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Women’s History Month 2016

Jim Murren, Chair of the CRA Chairman and CEO MGM Resorts International March is deservedly designated as Women’s History Month when we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our world what it is today. At MGM Resorts, supporting women and their careers is one way that we demonstrate our enduring dedication to diversity and inclusion. Every March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, the company hosts “Women Inspiring Women.” It gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation to women who make a difference in the Las Vegas community—within our company and beyond. These women are leading the way in many respects, so it is our privilege to gather them together in celebration.

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Executive Director’s Report – April 2016

allie-w Allie Williams, IOM Executive Director, CRA CR Magazine and the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) share a common purpose in advancing corporate accountability and responsibility. Together with direct input from the CR community we’ve developed and manage a fully transparent, objective, fact-based methodology for evaluating corporate accountability and responsibility. Through our Ratings & Rankings Thought Leadership Council (composed of a cross-section of corporate responsibility experts, including active practitioners, academics, NGOs, investment firms, and other relevant communities), the CRA stewards the methodology to ensure its relevance, transparency, and efficacy. The Association plays a vital role as a convener, consensus builder, and promulgator of standards and practices.

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MGM Resorts International Debuts MGMThink, an Online Thought Leadership Platform

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MGM Resorts International Debuts MGMThink, an Online Thought Leadership Platform

Las Vegas, April 14, 2016 – Building on its commitment to drive innovation, within and beyond the company, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today debuted an online thought leadership platform called MGMThink. Available at MGMThink.com, the platform is a one-stop shop for those interested in the expertise and thought leadership supporting the success of MGM Resorts’ iconic brands. Offering followers an insiders’ look at the FORTUNE Most Admired Company’s way of doing business, MGMThink will feature fresh, thought-provoking video and blog content, and serve as a social media hub offering insight and dialogue. “MGMThink provides an active forum for our senior leaders and other thought leaders across the company to provide a real behind-the-scenes look at not only what we do at MGM Resorts, but how we do it and, more importantly, why,” said Clark Dumont, APR, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for MGM Resorts International.

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Register for Charities@Work’s 15th Annual Best Practices Summit

C@W_Logo_No_Tag The Corporate Responsibility Association is pleased to support the Charities@Work 15th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship, “Bridging Worlds to Scale Impact.” We invite you to come together with your peers and industry leaders, share what’s working for you, learn what’s working for others, and ultimately move the needle when it comes to advancing your company’s employee engagement and workplace giving practice. Learn more and register here: http://charitiesatwork.org/annual-summit/2016-2. As a CRA member, you will receive a 10% discount on registration. Enter this code COMMIT2016 at checkout. The Summit will be held on March 28-30, 2016, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City, the Annual Summit features Michael I.

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Update on CRA’s Thought Leadership Councils

allie-w Allie Williams, IOM Executive Director, CRA Executive Director Report February 2016

A look at what the CRA Thought Leadership Councils are doing...

The Thought Leadership Councils (TLC’s) are networking groups within the association in which members drive learning and development within the CR community. Each Council meets via GoToMeeting® teleconference on a monthly basis, providing our members the opportunity to interact with industry peers. This enables everyone to get the most out of their membership and share successes, best practices, benchmarks, trends and publish new findings. Each is chaired or co-chaired by Members dedicated to achievement of that TLC’s goals, and reports to both the Board and the community at large regarding progress toward the TLC’s goals.

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Executive Director’s Report – November 2015

allie-w Allie Williams, IOM Executive Director, CRA Executive Director Report November 2015 I looked up the definition of the word commit recently, and found it rather interesting… 1. carry out or perpetrate (a mistake, crime, or immoral act). "he committed an uncharacteristic error" 2. pledge or bind (a person or an organization) to a certain course or policy. "they committed themselves to the project" I think I prefer the second definition, at least of the two given. My definition is a bit different, as it relates to CEOs of major brand corporations, CSR and Sustainability Practitioners, and others living in the corporate responsibility community. In my humble opinion, the best definition I have for commit is promise. A promise to be more cognizant climate change, a promise to be a better steward of the environment, a promise to do my part in reducing my carbon footprint, a promise to be a better leader and employee, a promise to give back to my community and a promise to work with people who share these obligations.

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Women’s History Month 2016

Jim Murren, Chair of the CRA Chairman and CEO MGM Resorts International March is deservedly designated as Women’s History Month when we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our world what it is today. At MGM Resorts, supporting women and their careers is one way that we demonstrate our enduring dedication to diversity and inclusion. Every March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, the company hosts “Women Inspiring Women.” It gives us an opportunity to show our appreciation to women who make a difference in the Las Vegas community—within our company and beyond. These women are leading the way in many respects, so it is our privilege to gather them together in celebration.

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4 Different Brand Ranking Systems Show Common Ties to Perceived Sustainability Performance

By Jennifer Saunders and Bahar Gidwani, CSRHub Many aspects of a company’s performance affect its brand value. Marketing spend, distribution strength, and product quality all have proven effects. This study indicates that a company’s perceived sustainability performance may be another important factor. In 2013, CSRHub showed that its measures of perceived corporate sustainability performance had a 28% correlation with Brand Finance’s Brand Strength Indicator (BSI). CSRHub recently published an update that showed this correlation continues to persist for financial companies. This study extends our analysis to include three other independent brand ranking systems:
  • RepTrak Pulse Score.

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What Amazon’s Work Culture Tells Us About Employee Disengagement

Ryan Scott CEO Causecast The New York Times’ recent expose of working conditions inside Amazon has set off a tsunami of discussion about how far Corporate America is willing to push employees to excel. The piece describes a dystopian universe where Amazon employees are encouraged to anonymously report on each other through the company’s Big Brother-esque management software; where people are put on notice that their jobs are on the line when they’re distracted by personal crises like cancer or a stillborn child; and steady turnover is characterized as “purposeful Darwinism.” The writers, Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld, interviewed more than 100 Amazon employees as part of their research, and the piece has stirred up so much reaction that it’s since become the most commented upon article in NYT history.

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Are You Ready for COMMIT!Forum 2015?

allie-w Allie Williams, IOM Executive Director, CRA I trust you are all enjoying summer and hope you’ve had or will have an opportunity to spend some time with family, friends and loved ones to unwind a bit and rejuvenate before an exciting conclusion of 2015. I recently attended the Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego and saw how companies are reducing their environmental impact and making a positive mark on their communities. In late July, I visited McKinney, Texas, and spent time with Daniel Jones, CEO of Encore Wire. We talked about their product value, water efficiency, materials and resources, innovation and design and the Encore TechLab, a building meeting LEED® platinum standards. What a great story they have and I will share more in a CR Roundup feature in the next CR Magazine. The CRA is gearing up for a sensational opportunity to once again collaborate with CR Magazine’s COMMIT!Forum this October 21-22 at the TKP Conference Center in New York City.

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