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  • 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…
  • Easter holiday recycling scheme aims to cut mounting unused paint

    edie.net - Latest News
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Householders are being urged to clear surplus paint from sheds, garages and cupboards over the Easter weekend as part of a nationwide recycling scheme.
  • Failed Cuban

    CorpWatch
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • Further thoughts on Piketty and Capital

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    Richard Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I have been asked to comment on James Galbraith’s review of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the twenty first century, because Galbraith is critical of both the ideas and policy recommendations made in the book unlike, for example, Paul Krugman, who is broadly in agreement with Piketty’s thinking. Now I should stress I have still not read all of Piketty, but I am accumulating a good collection of reviews. Others include Martin Wolf’s review and Brad Delong‘s. There will, I have no doubt, be many more to come and I am not proposing to make this a review of…
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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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  • Failed Cuban

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • Big Pharma Abandons New Tuberculosis Drug Research

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Three major pharmaceutical companies - AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer - have recently delayed or canceled clinical trials for testing tuberculosis (TB) drugs in India and South Africa. Activists say this is symbolic of a trend by Big Pharma to abandon research into diseases that affect poor people.
  • Anglo American Workers Strike Against Contract Labor Conditions in Chile

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Some 4,000 contract workers at Los Bronces copper mine in Chile went on strike against Anglo American, a UK-based mining multinational from South Africa. The strike is the latest in a series of protests against the Chilean copper industry, the world
  • Fast Food Workers File Lawsuit Against McDonald

    21 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Over 25,000 low-wage employees working at McDonald
  • Cambodian Villagers Land Bulldozed for UDG Casino Complex

    14 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Villagers in Koh Kong, Cambodia, say that their lands have been bulldozed by employees of the Union Development Group, a Chinese company, which is building a massive casino on a 45,000-hectare-land concession inside Botum Sakor National Park.
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  • Further thoughts on Piketty and Capital

    Richard Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I have been asked to comment on James Galbraith’s review of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the twenty first century, because Galbraith is critical of both the ideas and policy recommendations made in the book unlike, for example, Paul Krugman, who is broadly in agreement with Piketty’s thinking. Now I should stress I have still not read all of Piketty, but I am accumulating a good collection of reviews. Others include Martin Wolf’s review and Brad Delong‘s. There will, I have no doubt, be many more to come and I am not proposing to make this a review of…
  • On Starbucks, territorial taxation and the creation of tax haven UK

    Richard Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I am intrigued by reaction amongst the tax profession to what I wrote about Starbucks yesterday. You won’t be surprised to know that those who have commented have said what I wrote was wrong. That always seems to be the case, so there was nothing new there. For the record, the error it was claimed I made was to suggest that either a) a UK company is not taxable on its worldwide royalty income and / or b) suggesting a UK company is not more broadly taxable on its worldwide income. The explanation for the alleged error is very simple. When I talk and write about a company using a generic…
  • Let’s say it very clearly: of the 239,000 new ‘jobs’ last quarter just 19,000 were full time employments

    Richard Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    The headline employment data today looks good. 239,000 new jobs. However, self-employment accounted for 146,000 of the increase. But as I have shown, firstly no one really knows how many self employed people there are and secondly, they earned an average of £10,400 each in 2011-12, on a steadily falling trend. These people will be living below the breadline. So will those in new part-time work, where the figure rose by 74,000. There were, therefore, just 19,000 new full time jobs. I bet most of those were minimum wage and zero hours contracts. The exploitation of the UK goes on. This is no…
  • Local authority bonds could deliver the Green New Deal

    Richard Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    As some will know, I have been advocating the use of local government bonds to fund local Green New Deals for as long as I have been involved with tax justice campaigning. It was good therefore to note a new post on the Climate Bonds web site that reports that the French region of Ile de France, which includes Paris, has issued its second green bond for €600 million. Tellingly, it was so popular that more was subscribed than originally expected and the offer had to be closed after an hour because by then it was fully subscribed. The interest rate was 18 basis points (0.18%) over French…
  • Starbucks: another exercise in tax avoidance, this time deliberately promoted by George Osborne

    Richard Murphy
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    According to Reuters: Starbucks Corp said it decided to move its European headquarters to the United Kingdom from the Netherlands following criticism over its low tax payments in Britain last year, The Times reported. The world’s largest coffee chain said the relocation was primarily to get closer to Britain, its biggest and fastest-growing market in Europe, the British daily reported, quoting Starbucks’ president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Kris Engskov. The  obvious question is, why would Starbucks want to do that? Thankfully, there are some obvious answers, but not…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Yields Remarkable Economic Returns

    Andrew Burger
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Returns of $15:1 and more job creation than offshore oil & gas development are among the economic benefits of coastal ecosystem restoration projects, according to a study of projects on three U.S. coasts by the Center for American Progress and Oxfam America.The post Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Yields Remarkable Economic Returns appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource

    Mike Hower
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The post Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet,…
  • Walmart to Install Energy Efficient LED Light Fixtures in New Stores

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Walmart recently announced that it will buy LED ceiling fan fixtures for new supercenters in the U.S., stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the U.K.The post Walmart to Install Energy Efficient LED Light Fixtures in New Stores appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

    3p Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals -- not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans -- who control the levers of power in America.The post Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Employee Engagement Key to Sustainability for Tech Networks of Boston

    Sustainability4SMEs
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Susan Labandibar, founder and CEO of Tech Networks of Boston, understood that engaging her employees in the company’s sustainability strategy would be critical.The post Employee Engagement Key to Sustainability for Tech Networks of Boston appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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  • 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
  • Senator Delivers Poor Grades to Executive Departments on Whistleblower Protections

    Eddy O'Mara
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A memorandum released yesterday by Senator Charles E. Grassley highlights allegations that 14 of the 15 executive branch departments are in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). Tags: WhstleblowerRetaliationCorporate CultureWhistleblower ProtectionLawsonDodd-Frank
  • Is Your Current Ethics & Compliance Training Program a Waste of Money?

    Simmi Singh Corcoran
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tags: TrainingEthics and ComplianceOnline TrainingWorkplace Harassment
 
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  • 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 […]
  • PODCAST: Making Global Impacts Through International Volunteering

    Daineal Parker
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:58 am
    Realizing Your Worth, Episode I: Making Global Impacts Through International Volunteering with Ahsiya Posner Mencin, Ph.D., GlaxoSmithKline Realized Worth co-founders Chris Jarvis and Angela Parker interview GlaxoSmithKline’s Ahsiya Posner Mencin on the origins of PULSE, the value of real-life experience, and her “Ph.D. in match.com”.  Click the player below to listen. About our guest Ahsiya Posner Mencin, Ph.D. […]
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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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  • Toyota and Discovery Education Announce Finalists for Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge

    leslie
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    SUMMARY:Ten Teens Across the Country Chosen for Creative Videos that Promote Safe DrivingAmerica to Decide Winning Video through Online Voting; Winning Video to be Produced as TV-Ready PSA Visit www.TeenDrive365.com to view the top ten videos and decide the winner by voting for your favorite. DESCRIPTION:Silver Spring, MD, April 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Toyota and Discovery Education announced today the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, the nation’s premier teen safe driving program. Beginning today and continuing for the next two weeks, these top ten…
  • SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights April 10, 2014

    gainst
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights April 10, 2014 DESCRIPTION:OLD GM / NEW GM AND AUTO DEFECT ACCOUNTABILITIES -- WHAT IS FAIR TO THE VICTIMS AND THE COMPANY? General Motors was created with the merger of various companies and badges (Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and others) in the early 20th Century and was an example of the efficient large industrial enterprise with the scale and scope to innovate and manufacturing wondrous machines. (We remember with Olds 88, the Pontiac Trans Am, the Corvettes of our youth with great fondness.) Alas, GM also become scoleric and bureaucratic and…
  • New Recycling Study Shows Lack Of Bins Is No. 1 Barrier To Recycling In The Home

    cone
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    DESCRIPTION:BOSTONApril 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Nearly three-quarters (72%) of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but despite a genuine concern for the environment, only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen. According to the 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care To Recycle program, there are several key barriers to expanding recycling in the home, including the lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling. Absence of Bins is the Biggest Barrier…
  • SPF Houston 2014: Implementing a World-Class Operational Risk Program

    enablon
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Regional Conference to Focus on Leveraging PSM to Lower Risk and Improve Performance DESCRIPTION:  Enablon recently announced their 4th annual Sustainable Performance Forum (SPF) Houston Regional Conference.   This complimentary conference will focus on Operational Risk Management (ORM). Industry experts will discuss how leading Oil & Gas companies are leveraging Process Safety Management (PSM) and Management of Change (MoC) to go beyond compliance and achieve ORM excellence. Like every year, SPF Houston will be a great place to learn about the emerging challenges in the industry…
  • Distracted Driving Among Teens Threatens Public Health and Safety

    Elsevier
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Insights from Key Investigators Provide New Answers, Reports the Journal of Adolescent Health DESCRIPTION:April 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Motor vehicle crashes rank as the leading cause of teen deaths and in 2008, 16% of all distraction-related fatal automobile crashes involved drivers under 20 years of age. These grim statistics, coupled with an increasing nationwide awareness of the dangers of distracted driving for all ages, prompted the publication of an important supplement to the Journal of Adolescent Health that explores the causes of distracted driving and offers practical…
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  • 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
  • A Surefire Way To Increase The Number Of Jobs Created In The Tech Sector

    Geri Stengel
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you’re successful, you don’t think  about changing the way you do things. But, more and more, data is showing that changing the way technology companies do things could improve their success. The technology sector is not tapping all the know-how that is available to it. Imagine how many more jobs would be created if the industry grew to its full potential! read more
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  • 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 Trust™, 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

  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Yields Remarkable Economic Returns

    Andrew Burger
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Returns of $15:1 and more job creation than offshore oil & gas development are among the economic benefits of coastal ecosystem restoration projects, according to a study of projects on three U.S. coasts by the Center for American Progress and Oxfam America.The post Coastal Ecosystem Restoration Yields Remarkable Economic Returns appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource

    Mike Hower
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    What method of electricity generation is cheaper than solar, wind, oil or even coal? Trick question; it’s energy you don’t need to produce in the first place. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about 3 cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The post Energy Efficiency: The Nation’s Cheapest Energy Resource appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet,…
  • Walmart to Install Energy Efficient LED Light Fixtures in New Stores

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Walmart recently announced that it will buy LED ceiling fan fixtures for new supercenters in the U.S., stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the U.K.The post Walmart to Install Energy Efficient LED Light Fixtures in New Stores appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility

    3p Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    A recent study from political science professors at Princeton and Northwestern concludes that America is, as the incomparable Hamilton Nolan put it, actually more like an oligarchy than a democracy. In other words, it is corporations and wealthy individuals -- not unions, public interest organizations or regular humans -- who control the levers of power in America.The post Fighting the Descent Into Oligarchy with Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Employee Engagement Key to Sustainability for Tech Networks of Boston

    Sustainability4SMEs
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Susan Labandibar, founder and CEO of Tech Networks of Boston, understood that engaging her employees in the company’s sustainability strategy would be critical.The post Employee Engagement Key to Sustainability for Tech Networks of Boston appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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    CSRWire Blog

  • Barriers to the Bin: How Companies Can Help Consumers Increase Recycling Rates

    Guest Contributors
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Sarah Cahan Americans generated more than 250 million tons of trash in 2012, according to the EPA’s most recent information. That’s nearly 4.5 pounds of trash per person, per day. But we’re only recycling about a third (35 percent) of the waste we generate. There’s no doubt about it – America should recycle more, and it seems consumers are trying to do their part. In fact, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of Americans recycle consistently at home, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson &…
  • Driving Business Strategy, Creating Impact at Keurig Green Mountain: The Value of an Engaged Employee

    Guest Contributors
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Jayne Johnson, Vice President, Talent, Learning and Organizational Development This is the third and final installment of a three-part blog series to take readers behind the scenes of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.’s sustainability commitments. The series coincides with the launch of Keurig Green Mountain’s fiscal 2013 Sustainability Reportand its 2020 sustainability targets. Today’s post is authored by Jayne Johnson, Vice President of Talent, Learning and Organizational Development After working in employee development and engagement for more than three decades, I can say…
  • Conflict Minerals: Why SEC Compliance Should Be the Least of Your Worries

    Guest Contributors
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Jane C. Luxton If your social media circle hasn’t favored you with a less than glamorous photo of your face pasted atop some ridiculous character and posted online using the faceinhole app or website, count yourself lucky. Maybe it’s the crowd I hang around with, but trust me, some people find this hilarious, and it never seems to get old. Businesses that are addressing conflict minerals issues don’t have to worry that they will look silly on Facebook with their corporate logos superimposed on the body of an elf or cartoon figure, but the analogy isn’t as far off as…
  • Our Second Chance: US and the Neo Cold War

    John Perkins
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    By John Perkins The Ukraine-Crimea crisis marks the official beginning of a new period in geopolitics. The reign of one solitary superpower is over. The era we are entering is closer to the old Cold War than that of US hegemony that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. After Détente, Corporatocracy? People in the US and most of Western Europe welcomed détente as a time of tranquility, but the corporatocracy saw it as an opportunity to expand its empire. Much of the world—especially countries often referred to as the Third World—soon came to understand the end…
  • “Translating” CSR Effectively: Four Takeaways for Practitioners

    Rahul Mitra
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    By Rahul Mitra At a recent talk I gave on sustainable organizing, someone in the audience asked me – predictably enough – that given the preponderance of cultural, structural and moral obstacles both in the U.S. and worldwide, what hope did I have for meaningful systemic change? My response hinged around the very communicative concept of translation. Going Back to Basics I don’t mean translation in the sense of “dumbing down” the complicated scientific facts of climate change, environmental degradation, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy for an…
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    Corporate Philanthropy Volunteering Blog

  • 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…
  • The Power of Gifts In Kind

    Ryan Scott
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    Every kind of giving is valuable when it comes to corporate philanthropy, but one kind to keep in mind is gifts in-kind.  Contributions of goods and services, as opposed to cash grants, can provide an ideal opportunity for both the contributing company and the recipient nonprofit, enabling a donating company to be more generous than it might have been otherwise.   Whether it is delivered in the forms of goods, services or expertise, in-kind giving can be more recession-proof than cash gifts.  If your company’s philanthropy budgets are tight, in-kind gifts may offer a more…
 
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    Volunteering Is CSR

  • 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…
  • CSR Food for Thought: Language Matters

    Shari Ilsen
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    The CSR Food for Thought series is a weekly roundup of relevant news from around the Web, presented to you in one bite-sized blog post. Follow us on Twitter for CSR news and trends throughout the week: @VM_Solutions. The Surprising Link Between Language and Corporate Responsibility Recent research shows that a company’s degree of social responsibility is affected by a surprising factor—the language it uses to communicate. Specifically how that language is constructed. The results suggest some interesting ways to overcome CSR barriers in various countries, based on which language is…
  • Meet the Team: David Selsky, Senior Client Relations Manager

    Shari Ilsen
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    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’m a Senior Client Relations Manager here at VolunteerMatch. I work with our corporate and academic partners on the best ways to use technology to connect with, and positively impact, their communities. We discuss everything from…
  • Reporting: Are You Shying Away from the Most Powerful Tool You’ve Got?

    Tess Marstaller
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Isaac Newton revolutionized our understanding of physics by proving that “What comes up must come down” and that “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Here at VolunteerMatch, we hope to transform your appreciation of employee volunteer reporting with a truth I think Newton would appreciate: “Anything that’s been put into the system can be drawn back out.” The Under-Appreciated Tool If you are an administrator for your employee volunteer program, you’ve probably been asked to show some numbers, or have at least noticed that…
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    Sustainable Business Toolkit

  • 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…
  • Did Europe sacrifice its climate leadership role to backwards-oriented money making business?

    Katrin Heeren
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Panel Discussion “Quo Vadis Europe? Where is Europe heading after the elections?” (image: Vivian Hertz) High level climate and energy experts from politics and industry discussed the future European energy policy intensely during the Second European Energy Congress on March 31st and April 1st 2014 in Brussels, organised by the Süddeutscher Verlag Veranstaltungen GmbH. Competitiveness trumps climate policy Competitiveness has replaced climate policy since the crisis, according to the former president and member of the European Parliament (EP), Jerzy Busek. “Two to three years…
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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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