CSR Blogs

Funicular Power - Newton's Apple to the Rescue


If you have been reading entries in the “Black Swan Blog” you should have noticed that they deal with concepts that are somewhat off the mainstream but still very grounded in real world situations and applications.  However, in my introduction to this blog I did warn readers that some of the ideas


Retention Q&A


Brian Coffman joined Maxwell Drummond in Houston as a Senior Consultant before transferring to Calgary to manage the company’s Alberta operations in 2009. In 2012, after serving as the Vice President Americas, Brian was promoted to Vice President Talent & Organizational Capability and is now responsible for several areas surrounding Maxwell Drummond’s global talent strategy.

In this addition of the Human Capital Blog, Brian discusses retention strategies and...

Data Analysis, the Election and Health Care Reform


The re-election of President Obama dramatically increases the chances that the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented. It also demonstrates the power of data and analytics to drive results and to improve over time. Karl Rove helped get George Bush elected by pioneering the use of consumer data to finely segment voters, but in the last two elections the GOP has been far eclipsed by the Democrats who have built on what Rove did and took it much further.


What a Difference a Year Makes

Volume 1 Number 20


On November 15, the deepwater drilling sector quietly passed an important first anniversary, the implementation of the Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) regulation.[i]  One year ago, SEMS evolved (some argue perhaps hastily) from a long history of risk management processes the industry had developed over decades and became law.[ii]

Perhaps more important than the passing of new regulations on the industry is the...

From Desktop to Hardhat

By Dr. Scott M. Shemwell

Volume 1 Number 19

Many of us have attended workshops, been part of internal taskforces and other office based activities to identify, quantify and implement changes in the way we do business.  We often leave motivated and ready to execute the next great leap only to find that weeks and months later little if anything has resulted from our efforts.


The CSR Challenge For Companies Doing Business In China

China’s emergence as an economic force has been both rapid and relatively recent. It was only in 2001 that China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), allowing it access to foreign markets with very low tariffs on Chinese exports. In exchange, China had to lower its own tariffs on imports and follow the terms of trade governed by the WTO and its members.

For foreign businesses operating in China, the past few decades have been challenging  when it comes to corporate social responsibility and...

The Climate Debate Gloves Are Off

I just had to share this to make sure you didn’t miss it.

THE best magazine cover, story and quote for quite some time. A bold statement to the core of the climate denier community. Congratulations Josh Tyrangiel (Editor) and all at Bloomberg Businessweek.

There is already a robust and increasing discourse around climate change brought on by Hurricane Sandy and this for me is a great stick in the ground for where we are at today. There is more hope for tomorrow.


Sandy Creates US Climate Hope?

As I watch the revealing impact of the storm in the US and the power of nature wreaking havoc on the financial heartland of the US I wonder if we are witnessing the pivotal moment in the US climate change debate?

We cannot not underestimate the impact of an again vulnerable New York,  to overcome stubborn political denial and corporate lobbying. From a detached, long distance perspective I get an uneasy feeling of similarity to watching the initial aftermath of the...

Keep Your Friends Close

Information Management Systems Can Grant Your Stakeholders Access to Critical Information While Also Restricting Access to Proprietary Business Information

The nuclear industry today has redefined security for modern collaboration. In the old days the practice of restricting access was fairly straightforward. You kept your secrets secure from the bad guys and made sure that the good guys had access to absolutely everything that might help them succeed.

Things were as simple as an old black & white John Wayne...

What the U.S. Could Buy With Wasted Healthcare Dollars

PBS created an interesting infographic on what could be done with the $750 billion waste that the Institute of Medicine report highlighted. Read the rest of the story on PBS.

Of course, one person’s “waste” is another’s revenue. This is why those profiting from waste will put up every roadblock imaginable to eliminating that waste. It’s the classic approach used by incumbent businesses – FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt). There are items below that I’m sure resonate...

Why Has Corporate Social Responsibility Stalled?

CSR has come a long way in a very short time. But while CSR remains a high priority, social performance has been lackluster and corporate leaders want to know how to increase the value of their investments in this area. In this context, it’s no surprise that Fast Forward is the theme of Business for Social R...

Is There A Business Case For Engaging Patients?

The AMA recently published an article questioning the merits of patient portals — the primary tool for engaging patients. Rob Tennant, senior policy adviser with the MGMA-ACMPE, the entity formed by the merger of the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives raised the fundamental issue: “The business case just hasn’t been made.” I’ll attempt to make it.

Perhaps the best evidence of the business case is when industry visionaries/organizations/leaders such as HIMSS (the professional...

New Robot Designed For Investigation Of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Basements

by Lucas Hixson

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, (NEDO), and the Chiba Institute of Technology have designed a new robot which will be used to investigate the basement areas of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi.  Unmanned robotic equipment is essential for ongoing work operations at the crippled plant, where radiation levels are often found too high for humans to work around.  TEPCO operators have also been employing the robots in less-contaminated areas, to conserve doses which otherwise would be absorbed by workers....

Turning Strong CSR Stories Into New Meaning For Your Employees

A strong CSR report provides an excellent starting point for your brand to achieve a meaningful position in the hearts and minds of your employees

That’s because, according to a recent Forbes report, CSR and employee engagement work hand in hand:

  • Hewitt & Associations found that, “the more a company actively pursues worthy environmental and social efforts, the more engaged its employees are”.
  • ...

The Six Reasons Why Companies Actually Wind Up Embracing CSR

Awhile back I wrote an article titled “The Six Reasons Why Companies Should Embrace Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”  In fact, it was one of my most popular posts, thank you very much all you readers out there.

However, in fancy political science- and economics- speak, that was what they call a “normative analysis” – a perspective based on fact that describes how something should be and not how something actually is. So, for example, we may suppose that...

Doctors are a Broken Record We Don't Comprehend >80% of the Time

As both the private and public sector aggressively shift healthcare incentives from a “do more, bill more” to a value and outcome based model, healthcare providers ignore patients role in driving outcomes at their own peril.  It is generally understood that patients forget 80-90% of what they are told at the doctor’s office. As incentives no longer reward outcome over activity, this is a disaster...

NY is the Epicenter of Healthcare’s Reinvention

If you want to see the future of the U.S. healthcare system, I can’t think of a better place than New York. While those of us in the Bay Area andSeattle would like it to be our locales, at this stage of the game, it’s not even close.  When you look at the full spectrum from healthcare delivery that is government-funded to an array of technology-related programs in the private sector, New...

A History of Commitment to West African Cocoa Communities

Approximately 73% of the world’s four million tons of cocoa is produced by more than two million cocoa farmers in West Africa.

Many of my chocolate and cocoa company members have been providing assistance to these farmers since the early to mid-1900s, none more than The Hershey Company which began to purchase cocoa from West Africa in 1930 and in 1948 was a founding member of an organization I formerly headed, the American Cocoa Research Institute.

Beginning in the late 1990s the chocolate and cocoa industry I represent realized that the assistance being provided through...

Assuring your Sustainability Report: Experts Explain the Options

In the rapidly evolving field of sustainability reporting, key issues quickly supplant one another. External assurance of sustainability reports --  a topic that may not have attracted much attention a few years ago – drew standing-room-only crowds to two sessions at the CR Magazine’s recent COMMIT!Forum in New York.  Thanks to the drive toward integrated reporting and increasing investor interest in non-financial performance data, more companies are realizing the inevitability of providing investment-grade nonfinancial data as accurate and reliable as the financial data presented in...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 10: The Future of Sustainability Reporting: 10 Trends

The field of corporate sustainability reporting is maturing and evolving, making it important to keep up with the changing standards and expectations long after you complete this lesson in Sustainability 101. As you get more experience in this discipline, continue to watch what the leaders do. Keep up with issues on the horizon through the conversations on blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn. And, attend conferences to hear from the experts when you can.

At Emotive Brand, we strive to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry inorder to help our clients put in...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 9: Top Five Ways to Merchandize Your Corporate Sustainability Report

When all is said and done, how many people will read your entire corporate sustainability report (CSR), from beginning to end? Chances are that only a few eager readers will read the whole report. Since many of your stakeholders may not delve enthusiastically into the technical details, it may take some additional effort and a bit of creativity to reach them with your company’s main messages about sustainability strategy, philosophies and achievements.

While the quality of the full report is top priority, it is important to consideryour options to extend...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 9: Top Five Ways to Merchandize Your Corporate Sustainability Report


When all is said and done, how many people will read your entire corporate sustainability report (CSR), from beginning to end? Chances are that only a few eager readers will read the whole report. Since many of your stakeholders may not delve enthusiastically into the technical details, it may take some additional effort and a bit of creativity to reach them with your company’s main messages about sustainability strategy, philosophies and achievements.

While the quality of the full report is top priority, it is...

What’s old is new again- Revisiting energy storage

By Dorothy Davis

The electrical grid is a complex network connecting thousands of power sources with millions of consumers all across the U.S. While producing enough power to supply the...

LinkedIn Board Connect: A Guide for Non-profits to Leverage This Valuable New Resource

LinkedIn Board Connect has taken online board matching to a new level for non-profit organizations. As I noted in my September 21 post here, this innovative approach is an advance in bringing non-profits and potential candidates together; the most important improvement is the opportunity for people to learn about each...

Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 8: The Pros and Cons of Five Sustainability Report Formats

What format will your corporate sustainability report (CSR) take? Determining how to present the final product is one of the key decisions to make as you develop the strategy and project plan for a CSR. The format not only has budget and timeline implications, but it also impacts the way your report is organized and written. For example, writing for the web requires a very different approach than a long-form printed copy.

It wasn’t too long ago that most companies simply prepared printed documents and/or an online PDF of the same printed report. But now it is possible to...


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