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  • The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.
  • CSR Food For Thought: It’s Not About the Money

    Volunteering Is CSR
    Tessa Srebro
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    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. Why Engaging Employees on Sustainability Really Isn’t About the Money We’ve been saying it for a while: Financial incentives are not the best way to keep employees happy. This article from GreenBiz backs us up. It explores how employee engagement strategies that give employees a chance to have a positive impact in their communities while refining their skillset come out on top. Toss some friendly competition in the mix? Even better.
  • Business leaders call on MEPs to support circular economy

    edie.net - Latest News
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    Business and environmental leaders have today (3 July) called for MEPs to vote in favour of a report setting out the benefits of a circular economy in Europe.
  • How to Execute Green Marketing Campaigns on Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    Frankfurt / Main, 16. September 2015 … [visit site to read more]
  • When is a country too corrupt for Canadians to do business there?

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

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

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

    Richard Murphy
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:44 am
    The IFS issued the following statement yesterday under the title ‘Time for Tax Reform‘: Our process for making overall tax policy is, and has been for a very long time, broken. No strategy is laid out by government. No long-term direction is signalled. Parliamentary scrutiny is inadequate. Businesses and individuals have little idea from one year to the next what will happen to their tax liabilities. Reduced rates of income tax are introduced and abolished. Limits on tax-relieved pension saving are cut and cut and cut again. A diverted profits tax is introduced before it has been…
  • 76% of large companies are ‘most worried about country-by-country reporting’

    Richard Murphy
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    I was amused by this comment in the newsletter of the International Financial Centres Forum yesterday (I do read the strangest things): Country-by-Country reporting is the “biggest worry” for multinationals A new survey by Transfer Pricing Week this week has revealed that country-by-country reporting is the biggest worry for multinationals, before the final BEPS outcomes are revealed in October. It further found that an “alarming” proportion of companies have not spoken to their board about BEPS. Of those surveyed, 76 per cent name country-by-country reporting as their…
  • A special form of indifference to human suffering

    Richard Murphy
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    I admit that I am no great fan of Chris Giles at the FT, but I had no idea that he was quite as unpleasant as he shows himself to be in an article on Greece in this morning’s FT that is headed: Tsipras has earned his punishment and which is subtitled: The Greek people are enduring the consequences of their prime minister’s childish misbehaviour The analysis that he offers has to be one of the most incomplete that paper has, I hope, ever tried to offer in support of an argument. The essence is that: Greece has achieved much since receiving the bailout loans, reducing budget deficit…
  • The creeping hand of financial control is extending its reach

    Richard Murphy
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    The Guardian and other media carry reports that Camila Batmanghelidjh is being, in her opinion, forced to resign from the charity Kids Company. The government claims that it has demanded her resignation as a condition of continuing support for the charity. Camila Batmanghelidjh is not happy with that: it is clear that she thinks that she is being asked to resign because of outspoken comments on government cuts that have resulted in a financial crisis at the charity as it has to rapidly downsize the scale of its work. I am quite willing to believe that there is a crisis at the charity: trying…
  • Yesterday at the EU

    Richard Murphy
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    This is the video of the presentation I made to the TAXE committee of the EU yesterday. Begin at about 1 hour ten minutes. The slides are here. My answers to questions start at about 1 hour 49 minutes.
 
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  • A Bad Week for Fracking, Another Black Eye for Natural Gas

    Tina Casey
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    More bad news about fracking: it is becoming increasingly clear that businesses seeking clean alternatives to coal and oil should skip over natural gas.
  • Do Me a Favor This Independence Day…

    Jen Boynton
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    As our American readers close up shop for a long weekend to celebrate Independence Day, TriplePundit's editor-in-chief challenges you to bring a couple of meaty issues to the BBQ. And we're not talking about ribs.
  • The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.
  • What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to "fast-track" the deal. Unfortunately, many don't even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.
  • Improving Ethics in the Insurance Industry

    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
    Insurance companies are striving to appear ethical in their approach, a perception not shared by many people. Can this situation be improved?
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  • Books Double as Subway Tickets in Brazil

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

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

    P. F.
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    As you can read from my column here, I’m a Starbucks regular. There are distinctive advantages
  • Researcher in Corporate Engagement Wonderland

    Elisa Shoenberger
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Elisa Shoenberger (@Vogontroubadour) is a senior prospect management and research analyst at Loyola
  • The line between for-profit and not-for-profit is blurring

    darcyhitchcock
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    …and it’s a good thing. This is excerpted from Great Work. It used to be that business was supposed to make money, government was supposed to provide a safety net and charities were to take up the slack. But as expectations of business have ramped up, including the expectations of Millennials that we discussed in the chapter 3, new organizational forms have emerged that are blurring the lines between business and non-profits. In this chapter, we will examine some of the most interesting forms and why they matter. Refer to the table 7.1 below, Spectrum of Organizational Forms that…
 
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  • Transformation in 30 Minutes or Less or Your CSR is Free!

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

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

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

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

    nationalgrid
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Continues Joining Forces Initiative Commitment DESCRIPTION:Dear Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, On behalf of National Grid US, we are pleased to announce our participation in the Joining Forces initiative to support veterans, military families, and their communities. As part of our commitment to Joining Forces, we will make a good faith effort to hire veterans and military spouses to fill 10 percent (approximately 100 positions) of National Grid’s Gas Operations vacancies over the next five years. As part of our efforts, we will publicize our job vacancies on the Veterans Employment Center and…
  • This Tech Innovation Reduces Food Waste While Feeding People Need

    Jenna
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    by Colleen Callahan, Communication Manager, Content Producer, Feeding America SUMMARY:Feeding America is a partner of Cisco CSR. Cisco sponsors The Huffington Post's ImpactX section. DESCRIPTION:When I was in college, I worked at a deli. Every morning we would take the unsold food from the previous day and throw it in the trash. The food was perfectly edible, but we had no good system of getting it to people in need before it went bad. So instead of filling stomachs, it filled landfills. Wasting all that food bothered me then, but it bothers me even more now that I work for Feeding America,…
  • Five Ways to Embed Sustainability into a Company’s Core

    Tetrapak
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    by Carla Fantoni, VP of Communications for Tetra Pak U.S. & Canada DESCRIPTION:Originally appeared on CSRwire Talkback Established companies like Walmart, Unilever, P&G, Coca Cola and PepsiCo are driving positive change in the food and beverage industry with aggressive environmental goals and sustainability priorities. But how are these large organizations able to reach such ambitious targets?  The process begins in house, and it starts by weaving sustainability into a corporation’s core values. At Tetra Pak, communication is the key ingredient for translating environmental…
  • Barry Larkin, Paul O’Neill and Cecil Fielder Join Lineup for 3rd Annual Players Trust All Star Golf Tournament

    mlbpa
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Co-hosts Jay Bruce and Eric Davis to be joined by a ‘who’s who’ lineup of Cincinnati Reds and Major League legends golfing to benefit Arc of Ohio & Beaumont (TX), Dave Parker 39 Foundation DESCRIPTION:NEW YORK, July 3, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce and former Reds All Star Eric Davis are teaming up to co-host the third annual Players Trust All Star Golf Tournament at Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, July 15 – the day after the Queen City hosts the 86th MLB All-Star Game.  During a week in which Cincinnati will become the center…
  • How We Can Protect Smallholder Coconut Farmers in a Booming Industry

    Jenna
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    by Whitney Gantt, Global Director, Mobile Agriculture, Grameen Foundation SUMMARY:The Grameen Foundation is a partner of Cisco CSR. Cisco sponsors The Huffington Post's ImpactX section. DESCRIPTION:This piece has been adapted from a post that first appeared in Devex. I had my first taste of coconut water in Bay Islands, Honduras, in 2000. Back then it was an exotic drink you imagined sipping from a straw while vacationing in a tropical paradise. If you wanted to get some in the U.S., you had to hunt it down in enclaves where immigrants shopped for familiar foods from home. Today, the…
 
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  • A Bad Week for Fracking, Another Black Eye for Natural Gas

    Tina Casey
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    More bad news about fracking: it is becoming increasingly clear that businesses seeking clean alternatives to coal and oil should skip over natural gas.
  • Do Me a Favor This Independence Day…

    Jen Boynton
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    As our American readers close up shop for a long weekend to celebrate Independence Day, TriplePundit's editor-in-chief challenges you to bring a couple of meaty issues to the BBQ. And we're not talking about ribs.
  • The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.
  • What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to "fast-track" the deal. Unfortunately, many don't even know what the TPP is. Do you? If not, this 90-second video from the Sierra Club can help.
  • Improving Ethics in the Insurance Industry

    3p Contributor
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
    Insurance companies are striving to appear ethical in their approach, a perception not shared by many people. Can this situation be improved?
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  • Human Rights Due Diligence: Can My Business Start By Focusing On One Or A Few Human Rights?

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

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

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

    John Paluszek
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    United Nations, June 25- The United Nations General Assembly Hall, the site of many historic events, today was the venue for another -- a projected heightened role for business in the forthcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals and the retirement of Georg Kell, the Global Compact's founding (2000) Executive Director. The General Assembly meeting was framed by the just-released comprehensive, independent Global Compact fifteen year impact report, "Impact - Transforming,  Business, Changing The World". Key conclusions of the report, prepared by DNV GL: "Sustainability…
  • Day Two: "Caring For Climate": A Double-Down on Carbon Pricing | PRME strengthens Responsible Management Education

    John Paluszek
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    United Nations, June 24 - Leaders in CSR/sustainable development today generated major advances in Global Compact platforms on climate change and educating the next generation of business leaders. GC "Caring For Climate" supporters reported progress on several fronts in commitments to develop a global framework for efficient carbon pricing. Meeting separately, educators and business leaders reviewed and endorsed successful academic programs - and plans - for delivering sustainable development preparation for students. Some key takeaways from each session: Climate and free market solutions…
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  • Extra Extra: Company Publishes 150+ Page PDF?

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

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

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

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

    Suzanne Madore
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Those of us working in CSR and sustainability communications know that getting content OUT into the world is only the beginning. We are constantly on the hunt to reach the right audience— those who are interested corporate social responsibility and will take action. Any opportunity to boost awareness, get the news read, inspire policy makers or improve search rankings —all while tracking results — is a worthy one. Google plays an enormous role in content discovery and when Google makes demands or gives advice, communicators listen. Over four years ago, I anxiously awaited my invite to…
 
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    YourCause Blog

  • No Doors, Lots of Glass.

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

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

    18 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    We have asked a number of YourCause employees to answer three questions so that we can share with others what it is like to be a part of our company. This little project has further opened the lines of communication between our employees and shown everyone that there are many reasons that YourCause employees LOVE the company, people and culture. Check out what Erin Elliott, Financial Analyst, had to say.   1. What’s one thing you’ve learned professionally while working at YourCause?  I’ve learned how important it is to work for an organization that values family and…
  • Because Going to Work Isn't A Chore

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    The reason YourCause was named as a Dallas Business Journal Best Places to Work honoree is because of our employee culture.  Employees like Elizabeth Liberman, Account Manager, lead the charge in helping shape our workplace environment daily. Check out what she has to say about why she loves where she works by answering just three simple questions.   1. What 3 words would you use to describe the culture at YourCause and why?                         Family: YourCause has…
  • Maintaining A Great Company Culture, Remotely

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Maintaining a great company culture can be difficult when trying to engage remote employees. Luckily we have some of the best remote workers that participate with other employees multiple times a day. We asked Susan Pollara, Sales Executive and YourCause East Coast remote employee, three questions to dive into what our culture is like for our employees outside home base. Check out what she has to say:     1. If your mom asked you what you did for a living, how would you describe it?  For over twenty years, my mom ran a non-profit that connected senior citizen volunteers to…
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    Collective Responsibility

  • How Urbanization will Reframe the Next 25 Years of Sustainability

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

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

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

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

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

  • Changing Corporate Perspectives on Workplace Volunteer Programs: Q & A, Part 1

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

    Tessa Srebro
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    Evidence from Cause, Influence & the Next Generation Workforce: The 2015 Millennial Impact Report. Yes, I am a millennial. Not only that, but after reading the recently-released 2015 Millennial Impact Report, I realized: I am the spitting image of a typical millennial. Spitting image of a typical millennial. And I’m here to tell you what I –and my generational peers- want from our corporate volunteering. But first, let me take you back. In 2008, I eagerly accepted my first full-time, non-summer-break job, in a field only vaguely related to what I studied in school. The job itself was…
  • Registration Now Open for the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit!

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    How does that song go? Come together, right now, over… volunteering. Well, not quite. But The Beatles would probably approve of the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit (appropriately themed “Come Together)’s mission: To explore ways to work across sectors, harnessing knowledge, resources and passions of volunteers to solve the world’s most pressing problems. So, who should attend this one-of-a-kind event? If you manage your company’s employee volunteer program, this summit is for you. If you’re a CSR professional looking for better ways to work with nonprofits,…
  • CSR Food For Thought: It’s Not About the Money

    Tessa Srebro
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    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. Why Engaging Employees on Sustainability Really Isn’t About the Money We’ve been saying it for a while: Financial incentives are not the best way to keep employees happy. This article from GreenBiz backs us up. It explores how employee engagement strategies that give employees a chance to have a positive impact in their communities while refining their skillset come out on top. Toss some friendly competition in the mix? Even better.
  • SB’15 Recap: The Employee Engagement and Volunteerism Perspective

    Lauren Wagner
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) requires a holistic strategy. Sustainability is just one piece of that strategy. Sustainable Brands gets this. While it’s billed as a sustainability conference, it actually focuses on the whole picture: How all facets of CSR work together to improve both business practices and the communities in which companies operate. And out of all the facets CSR, as a VolunteerMatch employee, I’m obviously most interested in employee volunteerism. It’s a win-win: It helps the communities in which employees serve, but it also helps companies in many ways – one…
 
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    Sustainable Business Toolkit

  • How to Execute Green Marketing Campaigns on Social Media

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

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

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

    Timothy Chilman
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) possesses nuclear weapons, and tested three short range (62 miles) missiles in recent days – real missiles, and not just the work of Photoshop, as occurred when the regime announced it had test-fired a missile from a submarine in May. In June, the state’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced that scientists had developed a drug, Kumdang-2, that cured ebola, SARS and MERS, made from ginseng grown using fertiliser combined with rare earth elements. Again in June, an article in the Rodong Sinmun, the largest…
  • Cost Effective Green Methods for Promoting Your Products and Services

    Staff Writer
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    To run a successful business it’s all about promoting your product and services in the right places to establish your brand as a reputable, reliable and green supplier. You may think that this would require huge marketing budgets and elaborate strategies, but there are a number of methods for promoting your products and services that can be incredibly cost effective and green and yield great results too. Establish Your Target Market Before you do anything marketing related, it’s essential to decipher who you’re targeting and where you can reach them. By creating a strategy that is…
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    Towards 9 Billion

  • Against a dark background – the limits of certainty

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

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

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

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

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