Founder and President, Catalynics
It’s 2030. You are the CSO of a multinational Consumer Packaged Goods Company. In this era, technology has essentially taken out the middle-man and now people get everything from shoes to shampoo to sugar from distributed, self-organized networks. Goods are rapidly made and disposed of, 3-D printing is ubiquitous and consumers seek products that are highly customized to their tastes. In this new age, how will you help your company create a business model that delivers products and services with a net positive societal and environmental impact? The Retail Horizons FuturesKit, a joint project of Forum for the Future, the Continue reading →
As corporate volunteerism becomes an increasingly important part of the work experience, companies are coming up with new ways to embrace volunteering and tie it to their bottom lines.
One of these innovations is linking performance reviews to volunteering, allowing employees to demonstrate skills and strengths that management might not have otherwise been able to see in action. Conversely, managers are able to use volunteering opportunities to provide employees with new leadership and job skills that are tough (and expensive) to train for.
While it’s a fairly recent phenomenon to assess an employee’s volunteering performance as a part of an overall job performance review, the companies that do this often find that it increases volunteer participation.
Managing Director, Strategic Impact Partners
As the reporting sector achieves new milestones in transparency, materiality and integration, other segments of the global responsibility movement struggle amidst the natural tensions created by the missionary zeal of the change agents – and the reflexive resistance of the old-guard establishment who perceives change (to say nothing of transformation) as threatening.
It’s no stretch to recognize some correlation between what characterizes America’s current public policy debates, and the tug of war to fully embrace and assimilate responsible behavior in the journey to a new business paradigm.
Justice, inclusion, equal opportunity, liberty and resourcefulness are only a few of the themes that are playing out in both arenas.
The wrong way:
Email to employees that looks something like this:
On behalf of [company name], I’m proud to announce the launch of our new employee volunteer program. We’re working with Causecast to make volunteering easy, so look for opportunities and information on our new online volunteer and giving platform. You’ll be receiving more emails that walk you through our new program, step by step, and you can always contact Linda in HR with any questions.
We hope to see you at our Done in a Day event next Saturday, in service for the local food bank. As you know, this nonprofit is a special one to me, and your participation means a lot to me and the rest of senior management.
Kevin Lynch, Ph.D.
Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University
If you are like me, you’ll spend this week recovering from a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. At my house, our adult children and a close friend joined us for quite a meal that included a 27 pound turkey that seemed just a little better than average this year.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that may better than any other begin to help us understand the idea of flourishing. Recently, I wrote about flourishing as a higher level of sustainability. John Ehrenfeld perhaps defined it best when he stated in his book, Sustainability by Design, that sustainability means “the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on the Earth forever.
Allie Williams, IOM
Executive Director, CRA
A Look Back – A Look Ahead
2014 rolled in with lots of excitement. The CRA advisory board met in Las Vegas to discuss the plan for the first full year under my reign and Jim Murren’s chairmanship. I’m thrilled to say that it was an incredible year. Membership nearly doubled as did engagement with the practitioners. We discussed a pilot webinar series – perhaps three or four educational opportunities.
We completed eight with titles like:
- CR Magazine's What Makes a Good Corporate Citizen?
- Business Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learned & Best Practices
- GRI -G4 and SASB™ - First time these two have ever shared a stage
- Beyond Engaged! Unlocking your employee volunteering and giving program
- How to Cope with Survey Fatigue
- Corporate Culture and Change Management
- Global Supply Chain Complexities and the Changing Risk Management Agenda
- Leading Sustainable Change in Your Organization
2015 is sure to bring new and exciting titles to the series and I want to give thanks to the Professional Development Thought Leadership Council (TLC) for all their hard work.
CEO and Chairman
MGM Resorts International
This is the time of the year when “community” takes on an even greater meaning.
In that spirit, my 50,000 colleagues in the Las Vegas area donated 1.6 million pounds of food to Three Square Food Bank, the region's largest food bank. We believe it was one of the largest food drives in the United States.
This year’s donation, collected during our fifth annual food drive, exceeded the previous record donation by 75 percent. That record was also set by my colleagues when they donated 922,000 pounds of food last year.
As a CEO, I’m so proud of the people who came together under our core value of teamwork to surpass all expectations. The amount is staggering. The benefit to the community: humbling.
Allie Williams, IOM
Executive Director, CRA
The CRA Webinar Series provides members the opportunity to learn from some of the corporate responsibility community’s top thought leaders. In January of 2014, we initiated a pilot program to schedule four educational webinars. The Professional Development Thought Leadership Council (TLC) busied themselves - and by the end of our first meeting, we had the four scheduled. Would four be enough to share all the knowledge this team offers? No!
We launched a full effort and by the end of December 2014 – the Corporate Responsibility Association, along with the PD TLC will have concluded nine webinars.
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