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Corporate Responsibility

The Value Proposition for Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance Issues

Tim Mohin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Tim Mohin

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has become a term of art within corporations, and a clear trend has emerged toward integrating ESG data int...

Multiplying The Impact Of Partnerships

Tae Yoo | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Every day I witness innovative technologies being used to not only address social challenges but to build stronger communities -- here in the U.S. and across the globe. But technology alone is not the key. When people in public and private sectors come together in collaborative partnerships with a common future vision, and combine this vision with innovative technologies, we see the resulting impacts multiply.

'Corporate Responsibility' Has to Get Personal to Have Meaning

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Cindi Bigelow

As CEO of a family-owned business, I believe that a company can only do well by doing good. Clearly, we can never forget that we have an obligation to the communities where we live and work.

Are Benefit Corporations the New Limited Liability Company?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Benefit corporations still have a fiduciary responsibility to make money, but profit does not have to be the exclusive goal. In fact they are legally required to show how they created a public benefit in order to stay in compliance.

B Corps: What's the Use?

Michele Masterfano | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

We have moved so far into the notion of every man for himself that we have to add complexity to our business law to ensure that there are at least a few companies that have figured out how to be good citizens as well as profitable.

The Perpetual Poverty Machine

Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni

We have much more power than we realize to drive the outcomes we wish. We can and should patronize those companies making the real investments in people and planet... and by doing so we can help create the profit motive for companies to continue to do the right thing.

WATCH: The Big Thing Missing In The Business Sector

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 07.25.2013 | Impact

From Romania to Japan to Brazil, the idea of prioritizing people, planet and then profit resonates strongly with business leaders. The "B Entrepren...

Business Redefined

Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Michele Vonetes Bongiovanni

Injustice -- a term we are so familiar with in global affairs, in discussions of poverty and human rights -- but, have we ever stopped to think about the injustice that occurs in the corporate world every day to everyday people like you and me?

Paula Deen and the Dilemma of Celebrity Endorsements

Sam Fiorella | Posted 08.30.2013 | Business
Sam Fiorella

If the public is going to hold celebrities to such high standards, should we not also hold the businesses that endorse them to similar standards?

Rana Plaza, Foxconn, Deepwater Horizon: Let No Serious Global Supply Chain Disaster Go to Waste

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Will there be a honeypot anywhere close to the $8 billion set aside for Deepwater Horizon to compensate the destitute and exploited workers from these other supply chains?

Lessons From a Corporate Responsibility Report Veteran

Tim Mohin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Tim Mohin

It's reporting season again and, as a reader interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR), you have no doubt seen many press releases announcin...

Opening Doors: The Business Benefits of Women-owned Certification

Karin Kamp | Posted 06.18.2013 | Small Business
Karin Kamp

When Brenda Duinkerken met with a Boston-based food broker to help increase sales of her gluten-free products such as cake, cookie and pizza dough mix...

Change Our Story: How Much Is Enough?

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Peter Buffett

I keep coming back to the question, "how much is enough?" Now you may think that's a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject.

Milton Friedman Was Wrong About Corporate Social Responsibility

John Friedman | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
John Friedman

It happens very often when I speak about corporate responsibility. Someone will ask me about Milton Friedman's famous quote: "There is one and only one social responsibility of business -- to increase its profits." In fact they are misquoting and simplifying just one part of Mr. Friedman's statement.

Using Our Wallets to Open Corporate Boards to Women

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

Corporate boards and CEOs may not always understand the need for diversity and the advantages of having more women within their ranks, but they do understand the importance of profits, investors and keeping customers happy.

Amazon Loses Its Mind

Martha Burk | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Martha Burk

Women (and not a few men) were outraged this week about a Bleeding Zombie Target Ex-Girlfriend sold on Amazon for $84.

Investing in Women Advances the World: A Conversation with Melanne Verveer

Bobbi Silten | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Bobbi Silten

Recently, I had the opportunity to ask her about progress being made to advance women's rights, the hallmarks of successful programs and what the business community can do to grow women's leadership and open more doors to opportunity.

The Art of Failure

Daniel Rolle | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business
Daniel Rolle

When Andrew Mason, the former CEO of Groupon, sat down at his desk last Friday morning he probably only half guessed the impact that the resignation note he posted online would make beyond the social tech industry.

Overcoming Sustainability Challenges Requires Determination

John Friedman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
John Friedman

Regardless of size, the most successful companies will commit fully to sustainability when their efforts are based not on short-term market trends or a desire to 'look good' but rather based on the core and foundational values that have served them well for years.

Worldwide Self-Interest: We All Scream for I Scream!

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Terry Mollner, one of the founders of the Calvert Foundation and credited for securing the mission of Ben and Jerry's in their sale to Unilever, was invited to attend some of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Want to Be Hip? Get Involved in Solving the Youth Unemployment Problem

Bill Reese | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

I can't remember the last time someone used the word "cool" to describe me or what I do. Obviously it doesn't happen very often. But just the other d...

Building Trust in a Skeptical Age

Kersten Mitton Rivas | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Kersten Mitton Rivas

Whom can people trust anymore? For media addicts who get a constant feed of news, the knee-jerk response is probably "nobody." But what's the attitude of regular people who aren't scanning newsfeeds 24/7?

We Need to Redesign Our Economy

Feike Sijbesma | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Feike Sijbesma

We need to face it: if we are to make our economic system really sustainable, it is inevitable that we redesign it. This requires an approach in which we will create value on three dimensions simultaneously: People, Planet and Profit.

Have You Hugged Your Whistleblower Today? They Could Use It

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Ashton

If you think the legendary "thin blue line" is stressful, you should try walking the "thin gray line" of the Whistleblower, who protect us from the insidious and frightening dangers of corporate and government miscreants.

The Return Trip Advantage: A CEO's Perspective of Doing Well by Doing Good

George Bradt | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
George Bradt

When it first initiated corporate social responsibility efforts, PTC donated playgrounds to local communities. But their shareholders suggested focusing on activities more closely aligned to the company's core mission.