s reflections on the problems of shared value

    Crane and Matten Blog
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    After our article on shared value came out in the California Management Review, and we published our last blog piece summarizing our critique, we've had a lot of response from various academics and practitioners in the corporate responsibility field. In fact, we've probably had more emails, comments and calls on this one article than we've had on anything else we've ever published. It has clearly struck a nerve. In the main, these responses have been very positive, suggesting that a lot of people have just been waiting for an article like this to come out. Here's just a smattering of some of…
  • Bribery is Still a Challenge for International Business

    Chris MacDonald
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Bribery and other forms of corruption continue to pose a challenge to international business. Bribery is a problem because it distorts markets, saps economies, and hurts local communities. For all these reasons, bribery is illegal just about everywhere that has a functioning legal system. And as reported recently in the Wall Street Journal, many countries are stepping up efforts at enforcing anti-bribery laws. Both because of the possibility of prosecution, and because of the slippery slope between bribery and other forms of criminality, bribery poses significant business risks. Clearly,…
  • Baseless Accusations Aimed at Lady Gaga’s Charity Foundation

    Chris MacDonald
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Accusations recently arose that Lady Gaga’s charitable foundation, the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), was spending its money in what looked like an irresponsible way. For example: according to 2012 tax filings, BTWF spent almost $60,000 on publicity fees, $50,000 on social media, and nearly $80,000 on travel, but spent “only” $5000 in the form of “grants to organizations or individuals.” BTWF was founded in 2011 to “foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.” But how, commenters wondered, could…
 
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  • The April TaxCast from the Tax Justice Network

    Richard Murphy
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    The April 2014 TaxCast from the Tax Justice Network is out. As they say of it: Forget Congress! The Taxcast looks at the latest US state to take matters into its own hands and legislate against tax havens. Also: the scandal of how the Bank for International Settlements has kept offshore private wealth data to itself, the British government tries to impress its friends in Washington with a ‘tough’ new tax evasion offence, taxing problems in Nigeria and…how will UK Parliamentarian Lord Blencathra manage now that his ÂŁ12,000 (c.$20,000) a month contract with the Cayman Islands…
  • What we so desperately need is government for the interests of the many

    Richard Murphy
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    You could dismiss one report in the Guardian this morning as being of minor concern. It says: The prime minister, himself a pheasant shooter and deer stalker, is understood to have intervened in December to stop a rise in the cost of a gun licence, which has been frozen at ÂŁ50 since 2001 – just over a quarter of the ÂŁ196 that it costs police to issue the licence. But that’s not a minor concern; it is indicative of what is happening in a government that has lost all touch with any reality but that of the self interest of that tiny proportion of society whose interests it serves. We…
  • Vince Cable’s threats won’t beat excess pay. Only real sticks will do that

    Richard Murphy
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Vince Cable is trying to play tough on executive bonuses. According to press reports he’s said that either businesses must take action to curb them or the government will. It’s a pretty hollow promise for at least six reasons. First, this has been said before and nothing’s happened. Second, this comes from the government that has gone to Europe to defend the right of banks to pay extortionate bonuses. Third, the government is turning a blind eye to the blatant evasion of the EU bonus cap. Fourth, this government no longer has time left to it to legislate on almost anything…
  • The rentiers reign

    Richard Murphy
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    According to my dictionary rentiers are defined as: What’s the relevance? It’s this: That came from the Guardian website a few minutes ago. It reminded me of something I read overnight, from US economist Dean Baker: The pharmaceutical industry … benefits from enormous rents through government granted patent monopolies. We spend more than $380 billion (2.2 percent of GDP) a year on drugs. We would spend 10 to 20 percent of this amount in a free market. We would not only have cheaper drugs, but likely better medicine if we funded research upfront instead of through patent…
  • Is BEPS the end of the line for the OECD taxation model?

    Richard Murphy
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I was asked to do on interview on various aspects of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profits Shifting (BEPS) process on Good Friday and actually gave it yesterday. In the intervening three days I had ample time to consider issues over above and beyond the subject of hybrid entities that we were meant to be discussing. Since I have no doubt only a few selected quotes will be used from the interview let me offer some of the broader thoughts here. First, let’s be clear that BEPS is a G20 initiative, not just an OECD one. That means it involves a slightly bigger participating range of…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement

    Jan Lee
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do businesses in the apparel industry ensure that their customer base will not only stay, but grow? We talk to two companies and look at recent statistics that suggest the success of a sustainable business starts, like everything else, with the environment.The post Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Sustainable Seafood and Impact Investing: Getting the Money Where Its Needed

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Despite recent encouraging efforts to spur an impact investing revolution in fisheries, we’re still a long way from a developed investment marketplace that would become a powerful engine for change.The post Sustainable Seafood and Impact Investing: Getting the Money Where Its Needed appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

    RP Siegel
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.The post 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    This past Friday, we received the welcome news from the State Department that the review period for the Keystone XL pipeline would be extended – a decision that offers both an opportunity and an acknowledgment. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity for the State Department to address the inherent flaws in its environmental review by looking at Keystone XL through a simple prism: Is the pipeline truly in America’s national interest?The post Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Any currency has value -- but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.The post SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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    NAVEX Global

  • Getting Ahead of the Changing Legal Landscape Around Marijuana Use: Avoiding Nine Common Policy Mistakes

    Ingrid Fredeen
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Once a policy that typically needed little attention or updating, the legalization of marijuana—even for the limited purpose of medical use—is throwing companies’ drug & alcohol use policies into the spotlight. Navigating Conflicting State & Federal Laws Both Colorado and Washington recently passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana use. But loosening the reins on marijuana is a trend that is not isolated to these states.Tags: PolicyRiskCorporate CultureLegal
  • Efficient, Nimble, Defensible: More Benefits of Using Short Form Compliance Training

    Simmi Singh Corcoran
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In our first post on burst learning, we covered five key benefits of using burst learning, an approach to ethics and compliance training that utilizes engaging five-to seven-minute products to accomplish any number of an organization’s training objectives.Tags: Burst LearningTrainingOnline TrainingCompliance Training VideosEthics and Compliance
  • NAVEX Global Customers Protected from “Heartbleed” Vulnerability

    Bob McCarter
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The “Heartbleed” cybersecurity vulnerability has received a great deal of media attention in the past few days. Safeguarding the ethics and compliance data we process for customers is one of our top priorities. We would like to share the measures we have taken to protect our clients and partners from this risk. BackgroundTags: HeartbleedClientIT
  • Memorable, Affordable, Powerful: The Benefits of Using Short Form Compliance Training

    Simmi Singh Corcoran
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sometimes, short is not only sweet—it’s powerful.  Burst learning is an approach to ethics and compliance training that utilizes engaging five-to seven-minute videos to accomplish any number of an organization’s training objectives—from nimbly addressing a pressing “hot topic” issue to providing appropriate, affordable training for third parties.Tags: Burst LearningTrainingOnline TrainingCompliance Training VideosEthics and Compliance
  • New Video Series Provides Peer-To-Peer Ethics & Compliance Training for Senior Executives

    Simmi Singh Corcoran
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ethics and compliance training programs are typically designed for employees, and often do not address the issues and the specific responsibilities that high-level executives face daily. These leaders can pose the highest potential risk if they abuse their influence in the company or fail to spot and respond to ethical lapses.Tags: TrainingEthics and ComplianceOnline TrainingNAVEX Exchange
 
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  • How To Create A Sustainable Brand In 90 Minutes

    David Connor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
      Book Review: Latest in the DoShorts series - ‘Creating a Sustainable Brand’ by Henk Campher   Simplicity is beautiful. In a world saturated by gurus (I even shivered typing that word) and wanna-be experts lining up with their jargon bazookas in strained attempts to prove Einstein’s alleged quote wrong… If you can’t explain it simply you don’t know it well enough. ..well they do have to justify fees, real wisdom is usually drowned out in the melee.   One such source of accessible knowledge is the DoShorts range of books. In particular,…
  • Did Apple Hear Me?

    davidcoethica
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
      Hi folks. It’s been a while. Life got busy without asking first. More posts and more updates to come soon, and I was trying to get the foundations of the change done before posting again, but I just couldn’t resist, and here’s why, something important is getting ‘Better’…     For those new to these parts, I’ve had a love hate relationship with Apple as long as I’ve been involved in the world of CSR. Beautiful design and killer marketing has constantly torn at my belief that Apple was one of the most guilty by avoidance in the…
  • Social Innovation + CSR = #3BLchat

    David Connor
    13 Dec 2013 | 4:49 am
    A quick date for your diaries, and a new hashtag to watch out for… Next Tuesday, 17 December, I will be hosting the first ever #3BLchat for 3BL Media. This 60 minute Twitter chat will see guest expert Susan McPherson explore “Social Innovation and CSR: The New Frontier”, sharing her wide experience and providing real world examples to inspire change and collaboration. For more information about the event and our guest click here. It would be great to see some friends Twitter profiles taking part during the event and if you can help spread the word to your networks…
  • Shared Value: Business Opportunity

    David Connor
    11 Oct 2013 | 3:29 am
    Michael Porter knows his stuff. He’s a professor at Harvard and widely respected author on strategic thinking in business, especially of multiple books with ‘Competitive’ in the title.  More importantly though is his attention to the less traditional side of competitive business, my side, the good side. The capitalist system is under siege. One ongoing focus of this attention has been his interrogation of the world of CSR. A couple of years ago he, along with Mark Kramer, unleashed Creating Shared Value (CSV) into the wild, yet another consultant friendly Three Letter…
  • The Most Amazing Sport You’ve Never Seen

    David Connor
    11 Jun 2013 | 5:49 am
      Who would like to support one of the most amazing sports that most people have never seen? Imagine a cross between ice hockey and 5-a-side football. Power, balance, passion and skills – all with metal sticks and a football. This is of course  a very overt request for partners to step forward. The amputee footballers of England (and the wider UK) have been growing their own sport for some years now with only relatively superficial support. I’ve been away from the sport for too long and want to help these elite athletes and the grassroots programme that supports them.
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    Realized Worth

  • Employee Volunteering Makes Shared Value Possible: The Transformative Value Series

    Realized Worth
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    How is corporate volunteering and workplace giving essential to achieving the ambitions of Shared Value? Good question. Not everyone agrees that these types of programs have any role to play in Shared Value strategies. We argue that without providing these experiences for employees your best ambitions will have serious limitations.  Not everyone sees value The aspirations of […]
  • Global Pro Bono – What’s it Worth? (Part 2)

    Daineal Parker
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    More and more companies are launching international corporate volunteering programs. So what do these companies get in return for their investment? What’s it really worth? This is the conclusion a 2-part blog.  By Laura Asiala, Senior Director of Client Relations and Public Affairs, PYXERA Global Are there real business drivers in Global Pro Bono? In part 1 […]
  • Global Pro Bono – What’s It Worth? (Part 1)

    Daineal Parker
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    More and more companies are launching international corporate volunteering programs. So what do these companies get in return for their investment? What’s it really worth? This is part 1 of a 2-part blog.  By Laura Asiala, Senior Director of Client Relations and Public Affairs, PYXERA Global What is the ROI of Global Pro Bono? This is […]
  • Choosing A Vendor For Giving & Volunteering? Here’s Some Help

    Realized Worth
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    Picking a vendor for your employee volunteering and giving program?  Here’s some guidance that may save you some time and headache. Choosing a Vendor? Managing your employee volunteering and giving program can be exhausting – but it shouldn’t be. There are some great online tools and technology to help you plan and manage great events, communicate […]
  • PODCAST: A Look At International Volunteering

    Daineal Parker
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:27 am
    Realizing Your Worth, Episode II: A Look At International Volunteering with Laura Asiala, PYXERA Global A discussion with Laura Asiala, PYXERA Global‘s Senior Director of Client Relations and Public Affairs, covering shared value, what “PYXERA Global” stands for, and much more. Click the player below to listen. About our guest Passionate about the power of business to solve-or help […]
 
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  • Excellent Appliance Repair Suggestions

    bnadmin
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    When you require repairs done on your home appliances, you have to discover a repair service company that does repair works on the leading name brand devices. This is not only an assurance that they can render any kind of repair on the home appliance, however also that they will have spare parts in establishment, for the name brand device you have, if a replacement is needed. This suggests you will not have to wait a number of weeks for them to order a part, and that they will have all required devices with them, when you work with the company to perform all essential repair works on the…
  • Appliance Repair In Philadelphia

    bnadmin
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Before working with an appliance repair in Philadelphia tech, as a property owner, you want to find out what work they do. Some techs specialize in motor repair work, others will specialize in fixing only particular kinds of home appliances. Some business further specialize, and just carry out repair service on specific name brand names. Depending on the home appliance, just how much you want to spend, and exactly what level of proficiency you are looking for, you will find that shops which focus on numerous areas, tend to offer the best rates, and have techs which are more well-informed in…
  • Best Places For Appliance Repair In Boston

    bnadmin
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Rate matching is something numerous repair service techs supply to homeowner, when they speak to the company for appliance repair. When you hire a business that assures their pricing quote for a set time frame, as well as guarantees price matching, you can hire the very best tech for the task. So, it is important to obtain a few quotes for repair work, and to compare repair service business, to discover the most qualified. With a pricing match, you not only get to work with the most certified, you likewise will not be overcharged for the work they complete. When you need repairs done on your…
  • Great Appliance Repair Tips

    bnadmin
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:27 am
    When you require appliance repair services, it is a great idea to find out if your appliances can use generic replacement parts, or should use the brand parts, if replacement or spares are required. With generic brand names, not just can you save, however if they work with the home appliance, they ought to work just as the name brand names do. With particular home appliances, you need to buy the same name brand name replacement part, in order for it to be compatible. Checking out a trusted repair shop, not only will you find out what damage work has to be finished, but likewise exactly what…
  • Tree Service In Amarillo And Making Your Garden Interesting

    bnadmin
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Your garden is not just made of shrubs and small plants but it is also made of the trees in it and therefore you should also be able to maintain the trees. This is possible with the help of various companies who offer tree service in Amarillo. In other cases where the tree is not bringing you benefits, you can hire tree removal in Amarillo to get rid of this problem. Other ways to make your garden more interesting can also be found below. The world of organic gardening is very vast and exciting. There are so many ways that one can enter and use their knowledge of this field to help themselves…
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    Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Cause Marketing News

  • Amidst Budget Cuts, Nonprofit Little Kids Rock to Expand Music Education in Los Angeles Public Schools with Instrument Donation

    ecomedia
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    The SoCal Acura Dealers Association will fund free instrumental music programs for more than 8,400 additional public school students in Los Angeles DESCRIPTION:April 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Due to an alarming amount of budget cuts to inner city public schools’ music programs, Southern California Acura Dealers have partnered with EcoMedia to provide funding to national nonprofit Little Kids Rock to expand its free and innovative music education programming to more than 8,400 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Representatives from Southern California Acura Dealers and…
  • CR Magazine's 15th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List Announcement

    Henry Frechette III
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    To see who made the list this year, please join us on April 24th at 12:00 p.m. EDT. DESCRIPTION:April 23, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Please join Corporate Responsibility Magazine as it announces its 15th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens List Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. This list recognizes public companies which had outstanding corporate-responsibility performances in 2013. The 100 Best List documents 298 data points of disclosure and performance measures — harvested from publicly available information in seven categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human…
  • SAP Africa’s Innovative Mobile Birth App To Increase Kenyan Citizenship Registration

    leslie
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    DESCRIPTION:Up until now, the number of birth registrations, especially in rural areas of Africa, remains low with only fifty percent of children being registered on average. Children born in Kenya must be registered within 90 days of their birth. If they are not citizens face costly, lengthy processes to register their children which, if not done, can prevent them from accessing vital state resources like education, healthcare and ultimately, productive employment. At Connected Kenya, the leading East African public services and private sector ICT convention, SAP Africa announced the launch…
  • Myth or Fact: Can Reading this Online Really Damage Your Brain?

    domtar
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    DESCRIPTION:  Posted on Fiberlines   A recent Washington Post article by Michael Rosenwald caught my attention last week, mostly because I saw my screen-addicted, content-overloaded self in the suggestion that our brains are re-wiring themselves to cope with the new way of reading (i.e. skimming and link-jumping between sources).   The human brain is remarkably adaptable, and there is a growing body of research documenting the digital age’s impact on how we read. It seems that the cognitive adaptability that is allowing us to successfully skim the sea of pixels is also resulting in a…
  • The Thousand Cuts of the Mundane

    keystone
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    DESCRIPTION:I am in the midst of helping to design a number of display panels to teach people about the history of Pennhurst State School v. Haldeman, the landmark case which firmly put to bed the notion that institutionalization was any kind of a good “answer” to what ought to happen to marginalized people. Although more than 10,000 people entered the doors of Pennhurst, and spent at least a part of their lives in deep segregation, their lives serve as a testimony to the human spirit, and what has finally been learned about the ultimate failure of the institutional models to contribute…
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • 5 Women Named Ambassadors For Entrepreneurship By White House

    Geri Stengel
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Prosperous economies have steady streams of companies starting up and growing. Especially vital are the high-growth firms that market innovative technologies, products, and business models. These companies create the rags-to-riches path that has come to be known as the American Dream. read more
  • How To Turn A Problem Into A Business

    Geri Stengel
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Women know what women need. Think Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, creating a comfortable undergarment to eliminate her unsightly panty lines. read more
  • How Women Are Using Crowdfinancing to Redefine Wall Street

    Geri Stengel
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Plenty of ambitious women in the financial services industry have banged their heads into the glass ceiling and some, like Mickie Siebert back in the ‘60s, break it. She was the first woman to get a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and was the first woman to head a NYSE’s member firm. read more
  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

    Geri Stengel
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking. “Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. read more
  • 4 Reasons Women Are More Responsible Entrepreneurs Than Men

    Geri Stengel
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    Social responsibility is second nature to female entrepreneurs When it comes to social responsibility the answer is “yes,” according to 2013 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth. Successful women are more likely than successful men to own a business so they can pursue a personal passion and to make a positive impact on the world. These women are also far less likely than than their male counterparts to take actions such as moving the company to another state, eliminating staff or reducing employee benefits in response to increased tax burden. read more
 
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    The Shareholder Activist

  • Call for Papers – Journal of Corporate Finance

    James McRitchie
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Since the Cadbury Report was published in 1992 in the UK, there has been increasing emphasis not just by UK regulators but also by regulators from other countries, including the USA and Continental Europe, of the role of boards of directors in corporate governance. However, 20 years down the line it is still uncertain whether boards of directors are able to fulfill the important role they have been assigned by regulators. For example, the academic literature on the impact of board composition, in particular the proportion of outside, non-executive directors, is as yet inconclusive as very few…
  • Corporate Governance Quick Bites

    James McRitchie
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:48 am
    Holly Gregory’s post Applying Securities Laws to Social Media Communications is the best I’ve seen on when the SEC’s Enforcement Division is likely to recommend an enforcement case to the Commission based on the potential for liability arising from disclosures by corporate officers through social media. As widely reported, including by WSJ, Netflix and CEO Reed Hastings both received Wells Notices from the SEC, related to something Hastings wrote on Facebook back in June 2012. (Netflix Gets Wells Notice Over CEO Hastings’ Facebook Post, 12/6/2012) To date, the SEC has issued…
  • International Review Focuses on Executive Compensation

    James McRitchie
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    I received my copy of the November edition of Corporate Governance: An International Review a couple of weeks ago (yes, they usually run late). It is a special issue on executive compensation with the usual diversity of well-researched articles from around the globe. I notice that most, if not all, of the articles are available online for free, so if you don’t subscribe to the best journal on international corporate governance research, this is your opportunity to see a little of what you are missing
 although each issue is substantially different. I suspect the contents are being made…
  • Campaign for Trust Kicks Off Campaign

    James McRitchie
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    After a well-documented 10+ years of declining trust in government, business and the media, Trust Across America (TAA) and its ambassadors are launching the Campaign for Trustℱ, a two-year initiative to reverse this cycle. Said Barbara Brooks Kimmel, a Co-founder and the Executive Director: As the leaders in information, standards, data and the Who’s Who of trustworthy business, this is the next step in our initiative that began in 2009. The evidence is irrefutable. Cultures of trust, created by leaders who are credible, respectful and fair bring with them significant economic,…
  • Video Friday: Shareholder Wealth – From Predictable Returns to Casino

    James McRitchie
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    Reuters’ blogger Felix Salmon shares a surprising list of which companies over the last 90 years have generated the most wealth for shareholders, and which ones have destroyed it. Will we get to a market that generates sustainable wealth? What role will corporate governance play in moving from an economy built around extraction of wealth from the natural environment to working in harmony with nature? To contact James McRitchie directly, please email jm@corpgov.net
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement

    Jan Lee
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do businesses in the apparel industry ensure that their customer base will not only stay, but grow? We talk to two companies and look at recent statistics that suggest the success of a sustainable business starts, like everything else, with the environment.The post Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Sustainable Seafood and Impact Investing: Getting the Money Where Its Needed

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Despite recent encouraging efforts to spur an impact investing revolution in fisheries, we’re still a long way from a developed investment marketplace that would become a powerful engine for change.The post Sustainable Seafood and Impact Investing: Getting the Money Where Its Needed appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

    RP Siegel
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.The post 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    This past Friday, we received the welcome news from the State Department that the review period for the Keystone XL pipeline would be extended – a decision that offers both an opportunity and an acknowledgment. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity for the State Department to address the inherent flaws in its environmental review by looking at Keystone XL through a simple prism: Is the pipeline truly in America’s national interest?The post Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Any currency has value -- but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.The post SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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    CSRWire Blog

  • The Polar Bear Is Us: Communicating the Climate Crisis

    Francesca Rheannon
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Francesca Rheannon Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, most humans on the planet have not woken up to the crisis of global warming. A recent poll by Gallup showed that, although a majority of Americans understand that climate change is happening now and is caused by human activity, they rate it dead last on a list of issues to take action on. This, despite the fact that the IPCC reports we have 15 years (some climate scientists say five) to start decreasing carbon emissions or we can kiss our livable atmosphere goodbye. We’ve already exceeded 400 parts per million of…
  • What's in a Name? Introducing Campbell's 2014 CSR Report

    Guest Contributors
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Niki Kelley King, Manager-CSR Program Office, Campbell Soup We’ve just launched our 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report titled, What’s in a Name? This is Campbell’s fifth comprehensive CSR report and demonstrates the shift underway at our company. Along with a new look and feel, the report outlines our priorities and showcases our progress against our 2020 CSR goals. How Is This Report Different? We're celebrating our 145th anniversary this year and we wanted to embark on what has become an exhaustive annual exercise in data collection a tad differently. So…
  • #SustyBiz: Can Corporate Sustainability & Economic Growth Coexist?

    Aman Singh
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
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  • Happiness in the House: Vermont Adopts Genuine Progress Indicator

    Laura Musikanski
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Laura Musikanski, Executive Director, The Happiness Initiative On Wednesday, April 9th the Vermont House of Representatives opened the 93rd Day of the session with happiness. It all started with a walk. Two years ago, my friends Linda Wheatley and Paula Francis decided to walk from Vermont to Washington DC. They wanted to hear people’s reflections about the idea that we all have an “inalienable right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” They called it the Pursuit of Happiness Walk. They walked from town to town, word spreading of their journey before them. In most…
  • Addressing Hunger & Obesity: General Mills Lays Out Framework

    General Mills
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Maha Tahiri, Chief Health & Wellness Officer, General Mills General Mills – a company that produces staples in American kitchens like Cheerios, Green Giant and Yoplait, among others – recently celebrated more than 50 years of having a dedicated nutrition department. We were one of the first in the food industry to have a department devoted to health and nutrition. The department has evolved into the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition (BIHN), and continues to influence the development of quality-differentiated products that nourish lives and contribute to healthy living.
 
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    Corporate Philanthropy Volunteering Blog

  • Give Your Dear Mother (Earth) a Gift on Her Special Day

    Ryan Scott
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Every day should be Earth Day. That said, the official Earth Day celebration takes place once a year, an occasion when over a billion people in 190 countries take action, whether in the form of planting trees, cleaning up their communities, or doing anything else that says “I love you” to the environment. This time of year, corporate philanthropy leaders often look for ways to shine a spotlight on their companies’ efforts at greening the planet.  Dayton Hudson Corporation, now better known as Target, got the ball rolling on this front by giving out free trees to its customers on…
  • Magic Hour for Causes

    Ryan Scott
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Happy 40th, National Volunteer Week.        Endorsed and supported by President Obama, Congress and other national and state leaders, National Volunteer Week kicked off on April 6th this year and winds down on April 12th, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events having taken place throughout the week.  The President called upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across our country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.   Ever since 1974, when President Nixon first set the ball in…
  • Real Business Philanthropy Starts with Real Stories

    Ryan Scott
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Storytelling is a hot marketing buzzword these days, and for good reason; in the business world, it’s the newest form of smart corporate communications.  Telling your story is imperative for many aspects of business, and a particularly important practice when it comes to strategic philanthropy Administrators of successful volunteer and giving programs understand that storytelling makes a big difference in how their corporate philanthropy efforts impact their chosen causes as well as their employees and business community.  How, what and to whom you communicate information about…
  • Breaking Down the Benefits of Gifts In Kind

    Ryan Scott
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In kind giving is the low hanging fruit of corporate philanthropy, an excellent way for business leaders to give back by leveraging their corporate strengths and assets.  It can be an easy lift for companies, with the reward of a nice tax deduction accompanying the significant impact in one’s community or across the world (in the case of donating materials to assist with global disasters, for example).  Not to mention increased employee engagement, recruitment, retention and the plain ol’ good karma of responsible corporate citizenship. The IRS regulations when it comes to gifts…
  • Mind the Gap: a Tragic Waste of Talent

    Ryan Scott
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Recently, I was chatting with a close friend who holds a senior position at a Fortune 50 company.  This is someone who is utterly driven, obsessed with work and defined in large part by his professional life, rarely slowing down to catch his breath.  But a back injury had forced him to slow down.  In fact, the injury was significant enough that he’d been compelled to take a medical leave for a couple of months.   Now my buddy was due to return to work, and I asked him how he was feeling.  His answer stunned me.  Having taken a step back from the day to day…
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    Volunteering Is CSR

  • How a Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership Created Something Amazing

    Maura Koehler-Hanlon
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    In my role at VolunteerMatch I see a lot of partnerships – between corporations, nonprofits, schools, government agencies, departments, teams and individuals. I truly believe that as we all try to solve the world’s biggest challenges, it is only through true partnerships that we make progress. At VolunteerMatch we partner with companies in many different ways: to scale employee engagement, build actionable cause marketing and inspire volunteering and social impact. I am particularly proud of the partnership we’ve developed with UnitedHealth Group – they are…
  • Meet the Team: Shannon David, Senior Associate, Community Support

    Shari Ilsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    They have facilitated millions of employee volunteer hours. All they have to do is pick up the phone, and corporate executives invest in volunteering. Some claim that they came up with the term “CSR.” They are: The Most Interesting Client Relations Managers in the World. 1. Give us your elevator speech — what do you do at VolunteerMatch? I support the community of nonprofits and volunteers that visit our site every day. Whether it’s a volunteer looking for a way to get involved in their hometown, or a nonprofit looking to grow their volunteer program, I’m here to…
  • Loop Them In: How to Help Your Remote Employees Feel like Local Volunteers

    Laura Ellis
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    A Whirlpool employee works on some sporting equipment during the company’s Volunteer Week. Whether your company is large or small, many volunteer programs face the challenge of successfully communicating and implementing a volunteer program for their field-based and remote employees. Unlike a typical employee environment, these remote employees may be working odd hours that don’t coordinate with group volunteering, or working in an inconvenient location that doesn’t allow them to volunteer with their coworkers, or even volunteer at all! Employees who don’t get to…
  • VolunteerMatch’s Corporate Volunteering Network is Now Global!

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Today we announced a new partnership with TechSoup Global, an international network that leverages technology to help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to increase social impact across the globe. We will leverage each other’s strengths in technologies for the greater good. The collaboration enables the growth of VolunteerMatch’s expansive network of U.S.- based nonprofits to include NGOs from around the world by utilizing TechSoup Global’s technology to validate these organizations. This pilot project promises to strengthen the global NGO community and…
  • It Takes Money to Do Good: Expanding our Business Model for a Win-Win-Win

    Shari Ilsen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Yes, VolunteerMatch works with sponsors. It’s a good thing that helps us do even more good in the world. Over the past couple of years we have tested out ways to help companies, brands and other nonprofit organizations get their special messages in front of our massive membership of dedicated do-gooders. In exchange, these sponsoring groups help support VolunteerMatch. This sponsored content shows up on the side of VolunteerMatch.org where folks update their nonprofit’s listings, sign up for a webinar, or search for a volunteer opportunity. They also could see a sponsored message…
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    Sustainable Business Toolkit

  • The “worst zoo in the world” will close

    Timothy Chilman
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Croatia is the most recent addition to the European Union. Goran Kovacevic, the deputy mayor of Split, the second-largest city in the country, has announced that the city’s zoo will close because “wild animals should not live in such a place.” It had been described as the worst zoo in the world. Animals will be relocated. The monkeys are destined for Germany and the bears for Canada, while the 14-year-old tiger has yet to find a new home, having no takers as tigers never live more than 16 years. Not long before, the popular newspaper, Jutarnji List, reported that cages at the Split…
  • Climate change report calls for immediate action – or adaptation to sinister scenarios

    Katrin Heeren
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    High speed mitigation “The high speed mitigation train needs to leave the station very soon and all parties have to get on board,” warns IPCC Chair Rajendra K. Pachauri at the launch of the keenly awaited report of working group III “Mitigation of Climate Change” on Sunday, 13 April in Berlin. It is now proven that evidence of emissions  from global greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels, reaching a record high of 49 gigatonnes CO2-equivalent in the atmosphere in 2010. Despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change, emissions grew more quickly between 2000…
  • Climate Paradox: Do We Need to Phase Out Coal?

    Katrin Heeren
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Chairman of the Council of Agora Energiewende, former Executive Director UNEP (Source Rolf Schulten, by courtesy of Agora Energiewende) Launch of Working Group III Report, IPCC: 14 April, Berlin While we are in the midst of a steadily progressing Energiewende in Germany, world climate scientists from the renowned climate science body IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are releasing their newest findings these days in Berlin. The results presented in Yokohama some weeks ago showed…
  • The last IPCC report on climate change: no panic?

    Marina Pambou
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Late March 2014, a report has been released following the meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Japan. Tackling climate change effects is still possible but without some efforts it would be more difficult than ever. We are used to hearing that climate change is happening. Stakeholders repeat that we must do a U-Turn and adapt ourselves. We are also used to having concrete evidence from Mother Nature herself but fear and boredom seem to postpone a real international commitment. Ignorance is also a problem: Rick Santorum, former Republican front-runner of 2012 USA…
  • Starlit skies: importance beyond beauty

    Alexia Karageorgis
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Logo of the International Initiative in Defence of the Quality of the Night Sky and the Right to Observe the Stars It is impossible to deny the sense of awe and wonder that gazing at the night sky can evoke; an incredibly clear starry sky is an unforgettable sight that can remain forever ingrained in one’s memory. This ‘wow’ moment occurred for me in Namibia, during a night-time walk through a nature reserve. Unfortunately, the magic quickly dissolved as I was distracted by an Earthly light source: Windhoek Airport, 40km away. Although starlight itself is not threatened, the ability to…
 
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    Towards 9 Billion

  • Beyond Sustainability, Towards Rejuvenative Enterprise

    Joss Tantram
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    The future that’s coming
 The human population is set to grow to more than 9 billion by 2050. What sort of world do we want new arrivals to come in to? One of scarce resources and extreme competition for the … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • Sustainability: 21st Century Natural Philosophy

    Joss Tantram
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:37 am
    “Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.” Thomas Hobbes The Times They Aren’t a-Changing We are at a point in our species’ history when the need for change has never been stronger. Therefore it … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • Entropic Valuation – energy economics as if thermodynamics mattered

    Joss Tantram
    7 Feb 2014 | 7:19 am
    The constitution of the universe “Everything you are, and have, you owe to the radiations from your sun.” Chocky (John Wyndam)   The Laws of Thermodynamics provably frame and shape our scope for existence, yet they are effectively ignored by … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • SWOT on Earth?

    Dominic Tantram
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:57 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 SWOT’s Your Resolution for the planet? It’s a brand New Year and here in … Continue reading → By Dominic Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • Vitality! How life makes the best of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

    Joss Tantram
    15 Dec 2013 | 12:15 pm
    “There is no wealth but life.” John Ruskin The magic of life There is much we do not know about how life works to transform the basics of matter and energy into complex materials and massively diverse interdependent systems. Despite … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
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