Dr. Andrea M. Bassi & Gilbert Probst
Part one of a CSRwire series based on the book, Tackling Complexity.
The Making of Decision Makers
It is not difficult to be a decision maker. We all make several decisions every day. Having accumulated considerable practice over time, we even become good at making decisions.
And aren’t decision makers in the public and private sectors masters of their destiny? They decide what information to use when making decisions, how to assess the gravi...
By Jackie Norris, Executive Director, Points of Light Corporate Institute
This is part one in a seven-part blog series exploring the community engagement practices of winning companies in The Civic 50, an initiative launched in 2012 by Points of Light, the National Conference on Citizenship and Bloomberg. The Civic 50 identifies the top 50 community-minded S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do b...
By Kellen Klein, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Future 500
Dear Fracking Industry,
This whole “shale boom” thing has been a bit of a mixed bag, hasn’t it?
On the one hand, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have launched America into an unprecedented era of energy abundance. Thanks to you, we’ve drastically reduced our dependence on oil and gas imports – down 44 percent and 58 percent, respectively, in the last five years – while driving down ...
By Sarah Hidey, Managing Associate, Social Enterprise & Business Planning at JVA Consulting; Speaker at the upcoming Social Enterprise Alliance Summit '14
As I walked through the bustle of the city-center market in Shillong, India, I felt like I was entering a world of unfettered free enterprise. Men, women and children competed for my attention, each one offering a product for sale: brightly colored saris, exotic-smelling spices, clothing, fresh fruit, handmade scarfs and much more.
By Hazel Henderson
Water is vital for agriculture, energy production and thousands of industrial processes worldwide. Floods and droughts now affect Asia, Latin America, Europe and California. While these specific events can’t be linked directly to climate change, they are increasingly entering debates about climate across mainstream media.
Our Q2 2014 Green Transition Scoreboard® Report: “Plenty of Water!” will focus on water and cover investments in water management ...
By Dr. Onnie Byers, Chair, IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group – with input by Paul Herman and Emily Wick
The single greatest global environmental threat to all species is climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal” and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a coalition of the world’s experts on biodiversity, makes explicit the link between the warming ...
By John Elkington
Teflon or Velcro?
Sitting in a corporate boardroom recently, I discussed the difference between Teflon and Velcro companies with a CEO and some of his senior executives. The difference? Teflon companies attract challenges about their ethical, social or environmental impacts, but tend to emerge unscathed and untarnished. Apple was like that for a while, Google too.
With Velcro companies, however, there are more challenges and much of the dirt sticks. The CEO I was talking ...
By Dwayne Baraka
Part of the DōShorts series
All of the big reporting frameworks are doubling down on materiality. Rightly so. It's time to prove that materiality is a worthwhile activity, or lose it from our vocabulary. GRI's G4 has much more stringent materiality requirements to show how companies arrive at their most important sustainability issues than under the G3. It's also core to the IIRC's Integrated Reporting framework. And although it uses a totally different definition of materi...
By Alice Korngold
Part of the A Better World, Inc. series
A number of leading companies are beginning to realize they can profit by finding solutions to the world’s most daunting economic, social and environmental challenges. These multinational corporations have the resources, global footprint and profit motivation to be more successful in solving major global problems than national governments, the international community or even the NGO sector.
My research for A Better World, Inc....
By Paul Batistelli
As the world turns its focus toward renewable power and increased efficiency, the tech scene has exploded with energy innovations. These high-tech tools are making major headway to help consumers and businesses conserve energy and reduce their carbon footprints. Check out some of the top energy tech trends that are transforming the way we think about power.
Tech Trend One: Carpet Fibers
It may seem strange that the material that covers the floors of billions of homes cou...
By John Perkins
The corporatocracy is striking out against our personal freedoms and squandering the trust we have placed in our leaders with our votes and our dollars. That their decisions aren’t made with the good of all of us in mind is evidenced by the abuse of government agencies such as the NSA and corporations like Google, whose hand seems to reach into everything from our personal email to our health records.
These large organizations and their lobbyists are writing our laws, ...
By Ron Schultz
When I was invited to speak at the World CSR Congress gathering in February in Mumbai, India, as well as receive the Social Innovation Leadership award, I was eager to join the conversation. With over 70 countries represented, the notion of being able to access both the global pulse of CSR and further my agenda around social innovation was very attractive.
I was not disappointed on either front. The conversation was rich and textured and the cultural context within which it w...
By Susan Camberis
Having spent over a decade in Human Resources, with a growing interest in sustainability, the questions I have increasingly found myself asking are:
What is HR’s role in sustainability?
How can HR have a greater impact in creating and driving a sustainable culture?
How can the HR function better equip itself to lead change in this important area?
While HR still maintains the responsibility for hiring, firing, compensation, administering ben...
By Francesca Rheannon
On February 26th, a forum on “Fossil-Free NYC,” co-sponsored by the Responsible Endowments Alliance, GreenFaith and the NYC Grassroots Alliance, kicked off a campaign to get the city’s five municipal pension funds to divest any holdings in the top 200 publicly-held companies that own most of the fossil fuel reserves still in the ground.
Included in the top 10 are ExxonMobil, BP, Gazprom, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell. Number one on th...