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Published: 12/22/2010I like to think that I bring a reasonably balanced perspective to my work; mindful of the implications of the choices I make. That is until I'm reminded of the time I went to the Library and came home with a horse. Yes, a real horse. Sorry Wally!
As I said, balanced, mindful; yet ever vigilant to protect myself from an impetuous affliction, ready to sabotage everyday rhythms and convert process into chaos, instantly.
Published: 12/20/2010As I read the results of the Do Well Do Good Opinion Survey (released December 15, 2010), I could feel my emotions build. This survey of 1,017 Americans found, among other things, that 83% of those surveyed said they would seriously consider leaving their job if their company was found to engage child labor. I could instantly feel the shame of the respondents at the thought of this possibility.
Published: 12/17/2010As the first decade of the 21st century comes to an end, it is time to reflect on the leadership and CSR trends that have shaped the economy, global business, and our society in this tumultuous time. Amid high unemployment, foreclosures, and low national confidence, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has launched into the stratosphere as companies integrate socially responsible practices directly into their core mission.
Published: 12/7/2010Years ago I recall my Tea teacher explaining to me that it takes 8 lbs of tea (8 pounds of the powdered green tea used in the tea ceremony) to make a proper cup of tea. Doing the math on the basis of one tea ceremony per week for 5 people it would mean that it would take 5 years to produce a good cup of tea. To anyone unfamiliar with the tea ceremony, I know what you're thinking.
Published: 12/2/2010The "S" in CSR represents "social" and refers to the social impact of business decisions and practices with respect to four primary stakeholders: the employees of an organization, the community from where business is conducted, the environment and the supply chain. The outcomes of these decisions contribute to the social and cultural environment of today's citizen consumers affecting the quality of their efforts in laying the foundation for the next generation.
Published: 11/30/2010There has been some discussion in CSR circles for a while now advocating for the removal of the "S" from CSR. Yes, the "S"! Just last week the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs in Australia, for its own purposes, decided this to be so, arguing that Corporate Responsibility already includes all that is social.
Published: 11/25/2010Have you ever looked deep into the community from where you do business, the same community from where you will harvest talent down the road to help you in building, expanding or sustaining your business? Have you ever looked deep into this community to understand what its social challenges might be? Are these challenges being fully met by the government and its agencies? Is the talent going to be there when you need it? Or, will it be there when your children carry on your legacy? I see the issues in my own community and hope that one day local businesses will see the benefit of collaboration to address them.
Published: 11/23/2010Some of our biggest challenges with trust are caused by the distance we insist on maintaining in our relationships. The further detached we are, the more neglectful we become. A thriving relationship depends on the commitment to nurture it. Whenever one party stops being engaging, the relationship suffers. We've all heard stories of the narcissistic tendencies that precipitate the breakdown.
Published: 11/18/2010The 2010 BSR study was released during the annual BSR Conference in New York November 2-5. What was so unexpected about the findings from the study this year?Well, with the uncertainties in the global economy, I was bracing myself for disappointment. But so convinced are they of the performance value of a CSR strategy, business leaders once again are rallying behind their commitments to social responsibility and sustainability.
Published: 11/16/2010I just finished listening to the recordings of the inspired leaders who so generously presented important capsules of wisdom at the Enlightened Business Summit October 25-29. This virtual event was presented by Stephen Dinan CEO of The Shift Network and Chip Conley, Founder and Executive Chairman, Joie de Vivre Hospitality and Author of PEAK: How Great Companies Get their Mojo from
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