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September 16, 2012
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How Governments Can Tap Corporate Responsibility to Address Public Issues


Often, government looks to the private sector for best practice ideas regarding operational efficiency, cost reductions, and technical innovation. An emerging new approach to industry collaboration taps into the consciousness of corporate responsibility to meet very specific needs.

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. 


Right-Wing Hippies and Centrist Radicals? The Key to Rethinking USA Inc.

I’m part of an endangered species. We used to roam the wide plains of the Midwest and the open spaces of the American Southwest in vast herds. We could be found in thriving clusters throughout New England. Sadly now, we’ve been culled, driven out, and hunted as RhINOs.

I speak, of course, of that ever rarer creature, the publicly-declared moderate Republican. Derided as RhINOs (Republicans In Name Only) or driven into hiding, I know we’re still out there. I also know there are Democrats who don’t believe that everyone who disagrees with them is automatically a hick, racist, or ignorant, and who don’t feel businesses just exist to be blamed, milked, or nationalized.

Those of us in the “radical middle” need to come out of hiding...


If Sustainability Costs You More, You're Doing It Wrong

 There is a lot of anecdotal information on what makes a sustainable value chain, but very little data, so we partnered with ASQ and ISM, with the help of Deloitte, earlier this year on a multi-year research study to identify proven management practices and cost-saving approaches, and the initial findings are out!


The Truth Will Out: CSR is a Profession

The following guest post is part of a CSRHub series focusing on 10 trends that are driving corporate transparency and disclosure in the coming year.

How many US companies do you think have positions that include the word “sustainability” in their job title? Would you guess 100? 1,000? According to ZoomInfo, the answer is 12,660 This statistic proves that sustainability jobs exist, but does not necessarily prove that there is an established career path within the sustainability profession.


Making the "Body Corporate" Healthy Starts with Employees

CSC—Computer Sciences Corporation—just announced that it had been awarded Gold Level Achievement in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2012 Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition program. I wanted to immediately congratulate CSC on the achievement. Then I wondered, why is this award special? Why aren’t all companies at a gold level for this kind of achievement in promoting their employees’ health?
One of the most clearly defined areas of crossover between corporate responsibility and other departments of any big business is the intersection between corporate responsibility and human resources. Employee health and wellness should be at the core of any executive leadership agenda. I have spent considerable time in my career in the presence of the CEO’s of major companies. When you ask them about what concerns them, talent is always near the top of their lists. Concern for talent needs to extend well past the recruitment and retention of competence to the availability to perform physically, emotionally and mentally.

Building Our Body of CR knowledge

What makes a corporate responsibility (CR) program successful? Do an organization’s structure, staffing, budget impact success in achieving goals? What’s the effect of executive engagement in CR?

These are just a few of the questions CR Magazine and NYSE-Euronext have sought to answer over the past couple of years of research into CR practices.Thanks to strong response from the CR community, we’ve learned a few things about the state of corporate citizenship...


Corporate Sustainability Is Itself Unsustainable

New Research Highlights Structural Flaws in the Field & Profession of Corporate Responsibility


As More Companies Develop Corporate Responsibility Strategies, Gaps in the Profession Remain

U.S. Chamber of Commerce BCLC and CROA benchmark the evolving professional field.


An Ethical Voice Silenced

I was riding in the back of a cab some where between Detroit and Troy, Michigan when I knew he had died.  The Maine area code on my iPhone told me even before I heard the voice on the other end that Rush Kidder was no more.


Sneak Preview of 3rd Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference

On April 11 & 12, private sector leaders from IBM, PepsiCo, Pfizer, and dozens of other corporations will join the U.S. State Department, USAID, and other public sector groups to talk about some of today’s most pressing issues – jobs creation, water, education, global health, and the environment, among others.  How are these groups looking to impact such a divergent set of issues?  Through the lens of international volunteering.  
Addressing the intersection of corporate citizenship, talent and leadership development and more traditional international development programs, CDC Development Solutions’upcoming Third Annual International Corporate Volunteerism Conference will look at why some of the largest corporations in America are sending employees beyond their office walls to pro bono skilled volunteer assignments in emerging markets such as Ghana, Vietnam, Brazil, and Cambodia – and how this is making a difference.
Companies as diverse as Dow Corning, Intel, and Ernst & Young are sending teams of employees on International Corporate Volunteer programs (ICV) – a type of corporate Peace Corps in which employees donate their skills to build the capacity of a local nonprofit, government, social enterprise, or NGO in an emerging market.  Businesses are seeing a return on investment from these volunteer trips that pays off in social and business dividends: companies build partnerships with critical stakeholders in emerging markets and gain a competitive advantage, while employees gain unparalleled leadership skills in a global marketplace that otherwise take years to develop.
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