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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
In today’s competitive landscape, brands need to be purpose-driven if they want to outperform their competitors and increase their bottom line. The same rule applies if they want to keep their employees happy and their customers loyal.
By maximizing partnerships with non-profit organizations, companies can create opportunities that allow their employees and customers to also play an important role in the company’s purpose.
Posted: Dec 14, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
In September 2016, the UN General Assembly held an extraordinary summit Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants. This followed on the heels of ineffective attempts to mobilise sufficient global efforts to help those fleeing violence and poverty to move safely and to find sanctuary. At the meeting, agreements were made to change the migration governance infrastructure, but the form this will take is still being debated and there is not yet evidence of substantial change on the ground.
This piece asks whether Corporate Social Responsibility could help us to understand a potential role of those private companies working in the migration control sector to contribute to these efforts.
Posted: Dec 09, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Companies partner with nonprofit organizations every day, but how closely are they measuring the outcomes of these partnerships? Are companies holding their partners accountable and setting goals that will help define success? Are these partnerships bringing value and really making a difference? The impact of partnerships can be measured in a number of ways.
Posted: Dec 07, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The issue of water pollution and contamination has made headlines often in recent months. With the disaster of Flint, Michigan and the controversy surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, it’s obvious there is a great deal of work to be done reducing and eliminating the amount of wastewater and pollutants that companies both large and small produce.
Posted: Dec 05, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Tim Smith is among a growing number of innovative farmers who are managing their croplands with practices that promote conservation of land and waters while increasing crop yields. On November 1, 2016, Tim joined experts from The Nature Conservancy, General Mills and the Soil Health Institute at the annual BSR Conference in New York City to launch the reThink Soil initiative.
Posted: Dec 02, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
While researching potential partners has never been easier through the use of technology, there is still a fair amount of due diligence required to find the right partner match.
Posted: Nov 28, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Corporate responsibility (or its sister concepts such as sustainability, corporate citizenship, and the like) may have won “the battle of ideas”, being awarded with the status of its own in business schools and having dedicated departments in the world largest companies, it still remains a tucked away exotic island compared to well established continents of other management disciplines, such as strategy or marketing.
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
When you think of an exotic Caribbean vacation, what comes to mind? Maybe beautiful beaches, delicious cuisines, and souvenirs for your loved ones back home. Before your next Caribbean trip, JetBlue and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urge you to “Buy Informed.”
Posted: Nov 21, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Corporate philanthropy is focused on heart and luckily, more companies are finding ways to incorporate giving and heart into their own business practices. Employees want to give back and participate in the community, candidates watch potential employers closely when considering applications and consumers are as vigilant on cause work as ever.
Posted: Nov 18, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Much has been made about whether Silicon Valley corporations are or are trying to be role models for sustainability. There is a perception that Silicon Valley corporations, many with high concentrations of Millennials, are inherently sustainable. Yet the likes of Google and Apple are noticeably absent from the top of sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Corporate Knights Global 100. Given the disconnect, the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) has undertaken the first systematic research on the true picture of sustainability efforts in Silicon Valley by analyzing sustainability and corporate sustainability strategies by Silicon Valley-based companies.
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