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Constructing the Perfect CSR or Sustainability Tweet

CSR and Sustainability, while growing rapidly these days in corporate participation and individual awareness, can still be a tough topic to get across to general audiences. I’ve done my time, like many other practitioners, advocates, and professionals, talking until I hear the “I get it” from the interested but uninformed.

It’s no wonder, then, that a lot of us have taken to social media to spread the message of sustainability in order to reach as many people in one place as possible. All of the...

Guest Post-Finally a Sustainability/CSR Ratings Comparison Tool – a look at JustMeans Insights ™ and the Pharmaceutical Industry

Recently 3BLMedia/JustMeans launched JustMeans Insights ™, a data visualization platform for measuring, managing and comparing sustainability performance. The platform provides sustainability practitioners, media and investors with the ability to compare 100+ different environmental, social and governance (ESG) data points among peers and competitors. While there are other Indexs (see the list below) that are used by sustainability professional none of them give you...

"After The Parade" Helps Returning NYC Vets Long After The Welcome-Home Banner Passes

How do you convey the profound experiences and needs of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and do so in nine words on a poster, or a 30-second ad? That was the challenge facing Aaron Padin, head of art, and Drew Train, account director at marketing communications firm JWT New York, who led more than a dozen volunteers, including strategists, copywriters, photographers, and editors to create “...

Guest Post - Visualize That: The Impact of Source Documentation and Data Visualization on CSR Analysis

When it comes to connecting the environmental and business sides of sustainability, ultimately it's a numbers game.

by Reynard Loki
Staff Writer, Sustainable Finance
Justmeans.com

November 2, 2011 (New York) -- In the...

Guest Post - Visualize This: Justmeans Insights Uses Data Visualization to Empower Stakeholders and Inspire Transparency

Contextualization, competitive intelligence and the rise of data visualization are changing the way we understand the environmental, social and governance impact of the private sector.

Newsweek recently released their third annual Green Rankings, in which they rank the 500 biggest companies in America and 500 of the biggest companies in the world. According to Newsweek, "The data was crunched in cooperation with Trucost and Sustainalytics, two leading environmental-research firmsassess companies' environmental footprint (including greenhouse-gas emissions and...

Guest Post - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday October 29th 2011

As part of our recent post about How to Dispose of Unused Medications?,we want to highlight that there is a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 29thfrom 10am till 2pm (local time) for those who have unused, or unwanted medications and need a safe place for disposal. To find a collection site near you, ...

Social Media, Corporate Responsibility, and the Future of CR Communications

I was a guest at a recent presentation of the 2011 Cone Corporate Responsibility (CR) Opportunity Study and I was impressed by the scope and depth of the research. The study investigates CR across ten countries that combine to form the world’s leading GDPs as well as over half its population. It used more than 10,000 participants, and reached out to local experts from each country to create what may be the largest and most complete global corporate responsibility resource available. And...

Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee And The Roles Of Women In War And Peace

“Tomorrow our children will ask us, ‘Mama, what was your role during the crisis?’” Leymah Gbowee said that this thought motivated her to organize and lead what became a mass action women’s movement that ended Liberia’s brutal civil war in 2003. Under Gbowee’s inspired leadership, Christian and Muslim women joined together to face President...

Investing in Leadership to Advance Capitalism and the World

“The time has come for corporations to extend their time, their products, their expertise, and their values in innovative ways,” Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Coffee wrote in “Invest in Communities to Advance Capitalism” a recent Harvard Business Review post. I fully agree. Furthermore, for more than two decades, I have seen that the greatest impact that companies can have in advancing regional...

How to Help: 5 Steps to Effective Corporate Disaster Campaigns

In the wake of humanitarian disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 and the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan in March 2011, Americans unfailingly respond with a rapid outpouring of donations to nonprofit organizations that mobilize to provide emergency aid and rebuilding assistance.  This eGuide provides insights gleaned from ten years of powering those disaster donations and proactive recommendations to help companies expand their Corporate Social...

Vote Now To Strengthen Nonprofits

Vote early and often to tell American Express where to spend their philanthropic dollars.  Choose from among 25 meaningful historic sites that are also vital community centers in the Twin Cities--from providing arts programming to addressing social justice. The deadline is Wednesday, October 12. 

The winning nonprofit will get the largest share of a $1 million pot, but five years of experience with this AmEx contest shows that the winners along with many of...

What Moneyball Has To Teach Boards Of Directors

A group of about ten older men sitting around a meeting table were droning on uninspiringly, making their recommendations to the general manager of a baseball team. That scene of the Oakland Athletics scouts in Moneyball reminded me of too many meetings of boards of directors. Most familiar of all was the group’s reliance on the same tired old perspectives, none of which had proven successful in helping to build a championship baseball team.

There is a difference between team scouts and...

Canada’s Sustainability Heroes: the Clean 50

Earlier this month, Delta Managementannounced the inaugural Clean 50, a group of committed individuals who have made significant contributions to sustainability or “clean capitalism” in Canada in recent years.  These 50, either...

Chelsea Clinton And IAC: While Some Companies Argue About Women On Boards, IAC Just Does It

While others debate whether boards should have one woman or two or three, whether quotas should be mandated or not, where on earth to find a woman who has adequate experience or intellect, and whether or not a woman might degrade shareholder value, IAC/InterActiveCorp did something bold.
 
This leading global internet company...

Helping Foster Digital Learning: What's In It For Business

Self-interest is the fundamental driver for investors in the "saving the world" business. Companies want to help educate people in remote corners of the U.S. and developing countries because educated people will get jobs, make money, and buy products. 

Governments, meanwhile, want to help educate people for jobs to increase the tax base and build more vibrant communities. The key, of course, is preparing people for the right jobs--jobs for which employers are and will be hiring, jobs that require digital literacy. And at the high end, jobs will require aptitude in science...

Living And Working To 100

The good news is that many of us will live to be over 100 years old. The challenge will be--and already is--preparing ourselves for new jobs as technology advances and markets change. This requires workforce training and education on a massive scale. As individuals, we need to continuously develop relevant skills and expertise, build our networks and relationships, and assess our priorities as we look ahead to longer lives in a dynamic world. In the meantime, there are and will be painful disruptions for individuals, families and countries.

That was my takeaway from thrilling,...

Investing In Girls For Major Economic Growth In Developing Countries

 How do you add U.S.$3.4 billion to Kenya’s gross income every year? According to The World Bank, this could be achieved if all 1.6 million adolescent girls in Kenya completed secondary school and the 220,098 adolescent mothers were employed instead of falling pregnant early. In its newly released report, “Measuring the Economic Gain of Investing in Girls: The Girl Effect Dividend,” The World Bank calculates the positive...

Nepal’s Green Massage

Can something as ahhh-some some as a massage be green? Why not? Our definition of green extends to experiences that give back, that are embedded in a local economy and directly benefit local people in need. If your massage does that, it’s green. But I go even further. I say massage can even offer insight into a country’s culture. I’ve had my muscles brutalized by Russian babushkii, my neck twisted by Thais and my organs rearranged by Indian swamis. But in my experience nothing compares to the green and truly phenomenal massage treatments of ...

Impact Investing: Getting Financial Returns While Building A Better World

Imagine trillions of private sector dollars pouring into healthcare, affordable housing, education, agriculture, distributed utilities, and restructured social spending in emerging markets and here in the U.S.  No, not in the form of charity; rather, in the form of "impact investing." This is already beginning to happen, according to Antony Bugg-Levine, the newly named President and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF).

“Impact investing is any investment that intends to produce a social and...

The Red Flag over Playmobil’s Castle

 My daughter loves Playmobil.  She spends hours constructing and then animating complex scenes and she’s a master at combining parts from different sets to create new structures that aren’t in the well-thumbed Playmobil catalogue.  Except for the unpleasantness of stepping on a rogue piece in the dark or sifting through the dust of the vacuum cleaner bag to recover some special plastic bit,...

Swimsuit Maker Vilebrequin Wants To Keep Our Beaches Clean

A cynic might say that bathing suit manufacturer Vilebrequin has a self interest in clean beaches and the vital aquatic life it holds. After all, swimming, snorkeling, deep sea diving, boating, and other ocean-oriented recreational and educational activities are good for the swimwear business. Well, frankly, that’s great news for those of us who believe that corporate social responsibility has to be good for...

Martha’s Vineyard & Obama:Possible Dreams

It’s that time of year again when I vacation with the President and his family on Martha’s Vineyard. Well, we are not exactly together. But the 3 miles that separate us make it almost seem as if we were. The Big O, his lovely Michelle and the girls are just down the road apiece in Chilmark. “Up-island” we call it here on the Vineyard.

Each MV August, since Bill and Hillary’s well-publicized vacations in the late 1990s, I have a chance to think about the...

If You Need Strong New Nonprofit Board Members, Address Internal Housekeeping First

"We need you to find us a new board chair. We want the CEO of a major corporation who will contribute at least $100,000 annually including the company’s contribution, bring fellow CEOs onto the board, and fundraise vigorously."

It’s not at all unusual for me to receive such a request. As a nonprofit board consultant, I am frequently called upon by NGO/nonprofit CEOs to help identify and recruit new board members who can step in as leaders. I also receive requests from boards for new board members who will make financial contributions at many times the level that their board...

Does Social Media Have the Power to Change the Way We Manage?

I share a love for social media with many in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. It is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn that the most evocative conversations happen, contentious debates take place, and strategic relationships form. Consumers have taken to these channels to pursue their pet causes and peeves, and advocates have jumped in, to massive appreciation and feedback.

Meanwhile we have Twitter and Facebook playing a crucial role in the recent London riots and the Middle East turmoil. Often they emerge as the only way in for communities and individuals...

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