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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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#ASIMO2015 Recap: What Does a Humanoid Robot Do With a Day in NYC?

Visit the big Apple with @ASIMO http://youtu.be/FShZddlsjkA  What famous sites do you see? #ASIMO2015 #robotics - @3BLMedia (tweet)

Recently, Honda took its humanoid robot, ASIMO to the streets of New York City – a city of dreams. Since ASIMO’s introduction in 2000, Honda has made impressive advancements in robots, even inspiring technology improved to other products.  From the ability to climb stairs, balance on one leg and pour a cup of water, ASIMO innovators...

Employee Engagement: The New CSR Currency

There has been an evolution of sorts in corporate giving. In the early days, charities sought and corporations gave mostly money. As corporations and charities became more accustomed to working together, product donations came into the mix. Today we are seeing the next phase of corporate and charitable in the form of volunteerism.

ACCP and the Southeastern Council of Foundations held a joint meeting in April to talk about Employee Engagement. It was a great meeting, the first of many we hope to do with our friends at SECF. Speakers from Points of Light, Accenture, Tyson, UPS, and...

Sustainability as a Business Paying off Big, Says Conference Board Study

Anyone who has doubts about the ability of the “sustainable” label to drive sales and profits for multinational corporations should take a look at new research about to be released by The Conference Board.

While revenue growth among companies in the S&P Global 100 Index averaged 15 percent over the past four years, sales of sustainable products and services grew 91 percent -- six times as fast, according to a study revealed at the Sustainability Summit in New York Tuesday.

“There isn’t really a sustainable product. It’s about having environment advantages over the...

May 12th Social Tools Summit, Join Us!

Each week, I am asked what social media tools we recommend at 3BL Media. This is a hard question for me to answer. There are SO MANY options out there.

I can only respond to these questions with more questions. I may suggest explore a tool here or there, but no response is definitive – you MUST get this tool! There are thousands of options – some claim to meet all of your needs, others are so specialized that it can be hard to imagine WHO finds the tool useful or who can afford such a solution.

On May 12th, I will be in Boston attending the Social Tools Summit conference....

Big and Small Companies Mount Rapid CSR Response to Nepal Quake

Two global social media giants acted quickly to render aid to the victims of Saturday’s killer earthquake in Nepal while a little known translation service vowed to eliminate language as a barrier for rescue workers.

Google has an impressive record of deploying its Person Finder tool in the wake of natural disasters, like Saturday’s killer earthquake in Nepal.

Facebook, too, demonstrated its global scale and hyper-local reach through its new...

Are You Ready to be Next in Line?

Business Dictionary defines succession planning as: Identification and development of potential successors for key positions in an organization, through a systematic evaluation process and training.

That definition implies that someone identifies those in line for leadership and puts them on a leadership path. Nice to be chosen, but the question then becomes: Are there ways to put yourself on that path? We will get to what I think the answer is to that in a moment.

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Reviewing Harold Burson’s 1973 CSR Speech

Celebrity sightings are part of daily life in New York City.

I saw Richard Gere shooting a movie near Grand Central Terminal a few weeks back.

Queen Latifah was in the house at Tuesday night’s Stevie Wonder concert.

But my most impactful brush with fame in recent days happened before the start of an energy industry breakfast when 94-year-old Harold Burson took the time to chat one-on-one and share some history about corporate social responsibility.

Burson, described by PR Week as “the century's most influential PR figure," showed no sign of his age when I...

Numerically Literate Comms Pros Should Take This Test

Sharpen those #2 pencils. There’s a new examination rolling out for sustainability professionals interested in formal certification for their skills.

The San Francisco-based Sustainability Accounting Standards Board announced during this week's 3BL Media webinar that early bird registration, at the discounted price of $200, is now open for the inaugural “Fundamentals of Sustainability...

Deadline Approaching for New G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

The clock is ticking for corporations who use the Global Reporting Initiative’s G3 or G31 guidelines.

I've immersed myself in the world of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability since taking on the CMO role at 3BL Media. While I knew few technical details about sustainability reports prior to February, I've been fortunate that 3BL's clients and partners have provided a fast education on this growing segment of corporate communications.

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Twitter Chat Recap: #HEINEKENBaBW Protecting Our Water Resources

As one of the world’s largest brewers, HEINEKEN recognizes and embraces its responsibility to promote responsible water use and encourage others to do the same as part of its sustainability strategy ‘Brewing a Better World’ (BaBW). Aimed at advancing Water Stewardship, HEINEKEN recently announced a partnership with UNIDO to help support water sustainability in developing markets such as Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Tunisia.

BTW #HEINEKENBaBW 

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