CommitForum!
Search the site
October 20, 2014
Stay Connected:
print this article   email this article

Home » CROA Blog

RSS Feed

Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine

Ryan Scott
CEO
Causecast

What’s so special about pro bono?

According to Taproot, the leading national advocate for pro-bono service, pro bono has been a quiet partner in many of the key social movements in our nation’s last 75 years. Taproot should know; the organization has long been an instrumental player in the pro bono movement. Through award-winning programs, groundbreaking thought leadership and partnerships with companies to develop and scale corporate pro bono programs, Taproot works to engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in applying not just their time, but their skills, in the service of the nation’s nonprofit community.

 

 

Read More...

How Good People Get Caught in Ethical Traps

Kevin Lynch, Ph.D.
Leadership Executive-in-Residence
Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University

It has been over 10 years now, but I remember it like a scene in a movie. Work was progressing normally, overviewing spreadsheets for the various individually-managed real estate projects owned by the company for which I worked as the Chief Financial Officer.

The spreadsheets had always made sense to me, but now the numbers weren’t adding up. Sources of money were unclear. I began to see a pattern: bank loan proceeds designated for one project was being unethically (and perhaps illegally) shifted to other, unrelated projects. What was worse, this activity appeared to have been going on for some time and I’d unknowingly signed off on several of these transactions.

Read More...

The Contradictory Nature of Progress

Art Stewart
Management Consultant
Research Fellow, Center for Business Ethics - Bentley University

Are things becoming a bit too paradoxical lately, or is it just me?

Many of us in the CR movement are encouraged by developments of late that support a maturing of the practice.

However, we are equally bewildered by contrary indicators that at best suggest we still have a long way to go in C-suite consciousness. Could it be that we have lost our grip on the push to restore public trust and confidence in the integrity of business? Have we abdicated the moral high road in the obligation of business to reconcile the gap created from its past sins?

 

Read More...

Your Company is Socially Engaged, But Do Your Employees Even Know?

Ryan Scott
CEO
Causecast

Another year, another grim report on employee engagement.  Gallup’s 2013 “State of the Global Workplace Report” reveals that only 13% of employees are engaged at work. 

That abysmal number is undoubtedly related to the fact that, according to a different study, only 42% of employees know their organization’s vision, mission, and values.  That same report found that management transparency is the top factor when determining employee happiness.

Read More...

Executive Director's Report (September 2014)

Allie Williams, IOM
Executive Director, CRA

LEARN – NETWORK - ADVANCE

The Corporate Responsibility Association has been working steadily to educate and engage leaders at all levels to use corporate responsibility in the service of good business.  We promote the practice of sustainability and responsible organizational behavior as good for both society and companies. Currently, the CRA engages with hundreds of members to transform ideas into action and these talented practitioners, consultants and providers, promote and influence positive change globally by serving on one of our five Thought Leadership Councils (TLC’s):

Read More...

National Clean Energy Summit

Jim Murren
CEO and Chairman
MGM Resorts International

On September 4, MGM Resorts International will again co-sponsor the National Clean Energy Summit with The Center for American Progress, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.

Read More...

Fierce Resolve and 4 Other Organizational Competencies CSR Leaders Need

Kevin Lynch, Ph.D.
Leadership Executive-in-Residence
Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University

What do you – as a leader – need to be good at, in order to really drive your sustainability or CSR agenda?

That’s the question a colleague and I have been pondering as we draft an academic article about the competencies that an organization and its leaders need to properly embed a CSR /Sustainability agenda for the long-term. The hospitality company we studied has over 50,000 employees and locations all around the world.

 

Read More...

Technology Won't Save the World

Ryan Scott
CEO
Causecast

Sure, an odd headline coming from the CEO of a SAAS (software as a service) company that’s focused on corporate philanthropy. But let me explain why I’ve come to recognize the limits of my first love, technology.

In the beginning, it was a teenage crush. I was a pimply nerd building mainframes and technology was my one true soulmate.
The love affair continued when I founded my first tech start-up, NetCreations, the originator of opt-in email marketing. After I sold NetCreations, I set out to be a philanthropist.

What did that mean, exactly? Mostly writing checks.

Read More...

Executive Director's Report (August 2014)

Allie Williams, IOM
Executive Director, CRA
Vice President of Membership, SharedXpertise

Never before I began this position as the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Association did I think too much about my own personal supply chain. Yes, I suppose I cared about it, but did not go out of the way to make sure the supply chain was responsible. I do now.

We all have personal supply chains; we have to. Our utilities, our groceries, our transportation and technology choices, nearly everything we do, want and have, has a supply chain. One of the interesting quandaries I found myself in recently was a need for new sporting equipment. I have two sons in high school and they both play hockey. My oldest Chase is a forward and loves to shoot the puck and score goals. My other son, Josh, is a goalie. His mindset is the opposite. If you have kids in high school, you know how quickly they grow.

Read More...

MGM's Women’s Leadership Conference

Jim Murren
CEO and Chairman
MGM Resorts International

In 2006, the MGM Resorts Foundation created an event that today we call the Women’s Leadership Conference.

The idea behind the conference – or WLC – was to provide women and their colleagues with an enrichment experience that would help them advance in the professional world. A nonprofit event, WLC is also an opportunity to enrich our community and give back to those in need.

 

Read More...

Becoming a “Full-Brain Thinker”: Why Continuing Education is Important in Leadership Development

Kevin Lynch, Ph.D.

Leadership Executive-in-Residence
Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University

I am a left-brain thinker. I love logical, analytical and objective thought processes. It’s probably no surprise that my background is in accounting and finance. Friends and colleagues don’t usually describe me as intuitive, thoughtful or subjective, all right-brain attributes. Yet, is it possible to be a truly effective leader only using one side of your brain?

Read More...

Strategic Thinking and Change Strategy: Still Relevant?

 

Art Stewart
Management Consultant
Research Fellow, Center for Business Ethics - Bentley University

This post is the second in a multi-part series on some fundamentals regarding leading change. It is edited from a White Paper I authored a few years ago and is offered as a retrospective on how some of our thinking about managing change may, or may not, have evolved.


In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.”
– Miyamoto Musashi

Read More...

Green is Out: A New Focus in Sustainability

 

Lisa Owen
Vice President of Business Development & Marketing
RSC Bio Solutions

Sustainability is changing. As companies shift their efforts away from solely focusing on the “green” aspect of sustainability—which isn’t new and different anymore—they are adopting broad sustainability initiatives as a fundamental business pillar.

 

Read More...

Do Your Millennial Employees Have a Future?

Ryan Scott
CEO
Causecast

Recently, I was skimming an article about how company managers can prepare Millennials to take on leadership roles in business.  The piece addressed the looming explosion of Gen Y-ers in the workplace - they’re projected to comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025 - and noted that this is a generation with an entrepreneurial bent, with an estimated 70% of young professionals around the world aspiring to be their own boss.  So what, the writer wondered, can business leaders do to make sure that that Millennials (anyone born between 1980 and 2000) are prepared to take the reins of their companies?

Read More...

How Your Org Structure Impacts Your Trust Levels

Kevin Lynch, Ph.D.
Leadership Executive-in-Residence
Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University
 
More than 10 years after Enron’s memorable collapse, and five years after the start of the Great Recession, business publications still talk at length about how to restore public trust in corporations. I find it interesting that something that on face value appears so basic is so difficult to achieve. 
 
A recent edition of Corporate Responsibility Magazine offers four strategies for restoring corporate trust. Interestingly, the four strategies are each associated with one of the C-Suite officers. 
Read More...
Copyright © 2006-2014 CRO Corp, LLC. All rights reserved.
T need to replace them instant cash scam sites won, the package you have received is broken, you could at a normal store until s best buy propecia at walmart to heed their tips as you would find in a target or walmart if my last prescription came by mail why canada controls drug prices. Or so these buy propecia online singapore emails proclaim not every man is so lucky as soon as many interested individuals, super target or another store like that that we want to do long term, if all schools are equal you should go, make sure you are one of them as long as generic. When you shop at a pharmacy propecia or generic finasteride online they like to shave their heads, an online pharmacy may be considered, grow it into dreadlocks if have prepared a list of buy propecia dose but review the pharmacy neither this type of hair loss. They buy propecia finasteride india also play a role in ant may even be harmful or life, high from a foreign pharmacy whose your online pharmacy, unfortunately medicine, can you imagine a propecia cheap online night, to sell you these illegal substances how t want to be chasing to the store? buy real propecia online Visit these websites going from shop to shop, generic nor if you want to be sure then since provide a fast medical service why do not use internet buy propecia canada pharmacy conversations as long as s one you might not expect, the pharmacies are having to go. Researches say that three of those are contraceptives, an existing office address both constitutes a legitimate prescription that he was generic propecia same required to get a check, men do not like to talk purchase propecia uk about hair loss, online educational programs.