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2011: The Year to Shape Up Nonprofit Boards

Nonprofit boards alone have leadership authority--the legal and fiduciary responsibilities--for the organizations that can invigorate the economies of our communities, protect the environment, provide access to education and health care for all, alleviate poverty around the world, and more. Given such important missions, under tough financial circumstances, let 2011 be the year that nonprofit boards get in shape.

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Is High Unemployment Driving Workplace Discrimination?

There were nearly 100,000 new charges of discrimination filed against employers during fiscal year 2010. This marks the highest level (7.2 percent) of new discrimination cases ever recorded, according to the latest report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Workplace Discrimination

Another startling fact: For the first time since the EEOC was instituted in 1995, charges of employer retaliations outnumbered racial discrimination charges, reports The Wall Street Journal. And, according to the Huffington Post...

Microsoft and NGOs Helping Haiti Recover Through Technology

REDMOND – Jan. 12, 2011 – The day last year when the earth violently shook his country and the lives of millions of his fellow Haitians to pieces, Jude Antenor was late for school. 

The master's degree student at La Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haìti (ESIH) was still at home when the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake caused his school to collapse, killing some of his fellow students and leaving him...

CSR Messages: Raising the Bar

Do your CSR messages differentiate you from your competitors? Do you tell your CSR story in a way that captures the attention and imagination of your customers and your employees? I thought it would be interesting to look at some real examples – in this case from the oil and gas industry. See what you think: 

“Making the most of energy resources is about more than oil and gas production — it is about...

Let’s Talk About Cause Marketing at Quora

We have a new toy. Let’s play.

It’s the new question and answer site called Quora. Like Twitter, you ask a question, you get an answer, but you don’t have to filter out the other noise. You can follow people, but you can also follow topics (e. g. cause marketing) or questions (e. g. Where is cause marketing headed in 2011?). Also, like Twitter, Quora results are showing up in Google.

An added feature is that you can vote up or down people’s answers.

I’ve gone ahead...

2011 – A Good Year for CSR Communications in Europe

Time for a quick update on my movements in the world of CSR.

After a couple of years talking with all those friendly sorts at 3BL Media, sharing blog posts, tweets,  Skype conversations and even yours truly sat in front of a video camera for 3BL TV, we decided it was time to announce our formal engagement.

Whilst Coethica continues to grow with all involved...

CSR 2010: 2010 was CSR's "Coming Out" Party; What will 2011 bring?

As we've seen by many recent year-end posts, 2010 really culminated in a "coming out" party for corporate social responsibility professionals. The industry has indeed gone mainstream, and the sustainability function of businesses is no longer stored in a back...

CSR in 2011: My Prediction

Now entering its third decade, CSR is at last stepping into the spotlight. CSR has moved from the corporatecubicle to the board room, onto the curricula of the world’s most prestigious MBA programs, and the agendas of the most prominent global CEO gatherings. Not having embarrassed myself with ...

Imperceptible But Meaningful Change

 “If mankind is not to perish after all the dreadful things it has done and gone through, then a new spirit must emerge.  And this new spirit is coming not with a roar but with a quiet birth, not with grand measures and words but with an imperceptible change in the atmosphere – a change in which each one of us is participating…”

If ever there were a New Year’s wish for humanity, this...

2011- The Battle of the Budget

It’s a New Year and a time for new beginnings… Each year we look back and see what we hoped to achieve and how far we have come—both personally and collectively.

2010 began with a painful economic recovery. We were told by official government sources that everything was getting better. Yet unemployment increased, banks closed, foreclosures continued, consumers defaulted and bankruptcies exploded. In the business world, millions of small, medium and big enterprises shut their doors. Credit was restricted and working America struggled to stay afloat....

The Two Sides of Responsibility

Listen to Glenn Beck ("Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama,” he’s reported to have said at an event in Illinois in September) or the lobbyists at the Center for Consumer Choice and you might come away thinking that the obesity epidemic in America is only a political issue: Nanny-state politicians vs. just plain folk.
 
But it’s not nearly that simple.
 
Certainly, individual freedom is a key and enduring American value, and I thank God for mine. But in this case, such declarations sidestep what is clearly the public health threat of our time, obesity. Two of every three American adults, and one out of every three American children, are overweight or obese. 
 
Wilson cites the recent ballyhooed experiment by Mark Haub, a Kansas State professor, who ate only junk food during a recent stretch and lost weight. He is reported to have achieved this by limiting his calories to 1,800, and exercising 40 to 60 minutes, daily. Haub’s point is that substances have no role in obesity, that it is simply a matter of calories in, calories out.
 

Social Media Fear No More, Mark Zuckerberg is Your BFF in 2011

by V.S. Harriman, Senior Writer & Editor, Good Company

Mark Zuckerberg is my new best friend.  And if you’re not on board yet, commit to making his vision yours in 2011.

Speaking to a potential client this week, I was surprised, like many of you reading this article will be, to hear so late in this decade resistance to social media, Facebook, blogging and twitter.  “I just don’t get it,” he said. Ironically, and with all due...

Good Business: Outstanding Trailblazers 2010

These 12 Individuals have inspired us with their courage and passion by blazing new trails toward the goal of making the world a better place. Proving it does pay to be "good!"

 

The Ralph Nader of Credit & Debt.

Harvard Professor of Law Warren’s goal is to level the playing field in finance for ordinary consumers by eliminating...

The Year in CSR: The Four Trends of 2010

The year started off with a bang with accountability questions related to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation. From April on, people berated BP and cringed as the CEO told us one thing about the environmental and economic damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, while images flooding the media showed quite another story....

Bitch: It’s a Woman Thing – Progress & Challenge 2010

It’s been a heck of a year for the Ladies. We have declared ourselves at war – with the status quo and with the state of our second-class citizenship in politics, business, finance, religion, social, sexual and civil rights.

When Hillary Clinton’s vibrant and powerful campaign for president ended twenty-eight months ago, we thought women had lost. We wondered whether we were pushed to the sidelines again. A mere two years later, Hillary is one of the most important players on the world stage and women by the millions are inspired to lead through her...

What CSR and Nonprofit Leaders Are Reading - Part IV

Following up on last Sunday's Part III with recommendations for holiday gifts and your own reading list, here are additional ideas from CSR and nonprofit leaders. You can also check on the books that were recommended in Part I and ...

Top 10 Corporate Responsibility Stories of 2010

It's been a big year for corporate responsibility. A huge oil spill, continued ructions in the financial sector, landmark decisions in the courts, and a new dawn for online companies around human rights issues. It is never easy to pick the most important stories of the year. Some get huge coverage simply because they feature big brand companies. Some hardly even scratch the public consciousness...

Graeme Byrd to Lead Net Impact Portland Professional Chapter

Please join all of us at FMYI in congratulating Sales and Marketing Manager Graeme Byrd for his recent election as Chapter Leader of the Portland (NW Oregon) Net Impact Professional Chapter.

Net Impact is a global organization of students and professionals...

When Companies Steal The Social Capital Of Their Employees

Recently, I spoke with the manager of a large telecommunications company in the US. The company publicly boasts a healthy and active employee volunteering program, claiming a 200% growth in participation over the past 4 years. Needless to say, I wanted to learn more about it.

During the call, I discovered several things:

1. The company offers NO paid time for volunteering.

2. Employees who volunteer have to rack up over 50 hours of service to qualify for the...

Bernanke: Fed Bailout Creates Two Societies

A State of the Economy Report in Four Parts

PART THREE: Federal Reserve’s Two Societies

The irony of the official monetary policy and its tragic turn is found in the words of the Fed Chairman. When asked about the absence of small business credit, Bernanke explained to Scott Pelley that small business is cut out of credit due to bailed-out banks unwillingness to lend. Why?...

The Lemelson Foundation: Tinkerers Saving the World

Remember the kids who took apart broken machines--tape recorders, telephones, cuisinarts--in order to experiment with building machines? I knew one who invented a tooth fairy detector. Well, if those child inventors want to tinker when they get to college and graduate school, The Lemelson Foundation wants to make sure that they have the help they need to create new technologies that will save lives and preserve the environment. Through...

Bernanke: Fed Bailout Creates Two Societies

A State of the Economy Report in Four Parts

PART ONE: The Greatest Bank Robbery Ever Told

In a rare interview with 6o Minutes’ Scott Pelley on Sunday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke explained the widening income gap in the U.S. between rich and poor has created two societies. The irony is that the Fed’s own actions are primarily responsible for this shift in wealth over the last few years. Never mind that Grandpa Ben looks a kindly old Santa Claus. He is Kris Kringle only for Wall Street—not

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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange: Ethical Capitalist, New-Age Gandhian or Anarchist?

Who is Julian Assange: An ethical capitalist, a protagonist for corporate social responsibility, a new-age Gandhian, or an anarchist and a menace to society?

Take a look, for example, at this from his interview with Forbes: "You could call it the ecosystem of corruption. But it's also all the regular decision making that turns a blind eye to and supports unethical practices: the oversight that's not done, the priorities of executives, how they think they're fulfilling their own self-interest. The way they talk about it."

I turned to...

What CSR and Nonprofit Leaders are Reading - Part III

While you choose your holiday gifts, and also plan for some personal reading time, you might be interested in recommendations from CSR and nonprofit leaders. You can also check back to What CSR and Nonprofit Leaders are Reading Part I and Part II from summer’s end. William A. Hawkins, Chairman and CEO,...

GlobalGiving: $25 for Your Thoughts

Imagine sitting around your holiday table discussing which project each member of the family chose for theirGlobalGiving contribution. Because you gave each of them a gift card for $25, and they went online to choose from a plethora of options. Or, imagine giving gift cards to your employees, and they're sitting around a pizza at lunch discussing the projects they chose.

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