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Posted: Mar 14, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Volunteering at work can be a great force for social change and increase retention and employee engagement in your company. Whether companies are giving their employees time off to work on specific projects, defined as “paid release/volunteer time off” programs, or teams are getting together to tackle an issue at a local non-profit, giving time within the workplace has been growing over the last decade, despite multiple changes in our world and citizens finding their voice to make a difference.
Posted: Mar 11, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
A Swazi sewing shop might seem a surprising place to see the impacts of big business first hand. But it’s where I found myself one morning in 2013, travelling as a guest of a big global brand. The smiling owner opened the door to us. She was smartly dressed, and rightly proud of the enterprise she’d grown. I’ll never forget the noise of her workshop. About two dozen women were hard at work, mostly from the local village. They were producing uniforms for the factory owned by our client down the road.
Posted: Mar 09, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
As a leader in sustainability for the banking industry, KeyBank was recently recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project as a company meeting criteria for the S&P Climate Leadership Index. With programs focused on environmental reporting, a largely successful renewable energy portfolio, and programs targeting a “low carbon future,” the company moves forward by supporting transparency throughout the banking industry.
Posted: Mar 07, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
At New York Life we are implementing a new partner to handle our volunteering, giving campaign (or as I like to think of it now, marketing campaign for giving), and matching gifts programs. The process takes my breath away. I am in complete awe of how many details there are that must be gotten right. And I realize that I have very unrealistic expectations. Here’s why.
Posted: Mar 04, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Posted: Mar 02, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
We’ve mapped the ways in which a whole range of factors play together to drive CSR practices. Now, let’s look at the bottom line, the numbers game, the argument-clincher: profit.
Posted: Feb 29, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The growth of corporate sustainability (CSR) over the past decades, along with its positioning as a central element of corporate strategy, has given birth to a new category of professionals, the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) professionals. Sustainability professionals are those within companies and organizations that spend most of their time designing and performing activities related to environmental, economic and social aspects. CSE Research from various sources* has shown that since the introduction of the term of sustainable development in the late 1980s, there has been a constant growth to the number of companies with full-time sustainability managers. Especially since 2000 the number of such companies has increased by 400%. This is evident also in the fact that more than 60% of sustainability professionals have been in the field for less than 10 years.
Posted: Feb 24, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Not only did I fail to kill our workplace giving campaign’s online auction last year, this year my team is working harder than ever to improve it. I’m still not sure where I went wrong.
Posted: Feb 22, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative provides the resources and tools necessary for its participating private equity portfolio companies to determine materiality and the means to measure it.
Posted: Feb 19, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Larry Fink is Chief Executive of BlackRock. BlackRock’s portfolio weighs in at a cool US $4.6 trillion. So when he speaks it’s wise to listen. He has spoken. And what he has said, in a letter to top US and European CEOs, is the single most significant intervention ever made by an investor on CSR issues.
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