Voices of Influence: Original and Guest Blog Posts from Around the World

These blogs provide insight into the latest issues, challenges, advances and debate around CSR and sustainability. Original and guest blog posts highlight differing perspectives and context.

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Boy Scouts End Ban

New policy allows openly gay adult leaders

Psychologists have found that emotions, such as sadness, fear, anger, and happiness, influence information processing and memory in different ways. We’re more likely to recall events that happened decades ago due how we felt at that time over the details of a business conference call from last week.

This morning I watched the video announcing a monumental policy shift by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) President and former Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates. As you are most likely aware, the BSA has removed the national...

Practitioner to Educator: Writing the Book on CSR

One of the most social attributes of social media is the ease of sharing content and collaborating with others who want to share your content with their audience.

For writers disciplined enough to post quality content on a regular basis, it’s not unusual to receive offers to become a guest blogger or contributor to a site featuring stories on your area of expertise.

Whether you take advantage of the solicitations depends largely on whether you need the SEO value of links back to your site and – this is probably the bigger factor for many of us – if you have time to cram any...

Making a Difference Through the Media

Does someone who works in CSR and sustainability communications even belong at a conference on positive change through the media?

This question ran through my mind again and again as I drove through the Catskill  Mountains of New York last month, headed to the Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Summit.  The four-day conference and retreat brought together media professionals from a wide variety of fields: journalism, performing and visual arts, game design, advertising, public relations, non-profit leadership, psychology, academia and...

Corporations See Faster Sales Growth of Sustainable Products, Study Reveals

Many homeowners who installed energy-saving light bulbs five or 10 year ago were disappointed when they burned out prematurely, especially since the “green” bulbs cost significantly more than the old Thomas Edison-era filament models.

Same goes with the first generation of water-saving toilets, which met the government standard but didn’t get the job done reliably.

But manufacturers did not stop tinkering with their product designs and have created far superior replacement lines using LED bulbs and bathroom fixtures that actually work effectively while using even less water...

Extra Extra: Company Publishes 150+ Page PDF?

Let’s face it — if you’re breaking news with a sustainability report, you’re probably doing it wrong.

We came to this realization several years ago as we were changing up our reporting structure. We had moving stories, first-hand accounts and brilliant pictures. We also had great data, and loads of information on governance, policies, training and management. Did it really make sense to hold all this material and send it into the world once a year in a fell swoop?

Probably not. So we broke our “report” into a ...

Top Hashtags to Use for CSR & Sustainability Communication Pros

Not entirely sure what a hashtag is or how and why you should be using them in your tweets? Check out this blog post: The How’s and Why’s of Using Hashtags on Twitter. Once you have the basic understanding of hashtags down, it’s time to gwork towards selecting and using the best hashtags for your tweets.

Recommending hashtags is a task that ranges from simple to nearly impossible, but here are a few things to consider first:

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The How’s and Why’s of Using Hashtags on Twitter: A Primer for CSR & Sustainability Communication Pros

Hopefully there is someone on your team in charge of writing tweets to talk about your organization’s corporate social responsibility efforts. Ideally, this person also is well aware of hashtags and this post will give them a few ideas to keep striving for the perfect tweet. I stress the word striving here because social media is like a living creature, just when you think you have it figured out, it changes on you and adjustments will need to be made. If hashtags are still a foreign concept, this post will help with the translation.

Many communication pros still struggle...

Brand Sustainability Communications Lacking on Facebook, Study Finds

Only 40 percent of 195 multinational consumer goods brands in a new study are communicating about their sustainability efforts on Facebook, and just four companies are doing half of the talking, according to research from Sustainly.

Half of the Facebook discussion about sustainability happens on pages managed by McDonald’s, Dove, Coca-Cola and Nescafe, Matthew Yeomans, founder of the UK research firm, reported at 

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The Evolution of Google+ Continues

Those of us working in CSR and sustainability communications know that getting content OUT into the world is only the beginning. We are constantly on the hunt to reach the right audience— those who are interested corporate social responsibility and will take action. Any opportunity to boost awareness, get the news read, inspire policy makers or improve search rankings —all while tracking results — is a worthy one. Google plays an enormous role in content discovery and when Google makes demands or gives advice, communicators listen.

Over four years ago, I anxiously awaited my invite...

Macy’s Adopts Returning Soldiers as Cause

We’re right smack dab in the middle of events season in the sustainability and CSR sector.

A big benefit of industry conferences is that staffers at small nonprofits can gain access to senior executives who work for big corporations.

Likewise, the high-powered officers who attend events like this week’s Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego, and Cause Marketing Forum last week, love leaving the office to get inspired by peers and hear about innovative ideas.

With more than 800 stores in 45 states, Macy’s is one of the nation’s premier retailers for fashion and...

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