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Giving Thoughts

May
17
2017

Volunteer Programs within a wider CSR/ESG Strategy

By Jeff Hoffman

It is interesting to note that as companies move to more closely align their employee volunteer programs with their corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, employees are seeking more fulfillment and purpose in their lives, which sometimes take them in a different direction from their employer. CSR and employee volunteering are not mutually exclusive and both are gaining traction for different reasons.

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May
11
2017

Better Business, Better World

By Tim McClimon

In January of this year, the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, a group of 35 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labor and international organizations, issued a report titled Better Business, Better World under the auspices of the UN Foundation. Its goal was to map the economic benefits available to business if the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved and to describe how business can contribute to delivering these goals.

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May
02
2017

The Bottom Line on Land: How Secure Land Rights Create Prosperity for Companies and Communities

By Tim Hanstad

In the developed world, few rights are as inviolable as the rights to land—for housing, cultivation, commerce, and more. So, it often comes as a surprise that land rights are not legally documented or secure in much of the rest of the world—the World Bank estimates that only  30 percent of land worldwide is legally documented. This has significant consequences for at least 1 billion people who live in rural areas, where land is the most valuable asset and source of wealth, status, and security. The lack of secure rights to land traps millions of rural women and men in a cycle of poverty.

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Apr
25
2017

Q&A with Lisa Green Hall: Expanding Economic Prosperity by Leveraging the Influence of Women and People of Color in Impact Investing

By Alice Korngold and Lisa Green Hall

Lisa Green Hall co-manages and led the launch of a global initiative known as Skopos Impact Fund, focused on delivering social, environmental and financial returns. As the former CEO of Calvert Foundation, a global leader in impact investing, and a board member of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Lisa Green Hall has a rich perspective on what works. In this Q&A, Lisa Green Hall shares how impact investing is an opportunity to expand economic prosperity globally and leverage the influence of women and people of color in business and finance.

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Apr
18
2017

Q&A with Sarina Prabasi: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through Partnerships

By Alice Korngold and Sarina Prabasi

Businesses have a vested interest in breaking the barriers that prevent millions of women and girls from achieving their full potential. One of the greatest challenges facing girls is basic access to clean water and toilets. WaterAid’s powerful new campaign, Girl Strong, provides a way for businesses and foundations to join in driving real, transformative change. In this Q&A, Water Aid chief executive Sarina Prabasi discusses ways in which companies can engage with Girl Strong to help girls improve their lives, while advancing numerous SDGs, and driving economic development.

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Apr
11
2017

Q&A with Gabriela Burian: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals through Partnerships

By Alice Korngold and Gabriela Burian

Gabriela Burian recently joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), while continuing in her executive position at Monsanto. WBCSD works with leading companies to create a set of business solutions that are good for business and will deliver the organization’s vision when set at scale. WBCSD focuses its work across four economic systems: energy, food and land-use, cities and mobility, and redefining value. In this Q&A, Gabriela Burian discusses her new joint role and how she is positioned to help advance SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

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Apr
05
2017

Donor Advised Funds: Democratizing Philanthropy to Change the World

By Alex Parkinson

The latest edition of the Giving Thoughts Series, entitled “Donor Advised Funds: Democratizing Philanthropy to Change the World,” is now available to download free. Authored by Scott Jackson and Ann Wheatley Canela, this piece looks at how donor advised funds could create more informed and engaged donors.

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Mar
28
2017

How Business Can Turnaround the Supply Chain with Liberal Arts

By Michael Maibach and Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill, Ph.D.

While the business community focuses on the talent pipeline for “hard skills,” the notion that the liberal arts are no longer valuable in today’s economy has too often become conventional wisdom. But the broad, intellectual skill-set of the liberal arts graduate is also becoming a scarce commodity—and that’s not good for business.

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Mar
23
2017

Q&A with Abby Falik: How Global Citizen Year Prepares the Next Generation of Employees and Leaders

By Alice Korngold

Classroom experience alone is not sufficient to prepare new employees for today’s workforce. Companies seek job candidates who have had international experiences to develop self-awareness, grit, empathy, curiosity, resourcefulness, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Global Citizen Year provides unique opportunities for students to travel, work, and study in new and challenging environments between high school and college. In this Q&A, Global Citizen Year founder and CEO Abby Falik explains how Global Citizen Year’s graduates grow personally and professionally, showing the greatest promise to become valuable employees and future leaders.

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Mar
21
2017

Time Is Running Out to Complete Your Giving in Numbers Survey

By Alex Parkinson

The Giving in Numbers 2017 survey, conducted by CECP in association with The Conference Board, is open until March 31, 2017. Remember to get your submissions in ASAP.  The annual survey is the industry-leading tool for corporate societal engagement professionals. To get started, please contact Alex Parkinson at Alex.Parkinson@conferenceboard.org.

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