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How Companies Can Think Differently about #GivingTuesday
By Doug Balfour, CEO of Geneva Global
Tuesday, December 3 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.
While much of the day’s focus draws attention to the nonprofit community, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the role that companies can and do play in creating transformational social change.
Why Corporate Responsibility Matters
Jim Murren, Chair of the CROA
Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International
I’m honored to serve as the Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and even prouder to have the efforts of my 62,000 colleagues at MGM Resorts recognized in the area of being responsible stewards in the communities in which we operate, as a Responsible CEO of the Year.
I’m asked why corporate responsibility matters. After all, while we are a global company, much of our operations are in Las Vegas (the “what happens, there stays there” city).
Creating Leaders with the Competencies to Make the World a Better Place
by Amanda MacArthur
Vice President for Global Pro Bono & Engagement, PYXERA Global
“In 1970, the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999, the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.” - Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford
Allie Williams, Executive Director, CROA
My View of Social Media
It’s easy to become lost in the sea of social media. It seems as though new platforms are popping up everywhere. It makes me wonder: Which network should I use to improve my brand and to share information? For work, I’m a LinkedIn guy. I use it to build relationships with industry leaders form corporations and companies in the CR space. Connecting, reading profiles and speaking with these
Why should we and our companies participate in the CR 100 Best Corporate Citizens assessment and the CROA?Submitted by admin on Thu, 2013-09-26 19:55.
Why should we and our companies participate in the CR 100 Best Corporate Citizens assessment and the CROA?
By Pete Sherrard
Sustainability Manager, Duke Energy
Why should we and our companies participate in the CR 100 Best Corporate Citizens assessment, and the CROA? Cynics might say that participation is just a self-serving pursuit to get recognition. They’re wrong.
Sure, the recognition is nice for our companies, and frankly may be an initial attraction for many. But as companies and their professionals engage, some great things happen.
Conflict Minerals Company Rankings Compared to CSRHub Ratings
By Cynthia Figg, COO & C0-Founder, CSR Hub
Companies are under pressure from many stakeholders to report progress towards improved corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has created a new source of pressure. The 2012 final rule from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), requires most companies subject to SEC filing rules to report to the SEC by May 31, 2014, if any of their products produced in calendar year 2013 contain conflict minerals. In July, a federal judge ruled against a challenge to the new conflict mineral rules and upheld the law. Even companies headquartered outside of the United States, and those which do not report to the SEC, may be subjected to conflict minerals requests from customers that report to the SEC. The reporting requirements are intended to eliminate an important stream of funding for armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries where much of the world’s supply of conflict minerals is mined.
Message from CROA Executive Director, Allie Williams
I’m writing today with an update on what I’ve been doing and what I have planned, along with the CROA’s board of trustees and advisory board, for the next few months.
In my first full quarter on the job, I have been spending time getting to know the association from the inside. I was able to join the entire CROA board at the most recent meeting hosted by Carolyn Kaplan in Washington, DC, and have spent time with each board member on the phone or in person while making some individual visits.
We are all aware of the term, “environmental, social and governance” – also known as ESG. It describes the three central factors used in the investment community to measure the sustainability and ethical impact of an organization. Although the environmental and social elements are very familiar to the CR practitioner, we may struggle at times to appreciate “governance.”
Governance is defined as a “system by which an organization makes and implements decisions in pursuit of its objectives” (ISO 26000: 2010 – Guidance on Social Responsibility). The definition is broad. So how does governance work in our day-to-day activities within the organizations that each of us belong to?
Spring is considered by most to be a time of renewal. This tradition has been embraced by the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (CROA). I am Bob Pojasek, and I am the Executive Chair of the CROA. This is my first blog post for the CROA and I will be doing this monthly going forward. Very soon, we will be launching our new newsletter, a new website and a new LinkedIn site. CROA will be holding its own track within CR Magazine’s Commit!Forum in New York City on October 8-9, 2013. There are many other changes in progress.
Let me begin by saying thank you to Richard and Kim for their tremendous leadership and guidance of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association. Please allow me to introduce myself and the new Manager of Member Services, Heather Nielsen.
Allie Williams, IOM – Executive Director, comes to the CROA and SharedXpertise with a background in Organizational Management and Corporate Sales. He served as Director of Membership in the Office of Federation Relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for nearly 8 years, raising significant revenue and providing strategic outreach to strengthen the federation of state, metro and local chambers of commerce throughout the country.
Internet freedom, human rights, trust, transparency and youth programs were just a few of the issues discussed at the 2012 COMMIT!Forum this past October in New York City. The speakers –CEOs, government leaders, policy-makers and heads of non-profit organizations – noted in the follow-up interviews that the Forum allowed them to engage the 700-person audience in how important these issues are to business leaders and their stakeholders.
Over 600 CEOs, heads of corporate responsibility, sustainability, investment analysts, NGO and government leaders, and academics gathered in New York City in October to attend the COMMIT!Forum where thety discussed the future of corporate responsibility and the challenges their companies facd when trying to implement CSR initiatives. Following the forum, attendees offered their comments and reflections and talked about their biggest "Aha" moment from the forum. You can view the videos here.
Hershey Foods Teams with Former Olympian Carl Lewis to Teach Kids Fitness and Moderation
I wrote a column a few weeks ago about corporate fitness and wellness programs. I decried the lack of planning “responsible” companies were directing at the health of their employees in the area of wellness. Shortly after the article ran I received a call from a Hershey’s representative about programs they were running to instill healthy values in kids. The spokesperson for the program was none other than Carl Lewis, the great Olympian who was voted the “Olympian of the Century” for the Twentieth Century by none other than the International Olympic Committee.
The concept of corporate responsibility covers a broad spectrum of corporate “give back” including governance, social responsibility, philanthropy and, most recently sustainability. Generally, corporate responsibility focuses on an individual organization’s relationship with its community, stakeholders, and customers, and the way in which it contributes to the world around it beyond profit and shareholder value -- sharing and contributing to something bigger than the immediate economic well being of the organization.