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    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…
  • Hydro One Was Wrong to Fire Hooligan Employee

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    Chris MacDonald
    13 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    A substantial minority of men are capable of boorish, sexist behaviour in public. A world in which all such men were unemployed would not be a better world. By now many of you will have seen the video that led Hydro One to fire one of its employees. The government-owned electricity distribution company fired engineer Shawn Simoes after he and friends shouted vulgarities at a female news reporter during a live broadcast at a soccer match in Toronto. This much is clear: what Simoes did was boorish, and offensive. The reporter who was the target of their abuse should not have to put up with that…
  • Cement works fires up sustainable waste-derived fuel solution

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    22 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    The UK's largest cement works has installed a new waste-derived fuel solution which will divert up to 80,000 tonnes of bulk solid waste from landfill each year.
  • Cheat sheet: Corporate responsibility cheat sheet – May 2015

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    Oliver Balch
    7 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Fossil fuel-free funds beat conventional counterparts The recent drop in global oil prices is causing major jitters in investment markets, but new research suggests the rot set in long ago. Analysing data from the past five years, the stock market index company MSCI finds that investors who divested from fossil... This content is premium content, and only accessible to Subscribers. Please login to view the content - or subscribe here. For a free two week trial to Ethical Corporation, please click here. Related Content: Scotland leads on zero waste economyAnalysis: Climate talks –…
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  • 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…
  • 15 insights from the Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference

    elaine
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    The fourth annual Smarter Sustainability Reporting Conference last week in London was by all accounts a great success. We heard from a range of experts, raised several challenges and discussed the finer points of what makes reporting smarter. Here is a selection from my opening comments to the conference as everyone braced themselves for an action-packed day:"G4 has emerged as the leading reporting framework with close to 1,000 reporters now having started their reporting journey with G4 or transitioned to G4. Has G4 made a difference? We do see a new relationship emerging with…
 
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  • Hydro One Was Wrong to Fire Hooligan Employee

    Chris MacDonald
    13 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    A substantial minority of men are capable of boorish, sexist behaviour in public. A world in which all such men were unemployed would not be a better world. By now many of you will have seen the video that led Hydro One to fire one of its employees. The government-owned electricity distribution company fired engineer Shawn Simoes after he and friends shouted vulgarities at a female news reporter during a live broadcast at a soccer match in Toronto. This much is clear: what Simoes did was boorish, and offensive. The reporter who was the target of their abuse should not have to put up with that…
  • Hydro One Was Wrong to Fire Hooligan Employee

    Chris MacDonald
    13 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    A substantial minority of men are capable of boorish, sexist behaviour in public. A world in which all such men were unemployed would not be a better world. By now many of you will have seen the video that led Hydro One to fire one of its employees. The government-owned electricity distribution company fired engineer Shawn Simoes after he and friends shouted vulgarities at a female news reporter during a live broadcast at a soccer match in Toronto. This much is clear: what Simoes did was boorish, and offensive. The reporter who was the target of their abuse should not have to put up with that…
  • The Downside, and the Upside, of the Underground Economy

    Chris MacDonald
    4 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Statistics Canada has just released this report on The underground economy in Canada, 2012 — essentially an attempt to gauge the extent of “market-based economic activities, whether legal or illegal, that escape measurement because of their hidden, illegal or informal nature”. The report’s key finding: In 2012, total underground activity was $42.4 billion in Canada or about 2.3% of gross domestic product. The residential construction industry is the key culprit, accounting for 28.3% of the total. In other words, lots of people are having home renovations done, paying…
  • Why diversity quotas in the boardroom may be a good idea

    Crane and Matten Blog
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    Today we feature a guest post from our colleague over in the law school, Aaron A. Dhir, who is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and a Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. Aaron's book on boardroom diversity is out next month and it is causing quite a stir. So we asked him to tell us a little about the issue of diversity quotas on boards and why, despite the controversy, his research suggests that it might be a good idea.  The lack of diversity in the governance of business corporations is quickly becoming one of the most discussed topics in corporate governance. It…
  • Why Gravity Payments’ $70,000 minimum salary, sadly, won’t catch on

    Chris MacDonald
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    What are we to think when a CEO slashes his own salary by 93%, and then uses the money — along with a big chunk of corporate profits — to ensure that every one of his employees makes a minimum of $70,000 per year? That’s what Dan Price, founder and co-owner of Gravity Payments is doing. The CEO of the Washington-based firm made jaws drop when he announced that, over the next couple of years, all of his employees would be brought up to the $70k mark — a change that would mean doubling the income of his lowest-paid employees. This has been the feel-good news story of the…
 
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  • Cheat sheet: Corporate responsibility cheat sheet – May 2015

    Oliver Balch
    7 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Fossil fuel-free funds beat conventional counterparts The recent drop in global oil prices is causing major jitters in investment markets, but new research suggests the rot set in long ago. Analysing data from the past five years, the stock market index company MSCI finds that investors who divested from fossil... This content is premium content, and only accessible to Subscribers. Please login to view the content - or subscribe here. For a free two week trial to Ethical Corporation, please click here. Related Content: Scotland leads on zero waste economyAnalysis: Climate talks –…
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    7 May 2015 | 7:35 am
  • B Corporations: Plan B

    Sarah Holloway
    6 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    James Perry is a man on a mission. The chairman of Cook, a manufacturer of quality ready meals, is determined to use his business as a force for good – but has struggled for many years to find the right way to express his commitment. “We always had a view... This content is premium content, and only accessible to Subscribers. Please login to view the content - or subscribe here. For a free two week trial to Ethical Corporation, please click here. Image: Banner URL: Tags: B CorporationsBen & Jerry'sCookEtsyKickstarterPatagoniaChannels: Business Strategy
  • NGOWatch – May 2015

    Nadine Hawa
    5 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Save the Children and RB fight diarrhoea deaths Save the Children and RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) have launched a global programme to help eradicate child deaths from diarrhoea. Diarrhoeal disease is the second leading cause of death in children below the age of five, killing 64 children under five every hour. Alongside Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhoea programme – aimed at preventing, controlling and treating diarrhoeal disease – RB has developed two new hygiene and sanitation products.Related Content: NGO profile: Oxfam InternationalAnalysis: Human rights – New benchmark…
  • Global leaders see the value of sustainability

    Liam Dowd
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Ethical Corporation’s newly published State of Sustainability 2015 Report found that nearly 69% of corporate CEOs are convinced of the value of sustainability. Just shy of 9% said no their CEO isn’t convinced and a further 22% said they weren’t sure. Related Content: C-Suite interview: Christian Jebsen, CEO of KebonyCEO interview: Paul Polman, Unilever – Sustainable living gets top billingCEO interview: Justin King, Sainsbury’s – Values that add valueCEO Interview: Tom Albanese, Vedanta – A safe pair of handsImage: Tags: #ECSOSCEO sustainabilitystate of…
 
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  • Peace and quiet

    Richard Murphy
    23 May 2015 | 12:14 am
    It’s half term and I am taking a break. In the proverbial language of politicians, I want to spend time with my family. The blog will suffer as a result, although I suspect not completely: writing this thing is a bit like breathing for me. I am not turning comments off but if it takes some time for moderation to take place, please do understand. And if your comment isn’t strictly necessary might you give it a miss? That will give me more time for birdwatching, drinking tea and even going to the pub. Thanks.
  • Ed Balls and giving up politics

    Richard Murphy
    23 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    Ed Balls has announced he is to give up politics for the time being, at least. As I noted recently, most of what passes for party politics in the UK at present, including much he had to offer, is about managerialism and has little to do with politics at all. That’s what neoliberalism has achieved.  It could be argued that Ed Balls gave up politics some time ago. 
  • Amazon’s going to pay UK tax

    Richard Murphy
    22 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    As the Guardian reports, Amazon is going to pay UK tax: Amazon has become the first technology company to abandon controversial corporate structures that divert sales and profits away from UK in the face of a clampdown imposed by George Osborne. George Osborne is going to claim this is because of his Diverted Profits Tax. I argue it is because of EU investigations and the OECD’s BEPS programme. And the truth is we will never know for sure. But what we can say is that this would not have happened without: The tax justice movement UK Uncut Union backed campaigns  Margaret Hodge…
  • The EU encourages immigration and tax abuse

    Richard Murphy
    21 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    A decade ago it would have been hard to imagine the issues of immigration and tax avoidance being so prominent in news headlines, but as a matter-of-fact they are. It’s also a matter of fact that both are more significant than they should be because of the failings of the European Union. The EU  was designed around the theoretical principles of free trade  that some economists have long argued maximise human wealth. Whether that argument is correct, or not, is not the subject for discussion here. What the idea required was that there be free movement of both capital and labour within…
  • Upcoming in Brussels

    Richard Murphy
    21 May 2015 | 9:48 pm
    This has just been posted on the website of the European Parliament: Members of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings (TAXE) will have an exchange views on 1 June 2015 with Mario Monti, Senator and former Prime Minister of Italy, who also served as Commissioner for Competition and Commissioner for Internal Market, Financial Services, Customs and Taxation. Members will also debate with Richard Murphy, a founding member of the Tax Justice Network that advises on issues such as international taxation, tax competition and its impact, the harmful effects of tax haven activity and flat taxes. An…
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  • 3p Weekend: Every Sustainability Acronym, Explained

    Jen Boynton
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We often hear that sustainability is a hot mess of acronyms that are intimidating to newcomers. We agree. Here's a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations every sustainability professional should know.
  • Developing Nations’ Renewable Investments to Exceed Those of Developed World

    RP Siegel
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.
  • Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

    3p Contributor
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.
  • New Report Offers Advice on Selling Sustainability, But Is it Right?

    Raz Godelnik
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Why is selling sustainability so difficult? This question opens a new report from BSR and Futerra, aiming to provide an effective framework that marketers struggling with this challenge could use. However, for marketers losing sleep over how to sell sustainable products and services and wondering if this is the report they’ve been looking for – let me just say this, your troubles are (probably) not over yet.
  • The Coming, Preventable Phosphorus Crisis

    Nithin Coca
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We're running out of phosphorus, one of the most important elements in soil that is critical for agriculture. Time to expand ecological farming, a solution that could replenish soils and build sustainability.
 
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  • 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…
  • Make Your CSR Report Taste Better

    davidcoethica
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    It’s been far too long since my last post, and I finally give in and refuse to promise to write more regularly. Whenever my best intentions to share the amazing projects and work, that I’m bombarded by daily raise their heads, so does a new opportunity for me to add value somewhere ‘important’ and screw that balance between being a great dad to my son, passionately pushing business in a better directions and an accelerating transition to triathlon geek. I like doing, failing and learning, and proud to fail repetitively! I digress. Which is pure me. I am a…
  • Help Required For A New Home

    davidcoethica
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Have you ever felt strangely at home somewhere you’ve never been to before? It happens to me whenever I visit the US for some reason. I can never explain it, it just does. I suppose I should have expected a similar feeling coming when I agreed to embark on my latest journey, with almost old friends. As of October 1st I’ve been the new Director of CSRwire for 3BL Media. I’m guessing you’ve probably heard of at least one of those two companies if you’re reading this blog and travel any distance across the online responsible business universe. A handful of the…
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  • 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 […]
  • Hockey, Beer, and … the ROI of Corporate Volunteering?

    Daineal Parker
    12 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Along with beer, hockey, and crazy mayors, you may want to add giving back to the list of Canadian love affairs. By Corey Diamond According to a new study, Canadians like to help out; official stats suggest 43% of the Great White North volunteer. Sure, the stats may include activities like shoveling our neighbour’s driveway, but […]
  • Corporate Volunteerism as a Dinner Party

    Daineal Parker
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    While a recent unnamed Boston Globe article may have suggested that corporate volunteerism isn’t always easy or effective for nonprofits, one could also argue that it’s often the NGO that won’t be ready to host corporate volunteers. But hey, can’t we both be at fault? Because often we are; expectations are high while logistics are merely inferred. […]
  • What to Ask Yourself when Your Employees are Afraid to Commit

    Daineal Parker
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    When employees are given the opportunity to “do good” through their work, they are more likely to feel that their well being is valued by their company, and will reciprocate by developing affective commitment. You’ve never heard of affective commitment? Not only is it the key to effective management strategy, but it’s the secret to […]
  • A Looming Employee Engagement Crisis?

    Daineal Parker
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    There’s something brewing in executive boardrooms around the world, and it ain’t pretty. Companies are beginning to feel the impact of what Deloitte calls a “looming crisis” – employees are disengaged, no longer true believers in the company to which they signed their lives over. In fact, Gallup has shown that only 13% of employees are […]
 
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  • Turning Sadness Into 'Good Grief' for Kids of Fallen Heroes

    pointsoflight
    22 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    DESCRIPTION:As we approach Memorial Day, we honor fallen heroes and the volunteers who serve their families. Read about Daily Point of Light Award winner Judy Mathewson and nominate an outstanding volunteer you know as a Point of Light. For many kids, Memorial Day is just a day off from school, a taste of summer break. But for some children, it can be a reminder of a loved one lost in the line of duty. That’s where Judy Mathewson comes in. A retired school teacher and member of the Arkansas Air National Guard, Mathewson for two decades has been an integral part of the TAPS (Tragedy…
  • Nine Tech Companies Helping Build Renewably Powered Internet

    Justmeans
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    by Vikas Vij DESCRIPTION:Technology companies have immense power either to push forward a renewable energy revolution, or to tie down the digital economy to traditional, polluting sources of power. The stakes in greening the Internet are high. If the Internet were a nation, its electricity demand would currently rank sixth. Greenpeace recently released a report titled Clicking Clean: A Guide to Building the Green Internet, which identified technology companies that are leading the efforts to build a renewably powered Internet. The report said that Internet companies must work together to push…
  • Care Packages for Our Troops

    hyunyi
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    SCE employees recently launched a company-wide effort to gather donations and thank you cards for troops serving overseas. DESCRIPTION:Staff Sgt. Lyle Treend served in the U.S. Army as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His time spent fighting for his country overseas was difficult. But one thing that made it a bit easier for Treend and the other soldiers was receiving care packages from back home. “’Mail call’ was one of the most important parts of the day. It was our connection to home and normality, and a brief mental getaway from the environment we…
  • Sealed Air and Hope For The Warriors® Commemorate Memorial Day

    sealedair
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Urge participation in activities to honor fallen heroes DESCRIPTION: CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 22, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Hope For The Warriors®, and its corporate partner, Sealed Air, have joined together to announce the company’s support for transitional programs such as re-entering the workforce. “We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope,” said James Whaley, Vice President of Global Corporate Communications. “Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members,…
  • Community College Degrees Offered at Oakland's Skyline High School

    leslie
    22 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    By Doug Oakley DESCRIPTION:BERKELEY -- Skyline High School students in Oakland will have the chance to earn an associate of arts degree at Berkeley City College before they graduate high school under a new program starting in the fall, school officials announced Tuesday.     "Students always have always been able to take community college classes in high school, but this gives them a real, dedicated structure to do it," said Mark Frey, director of Skyline High School School's Computer Science and Technology Academy.     Frey said the nonprofit Career Ladders Project "did some matchmaking"…
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  • 3p Weekend: Every Sustainability Acronym, Explained

    Jen Boynton
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We often hear that sustainability is a hot mess of acronyms that are intimidating to newcomers. We agree. Here's a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations every sustainability professional should know.
  • Developing Nations’ Renewable Investments to Exceed Those of Developed World

    RP Siegel
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.
  • Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

    3p Contributor
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.
  • New Report Offers Advice on Selling Sustainability, But Is it Right?

    Raz Godelnik
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Why is selling sustainability so difficult? This question opens a new report from BSR and Futerra, aiming to provide an effective framework that marketers struggling with this challenge could use. However, for marketers losing sleep over how to sell sustainable products and services and wondering if this is the report they’ve been looking for – let me just say this, your troubles are (probably) not over yet.
  • The Coming, Preventable Phosphorus Crisis

    Nithin Coca
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We're running out of phosphorus, one of the most important elements in soil that is critical for agriculture. Time to expand ecological farming, a solution that could replenish soils and build sustainability.
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  • The “S” Word & What Your Company Can Do About It

    Cortney McDermott
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re publishing 150-page Corporate Responsibility reports, Warning: you might not have this sustainability thing totally dialed. We won’t solve the problem by focusing on the problem, i.e., by measuring and reporting about it. So, for example, counting your GHG emissions isn’t going to be nearly as effective as asking questions that explore why you do what you do and alternative, better ways to do it. Earlier we learned that truly sustaining anything in business or in life requires total fulfillment and satisfaction. Yes, we can have it all. And we don’t have to…
  • LGBT Rights Struggle Highlights Power of Businesses to be Voice for Equality

    Lecia Brooks
    20 May 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 It’s easy to think the battle for LGBT rights is almost over in this country.  Public opinion has changed rapidly over the past decade, and the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states when it rules this June. But it’s premature to declare LGBT rights a settled issue. Much like the civil rights movement after the passage of major…
  • Talkback Submission Call: Energy – Powering Sustainable Futures

    David Connor
    19 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    “It’s as certain that as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, we will just keep burning them.” James Hansen. The latest call for Talkback article submissions wants to get to the very core of the sustainability challenge - energy. Worldwide energy consumption is tipped to grow by around 50% by only 2040 with most demand coming from non-OECD countries. Increasing volatility in oil markets, pressure for divestment across coal based portfolios, unpredictable leadership in gas controlling countries, rising populations consuming more, and emerging scalable technologies…
  • Integrating Behaviors to Create Sustainable Supply Chains

    Elisabeth Comere
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Elisabeth Comere, Director for Environment & Government Affairs, Tetra Pak US & Canada and Chris Davidson, Director of Global Sustainability, MWV This is the most recent article in our series on Supply Chain Sustainability. For more articles, go tohttp://www.csrwire.com/blog/series/75-supply-chain-sustainability-special-focus/posts With the rise of interest in the circular economy, it is heartening to observe the evolution of corporate sustainability commitments that pay renewed attention to the entire life cycle, not just mid and end-of-life solutions characteristic of past…
  • Innovation Takes All of Us

    John Perkins
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Join me and innovative business leaders at the Love Summit in Portland, OR June 13th: details below. Our history and our experience should teach us that what we’ve been doing isn’t working. When it’s clear that the status quo, the normal, the “way it’s always been,” isn’t good for the planet or we humans who live on her, we must look for new ways to thrive. If we value the world that we will give to our children and grandchildren, then we must innovate not only in areas such as energy and fuel efficiency but also in our perspective, our mindsets, and…
 
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  • Nail Salons Replace Chain Stores as Public Enemy No. 1

    Dave Armon
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Jaded New Yorkers bemoan the prevalence of Starbucks and Chase branches, which often replace quirky, locally owned businesses as rent for retail space escalates. One city councilwoman, Jessica Lappin, even campaigned on ending “duanereadification,” calling out the drug store chain that seems to be on every corner in Manhattan. Despite the perception that chain retailers somehow chip away at the fabric of life for urban dwellers, a New York Times infographic earlier this month painted a different story, showing the preponderance of nail salons versus coffee outlets selling $5 Frappuccinos.
  • Employee Engagement: The New CSR Currency Part 2

    ACCP
    13 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Last week we talked about the Landscape of Employee Engagement as shared with us at a joint meeting held with the Southeastern Council of Foundations. This week, I would like to share a little of what we heard from one of the companies in the room. One of the examples presented by Matt Pakula at Hillshire Brands highlighted a truly integrated approach to Philanthropy.  This approach brought financial, product, and volunteer support to a cause. Historically Hillshire Brands’ employees had participated in skills-based programs, such as mentoring and their executives served on nonprofit…
  • Social Tools Summit Recap

    Suzanne Madore
    13 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    As many of you may know, I attended the Social Media Tools Summit on May 12th, if not, check out my earlier blog post. I was excited to attend this event as I am a pretty big social media nerd and clients are constantly asking me about the tools that are out there and the value that they bring. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend, as here at 3BL Media, we know that CSR and sustainability stories are destined for social media greatness - imagine that splendor with the RIGHT tool(s) in place! The battle of the best tool is a struggle regardless of what role you play in a company —…
  • #ASIMO2015 Recap: What Does a Humanoid Robot Do With a Day in NYC?

    Suzanne Madore
    1 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    Visit the big Apple with @ASIMO http://youtu.be/FShZddlsjkA  What famous sites do you see? #ASIMO2015 #robotics - @3BLMedia (tweet) Recently, Honda took its humanoid robot, ASIMO to the streets of New York City – a city of dreams. Since ASIMO’s introduction in 2000, Honda has made impressive advancements in robots, even inspiring technology improved to other products.  From the ability to climb stairs, balance on one leg and pour a cup of water, ASIMO innovators were ready for the challenge that the Big Apple would bring. 3BL Media along with Honda’s ASIMO partook in a two week long…
  • Employee Engagement: The New CSR Currency

    ACCP
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    There has been an evolution of sorts in corporate giving. In the early days, charities sought and corporations gave mostly money. As corporations and charities became more accustomed to working together, product donations came into the mix. Today we are seeing the next phase of corporate and charitable in the form of volunteerism. ACCP and the Southeastern Council of Foundations held a joint meeting in April to talk about Employee Engagement. It was a great meeting, the first of many we hope to do with our friends at SECF. Speakers from Points of Light, Accenture, Tyson, UPS, and Newell…
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    YourCause Blog

  • Identifying Hidden Fees In CSR Contracts

    13 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    Over the last four years at YourCause, I’ve had the pleasure of helping many companies find the right solution to support their CSR programs.  It often seems that the most rigorous examinations of potential platforms happen in relation to the platform capabilities and user experience. This leaves the full issue of pricing at the end of the process and often after a vendor has been selected. Many companies assume a new vendor will price their solution in the same manner as their current/old vendor, while others have a hard time comparing pricing from multiple vendors as we all do it…
  • No Longer a Vendor

    3 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Over the years, I’ve heard the word “vendor” used in a variety of ways, carrying both good and bad connotations when referring to software providers (such as YourCause). Interestingly enough, I’ve learned that the use of the word ‘vendor’ is far more common when describing a less than optimal business relationship.  Having been in this industry (software for employee engagement and CSR solutions) for more than 7 years, I’ve seen how underserved this space has been (from a technical perspective) and how our clients have been exposed to sub-par software and services for more…
  • Change your Mindset. Change your World.

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    This march I celebrated 10 years since I began working at the intersection of technology and doing good. It’s astounding how the time has flown and how many changes I’ve seen within this industry. On a personal level, in these ten years I’ve added 2 kids, a house, and most recently a lovely old rescued beagle named Wally to the mix.  In these ten years, I’ve also made a shift in how I see the world, that has made my life and the work that I am fortunate to do every day, incredibly more rewarding. You see, for years I saw myself as a "save the world girl."  In my head,…
  • April Fool-ish

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    I’ve never been an active participant in April Fools’ – and honestly – don’t really have a good reason why. Perhaps it stems from the fact that I was never truly impressed by any of the “April fools” that I witnessed growing up. Nobody seemed to really think through the joke, craft a truly creative story, and then execute it in a way that intelligently (with tongue in cheek) humored others. Far too often did I see an April Fools’ line defined by some slapstick wise crack, delivered off the cuff, and given almost no forethought. Over the past couple of years, my opinion of…
  • My Passion: Helping NPO's Share Volunteer Events

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Growing up I had the privilege of volunteering with a lot of non-profit organizations in Memphis, Tennessee, and my volunteer experience continued as I moved to Dallas. From homeless shelters to food pantries to inner-city schools, I’ve been granted a view into a world totally different than my own where three meals a day, an education, good healthcare, and even a safe place to sleep at night are not guaranteed. I’m thankful that my parents and mentors didn’t shield me from those realities. Fast forward to now, and I’m excited to be part of a company that works to support non-profits,…
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    Volunteering Is CSR

  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Angela Parker & Chris Jarvis, Realized Worth

    Tessa Srebro
    21 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In post, get to know two of the #35experts (along with their expertise): Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis, co-founders of Realized Worth. First of all, what is your chapter about? It’s about how corporations and nonprofits can more effectively work together to create employee volunteer programs that produce value for everyone involved. From trends and challenges in workplace giving and volunteering to practical steps for…
  • 4 Steps to Finding the Right Employee Volunteer Program Management Tools

    Tessa Srebro
    20 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    In our 5 Steps to Building a Successful Employee Volunteer Program download, we said that it’s important to track and report the volunteer activity taking place in your company. Why? Seeing results helps keep your employees engaged with and excited about your employee volunteer program (EVP). It shows the world the generous ways your company is giving back. And it proves the impact of your program to corporate leadership. Having a system in place to capture and report this information is a must. Some companies opt for tools like spreadsheets to manage all of this data, but spreadsheets…
  • 2014 Impact Report: Volunteer Engagement Shows Signs of Recovery

    Tessa Srebro
    13 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    “Our democracy works because ordinary folks, well-meaning people, each and every day are trying to make it a little bit better.”  -Barack Obama, May 4, 2015 Every year, VolunteerMatch crunches its network data to put together an Impact Report, our infographic version of an annual report. And each year, the report offers insights into volunteer engagement trends, and the people and causes making a difference in neighborhoods across the country. This year, we discovered five encouraging stats that show the nonprofit sector and volunteer engagement may finally be recovering from the…
  • Six Dollars for Doers Programs Doing Corporate Giving Right

    Tessa Srebro
    12 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Guest post by Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation Atypical children choose to mow the lawn before dad offers payment. As with any person with a job, kids want their hard work to amount to more than inherent byproducts, such as a green field with a proverbial buzz cut. Thankfully, most nonprofit volunteers truly want to help, but a corporate incentive to volunteer regularly can enhance the value an individual can bring to his or her community. The following list of companies with volunteer grant programs showcases businesses that place a high value on volunteerism and offer…
  • CSR Food For Thought: The Case for Compassionate Business

    Tessa Srebro
    11 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    The CSR Food for Thought series is a roundup of relevant news from around the web that you may have missed last week, presented to you in one bite-sized post. How Giving Hugs and Showing Compassion Will Grow Your Business Triple Pundit states the case for kindness, compassion, and yes, even hugs, in business. While the stance can be viewed as extreme, it has data to back it up. For example, when employees at one company were given a medium to express compassion to one another, their 95% turnover rate quickly fell to 30%. Check out the article for eight ways to add compassion to your…
 
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    Sustainable Business Toolkit

  • How to make your home more environmentally friendly

    Timothy Chilman
    21 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    A number of measures are attractive to people seeking to buy a house that is good for the environment. Polls have shown that people would prefer to buy a house that was eco-friendly, and there is greater interest at the high end of the market. Walls Walls should be insulated and windows energy-efficient. A seller might boast that their house is environmentally-friendly because it uses compact fluorescent lightbulbs, while the appliances in the kitchen date to the 1970s. Toilets, showers and sinks should be low-flow. The materials used The materials from which a house is constructed go some…
  • Why a Hybrid Car is Better, Financially

    Timothy Chilman
    12 May 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Hybrid cars are powered by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Their popularity grew in the United States when the second generation of the Toyota Prius was introduced, and by October, 2012 there were over 2.5 million hybrids in the country. Car reviews often speak of hybrids, and motoring has consequently become plain jazzy. Hybrids cost more initially Hybrids cost more to purchase than regular cars, which is known as the hybrid premium. The price differential arises because the drive train connecting the transmission to the axles is more elaborate and the battery is sizable…
  • The many faces of social media

    Staff Writer
    7 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    2015 has certainly been the year of the social network – if we’re not Instagramming selfies with our best friends, then we’re questioning our privacy as a result of Facebook’s recently updated terms of use. It almost seems laughable to think back to those halcyon days when our biggest social media worry would be bulletins on MySpace – today, social media is further reaching than we could ever have thought. Here are just a few fields that networks like Facebook and Twitter have made their way into in recent years that have risen a few eyebrows. Charity Thank goodness for social media…
  • All about solar panels and solar water heating systems

    Timothy Chilman
    6 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    The sun rises every day, and a homeowner can benefit from the process. The principal options for solar energy systems are solar panels and solar water heating system, which generate electricity and heat water, respectively. One study (Scarpa and Willis 2010) discovered that people were prepared to spend an extra GBP2,380/USD3,602/EUR3,225 on a house where solar panels were present. British houses rank among the least energy-efficient in Europe British houses are among Europe’s least energy-efficient. In 2003, it was found that almost a quarter of a British house’s energy was used…
  • Renewable Energy in Business and Industry

    Staff Writer
    5 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Public awareness of renewable energy and its benefits has rapidly grown in recent years, but this trend has not been adopted as quickly by business and industry. Having said this, more recently, there has been a significant shift in the way that large businesses and manufacturers view innovations in renewable energy. Advances in technology coupled with tried and tested methods of going green have meant that renewable energy has become less costly and more efficient and is now a genuine option when it comes to energy sources and consideration for the environment. While business and industry…
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    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
  • Sustainability Context – the elephant is the room

    Joss Tantram
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:23 am
    “How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?” Dwight D. Eisenhower This piece is a mildly revised version of a blog commissioned by 2degrees as part of a series of future-gazing … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
  • All capitals are unequal, but some are more unequal than others

    Joss Tantram
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Price is what you pay, value is what you get” Warren Buffett   “All capitals are unequal, but some are more unequal than others”. This was my takeaway from the fascinating and enlightening ‘Rethinking Capitals – Going Beyond the Financial’ … Continue reading → By Joss Tantram Towards 9 Billion
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    Tire Product Reviews | Tire Product Reviews

  • More dynamic car with 20 inch vogue tires

    Joan
    4 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    20 inch vogue tires make your car looks more and more popular than ever before. Comfort and safety of a car is the desire of all those who have private[...] The post More dynamic car with 20 inch vogue tires appeared first on Tire Product Reviews.
  • Making your car more colorful Funny tire covers

    Joan
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Your car will be more awesome by using funny tire covers to your taste. Cars are the most popular means of transportation today. It is because besides protecting us from[...] The post Making your car more colorful Funny tire covers appeared first on Tire Product Reviews.
  • Economical shopping with Dobbs coupons

    Joan
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    By using Dobbs coupons, the spending of your vehicle needs will be more economical and more secure. Vehicle is one important component in the lives of everyone. It is because[...] The post Economical shopping with Dobbs coupons appeared first on Tire Product Reviews.
  • Making your car more attractive with 22 inch vogue tires

    Joan
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Fill your car with 22 inch tires vogue so that it looks more impressive. If you want to go somewhere with a short time, it can be done easily at[...] The post Making your car more attractive with 22 inch vogue tires appeared first on Tire Product Reviews.
  • Maintaining your Safety by Using a 24 Inch IROC Rims

    Joan
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    24 inch IROC rims are the best products and the sizes are very suitable to complement your favorite car. Vehicle is very important today for humans. Along with the advancement[...] The post Maintaining your Safety by Using a 24 Inch IROC Rims appeared first on Tire Product Reviews.
 
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