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Posted: Sep 14, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
When I was young, my parents taught me that helping other people is a part of life—if you’re fortunate enough to have, you should give to people who don’t. That’s why I believe that as business owners, it’s our responsibility to give back to our communities. But, managing corporate giving can be a full-time job, and that may mean that it’s time to create a separate entity to facilitate it.
Posted: Sep 09, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Today one of the key challenges most companies face is being able to scale rapidly while still keeping their innovative startup edge. Startups have less decision-makers making it easier to take the risks needed to remain as innovative as possible. As these companies start to grow, they often experience a downturn in innovation as management layers increase.
Posted: Sep 06, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Your employees, consumers, shareholders and others are demanding more corporate responsibility (CR) information from companies, but they probably aren’t reading your CR report. As expectations continue to increase around transparency and responsibility, there remains a disconnect. Although 88 percent of global consumers say they want companies to tell them what they’re doing to operate more responsibly, only 25 percent report they’ve read a CR report in 2015. Want your report to get noticed and read? Here are three tips to increase engagement, accessibility and relevancy of your next report.
Posted: Aug 31, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
With low oil prices continuing to foster uncertainty in Canada’s resources sector, the value of the Canadian dollar has declined rapidly, reaching a thirteen year low in January when it traded at $0.68 cents USD. While the dollar has rebounded since that time, exchange rate fluctuations are expected to continue to affect many Canadian companies throughout the remainder of 2016. Particularly hard hit are food and beverage manufacturers that import goods or source products from the United States. Not only are they dealing with an unpredictable dollar, increasing commodity prices continue to squeeze profit margins.
Posted: Aug 24, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
More and more each day, sustainability is becoming a crucial topic in the business world. To this extent, the UN Global Compact has specified four main principles for maintaining a sustainable business: human rights, labor rights, environmental protection and anti- corruption.
Posted: Aug 17, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
In Latin America, in terms of public infrastructure investments neither the state nor the private sector have lead enough initiatives to cope with the expectations of communities and economic growth. The scheme “Obras por Impuesto” (OxI), put forward by the Peruvian government is a program that targets precisely that, bridging the gap between local companies and communities, while solving the immense need of public infrastructure throughout the country. We think this is a good model for Latin America and beyond.
Posted: Aug 12, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in the public debate with Deep Mind’s recent win over a champion of the Chinese game GO. AI is all about computers getting better at solving problems formerly thought too difficult which should be left to humans. Since the 1970s, a small group of computer specialists and mathematicians based their hopes on teaching machines to follow the rule-based learning of human reasoning. They designed algorithms (coding these rules into software programs) which they hoped would enable computers to emulate human thought processes.
Posted: Aug 08, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Recent years have shown us, through economic uncertainty and growing inequality, that our current systems are far from perfect. With a clearer picture of the challenges of the next few decades evolving, and an emergent global movement for delivering shared goals such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we need to both address the instabilities of our current systems and re-engineer them to deliver better sustainable lives for humanity as a whole.
Posted: Aug 03, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The efforts to mobilize the private sector on the road toward sustainable development are, so far, not sufficiently recognized. There’s definitely a deficit.
Posted: Aug 01, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
With the financial crisis forcing organizations to look beyond their bottom line and prove themselves as responsible and trustable, the issue of Corporate Sustainability rises as highly important. It is an issue that involves all of its main functions, such as HR, Marketing, Supply, and therefore brings value to the whole organization.
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