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Published: 3/29/2012Child labour isn’t the only way that businesses can harm children. There are many ways that businesses harm children without even realizing they are doing it. Often it comes from exposure to products and services that were not designed with children in mind. But just because a product isn’t designed specifically for children doesn’t mean that corporations shouldn’t consider their impact on the youngest members of our society.
Published: 3/21/2012What role should CSR play in protecting the children of migrant workers?
Nearly 1 billion people worldwide are migrants, many of them moving in search of work, often within their own countries. Millions of these migrant workers travel alone, leaving their children behind with a spouse or, if both parents migrate, other relatives. The numbers are staggering: 58 million children are left behind in China. 9 million in the Philippines. 1 million in Sri Lanka. Reports for other countries number in the tens and hundreds of thousands.
Published: 3/16/2012Corporate Social Responsibility is gaining momentum but it still has a long way to go. Some companies don't report on their efforts. Some aren't making an effort. Some appear to not know what it is.
For those that get it, CSR is not merely an add-on. Instead, it comprises much of the company's DNA. It influences its culture and guides all of its decisions. It's effective because it resides first and foremost in every employee in every department.
Getting to this kind of fully-integrated CSR requires knowledgeable, values-driven leaders. Staying there requires careful recruitment of employees who already buy in to CSR values. The easiest way to create a CSR-driven workforce is to teach it in our schools. Why, then, is CSR not yet integrated throughout our education system?
Published: 3/8/2012Today is International Women’s Day, a day to promote gender equality. In the developed world, women have come a long way toward a stronger leadership presence at the executive and board level but we still have a long way to go. The glass ceiling still exists and many women face barriers to attaining high ranking positions in business and politics.
The 2011 Catalyst Census on Women Board Directors shows that women currently hold just 14.5 percent of board seats in FP500 companies and 10.3 percent in public companies. Those numbers are dismal, but even more shocking is this statistic: nearly 40 percent of FP500 companies and over 46 percent of public FP500 companies have no women serving on their boards. Zero. None. Why is that?
Published: 3/6/2012You can never talk too much about employee engagement and CSR. With good reason. Engaged employees are happy employees and that’s good for the bottom line. How companies engage employees varies widely, but there’s one key to making it successful. You have to make it about them.
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