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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

Where Was The Board During Brexit?

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:14 AM

The vast majority of the UK's FTSE 250 companies had not discussed contingency planning for a possible Brexit with the chairman of the board or the chairman of the audit committee. The failure of boards and management to engage on a matter of such significance should be alarming...

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Direct Engagement for Effective Business Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 11:21 PM

"We must get proximate and close to the things we are passionate about changing," urges Bryan Stevenson, a profoundly compelling and effective advocate for justice who has been described as America's Nelson Mandela.

In his quest to right injustice, he urges us to "get close to the things...

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Cybersecurity and the Twenty-First Century Board of Directors

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 9:21 AM

It's concerning that some board experts are balking about the newly proposed Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2015 that would require publicly traded companies to disclose, in their investor filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), whether any member of their board of directors is a cybersecurity...

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Rethinking the Board After Volkswagen

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:33 PM

For those who have been thinking that assessing a company's environmental, social, and corporate governance factors (ESG) is simply fluff, heed the lessons of Volkswagen. According to Howard Sherman, head of corporate governance business development at MSCI, "We have had concerns about VW for some time. [The carmaker's] corporate governance...

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A New Approach for Multinational Corporations and Social Enterprises to Tackle Poverty in Africa

(2) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 9:49 AM

You might think the following is a familiar scenario: partnerships between multi-billion dollar corporations and social enterprises to serve the poor. The usual arrangement looks something like this: companies give money, perhaps a little bit of management advice and technology; social enterprises (SEs) carry forward with implementation; and social gains...

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Beware of Nonprofit Boards That Don't Ask Their Directors for Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 8:16 AM

It's often a red flag when a nonprofit board does not expect its board members to "give/get" a meaningful amount of money. ("Give/get" is the term for the total amount that a board member is expected to contribute -- give, and raise -- get.) Indeed, if you're a member of...

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

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:42 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 | 5:37 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 29, 2014 | 11:52 PM

"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 | 9:52 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 | 5:59 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 | 3:33 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 | 2:31 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 | 1:23 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 | 10:37 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 | 6:42 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 | 9:04 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 | 6:11 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 | 5:30 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 | 7:10 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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