By Prof. Utkarsh Majmudar and Namrata Rana
Part II of II
The automotive industry is one of the key drivers of India’s economy, accounting for around 4% of India’s GDP and over 200,000 jobs. Both local and global players dot the automotive industrial landscape and will contribute to making India amongst the world's top five auto-producers by 2015.
CSR Activities by Auto Companies
A study of CSR initiatives by automotive companies conducted in association with Indian Institute o...
By Francesca Rheannon
Fast food giant MacDonald sparked widespread scorn recently when it was found to have provided its low wage workers with tips about saving money, like “Breaking food into pieces often results in eating less and still feeling full” and advice on applying for food stamps.
Taxpayers Subsidize Low-Wage Workers’ Pay
It’s advice fast food workers want to be in a position to reject as they demand a wage that would allow them to get by without going on...
By Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
While changes in the health care system are providing more people with access to health services for some underserved populations, such as homeless individuals, access to health care remains difficult. Limited access to health services for those who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless is a widespread issue, as their health conditions are often neglected or overlooked.
Project H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Program Enrichmen...
By Elaine Cohen
Corporate philanthropy is big bucks. Companies invest billions of dollars each year in order to help change the world. But supporting communities may not be the only objective. Corporate philanthropy can be leveraged to empower and engage employees.
Corporate giving continues to rise according to the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's (CECP) 2012 Giving in Numbers report. The CECP survey of 240 companies showed that 2012 giving amounted to more than $20.3 billion...
By Joanne Bauer
Where is Germany – the world’s fourth largest economy and Europe’s economic engine – on business and human rights? I came to Berlin this fall with that question, since in the landscape of business and human rights activity, Germany has been a curiously quiet front.
The perceived quiet, I have come to understand, stems from German “exceptionalism,” cousin to American exceptionalism: while there’s a pervasive American belief that its f...
By Ron Schultz
Part of the Creating Good Work series
The Elephant in the Room
We are of benefit to others for many reasons. Some of them are self-serving; others are truly altruistic. When it comes to something as potentially powerful and far reaching as Corporate Social Responsibility, self-serving interests are often the elephant in the room. That does not make them bad, but it does speak to the basic principles under which we do business.
By law, corporations have a fiduciary responsib...
By James H. Lee
SYSTEM FAILURE. A simple two-word error message summarizes virtually every major news headline over the past five years. In fact, it is difficult to name a single public institution which we hold in high esteem. Government. Healthcare. Education. Religion. Even libraries are being brought into question regarding their relevance for the future.
How Did We Get Here?
Economic historian Carlota Perez says that we’ve been here before, many times in the past. For over two c...
By Rohini Anand, Global Chief Diversity Officer
Part II of a two-part series in conjunction with the release of Sodexo's first Integrated Report.
One out of every six people in the world has some form of disability. And yet, preconceived notions, societal prejudices and peoples’ discomfort with others who may look or act different all combine to make it harder for people with disabilities to find gainful employment. In the European Union people with disabilities are two to three times...
By John Elkington
“Welcome to the future!” That was how the founders of the Living Tomorrow lab in Vilvoorde, on the outskirts of Brussels, kicked off a book called Living and Working the Future. Their USP: display a wide range of seductive, user-friendly solutions to sustainability problems.
Nor was this an exercise in walk-in science fiction: 80 percent of the solutions would be ready to go, the rest likely to emerge in the near future.
The key ingredient in their recipe: mak...
By Danielle Lanyard
What if all the world’s religions honored people and planet, and all, as one big ol’ interconnected ecosystem, of which all are vital parts of the whole? With Green Faith, Sustainable Traditions, Vedic Ecology Hindu temples, Islamic approaches to Sustainability and Deep Ecology, this ‘what if’, is possible.
What if the capitalist growth model was not shackled by a 4+% hockey stick growth trajectory? With Post Growth and Regenerati...
By John Fullerton
In Part 1 of this series on Evergreen Direct Investing (“EDI”), we argued that the Responsible Investment movement seeking to embed ESG values into investment decision-making has been hamstrung by the investment method chosen. Specifically, trying to apply ESG to what is inherently a speculative stock valuations game often feels like pushing on a string. Without conscious awareness, we have confused speculation for investment.
We suggest that by shifting invest...
By Shawn Ellis
Did you know that there are over 1,200 happiness books in the business section on Amazon.com? This is a very interesting – and encouraging – thing to see. Creating happiness has literally become a business itself.
Yet, statistics prove we’re far from being able to call happiness in the workplace “mainstream.” Many leaders are still asking, “Is this really something I should be concerned with, or is it just some touchy-feely, feel-good fad?&...
By Hazel Henderson
You may not remember interviewing me a couple of times over the years. I still catch your show. Your recent segment on CBS 60 Minutes raised a recurring question of transparency. Ethical journalistic standards usually require interviewers and anchors to ask their guests to reveal their clients and other interests which audiences need to know to evaluate their opinions expressed: How else can viewers spot the spin?
Charlie, you generally observe this tenet of ethical journ...
By Marc Choyt
Larry Littlebird (Laguna/Santo Domingo Pueblo) is the founding director of HAMAATSA, an indigenous learning center in New Mexico; a master storyteller; Native filmmaker; painter and author of Hunting Sacred, Everything Listens.
He is also a coach and corporate trainer, specializing in seminars and story camps inspiring transformative leadership. Over the 20 years we have known each other, his views as a Native American elder have shifted my perspective. Most recently, I sat do...
By Amy Seidman
Part of the Noble Profit series
By resolving needs in five categories of sustainability, companies end up running more efficiently, according to R. Paul Herman, CEO and founder of HIP Investor. Mapping the measures of sustainability to financial statements, HIP has shown when a company does better in sustainability they also see greater profitability.
Herman starts by asking people: “Do you want to breathe clean air – yes or no?” When th...