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Alice Korngold
Alice Korngold, president of Korngold Consulting LLC, provides strategy consulting to Fortune 100 corporations, professional services firms, foundations, universities, healthcare institutions, and the boards of directors of global, national and regional nonprofits in the areas of corporate governance, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate-NGO/nonprofit partnerships, and strategic philanthropy. She has trained and placed several hundred corporate executives on global, national, and regional NGO/nonprofit boards of directors.

Korngold is the author of two books: A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems…Where Governments Cannot (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint, 2005).

Korngold guest lectures at the graduate business schools of Harvard, NYU, and Columbia, and is a frequent speaker at global and national conferences.
Twitter: @alicekorngold

Entries by Alice Korngold

Clinton Global Initiative: A Market-Based Approach To Lift Millions Out of Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:42 PM


Jacqueline Novogratz, Paul Polman, Alice Korngold, Mark Gunton

2.5 billion people are involved in smallholder agriculture globally, accounting for an estimated 500 million small farms producing 80% of the food consumed in emerging markets, from Southern Asia to sub-Saharan Africa. Imagine what might be...

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Leadership for Sustainability: It's About Boards

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 6:37 PM

Multinational corporations that are leading the way in solving global challenges show us how essential it is for the board of directors to be engaged in the sustainability agenda; to partner effectively with NGOs, governments and other companies; and to engage thoughtfully with stakeholders. These companies are benefiting by growing...

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The Power of Transparency and Transformation: BSR Has it Right

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2014 | 12:52 AM

"How do we know which companies are serious about sustainability, and not simply paying lip service?" This is the question I'm asked by graduate business and law students, employees at multinational corporations, and audiences of business and NGO leaders. The research for my book showed that companies that...

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As três perguntas chaves para determinar se uma empresa leva a sério a sustentabilidade

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Muitas pessoas se perguntam: "Esta empresa está apenas dando um show ao demonstrar interesse pelo meio ambiente, por questões sociais ou de direitos humanos? Ou ela realmente compreende que essas questões afetam a vida das pessoas e o futuro de nosso planeta, assim como sua própria rentabilidade?" No final do...

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The Three Core Questions to Determine: When Is a Company Serious About Sustainability?

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Many of us wonder: "Is this company just putting on a show of being interested in the environment or social or human rights issues? Or does this company really understand that these matters affect people's lives and the future of our planet, as well as their own profitability?" By the...

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How to Double Your Company's Profits: Begin by Refreshing Your Board of Directors

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:33 PM

What CEO of a multinational corporation doesn't want to grow the company by tens or hundreds of billions of dollars? Given today's extraordinary challenges, that's quite possible. Because the threats of wealth inequality, climate change, and terrorism present opportunities for worldwide companies to grow to new heights, and profiting, by...

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Is Social Media Now Part of the CEO's Job?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 3:31 PM

"We're working hard to resolve the @GM ignition switch recall," tweeted GM CEO Mary Barra, shortly after the crisis hit. "I answer some of your questions in these videos," she continued -- providing the necessary link to the videos. Rather than staying silent on the sidelines, letting others...

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International Corporate Volunteering: Profitable for Multinational Corporations

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:23 PM

People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Referred to as Global Pro Bono or International Corporate Volunteering, is this a feel-good thing, or is it really business-related? If you listen to executives at companies...

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How Companies Can Achieve Effective Board Governance, Stakeholder Engagement, and NGO Partnerships

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:37 AM

In researching companies that lead the way in global problem solving, I observed three important success factors: effective corporate board governance; stakeholder engagement; and collaboration with other companies and NGOs/nonprofits. The motivation for multinational corporations to find solutions to the world's greatest challenges is that companies benefit -- while improving...

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En Route to Davos: Four Business Leaders Talk About Global Problem-solving

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 7:42 PM

As they prepared for their trips to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, the leaders of four global corporations -- Ecolab, Ericsson, HP, and Western Union -- addressed my questions about opportunities for businesses, and their companies in particular, to solve global problems.

With the world's population...

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Companies Seek to Meet the Challenges of Nonprofit Board-Matching

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 10:04 PM

"How do we involve our executives on NGO/nonprofit boards that align with our sustainability and social innovation initiatives when many of them naturally gravitate to boards where their kids are in school or other personal affiliations?" This is a question that companies commonly ask me. "And how do we allocate...

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How You Can Help Typhoon Victims Today While Also Helping to Build a Future

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 7:11 PM

Give to a nonprofit that will provide urgent care to victims who are suffering today, or to organizations that will help rebuild for the longer term? That's a tough choice for many of us who are moved to act when we see children and families suffering from the violence of...

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Urban Mining: Attero Poised to Disrupt e-Waste Recycling

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:30 PM

How does a laptop heading for the trash end up spawning one of The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in India? Rohan Gupta, co-founder of Attero, turned his search for what to do with his old laptop into a company that is trying...

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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 'Architects of a Better World' -- Join Us!

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 8:10 PM

"Join us, and together we will build a better world for all to prosper," was the message at this week's high-spirited UN Global Compact Leaders Summit that included heads of global corporations, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations. "Too many businesses are still sitting on the fence," said Georg Kell,...

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For Corporate Directors: How Human Rights and the Environment Tie to Profits

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 10:35 PM

Ensuring that there are no child workers assembling a company's products is the right thing to do. It's also good business. The company risks alienating customers when its brand is associated with human rights abuses. Over the past weekend, a New York Times article revealed that "whenever inspectors...

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Corporate Boards: The False Dichotomy of 'Increased Diversity Comes at the Expense of Executive Experience'

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 9:02 AM

Last week, in this column I wrote about Spencer Stuart's Board Index 2012 of the S&P 500, which shows how deeply entrenched boards continue to be. I questioned how boards with so little diversity and turnover are equipped to provide effective governance to multinational corporations given the challenges...

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Are S&P 500 Boards Equipped for the New Challenges of the Global Marketplace?

(4) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 2:06 AM

The global marketplace is changing in fundamental ways that require international corporations to rethink their business products and services, and pricing and distribution strategies. The world population is on a trajectory to grow from seven billion today to nine billion within the next few decades, with the majority of people...

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Annual Elections for Corporate Boards: For or Against?

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 8:10 PM

Important developments were highlighted today by Gretchen Morgenson in The New York Times about "35 Big Steps To Accountability" in corporate board governance. According to her column, 35 additional companies have joined with the 42 that had already agreed with the Shareholder Rights Project (SRP) to...

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Building a Powerful Fundraising Board: Three Things You Need to Know

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 8:22 PM

To begin with, most NGOs/nonprofits require boards of directors that are generous in giving and effective in fundraising. In rare cases, there is a revenue model, or possibly an endowment, that is so financially robust that no additional funds are required in order to achieve the mission (the organization's compelling...

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GlobalGiving: The Opportunity to Give Where It's Personally Meaningful

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Tonight we honored Fran Hauser, newly elected Chair of the Board of GlobalGiving, for her outstanding leadership in establishing the New York Leadership Council for this vital NGO. GlobalGiving is an online giving platform that makes it easy for you to contribute to carefully...

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