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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Womankind Worldwide has helped more than 18 million women and their families across the globe over the last 26 years with issues of discrimination, poverty, and violence. The organization sees the newly passed U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a path toward the future and as a way to engage all levels of government and civil society in the safety and empowerment of women and their families.
Posted: Oct 16, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
What have we experienced since September 11, 2001? Is our world better, more just, and more unified? Do we have more freedom and equality? Do impoverished people around the planet have greater access to basic necessities? Is there less violence? Less destruction of the environment? Less pollution? Less war and terror?
The answers to these, and similar, questions are of course not the ones any of us like to hear.
Posted: Oct 14, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Accommodation requires us to take a good look at every inch of the boundaries we’ve created for ourselves and find where we have solidified ridged and unyielding segments that when tightened even further become frail and brittle.
Posted: Oct 12, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Similar to a carbon footprint, which measures a company’s greenhouse gas emissions, the human rights footprint of companies has been scrutinized for many years with addressing such issues as slavery in their supply chains, lawsuits, consumer pressure, and occasionally of their own volition. Business’ human rights footprints should include at the very least their labour practices and supply chain processes, but also the financial support that they knowingly or unknowingly (risk management) could be supporting oppressive regimes through commercial engagement.
Posted: Oct 09, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
We all know that at one level our current business paradigm has created wealth and yet has also exacerbated the imbalances, tensions and volatility we face today. We also know that the business models and management approaches that served us well in the past are no longer fit for organisations wishing to not just survive but thrive in 2020 and beyond.
Posted: Oct 07, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
While a governance change may sound intimidating, most states in the US have recently adopted benefit corporation legislation, which makes the transition straightforward. Adopting a benefit corporation structure aligns a firm’s governance with its sustainability goals, and can be accomplished with a simple amendment to the articles. This legal change can improve and sustain best in class social and environmental performance.
Posted: Oct 05, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
As a top employer and industry leader in the state, General Motors is driven to serve and improve our
communities. One way we do this is through an internship program called GM Student Corps, which
pays students to perform community service projects in challenged neighborhoods while partnering
with GM retirees to learn valuable life and career skills.
Posted: Oct 02, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Mentoring helps young people succeed, especially those youth at-risk of becoming disconnected from work, school and the community. Through consistent guidance, support and encouragement, mentors help young people set goals and achieve them. When done well, the stability and security of a mentoring relationship can be the very thing a young person needs most. It’s a gateway to the kind of skill development, goal setting, and belief in one’s self that leads to a fulfilling future.
Posted: Sep 30, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Starwood has a long history of taking talented, entry-level associates and cultivating them into larger roles within the company. During the last few years, Starwood’s Social Responsibility team has had the privilege of bringing this idea of skills cultivation from inside the company, out into our communities.
Posted: Sep 29, 2015 – 03:30 PM EST
Now comes the hard part: Implementing the UN’s “supremely ambitious” 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
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