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CSRwire Welcomes New Members to Its Global Network of CSR News and Information

Submitted by: CSRwire

Categories: Events, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Apr 01, 2009 – 08:00 AM EST


Apr. 01 /CSRwire/ - SPRINGFIELD, MA. - April 1, 2009 - This week CSRwire welcomed Banyan Paper, EarthScan, iScale, Safe Water Network, Council on Aging, and Opportunity Collaboration.

CSRwire membership of more than 1000 organizations includes public and privately held companies, socially responsible investment funds, non governmental and non profit organizations, universities, trade associations and think tanks. The following organizations will be using CSRwire to communicate their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible activities and initiatives to a passionate and enthusiastic audience in over 200 countries.

Banyan Paper - Banyan Paper distributes handmade, fair trade, and eco-friendly paper products produced in disadvantaged communities. Banyan Paper works with communities in Rwanda, India, and the Philippines, providing critical jobs and training in locales where jobs are in short supply.

Earthscan - Earthscan: Publishing for a sustainable future

Earthscan is the world's leading publisher on sustainability, and have been publishing in this area for more than 20 years.

We publish original, reliable and significant work that helps to foster the conditions for genuine sustainability by providing the means for understanding and analyzing the issues and the tools for resolving them. Our business books represent the latest thinking in corporate social responsibility, green economics, sustainable investing, renewable technologies and emissions trading.

As part of our own environmental policy we are continually looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of our activities, and we offset in full the carbon emissions resulting from our business: the production of our publications, their distribution and our full office and travel impacts.

Use source code CSR99 to save 20% off all Earthscan books.

Distributed in the United States by Stylus Publishing, LLC.
Contact Stylus to place all US orders of Earthscan books:
22883 Quicksilver Drive
Sterling, VA 20166-2012
Tel: (703) 661-1581 or (800) 232-0223
Fax: (703) 661-1501
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iScale - iScale is a networked social enterprise committed to creating, developing, applying, promoting and sharing the innovations for scaling impact to address the world's most pressing challenges.

Despite constrained resources to tackle them, the world today is rife with complex, unyielding, and often brutal problems that cross all kinds of boundaries - geographical, sectoral, and functional - from the local to the global levels. These problems range in fields from finance to health to environment to human rights to corruption. Meanwhile, an ever broader range of stakeholders in government, private sector and civil society are creatively working to address these problems. iScale works around the world from the local to the global levels to dramatically scale the impact of these efforts.
Vision, Mission and Strategy

Our mission is to develop, promote, apply and share innovations that scale impact to address the the most intractable problems that create disharmony/to promote harmonious change in the world.

Our strategy consists of implementing high impact action-learning projects, facilitating communities of practice, and building fields (issue and competency), through which we develop, promote, apply and share innovations for scaling impact.

The iScale suite of innovations for scaling impact include:

  • strategic mapping for scaling impact

  • building and leveraging networks

  • multi-stakeholder engagement and cross-sectoral problem-solving

  • impact planning, assessment and learning systems

  • social media and ict platforms

  • next generation strategy, structure and governance approaches

  • markets of the future and emerging regulatory approaches

  • action-learning processes

  • communities of practice
Combinations of these innovations are often needed to truly scale impact.

Safe Water Network - Founded by leading business and civic leaders, Safe Water Network (SWN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing innovative approaches to delivering safe, reliable, and affordable drinking water to the world's poor.

Poor water conditions plague the developing world. Climate change, industrialization, pollution, and poor sanitation has resulted in wide spread water scarcity and contamination. Diarrheal diseases alone -- caused by the consumption of unsafe water – kill nearly 5,000 people each day, 90 percent of whom are children under age 5. The health and livelihoods of nearly one billion others are significantly compromised due to the lack of access to safe water. Unfortunately, those most in need are also often those least able to pay for solutions or mobilize and demand action from their governments.

Although the challenge is substantial and rife with obstacles, SWN is committed to leading a focused and coordinated response to develop and validate new solutions for our world’s poor. Our priority is to take a long-term, integrated approach to demonstrate the potential for new water solutions by collaborating with private and public stakeholders; local organizations; public health experts; and local and international providers of technology, services, and funding.

Despite a sizeable commercial market for water, large numbers of people are inadequately served and, as a consequence, remain stagnated in a systemic cycle of poverty and ill health. Safe Water Network developing a diverse set of partnerships through which to create affordable and sustainable solutions that can be widely replicated over time to serve thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of communities in need.

Our Vision: A world in which the most innovative minds, companies, and organizations come together across all boundaries to help solve the world's most pressing humanitarian concern: The lack of access to safe drinking water for nearly a billion people in the developing world. Council on Aging - Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging,, BenefitsCheckUp(R) is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. BenefitsCheckUp includes more than 1,650 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 2001, more than two million people have used the service with a value of more than $7 billion.

Even before these tough economic times, many older people needed help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, food, and other basic needs. Ironically, millions of older Americans — especially those with limited incomes — are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs. Ranging from heating and energy assistance to prescription savings programs to income supplements, there are many public programs available to seniors in need if they only knew about them and how to apply for them.

Opportunity Collaboration
- The Opportunity Collaboration is a global gathering of non-profit leaders, grant-makers, social financiers, social entrepreneurs and agents of change focused on poverty alleviation. Its mission is promote networking, foster collaboration and to leverage resources. Ultimately, the goal is to accelerate the work of global and domestic poverty alleviation. The Collaboration convenes October 17th, World Poverty Day, through October 20th, 2009. Delegates will stay connected through the Collaborations' year round e-community.

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