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Why Corporate Responsibility Matters


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).

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Creating Leaders with the Competencies to Make the World a Better Place


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

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My View of Social Media


My View of Social Media

Allie Williams, Executive Director, CROA

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 great leaders has given me the opportunity to gain a healthier knowledge of what roles these individuals are playing with their companies and see the passion and appetite they have for learning. To strengthen the CROA brand, we have a group on LinkedIn where information is disseminated by the more than 1,200 members. If you are reading this blog post and not part of this group – I invite you to join us here.

I have a twitter handle, but rarely tweet. I’m in my mid 40’s – I don’t really know how to use it but I am learning because it’s a great place to absorb and post relevant material. Like what is happening at CR Magazine’s COMMIT!Forum on October 8th and 9th in New York City. This will be a tremendous opportunity to share my thoughts and re-tweet content from other attendees. The limit of 140 characters per tweet allows the sender to post a quick, valuable message or share observations and opinions. Obviously, twitter is an amazing tool for branding yourself and your company. Twitter is one of the ten most visited websites. Follow us at COMMIT! - @COMMITForum and @CROA.

As for Facebook, I use it for keeping up with family, friends and former classmates. The CROA has a new Facebook page to keep connected. It’s another form of community: To post messages, announce events, welcome new members, and share ideas. We invite you to join this page as well.

We’ve come a long way in the past 15 years or so. These days, everything is instant and virtual. I love the speed and delivery methods, but don’t be surprised to see a hand written note from me arrive at your place of business.

 

 

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Why should we and our companies participate in the CR 100 Best Corporate Citizens assessment and the CROA?


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.

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Conflict Minerals Company Rankings Compared to CSRHub Ratings


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.

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Message from the Executive Director of the CROA, Allie Williams


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.

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Governance and the CROA

 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?

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Spring is considered by most to be a time of renewal

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.

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Meet the New Membership Team at the CROA

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.

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Sandy's Big Price for Small Businesses

 According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, up to 90% of small businesses get the majority of their business from within two miles of their front doors. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 small businesses have already been negatively impacted and as many as 30% of them will fail in the coming months.
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